Less than a decade after Northwell Health and Hofstra University partnered to open a radically innovative medical school, Don and Barbara donated $61 million in transformational gifts to support our future doctors, nurses and researchers. Their extraordinary generosity created a $50 million endowment to provide scholarship support for students at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, created and endowed the Barbara Hrbek Zucker Emerging Scientists Program at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and provided scholarships for nursing students.
In 1999, the couple emerged as advocates for mental health care. Their insight and generosity allowed Northwell to build and open an ambulatory care pavilion and a new inpatient pavilion at Zucker Hillside Hospital, which was named in honor of their support. Don also took an active interest in the innovative work of John Kane, MD, senior vice president for Behavioral Health Services and chairman of Psychiatry, who has developed advanced technologies for treating schizophrenic patients and others living with mental disease.