Sinai Hospital's cancer program receives $3 million gift

It will be named Alvin and Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute

Health care

May 20, 1999|By M. William Salganik | M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF

Sinai Hospital yesterday announced a $3 million gift -- one of the largest individual gifts in the hospital's history -- to its cancer program, which will be named, after the donors, the Alvin and Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute.

For about the last year, Sinai has been building a comprehensive cancer program, adding such services as bone marrow transplants, leukemia treatments and orthopedic oncology.

It will open a new, $3.5 million outpatient center next month, in space rebuilt from the hospital's old emergency room.

Lapidus, 71, said he and his wife had lived most of their life in Northwest Baltimore and saw the donation as "something to give back for the good fortune we've had."

He said he did not have a specific reason for choosing cancer treatment, but has been impressed by talks with Sinai officials, as "they were telling me what a first-class, comprehensive facility they were building."

He was familiar with Sinai -- his three daughters were all born there -- but had not previously been active with the hospital.

Lapidus is chairman of Hopkins Federal Savings Bank, a bank with offices in Pikesville and Highlandtown. He said he has also been a real estate developer.

Dr. Alan M. Levine, director of the cancer institute at Sinai, said the gift would help Sinai continue to develop its cancer program.

In addition to expanding the types of medical treatment offered, he said, the cancer program is adding services such as counseling and transportation for patients. A new "image-enhancement" program will include such services as wigs and protheses.

The outpatient center will include a 14-bed chemotherapy unit, he said, allowing the hospital to replace an old facility which is "overflowing."

He said the center will launch a "comprehensive marketing program" next month, but had not set specific goals for increased patient volume.

Pub Date: 5/20/99

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