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Princeton HealthCare System Foundation Launches $115 Million Capital Campaign for New Hospital

Jun 9, 2008

Princeton HealthCare System Foundation announced the launch today of the most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history and what appears to be the largest hospital fundraising campaign ever in New Jersey.

Design for Healing - The Campaign for the New University Medical Center at Princeton seeks to raise $115 million in support of the new, $441 million state-of-the-art hospital to be built in Plainsboro in replacement of UMCP's current Princeton facility.

"Our goal of creating one of the finest regional medical center in the country will be achieved because of you," Princeton HealthCare System President and CEO Barry S. Rabner told a group of community and business leaders, physicians, donors and other hospital supporters at a June 6 event in Plainsboro outlining the campaign. "This is an opportunity to be a part of history, to create a new hospital from the ground up that will provide the best quality healthcare for generations to come in a facility that is designed for healing."

Design for Healing - The Campaign for the New University Medical Center at Princeton will support three specific areas. A total of $100 million will go toward the construction of the new hospital building. An additional $10 million will be allocated to support specific programmatic requests of donors. The remaining $5 million will be for unrestricted programmatic needs.

The campaign began its "nucleus" phase in early 2006 with outreach to volunteers, long-time donors and other known supporters of the hospital. A total of $76 million has been raised to date as a result of those efforts, putting the campaign two-thirds of the way toward achieving its goal.

Major gifts from that phase include $25 million from David and Patricia Atkinson of Pennsylvania - the largest individual donation ever to a New Jersey hospital; $6 million from Bristol-Myers Squibb; $5 million from William and Joan Schreyer of Princeton; and $5 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

"We have had wonderful support for this new facility, and now we shift from what has been the quiet or nucleus phase of the campaign to the public phase of the campaign, already with momentum on our side," said Stephen Distler, capital campaign chairman. "Now we reach out to members of the broader community -- area corporations, businesses, foundations and citizens - to help make them as excited by this opportunity as we are, this once in a lifetime opportunity to create one of the best, if not the best, regional hospitals in the United States, right in their own community."

The new hospital, scheduled to open in 2011, is poised to dramatically reshape the institution founded in 1919, as well as the delivery of healthcare in Central New Jersey.

The move to Plainsboro will see UMCP trade its current nine-acre Princeton location, which is bounded by residences, for an expansive 50-acre site within a 158-acre health campus with easy access to Route One, Scudders Mill Road and Plainsboro Road.

Healthcare experts agree that the way a hospital is designed and built directly impacts the care provided patients. The new University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP), being designed by Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (HOK) and RMJM Hillier, will incorporate the most current thinking and best practices in healthcare design, resulting in a facility that enhances patient safety, helps eliminate medical errors, reduces infections and improves clinical outcomes.

Design features include an abundance of natural light; spacious and flexible operating rooms to accommodate robotics and other emerging technologies; single patient rooms that help reduce infection and maximize patient privacy, with amenities such as wireless Internet access, room-dedicated ventilation and temperature control systems and room service dining; and a broad spectrum of energy and resource-conservation innovations that will make the new UMCP one of the most environmentally-advanced hospitals in the nation.

Joseph Stampe, vice president of development for Princeton HealthCare System Foundation, encouraged people to learn more about the new hospital and join the campaign by visiting the foundation's web site at www.princetonhcs.org/foundation, which includes a just-produced video about the project. Stampe noted that the Foundation can also accept contributions to the campaign on-line.

"This campaign will require broad-based support from the entire community," said Stampe. "We have already come a great distance toward realizing our goal. The remaining distance will help us realize not just a goal, but a dream of creating the finest regional hospital in the United States."

The hospital's site plan is currently under review by Plainsboro Township. Hospital leaders hope to break ground later this summer.

Selection of the Plainsboro site followed a three-year planning process involving extensive community outreach and collaboration with all stakeholders, including state and local government leaders, Princeton neighborhood residents, hospital administration, trustees and staff.

Early in 2007, the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services officially supported the hospital's relocation by granting a Certificate of Need. In January 2008, Plainsboro Township adopted the necessary zoning to permit the hospital's construction.

Note to Media: If you have any questions regarding the fundraising efforts for the new University Medical Center at Princeton, please contact Joe Stampe, vice president of development (609.497.4190, jstampe@princetonhcs.org); for all other questions regarding PHCS or UMCP, please contact Carol Norris, vice president of marketing and public affairs (609.497.4194, cnorris@princetonhcs.org).