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To Mom, With Love
Children’s tower to be named for Mayor Bloomberg’s mother.

blank Katie Bell

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently bestowed a towering gift to his 99-year-old mother: her name etched on the 12-story building that will house the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Scheduled to open in 2011, the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center at Johns Hopkins is now under construction at the corner of Wolfe and Orleans streets. Designed as a healing environment to help alleviate stress on families and sick children, the new building will have more than 200 private inpatient rooms with extensive accommodations for families. Its intensive care unit will be able to expand, and an innovative neonatal intensive care unit is designed with private beds to enhance parent-child bonding and reduce infections. A 10-bed research unit will bring the latest in pediatric research to the bedside. Other features include 10 high-tech surgical suites, a dedicated pediatric radiology unit and telecommunications facilities for consultations.

In keeping with Bloomberg’s commitment to public art, he has shepherded the design of the outside of the building, which will be enveloped by a distinctive composition of patterned clear glass and solid-color panels (26 colors in total). The central role of art and artists will continue throughout the building’s interiors.

“It’s a rare privilege to be able to thank simultaneously two of the most important forces in my life: my mother and my alma mater,” said Bloomberg, mayor of New York since 2002 and a 1964 engineering graduate of Johns Hopkins. He served as the chairman of the university’s board of trustees from 1996 to 2002, overseeing the largest fund-raising campaign in the school’s history. He also is the largest donor in the 132-year history of the Johns Hopkins Institutions.

“We are extremely pleased that Michael Bloomberg has once again extended his generosity to the university to include Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Children’s Center,” said Edward Miller, dean/CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “His commitment to public health is well-known, and now he will be recognized as well for supporting child health care.”

Charlotte Bloomberg was born in Jersey City, N.J. She graduated from high school at 16 and is often credited by her son for his strong work ethic and belief in the importance of giving back. A New York University graduate, she married William Bloomberg and together they raised their two children, Michael and Marjorie, in Medford, Mass. Charlotte Bloomberg remains active in the cultural and civic life of Medford, where she still lives, and is especially devoted to her synagogue and her local Hadassah chapter. 



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