US philanthropist and music theater producer Vera Guerin is no stranger to giving generously. Over the years she has donated substantial amounts of money to various medical-based causes. For example, in 2008 she gave $5 million for the research section of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Women’s Guild Lung Institute. If that were not enough, just five years later, Guerin was in full force again, with her $10 million check at the hospital enabling it to open the Vera and Paul Guerin Family Congenital Heart Program. As well, a further $10 million was given for the endowment of two academic chairs: one in pulmonary medicine and the other for pediatric neurosurgery. The money was also used to support the hospital’s new outpatient services building.
In addition to her generous monetary assistance, Guerin is both Vice Chair and Chair-Elect of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Directors. In the past she held a key role – President – at the Women’s Guild Lung Institute and trustee at the Harvard-Westlake School.
Advisory boards Guerin has served on include: Stephen S. Wise Temple; Skirball Culture Center.