Claire and Tom Joyce Make $5 Million Gift to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Georgetown University to Advance New Medical/Surgical Pavilion
and Georgetown Scholars Program

June 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Georgetown University today announced a $5 million gift from Claire and Tom Joyce to support the construction of the new Medical/Surgical Pavilion at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and the Georgetown Scholars Program (GSP) Necessity Fund Endowment at Georgetown University.

“We are deeply grateful for this generous commitment from the Joyces to support the Medical/Surgical Pavilion at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and the Georgetown Scholars Program at Georgetown University,” said Kenneth A. Samet, president and CEO of MedStar Health. “Claire and Tom have always cared deeply about the community in which they live. Their support and philanthropic leadership will make a significant difference in the lives of our patients and first-generation Georgetown students.”

The Joyces’ gift supports MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s new Medical/Surgical Pavilion, which is currently the largest healthcare construction project in Washington, D.C., comprising 477,213 square feet that will feature 156 private patient rooms, a rooftop helipad with direct access to 31 state-of-the-art operating rooms, and 32 exam rooms in a modernized emergency department. The Medical/Surgical Pavilion supports MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s continued focus on providing both outstanding patient care and leading-edge advancements in medical technology, and will move the region’s healthcare capabilities an important step forward in support of the future healthcare needs of our region. The Pavilion is scheduled for completion in 2023.

The new pavilion will encompass three essential elements of a world-class academic medical center: excellent clinical care, a strong foundation in education, and leading- edge research. As a result, the Medical/Surgical Pavilion will foster growth and training in the specialty services for complex diseases that MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is uniquely qualified to deliver, including oncology, gastroenterology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, and transplant.

This is also a leadership gift in support of the Georgetown Scholars Program and specifically to the critical campaign to build out the GSP Necessity Fund Endowment. When fully funded, the endowment will provide a robust, permanent source of microgrants for undergraduates with the greatest financial need—enabling them to focus on academic achievement and the college experience.

Since its inception in 2004, the Georgetown Scholars Program has offered first- generation and low-income students resources and programming to support their success at Georgetown, including mentorship, professional development, and assistance with unexpected out-of-pocket expenses. In addition, GSP serves as an on- campus community, connecting students with staff and peers dedicated to their success.

"Both the Medical/Surgical Pavilion at MedStar and our Georgetown Scholars Program are vital expressions of our University’s most deeply held values: to advance research and care that contributes to the common good, and to support every member of our community in their work of formation,” said Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia. “We are profoundly grateful to have Claire and Tom’s generous support for these programs, and their commitment to our entire University community."

Tom Joyce has served on the MedStar Health Board of Directors since 2018 and was CEO of Danaher Corporation before retiring in 2020. Claire has been a member of Georgetown University’s Board of Regents since 2017, and previously served as the founding Director of the GSP Alumni Mentor Program.

Together, they share the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Georgetown University vision of providing expertly delivered, compassionate care, combined with leading-edge innovation and scholarly achievement.

About MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital licensed for 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personalis, caring for the whole person, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options in a trusting and compassionate environment. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s centers of excellence include neurosciences, transplant, cancer, and gastroenterology. Along with Magnet® nurses, internationally recognized physicians, advanced research and cutting-edge technologies, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s healthcare professionals have a reputation for medical excellence and leadership.

About Georgetown University
Established in 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll, Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the United States. Located in Washington DC, Doha, Qatar, and around the world, Georgetown University is a leading academic and research institution, offering a unique educational experience that prepares the next generation of global citizens to lead and make a difference in the world. For more information about Georgetown University, visit or connect with Georgetown on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.

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