$1 Million Gift Received for Chapel at New University Medical Center at Princeton

Aug 12, 2008
Princeton residents Bob and Leslie Doll have donated $1 million to support the construction of the chapel at the new University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP), in honor of the services provided at the chapel for the hospital community.

"Our faith plays an important role in our lives," Bob Doll said. "Leslie and I are pleased to make this gift, knowing that a special place of prayer, of refuge and of celebration will be built at the new hospital."

Vice chairman and chief investment officer (Global Equities) at BlackRock, Inc., Bob Doll has served with Charles Townsend as co-chair of Princeton HealthCare System Foundation Capital Campaign's Principal Gifts Committee since 2006. He and his wife, who have three children, have lived in Princeton for 20 years.

"We enjoy living in Princeton and are pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to the community in this way," said Leslie Doll.

Richard White, UMCP director of Religious Ministries, applauds the Doll gift, saying, "Patients, family members and hospital staff can be found in the chapel night or day. I sometimes call it 'The Soul' of the System. We are grateful that attention is being paid to the chapel in the new facility."

Great care is being taken to design the new chapel as a remarkable jewel in the facility, according to Bob Hillier, a lead project architect. The chapel is expected to be located in the building adjacent to the patient tower and with easy accessibility to a specially designed Healing Garden.

The gift by Bob and Leslie Doll comes as part of a major fundraising campaign by the Princeton HealthCare System Foundation 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. The new hospital is expected to be completed in 2011.

Pictured from left to right, project architect Bob Hillier, Leslie Doll and Bob Doll.