Real estate executive Bruce Schonbraun and his wife, Lynn, are Livingston
residents and strong supporters of the community. Three generations of
their family make Saint Barnabas Medical Center their health care home.
When Bruce and Lynn Schonbraun moved their young family to Livingston more
than 40 years ago, they chose Saint Barnabas Medical Center as their hospital.
Over the decades, they had two sons there, and they in turn produced five
grandchildren, all of whom call Saint Barnabas their health care home.
“Three generations in the same hospital— that’s pretty
neat,” says Schonbraun.
Senior managing director and co-leader of the Real Estate Solutions practice
of New York-based FTI Consulting, Schonbraun is such a high-profile leader
of the real estate community that readers of the newsletter The Real Deal
even know he’s partial to diet peach Snapple and Laughing Cow cheese.
More important, this internationally recognized business adviser to the
public and private real estate sectors, who’s been involved in more
than $30 billion in transactions, also has a deep concern for the future
of health care.
That concern has inspired Schonbraun, 68, to give both his financial and
his professional backing to Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s new
Cooperman Family Pavilion and the accompanying parking garage. The Schonbrauns
recently pledged $5 million to support the planned five-story, 241,000-square-foot
expansion, and he is taking a leadership role as chairman of the SBMC
Expansion Oversight Committee. It’s a role he is uniquely qualified to fill.
“We recognize how important individual philanthropy
is to health care and to our medical center.”
“My wife and I feel very proud and fortunate to be in a position
to do something meaningful for our community, both financially and as
active participants,” he says. “I am at the point in my life
where I am looking to give back, and there is nothing more important to
a community than the highest level of health care. Given those needs and
my background in real estate, I thought this was an excellent connection.”
So do the leaders of the hospital. “We are extremely fortunate that
Bruce and Lynn Schonbraun are our friends and advocates,” says Barry
Ostrowsky, president and chief executive officer of Barnabas Health. “Bruce
and Lynn have been active supporters of SBMC for many years and are well
known for their involvement in the community. We appreciate their expertise,
insight and commitment to Saint Barnabas Medical Center.”
Schonbraun, who is also a trustee of Saint Barnabas, and his wife hope
their actions will be a catalyst for others in the community. “We
recognize how important individual philanthropy is to health care and
to our medical center,” he says. “Our hope is that other people
will be inspired to join me and my family to invest in the one service
that every single person will ultimately require. There is nothing more
important to any community than excellent health care.”
For more information about the Cooperman Family Pavilion or to learn more
about opportunities to support Saint Barnabas Medical Center, please call the
Development Department at 973.322.4330.