A $50 Million Gift to Name UM’s New Health Care Facility

By UM News

A $50 Million Gift to Name UM’s New Health Care Facility

By UM News
The Lennar Foundation Medical Center will deliver breakthrough health care to South Florida starting in 2016.

The Lennar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Lennar Corporation, one of the nation’s largest builders of quality homes, has given a lead gift of $50 million to name the UHealth at Coral Gables ambulatory center. A ceremonial groundbreaking event for The Lennar Foundation Medical Center took place Thursday afternoon.

To be located on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus, this 200,000-square-foot outpatient center will provide easy access to UHealth’s leading physicians for surrounding communities as well as UM students, faculty, and staff. It is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2016. 

"Lennar was born 60 years ago, in 1954, building homes in the South Dade community,” said Marshall Ames, Chairman of The Lennar Foundation. “Our first office was in a home we built on Coral Way and SW 87th Avenue. Our roots, and our home office, have been here for all of those 60 years. Our founder, Leonard Miller, for whom the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine is named, created The Lennar Foundation in 1989 with the express purpose of giving back to the communities where we have built homes, the communities that helped us become the company we are. It is therefore somewhat full circle that today, at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, we can help the residents of South Dade receive quality medical care right here in their community.”

The Lennar Foundation Medical Center will deliver premier services of the UM Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami Health System, including specialty care by the renowned Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, ranked the No. 1 eye hospital in the nation for the past 11 years. The facility will also include urgent care, outpatient surgery, men’s and women’s health, sports medicine, physical therapy, diagnostic imaging, radiation oncology, and other UHealth subspecialties. Future plans include moving the UM Student Health Center from the academic core of the campus to the new UHealth Coral Gables facility, giving students convenient access to the UM medical specialties under one roof.

“This extraordinary gift will enable us to provide world-class health care in a convenient location for our community, employees and students,” said UM President Donna E. Shalala. 

Groundbreaking occasion: UM held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Thursday for The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, scheduled to open on the Coral Gables campus in 2016. From left to right are Lennar Foundation trustees Waynewright Malcolm; Allan Pekor; Marshall Ames, who also serves as chairman of the foundation; and Shelly Rubin; UM President Donna E. Shalala; Lennar Foundation trustee Stuart A. Miller, who chairs the UM Board of Trustees; Pascal J. Goldschmidt, senior vice president for medical affairs, dean of the Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of UHealth; Joe Natoli, UM senior vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer; and Thomas J. LeBlanc, UM executive vice president and provost.

The LEED-certified outpatient facility, designed by architects Perkins+Will, will be located at 5550 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, a short walk from the University Metrorail station. The center will be connected to an adjacent 1,000-space parking garage by a covered pedestrian bridge. 

“This gift from The Lennar Foundation will impact health and medicine across all of South Florida,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of UHealth. “Every patient in South Florida will benefit from improved care as a result of this visionary gift. This facility will host the best doctors and nurses in the region, and they will deliver the most advanced health care for South Florida and beyond.” 

“We are grateful to The Lennar Foundation for this commitment to improve health care for the community as well as the University community,” said Sergio M. Gonzalez, UM Senior Vice President for University Advancement and External Affairs. 

UHealth is a vital component of the community. The University of Miami Health System delivers leading-edge patient care by the region’s best doctors, powered by the groundbreaking research and medical education of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. UHealth’s comprehensive network includes three hospitals and more than a dozen outpatient facilities in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Collier counties, with more than 1,300 physicians and scientists.

For more information on The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, visit www.uhealthsystem.com/locations/coralgables.