The Shipley Cardiothoracic
Center - Innovation, Education & Research
Lee Memorial Health System announces the creation of The Shipley Cardiothoracic
Center - Innovation, Education & Research, located on the first
floor at Health Park Medical Center, to advance
the care and treatment of heart and lung disease. The center expands upon the
health system’s current cardiac care expertise by establishing an innovation hub
focused on patient care optimization, research, and learning opportunities for
surgical teams worldwide. A multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and
allied professionals will provide an advanced level of comprehensive and
coordinated care to patients throughout southwest Florida.
The Shipley Center for Innovation is made possible by a $2.5 million
gift by the Shipley Foundation, which is headed by Richard C. Shipley
“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of the Shipley Foundation,”
says Paul DiGiorgi, M.D. “Their gift helps us build on an already strong
foundation of cardiothoracic care in our community, allowing us to introduce a
new concept of what is possible for patients and their families, and establish a
new standard of quality care.”
The goal of the Shipley Center is to improve patient outcomes. Of special interest will be research into frailty screening to identify patients
who are deconditioned and provide prehab therapies that decrease the risk of
complications or death.
"We support people and organizations who are
passionate about their mission and open to using innovative methods and
technologies to accomplish their goals,” said Richard Shipley. “We are very
proud to partner with Dr. DiGiorgi, Dr. Hummel and their team in this endeavor.”
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the US with
more than 375,000 deaths per year. Financing of the Shipley Center is to be
provided by private philanthropy efforts. Shipley’s donation will be
supplemented by endowments established for Education & Training and Patient Care
Shipley expressed the hope that area residents and businesses will join
him in supporting this initiative.
“The innovative approach to heart disease, combined with the research and
educational components being undertaken by Dr. DiGiorgi and other professionals
at the Center will be a life-changing benefit for many in the community and will
improve the quality of life for our friends, families and neighbors for
generations to come. I hope my gift will motivate and inspire others in the
community to consider supporting this worthwhile effort.”
Those who are interested in making a donation should contact the Lee Memorial
Health System Foundation at (239) 343-6058 or
make a secure donation online.
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difficulty accessing this donation page, call
(239) 343-6950 for assistance.
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