The University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor announced Tuesday a $10 million bequest from two New York City-based philanthropists and U-M alumni. The gift will assist patients and families with expenses and access related to cardiovascular care.
“When a family faces a health crisis, the basics of everyday life can suddenly become more difficult,” says Dr. Kim A. Eagle, director of the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center and faculty director of philanthropy at the U-M Health System
“Not only does the stress of the illness or injury affect every member of the family, but the burdens of medical costs, work absence, child care, and other factors can be overwhelming,” says Eagle. “For these families, compassionate support can make the difference between despair and the strength to cope.”
The Ken and Jeanne Levy-Church Fund to Improve Cardiovascular Access will provide patients with financial assistance related to care as well as travel and lodging support to allow for participation in clinical trials at the university. Additionally, the fund will jumpstart development of new technologies to treat atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat that increases the risk of blood clots, as well as non-surgical implantation procedures.
“We are so proud that our personal legacy will now be intertwined with the University of Michigan,” says Jeanne Levy-Church, who received both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the university. “Through this gift, we are helping to shape the future impact this great institution will make on patients. We hope our commitment will inspire other alumni to do the same.”
The latest gift is part of the university’s $4 billion Victors for Michigan campaign; the health system comprises one quarter of the campaign, with a goal to raise $1 billion for medical research, patient care, and education.