The generosity of Joseph Schwartz, a local developer, and his wife Corinne is helping patients every day at the University of Maryland Medical System. In 1998, Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz donated $5 million to the Medical System to help fund its Phase III capital plan. The centerpiece of the plan is a new clinical building along Lombard Street. The new building houses emergency services, surgical and diagnostic radiology services, and other priority clinical programs.
The Schwartzes' gift also supports the transplantation program. In their honor, the program has been named the Corinne and Joseph Schwartz Division of Transplantation at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
The program is one of the nation's largest in both kidney and pancreas transplants. The program has grown to accommodate the increasing number of people who need transplants. The Schwartzes' philanthropic support is helping the transplant team to continue its life-saving efforts.
The Schwartzes were residents of Lutherville before moving to Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. Schwartz passed away in November 1999.
At the time of their 1998 gift, Mr. Schwartz said, "We are pleased to continue our association with the Medical System and want to ensure that this top-notch institution continues to provide outstanding health care into the next century." Mrs. Schwartz added, "We are grateful that our gift will help many patients and families whose lives are affected by tragic illness and injuries, most especially those who may need organ transplants."
The 1998 gift was the couple's second major donation to the Medical System. In 1996, they donated $1 million to Kernan Hospital (a member hospital of the University of Maryland Medical System) to support their continuing commitment to education about stroke and brain injury. Mr. Schwartz had been a patient at Kernan during his rehabilitation after a stroke. In recognition of that 1995 gift, a unit of Kernan Hospital is named the Joseph and Corinne Schwartz Stroke and Brain Injury Center.
"The Schwartzes created a legacy of caring with their generous donations," says Morton I. Rapoport, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the University of Maryland Medical System. "Their gifts are at work each day to help patients in life-threatening situations."
"We are overwhelmed by Corinne and Joseph's generosity," Dr. Bartlett says. "Their support of organ transplantion is helping our team expand our efforts to help patients and families. I think of their kindness often as I am reminded of how their thoughtful gift is helping us fulfill our mission."