Medical Center Honors Elliott Landsman

Receives First Dr. David Satcher Community Health Achievement Award

April 08, 2003

The University of Rochester Medical Center presented Rochester developer and philanthropist Elliott Landsman with its inaugural Dr. David Satcher Community Health Achievement Award. Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher M.D. was in town to personally present the first award to Landsman in recognition of his outstanding service and commitment to improving the lives and health of Rochester citizens.

As president and chief executive officer of Landsman Development Corp. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Mayzon Corp., Landsman has developed dozens of industrial, commercial, office, retail and residential spaces totaling more than three million square feet. Yet his contributions to Rochester go far beyond his successful business enterprises. He has served in leadership positions with dozens of community organizations, and has been an innovator in developing affordable commercial and residential housing.

According to Jay H. Stein, M.D., CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center, the award is a natural extension of the Medical Center’s Project Believe initiative, a community-wide effort it is leading to help make Rochester America’s healthiest community by 2020.

"As we combine forces with community organizations and individuals to help improve Rochester’s health status, it seems only fitting to recognize those who have been tirelessly working to make Rochester a better place to live," Stein said. "Elliott’s commitment to and active involvement with many of Rochester’s civic and charitable organizations have positively changed the life of thousands and thousands of Rochestarians. We are honored to select him as the first recipient of the Dr. David Satcher Community Health Achievement Award."

Landsman has served on the Boards of Directors of many organizations including the United Way, Rochester Downtown Development Council, ARC of Monroe County and the Anthony L. Jordan Foundation. He has served in leadership positions with the Rehab Facilities Holding Company, the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester, and Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. For more than two decades, an active Pediatric Scholar Exchange Program has occurred between the Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel due to Landsman’s generous support.

In 1990, he helped convert the Bond Clothing Factory on Hart Street into a magnet center for educational and health services organizations. Beginning with just 18,000 square feet of space, today the complex contains well over 200,000 sq. feet, housing such tenants as the Family Learning Center, Anthony Jordan Health Center and Head Start.

Landsman is also a strong supporter of affordable residential housing, and this year was the first recipient of the Hope Award from the Bishop Sheehan Housing Foundation for outstanding contributions to affordable housing in our community.

Project Believe was launched in October 2000 by the University of Rochester Medical Center with the goal of making Rochester America’s healthiest community by 2020. In March of 2002, David Satcher, M.D., the 16th U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, was brought on board as the Medical Center’s Senior Advisor for Community Health. To date, the Medical Center and its community partners have launched more than 30 health interventions in the community.

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