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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.