Alpert Foundation Extends Its Sweeping Support

Cutting-Edge Research, Global Health and Service

Warren Alpert.
Warren Alpert died in 2007, but his legacy lives on through the work of his Foundation.

The late Warren Alpert, MBA ’47, once said, “Our job is to be a catalyst in helping some of the best medical brains in the world bring us better things for mankind.” To that end, and recognizing Harvard Medical School as one of the world’s premier medical institutions, he formed a philanthropic partnership with HMS 35 years ago—a partnership that thrives today through the foundation he established.

The Warren Alpert Foundation’s support for HMS has remained steadfast,” says August “Gus” Schiesser, the Foundation’s executive director. Combined, Alpert and the Foundation have given HMS tens of millions of dollars to innovate medical education, propel basic research, advance the dean’s priorities, and create endowed professorships.

Two recent grants from the Foundation totaling $1.6 million are supporting research in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS. David Grabowski, PhD, a professor of health care policy, received $1.2 million to evaluate Medicare’s new skilled nursing facility payment system. “Late last year, Medicare changed how it pays for short-term nursing home services in the U.S.,” Grabowski explains. “Rather than paying nursing homes based on the amount of therapy they provide, this new policy pays nursing homes based on the needs of their patients.”

We would not have been able to undertake a project of this scope in such a timely way without this funding.
David Grabowski