June 13, 2019
Onetime Rush University Medical Center patients Joan and Paul Rubschlager have made the largest philanthropic gift in Rush’s history to partly fund the construction of a $450-million outpatient care center which now bears their names.
The donation by the Rubschlager Baking Corp.’s former owners was announced in connection with Wednesday’s groundbreaking on the 10-story, 480,000-square-foot facility on Chicago’s Near West Side.
The amount of the Rubschlagers’ donation was not disclosed. However, the Chicago Tribune reported that the previous record-holder was $45 million.
“Over the past 45 years, the Rubschlagers have been loyal and generous partners, having quietly supported clinical research and other programs at Rush,” said Diane M. McKeever, Rush’s chief development officer. “We are elated that this new building will bear their names, and recognize their philanthropy to Rush and other important charities in our city.”
First announced last August, the new facility is scheduled for a 2022 completion.
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