$30 million gift from J. Peter and Florine Ministrelli

11/8/2007

J. Peter and Florine Ministrelli, long-time Detroit-area philanthropists, have designated a $30 million bequest through their estate to endow programs and research at Beaumont Hospitals. The bequest will benefit the Beaumont Heart and Vascular Institute and the J. Peter and Florine Ministrelli Urology Institute. The Ministrellis' cumulative giving to Beaumont now stands at more than $50 million.

"This bequest is a legacy gift to ensure continued support for these programs and makes it the largest cumulative philanthropic commitment to Beaumont," says Margaret Cooney Casey, president of the Beaumont Foundation. "The Ministrellis' extraordinary generosity provides the financial resources for Beaumont doctors and scientists to conduct leading-edge research in the fields of cardiology and urology. Their gift will influence patient care here and abroad for generations to come."

Peter Ministrelli notes, "I have been blessed with business opportunities that have enabled me to achieve a certain measure of success. Because of this, Florine and I share a responsibility to take the initiative to help others. Over the years, we have experienced first-hand the outstanding care given by Beaumont physicians and other clinical staff, and we wanted to ensure that these programs would continue well into the future."

Ministrelli-named programs that will benefit from the bequest:

Cardiology

  • The Ministrelli Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging
  • The Florine and J. Peter Ministrelli Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Research
  • The Florine and J. Peter Ministrelli Women's Heart Center
  • The Ministrelli Cardiology Research Magnetic Resonance Imaging Fund
Urology
  • The J. Peter and Florine Ministrelli Urology Institute
  • The Ministrelli Program for Urology Research and Education
  • The J. Peter and Florine Ministrelli Distinguished Chair in Urology

Among recent advances in medical research and care, funded in part by the Ministrellis, are a randomized study comparing coronary CT angiography with standard testing for chest pain diagnosis, and experimental nerve rerouting surgery to help restore bladder control to patients with spina bifida and certain spinal cord injuries.

Adds Beaumont's Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Ananias Diokno, M.D., "Florine and Peter make it possible for the talented physicians and researchers at Beaumont to develop and undertake innovative procedures and techniques, enabling them to translate ideas, concepts and dreams into reality for patients here and around the world."

The Ministrelli Program for Urology Research provides research, education and training in the Department of Urology to promote the advancement of urologic care. It enables Beaumont to continue its leadership through the purchase of equipment, expansion of education and research efforts, and by bringing innovative treatments to patients. Beaumont is one of only a few hospitals nationally that offers all three methods of surgically treating prostate cancer and has the largest number of urologic surgeons in the country specializing in robotic prostatectomies. The program also supports community awareness initiatives about urological disease prevention and treatment. The Ministrellis' generosity has made possible the formation of the Beaumont Women's Initiative for Sexual Health program and development of a departmental outcomes research program, which is currently focused on prostatectomy, interstitial cystitis and incontinence.

David Haines, M.D., corporate chief of cardiovascular medicine, says, "Through their generosity Florine and Peter have helped us to dramatically change the way we treat heart and vascular disease. Their gifts have supported vital research and led to the discovery of life-saving procedures that have directly benefited our patients."

Research conducted at the Ministrelli Advanced Cardiac Research Imaging Center in the Beaumont Heart and Vascular Institute has resulted in new standards of care, which use magnetic resonance imaging and computerized tomography equipment for diagnosing and treating specific cardiac diseases. For instance, Beaumont was the first hospital in the United States with a revolutionary 64-slice CT scanner exclusively dedicated for cardiac care. Subsequently upgraded to a Dual Source, 128-slice machine, this high-speed, high-resolution CT scanner can provide both a cardiac calcium scoring test and a coronary artery scan in as little as 25 seconds. This helps doctors to quickly determine if a patient has calcifications in heart arteries, or blocked arteries that may cause a heart attack or other heart problems.

Philanthropists J. Peter and Florine Ministrelli.

About the Ministrellis
Florine and Peter Ministrelli are both native Detroiters. Peter Ministrelli grew up during the Depression on the city's east side. The financial hardships he witnessed during that era motivated him to become an entrepreneur and chart his own destiny. Throughout his career, he became involved in many business interests, including land development in Michigan and California.

"One of the ways Florine and I are contributing to the community is by supporting Beaumont Hospitals. We are committed to advancing Beaumont's national reputation in improving people's health," Ministrelli explains.

Florine Ministrelli is particularly dedicated to raising awareness about women's heart health. She provided the initial funding five years ago for The Ministrelli Women's Heart Center at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. Today, the Center - the first of its kind in Michigan devoted to women's heart care - is a leading prototype for medical institutions across the nation.

In addition to Beaumont, the Ministrellis have given generously to many charitable causes in Michigan and throughout the United States, including the Cornerstone Schools in Detroit and the Ginopolis Charity for Children's Hospital of Michigan.

About Beaumont Hospitals
Beaumont Hospitals is a three-hospital regional health care provider with a total of 1,696 licensed beds, 18,000 employees and 3,000 physicians in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties with more than 91 medical and surgical specialties. In addition to three hospitals in Royal Oak, Troy and Grosse Pointe, it has numerous community-based medical centers in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, five nursing centers, a Research Institute, home care services and hospice. Beaumont's 1,061-bed hospital in Royal Oak is a major academic and referral center. It is the only Level I trauma center serving Oakland and Macomb counties. Beaumont's 346-bed, acute-care facility in Troy is among the nation's leading community hospitals. Recently acquired Beaumont, Grosse Pointe is a 289-bed community hospital.