Our Philanthropic Partners

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  • Transforming the Future of Patient Care
    Watch the Pavilion Centerpiece Video
  • A Visionary Partnership
    Inspired by Gratitude
    Read about the Bernstein Family's Story
  • Generous Gift Helping New Medical/Surgical Pavilion
    Become a Reality
    Read Jeff and Joan Ferrill's Story
  • Commitment to Patient
    Care Leads to First
    Million Dollar Gift to
    Medical/Surgical Pavilion
    Read Neil and Emily Kishter's Story
  • Philanthropic Investment Supports Endowment and
    New Medical/Surgical Pavilion
    Read about the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation

Transforming the Future of Patient Care

At MedStar Health, we are building medical excellence with a new medical and surgical pavilion. Hear from our grateful patients and clinicians on how the Medical/Surgical Pavilion at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital will revolutionize three elements of our world-class medical center: excellent clinical care, a strong foundation in education, and leading-edge research.

Watch the video below to learn more about our philanthropic partners for the Medical/Surgical Pavilion.


A Visionary Partnership Inspired by Gratitude

Pictured are Wilma and Stuart Bernstein

The Bernstein Companies have built and renewed properties around our region for more than five decades, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to fostering local growth. So the Bernstein family’s recent philanthropic investment in the development of the Medical/Surgical Pavilion at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is particularly fitting.

As a result of their support, the new Medical/Surgical Pavilion will include the Bernstein Family Patient Care Floor for Neuroscience Excellence, a space designed to promote best practices in neurological care. With cutting-edge technology, 52 patient beds, a physical therapy gym, tranquil patient rooms, and both Intensive Care and Intermediate Care units, the facility will be state-of-the art.

 It’s a visionary project made possible by a multimillion-dollar philanthropic investment from:

  • Former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark Stuart Bernstein and his wife, Wilma, who are grateful patients of MedStar Georgetown
  • Stuart and Wilma’s son, Adam K. Bernstein, and his wife, Tracy
  • Josh Bernstein; his wife, Lisa; and the Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation
  • Richard D. Bernstein
  • Marc N. Duber, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Bernstein Companies real estate firm, member of the MedStar Health Board of Directors, and chair of MedStar Health’s Philanthropy Committee; along with his wife Nancy.

For Ambassador and Mrs. Bernstein, this partnership was inspired by their personal experiences with Fernando L. Pagan, MD, vice chairman for the Department of Neurology, and Christopher Gene Kalhorn, MD, co-director of the MedStar Georgetown Movement Disorders Program and director of MedStar Georgetown's Epilepsy and Functional Neurosurgery Program. Their gift was an expression of gratitude for their care experience.

“At the Department of Neurology, my family experienced true excellence in care,” says Ambassador Bernstein. “This gift is intended to promote the life-changing work that MedStar Georgetown clinicians perform each day.”

“We are so grateful to the Bernstein family for their generous commitment,” says Michael Sachtleben, president of MedStar Georgetown. “It will have a lasting impact on our patients and their caregivers by advancing this transformational project.”


Generous Gift Helping New Medical/Surgical Pavilion Become a Reality

Pictured (left to right): Gastroenterologist Nadim Haddad, MD, Joan and Jeff Ferrill, and Surgeon Patrick Jackson, MD

After the cutting-edge, life-saving care Jeff Ferrill received at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, he and his wife, Joan, felt words were not enough to express their gratitude. Instead, they decided to make a generous philanthropic commitment—helping to make the new Medical/Surgical Pavilion a reality for future patients.

Rewind to 2012, when Jeff arrived at the Emergency department at MedStar Georgetown in extreme abdominal pain. The physicians’ rapid assessment revealed gastric volvulus, a condition in which part, or all, of the stomach twists more than 180 degrees.

Fast intervention and emergency surgery by the surgical team, headed by Patrick Jackson, MD, at MedStar Georgetown was critical to saving his life and a quarter of his stomach. “Because of our team approach to surgery, we were able to recognize the severity of Jeff’s condition and act on it immediately using a minimally invasive procedure,” explains Nadim Haddad, MD, chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

It took Jeff three long years of hard work and persistence to recover, which is not uncommon. Today, the Ferrills feel blessed to be able to give back to their hospital family.

“We are so grateful to Joan and Jeff Ferrill for this support,” says Michael Sachtleben, president of MedStar Georgetown. “Their gift will have a real and lasting impact on our patients, caregivers, and the communities we serve for generations to come.”

Read full story in MyGeorgetownMD.


Commitment to Patient Care Leads to First Million Dollar Gift to Medical/Surgical Pavilion

Pictured are Neil and Emily Kishter

Neil and Emily Kishter had long been supporters of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, making several gifts over the years to fund improvements to patient care areas and expand service offerings. So when the hospital announced approval of its plans to build its new Medical/Surgical Pavilion two years ago, the Kishters didn’t hesitate to step forward … becoming the first to make a $1 million philanthropic investment to construct the new facility.

It’s a philanthropic partnership that was born out of Neil’s personal history and the couple’s deep commitment to the hospital and its focus on caring for the whole person.

“My first wife, Dana, was in and out of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center for more than a decade as she fought a losing battle with leukemia,” Neil explains. “While her care was great, we spent countless hours during her infusion sessions in surroundings that did nothing to make you feel better or alleviate your anxiety or worry.”

The couple’s donation will help create a relaxing, comfortable and soothing space for family members to pass the time while their loved ones are in surgery. In appreciation of their generosity, the Kishters will be recognized in the surgical suite’s lobby and waiting area on the second floor.

“The Kishters’ latest support is a very tangible and personal signal to others that they believe in what we can accomplish together,” says Michael Sachtleben, president of MedStar Georgetown. “As the first philanthropic investment to the campaign at the seven-figure level, it got us off to an early and strong start. With Neil and Emily leading the way, the pavilion will be the flagship healthcare building in the nation’s capital, giving our patients and our world-class physicians a world-class facility to call home.”

Read full story in MyGeorgetownMD.


Philanthropic Investment Supports Endowment and New Medical/Surgical Pavilion

Pictured are Nancy Marriott and H. Jeffrey Kim, MD, department of otolaryngology

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation recently granted $2 million to support the construction of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s new Medical/Surgical Pavilion. In appreciation of their generous philanthropic investment, the first floor lobby will be named the Marriott Foundation Lobby.

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation was established with a simple but powerful mission: to give back. The private family foundation is committed to sustaining vibrant, healthy communities through support of transformative organizations. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is honored to be among these partners.

“MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has done so much to support the health of our community, including my family,” explains Richard Marriott. “We believe that every person deserves access to the kind of superior medical care we have experienced here firsthand. Through our philanthropic support, we hope to grow the Hospital’s lifesaving efforts.”

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation’s investment will yield tangible results. “We are deeply grateful for the Marriott family’s comprehensive investment,” says Pam Maroulis, the Hospital’s vice president of Philanthropy. “The leadership conveyed by this significant contribution to our Medical/Surgical Pavilion helps to set the tone for our $112 million philanthropy campaign.”

Read full story in MyGeorgetownMD.


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To partner with us and to learn more, contact the Office of Philanthropy at 202-444-0721.