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Posted on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 : 4:09 p.m.

University of Michigan Health System names cardiovascular center in honor of $50M donation

By Kellie Woodhouse


After a combined $50 million donation, the UMHS cardiovascular center has been renamed the Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center, after the donors. file photo

The University of Michigan Health System is naming its cardiovascular center after a couple who gifted $50 million to the center during the past six years.

The center, now called the Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center, received its first $25 million gift from the Frankel family's foundation in 2007, although at the time it was given anonymously. Another $25 million gift from the family was just awarded to the center.

The center works to bring together specialists from several areas of UMHS to prevent, treat and study heart disease, blood vessel disorders and strokes. These specialists include cardiac surgeons, nurses and heart-imaging specialists, among others.

The couple, now deceased, also have financially supported the school's Center for Judaic Studies.

"We are just the facilitator," said Stanley Frankel, Samuel and Jean's son, said Friday. The elder Frankels graduated from University of Michigan in 1936.

The additional $25 million gift will go to support the center, financing clinical research and patient support.

"The Frankel family has decided to gift another $25 million and this will help us build on the successes of the last six years, to create a culture of total partnership," said health system CEO Ora Pescovitz.

The 2011 U.S. News and World Report's Best Hospitals ranking rates the heart and heart surgery programs at U-M No. 12 in the nation and best among Michigan hospitals.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.



Fri, Mar 22, 2013 : 12:09 a.m.

As one of the many people with cardiovascular systems I thank the Frankels.


Thu, Mar 21, 2013 : 11:01 p.m.

I noticed that the Cancer Center at St. Joe is named after a Dow. I wondered how much Dow has contributed to the incidence of cancer.


Fri, Mar 22, 2013 : 3:15 a.m.

Also there is the Musical Theatre Department's Towsley Studio, in the Walgreen Drama Center on North Campus. That's the building with the Arthur Miller Theatre and the Stamps Auditorium.

Michigan Man

Fri, Mar 22, 2013 : 1:49 a.m.

JC - Really foolish statement if you anything about the Dow family. Grandaugher of Dow founder lived her whole life in Ann Arbor, ran a nursery school for years on S. Forest and was the long time wife of Harry Towsley, MD - A Pediatrician at U of M - Towsley Center - where do you think the money came from - Dow family money - Dow was/has been and is a major contributor to humanitarian causes around the world - need to get your facts straight!