The $9 million, 14,000-square-foot center will consolidate the hospital's outpatient cardiac care services into a single location, enabling staff to better manage and treat cardiac patients, particularly those in heart failure. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2019, the new facility will be named the Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center.
The gift builds on a $3 million gift made by the couple in 2009 to establish the Ernst Cardiovascular Center in memory of Max Ernst's late wife, Ellen. "When we made the gift in 2009, we told everyone if we saved one life, it would be worth it," said Ernst. "Since that time, we are very satisfied with the excellent care the team has provided."
"Through their incredible support, Max and Debra have demonstrated that it doesn't take a medical degree to save a life," said Beaumont, Royal Oak chief of cardiovascular surgery Marc Sakwa. "All it takes is a heart and a desire to help others."