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Love is in the air in February as we celebrate Valentine’s Day. With images of hearts on treats and cards, our physicians seize the opportunity to encourage us to make health decisions for hearts as well.

Below is a summary of transformational gifts made to support cardiology and heart health since 2020:

  • In July 2022, Bloomberg Philanthropies invested $115M to Resolve to Save Lives, a global public health non-profit organization focused on preventing deaths from heart disease. This announcement follows a 2017 investment of $100 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies that launched RTLS’s Cardiovascular Health programs bringing the total investment from Bloomberg Philanthropies to RTSL to $215 million.
  • In October 2022, The University of Toronto received $90M CAD from the Rogers Foundation establishing the Ed Rogers Centre for Health Research – a collaborative initiative harnessing the strengths of its three institutional partners: The Hospital for Sick Children, University Health Network, and the University of Toronto.
  • In March 2020, Henry Ford Health System received a $25M donation from Chris and Lisa Jeffries supporting the growth and expansion of Henry Ford’s Precision Medicine, with the ultimate goal of creating a Precision Health Center. The efforts will have a robust focus on the advancement of cancer research and treatment, while also expanding to other medical specialties treating behavioral health, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
  • In February 2022, Neil G. Bluhm and the Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation donated $45M to establish the Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Heart Hospital at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The gift expands cardiac care capacity and addresses health equity by providing greater access to Northwestern Medicine’s cardiovascular care.
  • In July 2023, the Texas Heart Institute received a $32M bequest from the late Frederick M. Weissman to support cardiovascular research.
  • In September 2021, Boston Children’s Hospital announced a $20M from the Benderson Family Foundation to fuel discoveries in the treatment of pediatric heart disease. In recognition of this gift, the hospital renamed its combined cardiovascular programs the Benderson Family Heart Center at Boston Children’s Hospital.
  • In February 2023, NCH Healthcare System celebrated a $20M gift from the Rooney Foundation, naming the cardiac program across NCH Healthcare the Rooney Heart Institute.
  • In October 2021, the West Pavilion at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center renamed the Phil and Penny Knight Pavilion in honor of Phil and Penny Knight’s philanthropy which surpassed $100M with this investment.
  • In January 2020, Catholic Medical Center celebrated a $15M donation from Grace and Ken Solinsky, creating the Ken and Grace Solinsky Center. The Ken and Grace Solinsky Center will house an expanded Emergency Department, headquarters for the New England Heart & Vascular Institute, additional operating rooms, and up to 90 private patient rooms.
  • In July 2020, Sequoia Hospital received a $10M donation from an anonymous private foundation to support substantial renovations within the hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute.
  • In February 2021, the Bethesda Foundation donated $10M to establish the TriHealth Heart Hospital. The project added another 40,000 square feet of clinical space to the Bethesda North Campus and will modernize another 80,000 square feet of existing space.

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