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Grand opening of new $35M WSU medical facility set for June 5

The Wayne State University School of Medicine will celebrate the grand opening dedication and open house for its new Richard J. Mazurek, M.D. Medical Education Commons on Friday, June 5 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The $35 million, three-story facility, 53,000-square-foot facility will represent the new face of the nationís largest single-campus medical college.

The building, built entirely with private donations, is named for Richard J. Mazurek, M.D., a 1961 graduate of the School of Medicine. Dr. Mazurek, now deceased, was honored with a naming gift of $10.2 million by his partner, Nick Labedz.

Although Mazurek practiced primarily in the Los Angeles area, Labedz says, "We're Detroit guys." They met while attending Wayne State, and Labedz says it was a "no-brainer" for him to direct funds there that were left for him to bequeth as he saw fit.

Mazuerk specialized in family practice. He also worked in real estate and taught at the University of California Los Angeles. Labedz characterizes him as a "hands-on guy" who was "big into education."

Labedz also donated money to University of Detroit Jesuit, the high school that Mazurek attended. He will be present at the dedication -- as well as Tuesday's School of Medicine commencement ceremony.

Source: Nick Labedz
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh

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