From the UConn Foundation's newsletter, Our Moment (June 2012)
UConn officials, legislators and Health Center supporters gathered in Farmington on June 11 for a groundbreaking ceremony led by Governor Dannel Malloy and UConn President Susan Herbst. The $864 million Bioscience Connecticut initiative is designed to revitalize the UConn Health Center and spur Connecticut’s economy.
Construction projects include a new state-of-the-art patient tower and ambulatory care facility as well as renovations to create world-class research laboratories.
Following the ceremony, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine Frank M. Torti, MD, MPH and Dean of the School of Dental Medicine Monty MacNeil, DDS, M.Dent.Sc. joined supporters at a reception hosted by the UConn Foundation.
“Philanthropy is essential to achieving our aspirations for the UConn Health Center,” says Torti. “Support from friends and alumni is more important than ever as we seek to advance the Health Center forward to be a national leader and a strong economic driver for Connecticut.”
Private giving touches all areas of the UConn Health Center’s mission—clinical care, research, academics and public service. Naming opportunities are available throughout the Health Center in the new patient tower, research facilities, business incubators and academic areas. Every gift makes a difference in the lives of our patients and their loved ones, as well as our faculty, staff and students.
“This groundbreaking is the start to transformative changes,” adds MacNeil. “We have tremendous potential. Philanthropy is the bedrock of any top-flight institution. The best are distinguished by not only their modern campuses, but also their endowments, scholarships, professorships and chairs.”
Read more about the groundbreaking ceremony and view a photo gallery on UConn Today.
For more information about making a gift to support Bioscience Connecticut and the UConn Health Center, please contact Vice President for Development Dina Plapler at 860.679.8077 or firstname.lastname@example.org.