(From left) James Collins; Dr. David T. Feinberg, presenting the proclamation; Robert Draine; Dr. David Reuben (FEL ’88), chief of the Department of Geriatric Medicine; and Dr. Brandon Koretz (RES ’99, FEL ’00), co-chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine.
In a special, private ceremony, Dr. David T. Feinberg (RES ’92, FEL ’94), president of UCLA Health System, presented longtime UCLA benefactor Robert Draine with a Dean’s Letter of Proclamation for his ongoing support of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA — particularly the UCLA Division of Geriatrics and the UCLA Longevity Center. Draine has contributed more than $550,000 to the university and was the creative force behind the development of several successful programs. In addition, numerous friends he has introduced to these important UCLA programs have contributed additional resources.
When Draine wanted to honor his late wife, Patricia, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, he provided the impetus to establish the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program. He has been involved in numerous efforts to promote and expand the program, as well as raise additional funds. In addition to his personal contributions, he engaged James Collins to provide a lead gift for the program. Draine was instrumental in developing a method for patients to communicate electronically with physicians through a secure website, which promoted doctor-patient relations and gave physicians the ability to electronically prescribe, thus bringing in additional clinical revenue. In addition, his funding named a patient room in the north wing of UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica in memory of Patricia Draine.