From our earliest days, Northwell Health has counted the Mack family among our most ardent supporters.
Real estate mogul H. Bert Mack and his wife Ruth Kaufman were among the first to pledge their support when Long Island Jewish Medical Center planned to double the size of its emergency department in the 1970s.
Nearly 40 years later, their son, William L. Mack, and his wife Phyllis followed in their philanthropic footsteps by being the first to offer support of Lenox Health Greenwich Village, anchored by Manhattan’s first freestanding emergency center.
Bill and Phyllis’s gift helped bring quality health care back to Greenwich Village, where it had been absent since the closure of St. Vincent’s Hospital in 2010.
The Mack’s generosity enabled Northwell to design a state-of-the-art medical center focused on addressing health care from the patient’s perspective. Private rooms equipped with interactive monitors give patients the ability to watch TV or movies, use the internet, and learn about their illness, or video chat a loved one from within the emergency department.
"Building a state-of-the-art medical complex with 24/7 care to serve this diverse and creative population was very important to us," said Bill, a health system trustee, at the ceremony celebrating the facility’s opening.
Bill and Phyllis are known throughout Manhattan for their integrity and thoughtful philanthropy. Bill built his father’s business into the nationally renowned Mack-Cali Realty Group and now shares his highly tuned business acumen as a board member of several nonprofits and corporations around New York City.
“When you have good health and prosperity, you owe it to the community to give something back,” Bill said.
Thanks to his legacy of unwavering support, Northwell Health can chart a course for a healthier, better future.