Bluhm Family Foundation Gives $25 Million for Cardiovascular Institute

Bluhm Family Foundation Gives $25 Million for Cardiovascular Institute

Northwestern Medicine has announced a $25 million gift from the Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation in support of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.

The gift will be used to launch a first-of-its-kind center at the institute focused on the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to advance the study and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Northwestern Medicine currently is working with four companies to explore new ways to apply AI to clinical cardiovascular care, including Bay Labs, which is developing products that use AI to help clinicians process and analyze cardiac ultrasound images. Cardiac ultrasound, or echocardiography, is considered the gateway to the diagnosis and management of heart disease.

A 2005 gift from Neil G. Bluhm, founder of the Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation and founder and president of JMB Realty Corporation, established the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and facilitated the recruitment of Patrick M. McCarthy, executive director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and Heller-Sacks professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

"I'm incredibly gratified that an increasing number of people have access to the very best care," said Bluhm. "My support of Northwestern's cardiovascular program has always been about sparking transformation and creating one of the top programs in cardiac care in the nation."

"Artificial intelligence is the next frontier in breakthrough medicine, and Northwestern Medicine is leading the way by incorporating this emerging technology throughout its cardiovascular programs," said McCarthy. "Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of Americans. Artificial intelligence offers an abundance of new ways to research and treat this pernicious disease."

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