Business leader pledges $3 million for Hopkins health research center


Business leader Roger C. Lipitz has pledged $3 million to underwrite a research center and professorship at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, officials announced yesterday.

The Roger C. Lipitz Research and Policy Center for Integrated Health Care will focus on improving post-acute care and rehabilitative services for patients recovering from injuries or debilitating illnesses, such as stroke.

An advisory committee will be set up to counsel the center about areas where research is needed.

"The solutions facing people who need post-acute care are becoming more and more complex.

"I want to make sure that policies in the future will be based on facts, not emotions," Lipitz said.

The professorship will be named for Lipitz's parents, Eugene and Mildred. The holder of the title will direct the center.

Roger Lipitz co-founded Meridian Healthcare in 1969. It became Maryland's largest nursing home chain before it was sold in 1993. He has been chairman of the Baltimore Development Corp. since 1995 and serves on the boards of health-care companies and institutions.

Pub Date: 6/19/98

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