STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Prominent Staten Islanders gathered at Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton early Monday evening for a dual celebration: The announcement of a $1.5 million gift for the hospital’s Emergency Department capital campaign, and the naming of the Allan Weissglass Pavilion Center for Ambulatory Care in honor of the long-time community and business leader.
The $1.5 million gift came from the Staten Island Foundation as a tribute to Weissglass, “a long-time friend and colleague to the hospital,” said Daniel Messina, president and CEO of the medical center in opening remarks.
Messina lauded the Staten Island Foundation for its “wonderful support and years of teamwork with us.”
The foundation’s $1.5 million donation goes toward the hospital’s capital campaign to construct a new $60 million Emergency Department.
Weissglass — a founding board member and current chairman of the Staten Island Foundation — also serves as a trustee of this medical center on the North Shore.
He was chairman of the board of directors of its predecessor — St. Vincent’s Hospital, operating under the Sisters of Charity — from 1988 to 1994.
‘OUR MOST EFFECTIVE CHAMPION’
Saluting Weissglass for his “years of service to Staten Island,” Betsy Dubovsky, executive director of the Staten Island Foundation, thanked this borough native for his “generosity of time, talent and treasure.”
“Allan Weissglass has been the most loyal and consequential friend to this hospital,” Kathryn Krause Rooney, chair of the board of trustees of RUMC, told the assembled guests.
In 2007, with the bankruptcy of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Weissglass “assisted in the formation of Richmond University Medical Center,” she added. “He is still our most effective champion in the community.”
“This naming tonight feels good — very, very good — thank you all,” said Weissglass after he took the microphone.
And he predicted this about the Sisters of Charity: “Their legacy will live on.”
Attendees at Monday evening’s event included District Attorney Michael McMahon; City Council member Joe Borelli; former borough president James Molinaro; Rev. Dr. Tony Baker, pastor of St. Philip’s Baptist Church in Port Richmond; Staten Island Advance publisher Caroline Diamond Harrison, and Advance editor Brian Laline.
Richmond University Medical Center — a 470-plus-bed health care facility and teaching institution — is an affiliate of Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine, a Level 1 Trauma Center, and a designated Stroke Center. With over 2,500 employees, RUMC is one of the largest employers on the Island.
The Staten Island Foundation is a $70 million independent private foundation. The foundation has provided $60 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations in its 18 years of service.