Faculty and staff receive Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital white coats


Pictured left to Right: Steven Bearden, director of the Von Voigtlander Foundation, Timothy R.B. Johnson, M.D., chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Jeff Von Voigtlander, board member of the Von Voigtlander Foundation.

Faculty and staff of the new University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital received new white coats bearing the new hospital name during a ceremony at the Towsley Center Wednesday.

The White Coat Ceremony was officiated by Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs Ora Pescovitz, M.D.,and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology chair Timothy R.B. Johnson, M.D.

The University of Michigan Health System received a $15 million gift from the Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander Foundation, the largest gift ever to the Health System for women's health, to support construction of the new women's hospital in December 2009.

UMHS honored the Von Voigtlander family's long history of giving by naming the new hospital as the U-M Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital. It opens in the fall of 2011 as part of the new $754 million C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital complex now under construction.

The gift was made by Gwen Haggerty, president of the Von Voigtlander Foundation to honor the memory of her mother, Jane and her adoptive father Ted. Ted Von Voigtlander is founder of Discount Tire Co., a chain of retail stores that is one of the largest independent tire dealerships in the country. He passed away in 1999.

Jane Von Voigtlander, who passed away in 2007 of pancreatic cancer, formed the private, family foundation in 2006 and focused its giving on children, health, medical research, the environment and the arts. She and Gwen Haggerty have made previous donations to the University of Michigan, including a gift to pulmonary medicine and a $2 million gift to the new C. S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital.

About the Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital:

The new facility will further enhance UMHS's specialty services for newborns, children and pregnant women - including the pediatric liver transplant program, the Level I Pediatric Trauma Program, the Pediatric and Adolescent Home Ventilator Program, the Craniofacial Anomalies Program, high-risk pregnancy services and female pelvic surgery services.

The women's hospital will encompass a birthing center, a perinatal assessment center, a high-risk labor and delivery area, a neonatal intensive care unit, and a fetal surgery program.

The new Women's Hospital Birth Center will feature 50 large, single labor, delivery and recovery rooms to allow for access of state-of-the-art technologies and interventions, as well as space for families to celebrate the birth of new babies. Deliveries are expected to reach 4,500 per year in the new hospital. The current hospital has 31 private rooms and approximately 3,800 births per year.

The Women's Birth Center will continue to be uniquely situated with immediate access to the region's most advanced and sophisticated neonatal intensive care unit.

Fundraising Efforts:

The U-M Health System has raised $68 million of its $75 million goal for the new building project. Its fund-raising campaign, part of the University-wide $2.5 billion Michigan Difference campaign, which ended in December 2009, is led by David and Jan Brandon and Lloyd Carr and his wife, Laurie.

Still, more donations are needed to help support both the building of the facility and the programs, services and amenities that will help children, pregnant women and families from around Michigan and the nation have the best experience while receiving advanced care.

For more information and to lend support to women's and children's care, visit: www.umwomenshospital.org.

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