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NYU Langone-Brooklyn gets $166M gift from Bezos family

November 22, 2021 Associated Press
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NYU Langone Health on Monday announced the receipt of a $166 million gift from the Bezos family to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, whose main campus is in Sunset Park. 

This gift follows a $25 million philanthropic pledge made in 2017 by the Bezos Family Foundation to support major initiatives to help mothers, children and families in Brooklyn.

“Four years ago, through the Bezos Family Foundation, we invested in NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn to help support the families of Sunset Park and bring them access to higher-quality care. Today, in the midst of a pandemic that has accentuated the need for more comprehensive health supports, our family wishes to deepen our personal commitment to the community and to NYU Langone Health’s efforts in Brooklyn,” said Mike Bezos.

“I cannot thank the Bezos family strongly enough for their visionary dedication to our communities and for their continued belief in NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn,” says Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO, NYU Langone Health. “Our work in Brooklyn in particular has been shaped in a profound way by the family’s partnership and by our shared belief and heartfelt conviction that absolutely everyone deserves the highest-quality care and support that helps improve their lives and well-being.”

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The $166 million philanthropic pledge made by the Bezos family will allow NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn and the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone to build on their achievements.

Since its merger with Lutheran Medical Center in 2016 to create NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, NYU Langone Health continues to carry forward a history of partnership in Sunset Park and greater Brooklyn. NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn provides health care for the diverse population of southwest Brooklyn, which includes many immigrants from Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. 

“Mike and I have seen firsthand their deep commitment to improving all aspects of health care delivery and health equity,” says Jackie Bezos. “The investment that NYU Langone has made to ensure that the vibrant Sunset Park community has access to world-class health care has inspired our family to do even more to support Brooklyn.”

The Bezos family also was motivated by NYU Langone’s dedication to community-engaged research and academic rigor as well as its commitment to share the approach and the knowledge it gains with other health systems.

“High-quality care needs to be woven into the environments where health happens — including in our schools and communities,” says Mike Bezos. “Through its strong partner network and collaborative model, NYU Langone is all in on serving the greater Brooklyn area, and so are we.”

 NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn is a full-service teaching hospital and level 1 trauma center located in Sunset Park.

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