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Darien's McGraw Family Pledges $3M For Learning Center At Norwalk Hospital

The McGraw family has pledged $3 million for a New Learning Center at Norwalk Hospital.
The McGraw family has pledged $3 million for a New Learning Center at Norwalk Hospital. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. – The McGraw family, founders of global multimedia publishing company McGraw-Hill, is continuing its legacy of investing in community health by pledging up to $3 million in a challenge gift to establish the new McGraw Family Center for Advanced Learning at Norwalk Hospital.

Of the McGraw family’s $3 million pledge, $2 million is in the form of a challenge grant. It encourages community support by matching individual donations dollar-for-dollar.

Norwalk Hospital’s fundraising goal for the project is $5 million.

Featuring a modern library, state-of-the-art medical simulation facilities, and dedicated space for group and distance learning, the new McGraw Family Center will provide Norwalk Hospital with an optimal learning environment for healthcare providers.

“We believe the ongoing education of our entire staff is essential to high-quality care at Norwalk Hospital and across our Network,” said Dr. John M. Murphy, president and CEO of Western Connecticut Health Network, which includes Norwalk Hospital.

“This project will modernize our teaching and learning facilities to keep pace with new technology and clinical advancements. It will also enable us to combine the latest in life-saving technologies with the medical expertise and personalized care the community has come to rely upon.”

More than 1,300 students, residents, and fellows in healthcare disciplines such as internal medicine, radiology, nursing, pharmacy and social work rotate through Norwalk Hospital annually. The new learning center will be the nexus for training current hospital staff in state-of-the-art practices and interdisciplinary care.

The McGraw Family Center is the second major gift to Norwalk Hospital championed by the McGraw family, which is from Darien.

In 2015, Harold W. “Terry” McGraw III, Robert “Bob” McGraw, and Suzanne “Sue” McGraw made a $10 million gift in memory of their parents to build the Anne P. and Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center, the largest expansion project in the hospital’s nearly 125-year history.

The Center houses the Bauer Emergency Care Center, the C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Cancer Center, the James F. Guthrie, MD Center for Digestive Diseases, the Ambulatory Surgery Center, and the Christian J. and Eva W. Trefz Lobby.

“Much of our foundation’s focus is on promoting education,” said Sue McGraw. ”Through this cutting-edge facility, and with programs and curricula that place value on teamwork and clinical skill, the goal of the new Center is ultimately to improve the safety and quality of patient care.”

The new center would not be possible without philanthropic support.

“Thanks to the McGraw family and its exceptional commitment to our Hospital and the greater community, we can build upon our 50-year legacy of learning and innovation," said Norwalk Hospital President Michael Daglio. "This extraordinary gift from the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation will bring Norwalk Hospital’s learning facilities to the forefront of educational practice.”

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