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A $10 million gift to Beaumont Hospital-Troy will restart construction of a state-of-the-art educational center for Beaumont’s medical school and expand space to care for critical needs patients.

The gift by Frances and Dominic Moceri of Oakland County was announced Thursday. It is the largest in the hospital’s 38-year history.

The donation will fund construction of the Frances and Dominic Moceri Family Learning Center and the Frances and Dominic Moceri Medical Intensive Care Unit. It will also establish the Moceri Learning Center Endowment, Beaumont Hospital – Troy President Nancy Susick said.

Construction on both the learning center and ICU had begun on the Beaumont campus but stalled in 2008 due to financial concerns, Susick said. The gift allows both projects to restart and finish.

The 20,000-square-foot learning center will serve as an educational hub for physicians, nurses and medical students as well as students of Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Susick said it will contain a simulation lab where physicians, nurses and others use mannequins to practice surgeries and other care for traumatic injuries.

“This is something we had been hoping to achieve since 2008. Not only will it assist our staff, physicians and nurses, we have volunteers and medical students this will help. It provides them training for complex illness and injuries,” Susick said.

The center will also host community health and wellness offering events and programs for the public.

The gift also allows for completion of a 12-bed, private-room medical Intensive Care Unit, to be located on the fifth floor of the hospital’s critical care tower. The area is currently shell space and the Moceri gift will complete, equip and furnish the unit.

The Moceris will be recognized Nov. 3 at Beaumont Hospital-Troy when construction of the center will be announced.

Dominic Moceri, of Moceri Development, said he was thrilled with how the money will be used.

“You don’t become poor from giving,” said Dominic Moceri said. “We learned long ago that our primary focus has to be to create communities that are not only beautiful but sustainable, healthy places for families to live.”

Frances Moceri said they were approached by Beaumont with an opportunity to help.

“I said to my husband that we should do this. We have been so fortunate and our greatest joy is giving to causes that help make lives better. We are very excited about what is going to happen at Beaumont because this gift will help prevent illnesses, save lives and take care of those who need first rate medical attention,” she said.

JChambers@detroitnews.com

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