Marcus Foundation Gives $20 Million to Create Comprehensive Heart Valve Center

Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta has announced a $20 million gift from the Marcus Foundation to establish the first heart valve reference center in the United States.

The Marcus Heart Valve Center at the Piedmont Heart Institute will be a one-stop shop for patients with heart valve problems as well as for physicians wanting to learn about the latest advances in treatment for heart-valve patients. To that end, the center aims to be the first comprehensive center in the nation for heart valve care, training, and research regardless of the valve in which the damage occurs — aortic, mitral, pulmonary, and tricuspid valve — or the reason for it, whether congenital or acquired.

"This center fills a void in the community and region by offering a coordinated and integrated care model," said Sidney Kirschner, president and CEO of Piedmont Heart Institute. "Most importantly, it improves the quality of life for patients and their families. Once created, the rising demand for services and the Piedmont Heart business model ensures long-term sustainability of the center."