The man with his name on nearly a dozen automotive franchises in the Baltimore area has, with his wife, pledged a $25 million gift to the University of Maryland Medical Center to expand its cancer treatment center.
The money from Leonard and Roslyn Stoler will be used to fund a high-tech “patient care tower” at UMMC’s Marlene and Stewart Greenenaum Comprehensive Care Center, according to a release. The effort will expand the currently outpatient-only facility to include inpatient care in a 130,000-square-foot building. Pending regulatory approval, the tower is projected to cost $175 million, with $125 million of that coming from state funds. Ground would be broken in late 2020.
The gift is the largest-ever single donation made to the downtown hospital complex.
“Having a building dedicated uniquely to the care of our cancer patients will provide us with the opportunity to truly define the future of patient-centric cancer care at the University of Maryland Medical Center,” said president and CEO Dr. Mohan Suntha in a statement. Suntha is also the center’s Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Professor of Radiation Oncology.
The donation piggybacks off another $5 million gift that the Stolers made 15 years ago to build the cancer treatment center’s pavilion (also named after them), which holds all of the center’s outpatient facilities, according to UMMC’s website. The number of patients served there has grown threefold since 2003, the hospital said.
The pair also donated $1.2 million for a chemotherapy-preparing robot at the cancer center that can apparently prep doses three times faster than a human pharmacist or technician.
“Roslyn and Len Stoler have been incredible partners with our cancer center for 20 years, and we are forever grateful for their commitment to us and confidence in our ability to continue to make our oncology program among the finest in the world,” Suntha said in his statement. “They have been there for us in the past, they are part of our present, and now they are helping to transform our future.”
The cause is near and dear to them. Per the release, UMMC successfully treated their granddaughter, Lindsay, for cancer 26 years ago.
“Our deepest wish is that we can bring some light to people who are suffering physically and mentally. If we help them in any way, we’re satisfied,” Len Stoler said in a statement.
He has six locations in Owings Mills and Westminster, to go with two in New York, with 12 total franchises spread across the stores.
He’s also a board member for the University of Maryland Medical System, and Roslyn sits on the board for Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, which is part of UMMS. The pair live in Stevenson in Baltimore County.
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