The New Children's Center at Johns Hopkins

June 10, 2007 - Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Baltimore

I am delighted to share with you wonderful news about our new home for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. When the new children’s hospital opens in the spring of 2011, it will be called the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center at Johns Hopkins, named in honor of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s mother. Although a press release has been issued, I want to reach out to you personally.

You may be aware that The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center — now under construction along with a separate but connected adult cardiovascular and critical care facility — is part of one of the largest hospital construction projects in the country. As you know, it will house emergency, surgical, interventional, critical and acute care services for infants and children, and provide even more opportunities for us to excel in pediatric care, research, and training.

Charlotte R. Bloomberg, 99, was born in New Jersey, the daughter of a Russian immigrant father and an American mother. She graduated from high school at 16 and is often credited by her son, Michael, for his strong work ethic and belief in the importance of giving back. She graduated from New York University. She and her late husband, William Bloomberg, both worked for dairy companies and raised their children, Michael and Marjorie, in Medford, Mass. Mrs. Bloomberg has been active in the cultural and civic life of Medford, where she still lives, and of metropolitan Boston.

Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York since 2002, is a 1964 engineering graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and a longtime supporter of the university and Johns Hopkins Medicine. He served as the chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2002, devoting hundreds of hours a year to Johns Hopkins. He also is the largest donor in the 132-year history of the Johns Hopkins Institutions. The university's School of Hygiene and Public Health was named the Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2001 to recognize his continued commitment and support.

I am very grateful for the generosity of the Bloomberg family, as I am for all of the faculty and staff that have tirelessly contributed their time and talent to our hospital. Without your help, we could not have made the amazing discoveries we have over the past century that keep advancing the practice of pediatric medicine worldwide. The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center at Johns Hopkins will take us to the next level in providing exceptional care for our young patients.

We will continue to pay tribute to our pioneer benefactor, Harriet Lane, in our new home, as we welcome our newest champion for children’s health - Charlotte Bloomberg.


George J. Dover, M.D.