Architectural drawing of proposed new hospital

Danto Family Pledges $1 Million for Michigan Medicine’s New Adult Hospital

By Kristy Demas
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The Marvin and Betty Danto Family Foundation has made another transformative gift to Michigan Medicine, pledging $1 million to support the new 12-story adult hospital approved by the University of Michigan Regents in September 2019. The Danto family’s generosity recognizes an exciting moment in Michigan Medicine’s history. The hospital, to be called the Pavilion at University of Michigan Health, will have all ICU-capable patient rooms and integrative diagnostic, surgical, and recovery spaces and will enable the health system to remain at the forefront of medicine, advancing leading-edge therapies and providing new flexibility for responding to crises such as COVID-19.

“This new hospital exemplifies Michigan Medicine’s vanguard approach to health care and will be a statewide resource. That would have resonated strongly with my parents — both for the outstanding services it will provide as well as for its potential to advance medicine on so many levels,” says James Danto (BSME 1970, MSME 1971), president of the Danto Family Foundation.

Construction on the hospital was temporarily paused at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic but has since resumed. The new 690,000 gross-square-foot hospital will be adjacent to the Frankel Cardiovascular Center and will offer complex specialty-care services that address every kind of neurological disorder and condition, in addition to cardiovascular, thoracic, orthopaedic-spine, and other surgical specialties. The hospital will ensure patients and their families receive comprehensive support services in state-of-the-art surroundings designed for maximum efficiency and comfort.

The Danto family is well-known for wide-ranging philanthropy supporting health care, education, the arts, community organizations, and more. Established by Marvin and Betty Danto, the foundation has supported units across the University of Michigan, particularly Michigan Medicine. In 2006, Marvin and Betty Danto made a $2 million gift in support of the construction of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. The center’s auditorium is named for the couple and pays lasting tribute to their visionary generosity, inspired by Kim A. Eagle, M.D.’s expert care of Marvin when he was a patient and first diagnosed with scleroderma — another area the family supports through the Marvin and Betty Danto Research Professorship in Connective Tissue Research.

“I am awed by the Danto family’s steadfast support of Michigan Medicine,” says David C. Miller, M.D. (Residency 2005), president of University of Michigan Health. “Support from our community is what propels us forward, allowing us to build on excellence by taking our patient care, research, and education enterprise to the next level. I am profoundly grateful for this gift. It will be an inspiration for others to join us in ensuring we can continue to meet complex health care needs in our state and region.”

Eagle, director of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center and the Albion Walter Hewlett Professor of Internal Medicine, says, “I am thrilled by the Danto family’s visionary support of the new hospital. Once again, they are helping us propel scientific discovery and innovative patient care into the future. On behalf of the many who will benefit from this most recent commitment, we thank them and look forward to the great things their gift will help us accomplish.”

Architectural rendering by HOK