News Release: University News

Jul. 28,  2011

Emory, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Receive $4M Gift from Zeist Foundation

News Article ImageA working bridge connecting a new Health Sciences Research Building to the Emory-Children's Center will be named in memory of George W. Brumley, MD.

Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta have received a $4 million gift from the Zeist Foundation, an organization that seeks opportunities to leverage its investments in organizations that are innovative, collaborative and sustainable in serving children, youth and families. The gift has been specified to support the construction of a new health sciences research building at Emory. The two institutions broke ground on the construction in June 2011.

The new building will include a two-story working bridge that will connect it to the Emory-Children’s Center, a pediatric outpatient center adjacent to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. This working bridge will be named in memory of George W. Brumley, MD, who served as head of the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University and as Medical Director at Children’s at Egleston from 1981 to 1995. Brumley passed away in 2003, and two of his daughters—Nancy Brumley Robitaille and Marie Brumley Foster, and son-in-law, Brad Foster—are carrying on his legacy through the Zeist Foundation, which created the George W. Brumley Jr. Chair in Pediatrics.

Neonatologist and neonatal infectious disease specialist Barbara Stoll, whom Brumley recruited to Emory, holds the Brumley chair. Stoll is Chief Academic Officer of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, President of the Emory-Children’s Center, and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics in Emory School of Medicine. 

“This gift from our foundation extends the Brumley family’s philanthropic legacy and fulfills the vision of Dr. Brumley to connect the work of researchers and practitioners so that children in Georgia receive the best medical care available,” said Brad Foster, Executive Vice President of The Zeist Foundation and Trustee of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation. “We are proud to be able to push medical advances forward and partner with Emory and Children’s for the future health of children.”   

“We are so grateful for the incredible commitment the Zeist Foundation has made to improving the lives of children, as well as humbled to honor Dr. George Brumley and his family in such a profound manner,” said Eugene A. Hayes III, President of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation.

“This gift will advance Emory’s mission of working collaboratively to nurture discovery and learning and to serve humanity,” said Margery McKay, Vice-President of Development for Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center. “Dr. Brumley was committed to philanthropy, to research, and to bettering the lives of children, so the gift could not support a more appropriate endeavor. The working bridge perfectly symbolizes his calling and our mutual objectives.”

The new five-story building will encompass 200,000 square feet, with four stories above ground. More than half of the new facility will focus on pediatric research through the Emory-Children’s Pediatric Research Center, a partnership between Emory and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Fourteen key priority centers have been identified as part of this partnership. They are: hematology and oncology through the Aflac Cancer Center, immunology and vaccines, transplant immunology and immune therapeutics, pediatric healthcare technology innovation, cystic fibrosis, developmental lung biology, endothelial biology, cardiovascular biology, drug discovery, autism, neurosciences, nanomedicine, outcomes research and public health, and clinical and translational research.

The new facility will provide the necessary infrastructure for investigators conducting research to improve the quality of care and develop better treatments for Georgia’s pediatric population. This project has implications for the city of Atlanta as a growing research community, building on collaborations with Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse School of Medicine and others.

This gift is part of Campaign Emory, a $1.6 billion fund-raising endeavor that combines private support and Emory’s people, places, and programs to make a powerful contribution to the world. Investments through Campaign Emory fuel efforts to address fundamental challenges: transforming health and healing, gaining ground in science and technology, resolving conflict, harnessing the power of the arts, and educating the heart and mind.

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