April 13, 2012
Under blustery skies and in late afternoon sun, The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and Sheikh Zayed Tower were dedicated Thursday, April 12. More than 1,000 high-profile, national and international dignitaries and donors assembled under the canopy of the $1.1 billion, state-of-the-art new Johns Hopkins Hospital Building. Among them was New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, whose $120 million gift significantly contributed to the high-tech facility’s design. DEDICATION VIDEO
Joining him on the stage at Johns Hopkins was His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for whose grandfather the adult tower was named. Bloomberg and his sister, Majorie Tiven, named the children’s center for their mother.
The ceremony honoring the new building’s many donors featured Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels; The Frances Watt Baker, M.D., and Lenox Baker, Jr., M.D., Dean of the Medical Faculty and Chief Executive Officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine Edward D. Miller; President of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and Executive Vice President of Johns Hopkins Medicine Ronald R. Peterson; and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. Additional speakers: Oby Okoye, Johns Hopkins nurse clinician; Doris Fader, a member of The Women’s Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital; Peter C. Agre, Johns Hopkins professor of Biological Chemistry and 2003 recipient of the Nobel Prize; Robert Imes, a Johns Hopkins painter; and Lauren P. Adams, a contributing artist.
Bloomberg was introduced on stage by pediatric patient Gavin Michel-Baird.
The dedication, which ended with Gavin cutting a ceremonial ribbon with dissection scissors used by medical technician Vivien Thomas (a pivotal player in the development of heart surgery at Johns Hopkins in the 1940s), was laced with performances by local children and young adults, including Peabody Conservatory musicians, Peabody Preparatory dancers, All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis, Johns Hopkins University South Asian A Cappella Group Kranti, the Northwestern High School Choir; and musician Ellen Cherry.
When it was all over, donors streamed into the new buildings for a reception and tours. Before joining them, Gavin (below) gathered some of the confetti streamers.The buildings open to the public May 1.
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