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Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Donates $6 Million to University Medical Center at Princeton

Nov 21, 2007

Gift Supports Improved Access to Health Care and Health Education for Region's Underserved Populations --

A $6 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation will help create a new community health care center at the University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP) to provide community health care services to uninsured and underinsured residents. The gift, donated to the hospital at $1.5 million per year for four years, will support the creation of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center at UMCP's new state-of-the-art campus to be built on Route 1 in Plainsboro.

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation grant will also support educational programs at a satellite location near the hospital's current Princeton location. It will help provide transportation for Princeton patients without other means of transport. And it will offer new mental health services for patients whose physical illnesses are complicated by mental health problems.

"This new clinic will not only enable us to reach more patients, it will enable us to enhance the range of health care services we provide to the many vulnerable populations we serve," said Barry S. Rabner, president and CEO of Princeton HealthCare System.

In addition to the community health center, a portion of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation grant will provide support for health education and outreach programs at a new satellite location in the vicinity of the current UMCP facility on Witherspoon Street to be called the Bristol-Myers Squibb Community HealthCare Information Center. Additionally, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center Shuttle will provide on-demand transportation to the hospital for those patients from Princeton who have no other means of transportation.

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Community HealthCare Information Center will enable the hospital to continue offering an array of health outreach and education initiatives in downtown Princeton. The center will provide community education events such as health fairs, screenings and lectures. Visitors to the Community HealthCare Information Center also will be able to access health information or schedule Clinic appointments.

The existing Outpatient Clinic at UMCP provides health care services to approximately 5,000 uninsured and underinsured children and adults who might otherwise have nowhere to turn for routine care.

"The patients who currently visit our Outpatient Clinic at UMCP will have a state-of-the-art, comprehensive facility to include diagnostics, laboratory and support services to meet all their health care needs," said Margaret Lancefield, MD, PhD, medical director of the Outpatient Clinic. "This gift from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation will help us continue fulfilling our commitment to provide outstanding care to all our patients -- regardless of their ability to pay."

In 2006, the clinic recorded 17,000 visits at its Princeton location.

"We are pleased to help assure that uninsured and underinsured patients have access to high quality health care, including new mental health services, at the new hospital and the satellite community center," said John Damonti, president of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. "At Bristol-Myers Squibb we live our mission to extend and enhance human life not only through our medicines but also by supporting important community services and programs such as the University Medical Center at Princeton's new hospital and community center."

The construction of the new clinic will allow the hospital to expand the range of services it offers to those in need. In particular, the clinic will implement new services for individuals whose physical illnesses are complicated by mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety.

The proposed referral and treatment services at the new clinic will include individual psychotherapy, family therapy, addiction counseling and case management as a way to improve coordination between physical and mental health treatment.

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation donation is the third, seven-figure gift that the Princeton HealthCare System Foundation has received as part of its ongoing fund-raising campaign for the new $400 million hospital, which is scheduled to open in 2011.

In March, William and Joan Schreyer of Princeton made a $5 million gift to support a state-of-the-art education center at the new hospital. The Foundation previously received a $5 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the hospital's relocation.

"We are extremely grateful to the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation for its generosity. This gift represents the third gift of this size to our fund-raising effort," said Steve Distler, capital campaign chairman for the Princeton HealthCare System Foundation. "Bristol-Myers Squibb and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation have been long time supporters of UMCP and we thank them for helping us build a state-of-the-art facility for our entire community."

In addition to the hospital, Princeton Healthcare System operates Princeton House Behavioral Health, Merwick Care Center, Princeton Rehabilitation Services, Princeton HomeCare Services, Princeton Surgical Center, and the Fitness and Wellness Center.

About Princeton HealthCare System

Princeton HealthCare System is a leading provider of healthcare services. A respected nonprofit, community teaching system, we offer compassionate care supported by advanced technologies and an outstanding medical staff. Over 97 percent of our physicians have achieved board certification, the hallmark of professional excellence. Through our affiliations with academic institutions, we are setting new standards in diagnostic and treatment protocols and achieving successful clinical outcomes for our patients. Princeton HealthCare System is Redefining Care through our commitment to delivering an exceptional level of clinical care and individualized caring for each and every patient.

About Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global pharmaceutical and related health care products company whose mission is to extend and enhance human life.

CONTACT: For questions regarding the fundraising efforts for the new University Medical Center at Princeton, please contact Joe Stampe (609.252.8707), jstampe@princetonhcs.org; questions regarding the actual relocation/construction of the facility, please contact Pam Hersh (609.430.7106, phersh@princetonhcs.org).