Ohio State University has announced an $18 million gift from Bob and Corrine Frick to establish a center dedicated to treating those with heart failure and arrhythmia at the university's Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital.
The gift will establish the Bob and Corrine Frick Center for Heart Failure and Arrhythmia, which is scheduled to open its doors to patients later this year at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Although patients who develop arrhythmia often suffer heart failure — and vice versa — care for patients with such disorders typically is not coordinated, leaving patients to spend additional time seeing doctors and waiting for tests, decisions, and procedures. To create an environment conducive to the development of novel treatments and the education of future physician-researchers, the gift also will fund a chair in heart failure, three new research chairs, and a professorship and fellowship, all in the specialty of heart failure and arrhythmia.
Heart disease has hung like a shadow over the Frick family. Both of Bob Frick's parents, as well as three uncles, one aunt, two brothers, and a daughter have all suffered from heart disease, and Frick himself suffered a heart attack at the age of 40. Eleven years after his attack, Frick had triple bypass surgery, and later that year his brother, Bernie, died from arrhythmia and heart failure. Since then, Frick has had several ablations for two types of irregular heart rhythms and has had a defibrillator implanted in his chest.
"I wouldn't be here without the expert care from my cardiology team at the Ross. They saved me, so Corrine and I are honored to put our money into innovative treatments and medical research at Ohio State so they can save countless others," said Frick. "Maybe someday they can find a cure, and in the meantime we can support them as they find new ways to help patients live well."
"We are deeply grateful to Bob and Corrine for their incredible gift," said OSU president Michael V. Drake. "This is a remarkable example of how our doctors, nurses, and staff members provided a patient and his family with unmatched treatment over the course of many years, resulting in generosity that will help others for generations to come."