Pinnacle - Jupiter Medical Center

Fall 2018

Pinnacle is the official magazine of Jupiter Medical Center which provides world class health care in Palm Beach County

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40 | PINNACLE | A lifelong commitment to improving health care drives Peter Crisp to give back, and one generous recent gift helped pave the way for the Anderson Family Cancer Institute | PINNACLE | Peter Crisp DONOR PROFILE: Peter Crisp has divided his adult life into three phases: learn, earn, and return. After graduating from Yale University, he served three years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force before going back to school and earn- ing his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1960. Following HBS, he embarked on a 50-year career managing the investments of the Rockefeller family. Crisp had been a fan of Laurance Rockefeller, and one day he decided to reach out to him. "Laurance is the godfather of modern-day venture capi- tal, and I was fascinated by his interests," he says. "So I wrote him a letter—and he hired me six months later." Crisp was a founder of Venrock Associates, the Rockefeller family's highly successful venture capital firm that concentrates on making investments in early stage technology-based companies. On the "return" front, Crisp has served on the board of directors for 40 different compa- nies, as well as many nonprofit entities that focus primarily on education, community activities, and—perhaps most important to Crisp—health care. His interest in the health realm began when he was in his mid-thirties and was asked to join the board of the Com- munity Hospital in Glen Cove, New York. Shortly thereafter, explains Crisp: "The chair- man who had recruited me became terminally ill, and I was asked to take his place." That hospital is now part of Northwell Health, one of the nation's largest health care systems in the country. While at Glen Cove, Crisp over- saw the fund-raising and construction of a new emergency department, which was state-of-the-art at that time. He has also served for 42 years as a trustee of New York's Memo- rial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Following retirement, Crisp and his wife, Missy, moved to Hobe Sound. Promptly invited to join the board of the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, he became chairman a year later and served in that position from 2008 to 2013. Today, he continues to serve as an emeritus trustee and has played meaningful roles in raising funds for Jupiter Medical Center. Over the years, the Crisps have donated more than $6 million to the center—and their gift to the Anderson Family Cancer Institute was a major catalyst in attracting a $25 million donation, the largest single gift Jupiter Medical Center has ever received. "I care about Jupiter Medical Center and its transition from a community hospital to a regional medical center," says Crisp. "[Missy and I] feel it is important for a not-for-profit hospital like Jupiter Medical Center to be a top provider, and we are dedicated to helping that happen." In their downtime, Peter and Missy—who has a background in education and has served on the executive committee of the United States Golf Association for seven years and still officiates tournaments like the U.S. Open and the Honda Classic—spend time with their three daughters and nine grandchildren and summer in Essex, Connecticut as well as Fishers Island, New York. Ç By Linda Marx | Photography by Robert Nelson

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