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George W. Schaeffer Lobby Opens Within Cedars-Sinai's New Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion
On the evening of April 23, George Schaeffer, founder of OPI Products and CEO of Aloxxi International, celebrated the opening of Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion. As a thank-you for Schaeffer's generous donations to the hospital, which helped to fund the new pavilion's 2011 construction, the hospital has named the new center's lobby after the beauty industry philanthropist.
Approximately 1,900 patients, guests and staff will pass through the George W. Schaeffer Lobby on the plaza level of the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion each day. The 11-story, 440,000-square-foot facility offers convenient, state-of-the-art outpatient care and houses Cedars-Sinai’s nationally renowned Heart Institute and Neurosciences Department, all within one healing, eco-friendly building, prominently located on the corner of San Vicente Boulevard and Gracie Allen Drive in Beverly Hills.
“This visionary gift from George Schaeffer demonstrates forward-thinking philanthropy,” said Arthur J. Ochoa, senior vice president for community relations and development. “It provides critical support for novel ideas that foster advanced medical care.”
“Cedars-Sinai is my neighborhood hospital of choice, and the great doctors and staff have provided wonderful care for me and my family; this is my way of saying thank you,” said Schaeffer, who attended the black-tie opening with his wife Irina. “This building will open a new gateway to the Medical Center and bring patients and research together under one roof in a way that is exciting to the hospital and beneficial to patients near and far. I am convinced of the promise of Cedars-Sinai as a leading force in medicine, and it was a privilege to express my faith in the future through this gift.”