Release: EMBARGOED UNTIL 11 a.m. FRIDAY, SEPT. 25, 1998
UI College of Medicine receives major gift for new facility
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Sahai family of Webster City, Iowa, has contributed
$3.75 million to the University of Iowa Foundation for support of the UI
College of Medicine capital campaign, "Seeking Knowledge for Healing."
The gift includes $3.25 million for construction of the planned Medical
Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MEBRF) and more than $500,000
for a professorship announced earlier this year. The gifts were made through
the Sahai family's Foundation for Educational Excellence.
Dr. Robert P. Kelch, dean of the college, said, "The Sahai family
contribution is one of the largest received in the college's history. The
Sahais' generous support makes an enormous difference in our ability to
meet the college's campaign goals. We're deeply grateful to the Sahais
for their commitment to medical education and research at Iowa."
In recognition of the family's support to the MEBRF, two of the main
floors in the new 203,000-square-foot facility will be named the Sahai
Medical Education Center. The center will include a 250-seat auditorium
surrounding an atrium and a 125-seat seminar room. The auditorium and seminar
room will be equipped with advanced instructional technology.
The MEBRF is the central component of "Seeking Knowledge for Healing,"
the college's $25 million capital campaign publicly launched on Sept. 25.
The campaign goals also include endowments for medical and cancer research,
student scholarships and medical education professorships.
Family members making the collective gift include Subhash C. Sahai,
M.D., a 1973 graduate of the College of Medicine, and his wife, Sushma
Sahai, M.D.; his brother Anil K. Sahai, M.D., and his wife, Nutan Sahai;
their parents, Prem Sahai, M.D., and his wife, Urmila Sahai; and other
family members. The Sahai physicians practice at their clinic in Webster
City. Four of the Sahai children (grandchildren of Prem and Urmila Sahai)
are current or former students at the UI.
Speaking on behalf of the Sahai family, Subhash Sahai said, "Many
of our family members have received a wonderful education at the UI. We're
delighted to be able to give something back. As a graduate of the College
of Medicine, I am especially enthusiastic about the planned facilities
for training students."
The $3.75 million gift is the second multimillion-dollar leadership
gift to be received by the UI Foundation for the campaign. In July, the
Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine contributed $3 million to establish
the Roy J. Carver Molecular Science Research Center, which will occupy
the top two floors of the main wing in the MEBRF.
In June, the UI Foundation announced the creation of the Sahai Family
Endowed Professorship, established by the family's gift of more than $500,000.
The professorship will benefit students by providing an annual stipend
for the UI professor responsible for the core medical curriculum related
to primary care education in community settings. A faculty member will
be named to the professorship later this year.
The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred channel of support
for private contributions to all areas of the University of Iowa. Foundation
staff work with alumni, friends and businesses in seeking private gifts
for facilities improvements, scholarships, equipment, technology and other
forms of support in the health sciences and throughout the UI.