Modell picked to lead board of Hopkins Heart Institute

Ex-Ravens owner to make gift to center in January

September 18, 2004|By Jonathan Bor | Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF

Former Baltimore Ravens owner Arthur B. Modell has been named to head the governing board of the Johns Hopkins Heart Institute, which will occupy two floors of a clinical tower due to open in 2008.

Modell, a supporter and board member of the Cleveland Clinic during his long tenure as owner of the Browns football team, said yesterday he will announce a major gift to the Hopkins center in January. The amount has not been set, he said.

"They've been very gracious to me," Modell said of those associated with the Hopkins heart program. In April last year, a Hopkins cardiologist flew to California, where Modell was suffering chest pains, and escorted him to Baltimore for tests, he said.

The tests, performed at Hopkins, indicated that he had suffered a second heart attack, and he received treatment at the East Baltimore facility. His first heart attack occurred in the 1980s.

The institute will be home to all heart specialties, including cardiology, cardiac surgery, vascular medicine, radiology and critical care anesthesia. The tower, which is projected to have 11 floors and cost more than $300 million, also will house other critical care services.

Although the institute will not open for four years, Modell said the board's work began two weeks ago, and he intends to remain involved throughout the planning process.

"We want to be involved in the design, the production and construction of the building, working with the designers and architects," Modell said.

Further details will be announced Tuesday at a news conference. In April, the Modell family completed the sale of the Ravens to Steve Bisciotti, co-founder of the Aerotek employment services company, for $600 million.

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