The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has announced a $10 million commitment from Joe and Linda Chlapaty in support of cardiovascular research.
Combined with a $5 million estate gift pledged by the couple last spring, the commitment will support cardiovascular research efforts at the Interdisciplinary Research Facility, a 305,000-square-foot complex that when completed will anchor an innovation district being built on the university's west campus. In recognition of the couple's support, the fifth floor of the facility will be named the Linda and Joe Chlapaty Research Laboratories.
The Chlapatys were inspired to make the gift after Joe, who retired in 2017 as chair, president, and CEO of Advanced Drainage Systems, was treated for atrial fibrillation at OSU's Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital. OSU's Heart and Vascular Center is considered a national leader in the treatment of AFib.
"This generous gift is a remarkable testament to Joe and Linda's deep commitment to the work we're doing at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center," said Hal Paz, executive vice president and chancellor for health affairs at Ohio State and CEO of the Wexner Medical Center. "Philanthropic investments like theirs allow us to bring our many talented researchers together to target life threatening health conditions, such as heart disease, that affect so many in our community."