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|(From left) Vice President of Support & Facilities Services Kyle Howell, Anne Trotter, the Rev. Clyde Hill Sr., Faiz Rehman, M.D., President/CEO J. Larry Read, Wyck Knox, Mayor Deke Copenhaver, R. Lee Smith Jr. and Randy Smith, M.D.
University Dedicates New Heart & Vascular Institute
February 17, 2009 (AUGUSTA, GA) – Amid the cheers of physicians, patients and community leaders, University Health Care System dedicated its new Heart & Vascular Institute today, the largest, most comprehensive program of its kind in the region.
The Institute is the final phase and the crown jewel of University’s $93.6 million renovation and expansion project, the largest in the hospital’s history.
Addressing the gathering, including Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, University President and CEO J. Larry Read emphasized the importance of this new model of care for heart and vascular patients across the region.
“A dream is being realized today – a dream that embraces our rich heritage and shapes the future of health care delivery,” Mr. Read said. “It is a dream of a heart and vascular institute that is worthy of this community and the generations of gifted physicians who continue to be drawn here to care for patients.”
The ceremony was held in part to honor the outpouring of support for the project from donors, according to Pete Brodie, President of University Health Care Foundation. The $8.4 million raised locally makes University’s capital campaign the largest in the state outside of Atlanta, Mr. Brodie said.
“I am proud of our achievement and most grateful for the support and gifts of so many people, from the physicians and employees of University, to our fantastic Volunteer Board, to our friends in the corporate community. To everyone involved, I can only say we thank you.”
Among the larger donors in attendance were Dr. Barrett and Mrs. Anne Trotter and Debbie Dennis, representing the estate of Frank S. Dennis Jr.; and several representatives of the Knox families of Thomson and Augusta, to include Mr. and Mrs. Wyck A. Knox, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Boone Knox, Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson B. Knox, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Knox Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Andrew H. Knox, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Knox Jr., Ruth A. Knox and Donald T. McNeill.
“This new facility we stand in today was needed to advance the standard of care for heart and vascular patients,” Mr. Read said. “Our staff and physicians have expertise, skill and professionalism unmatched in this region. And now we have the capacity to care for more patients than ever before, and the foundation for future expansion. We have raised the bar.”