The second-largest gift to a community hospital in the United States will be used to establish a dedicated space for heart-related procedures and hospital stays, as well as enhanced patient support and navigation services. Among other things, the center will expand Piedmont’s capacity to participate in and lead cardiovascular research studies and share its work with other national experts in cardiovascular care.
Bernie Marcus, who helped create Home Depot, signed the Giving Pledge in 2010. In 2012, the Marcus Foundation gave $20 million to establish the Marcus Heart Valve Center, which has since made Piedmont Atlanta a destination for patients with heart valve problems and for physicians wanting to learn more about the latest advances in treatment for patients with vascular issues.
"We are humbled and honored that the Marcus Foundation chose once again to invest its resources in Piedmont," said Kevin Brown, president and CEO of Piedmont Healthcare. "This gift is perfectly timed to help accelerate the growth of Piedmont Heart and refresh the Atlanta campus with a focus on clinical excellence, patient safety, and a customer-centric approach to the healthcare experience."