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Houston philanthropist Elaine Finger gifts $2M towards UH innovation
A noted Houston philanthropist made a $2 million gift to the University of Houston to advance health care business innovation.
Elaine Finger, wife of the late real estate giant Marvy Finger, made the $2 million donation that will go toward an endowed chair to advance education, research, and innovation in business and health care at the University of Houston. The Elaine W. Finger Endowed Chair in Health Care Business Innovation is a joint appointment in the C.T. Bauer College of Business and the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine. The project will aim to catalyze innovative advancements to help the university into a leading hub for innovative solutions.
The endowment was made through the Bauer Foundation, and will be matched dollar-for-dollar via UH’s Aspire Fund. The Aspire Fund is a grant program created by the gift of an anonymous donor that matches all eligible gifts up to $50 million — for a total of $100 million — and is aimed to assist in education, health care innovation research, and industry outreach.
“An investment in health care business innovation is far more than a gift, it is a visionary commitment to the future of healthcare in Houston and beyond,” Diane Z. Chase, UH senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, says in a news release. “The establishment of this Chair is a testament to our shared dedication to developing solutions that will shape the health care landscape for generations to come.”
Bauer College launched the Healthcare Business Institute, or HBI, this summer to address research and innovative solutions for quality, cost and access concerns. HBI also works to connect students, faculty and researchers from Bauer, the Fertitta Family College of Medicine and the highly ranked health law program at the UH Law Center, and other UH programs.
UH will search for a new chair that according to the university, “will be considered a thought leader in health care innovation" and who is of high national prominence and able to elevate the stature of the University of Houston by bringing a record of achievements recognized by membership in the National Academy of Science, National Academy of Medicine or another national academy related to the field of study.
Ravi Aron, research director and professor of health care strategy, currently leads HBI.
This article by Mike Damante originally ran on our sister site InnovationMap.