The University of Maryland Medical Center has received a $25 million gift — the largest donation in the hospital’s history — from Baltimore auto dealer Len Stoler and his wife, Roslyn, that will help fund a new cancer building.
The money from the owner of car dealerships will allow the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center to better accommodate a patient population that has tripled in the last 14 years, hospitals officials said.
Dr. Mohan Suntha, the hospital’s president and CEO, said the new center will provide the modern facility needed to help keep up with the new therapies and treatments the cancer center is constantly adopting.
“A gift like this from the Stoler family truly does represent what we consider to be a transformational gift that will give us the opportunity to shape the future of cancer care delivery at our institution,” said Suntha, who is also an oncologist.
The 130,000-square-foot building slated to open in 2023 will provide 70 percent more space to be able to treat patients. It’s estimated to cost between $175 million and $200 million.
Cancer patients are now treated throughout the hospital, but will be able to receive their care in one building when the facility is completed.
“Patients are so stressed when they have been diagnosed with cancer and for them to have to find their way from one end of the campus to the other is very taxing,” said Dr. Kevin J. Cullen, director of the Greenebaum cancer center and a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “The goal is to bring everything under one roof so that it is easy for patients to navigate.”
The donation from the Stolers is part of the family’s long philanthropic history with the University of Maryland Medical Center. They donated $5 million for an outpatient cancer facility that is named after them. They also provided $1.2 million to help buy a chemotherapy robot that can prepare drugs three times faster than a pharmacist.
The couple’s granddaughter Lindsay was treated at the hospital for cancer 26 years ago at the age of 4. Leonard Stoler is a member of the University of Maryland Medical System board. Rosyln Stoler is on the board of the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, which is a joint venture between the university medical system and Johns Hopkins Medicine. She also has served on the cancer center’s board.
Leonard Stoler founded the Len Stoler Automotive Group with one car dealership in Baltimore in 1968. His company now owns more than a dozen franchises in the Baltimore area and New York.
The couple hopes the gift will enhance what the cancer center is already doing, Leonard Stoler said. The new building will bear the couple’s names.
“We feel blessed that we are able to do this,” he said.
“When we were approached about this, we said we have to do this,” Roslyn Stoler said.
The state has committed $125 million in funds for the new facility. Gov. Larry Hogan was treated for non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the cancer center.
The medical system still must get approval from the Maryland Health Care Commission before it can began construction. It plans to submit an application for a certificate of need in February. Hospital officials would like to break ground on the facility, to be located near the hospital’s main entrance on S. Greene Street, in 2020.