Center of Excellence Fund
Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, home to New Jersey’s largest Cardiac Surgery Program and world-class medical experts, can expand research, improve programs and broaden educational offerings with your participation in its Center of Excellence Fund. Monies will strengthen the already high-quality care given to a growing volume of patients in need of cardiovascular care in our communities.
The Need: $100,000
Cardiac Patient Support Fund
The Cardiac Patient Support Fund provides underserved, uninsured and underinsured patients who access the Cardiology Clinic or the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program with support to cover essential medications, transportation to and from appointments and other non-medical needs that are not covered by Medicare.
The Need: $20,000
Echocardiograms are essential diagnostic tests for a variety of cardiovascular conditions from chest pain, dizziness and palpitations to tumors, heart valve leakage and heart anomalies. Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute seeks funding for the purchase of two additional Philips EPIQ CVx echocardiography machines to ease the burden of long wait times for these crucial tests.
The Need: $223,115
Civco ASTRA TEE Probe Cleaning Machine
Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a test that uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to make detailed pictures of your heart and arteries. Certain conditions of the heart are better seen with TEE, such as mitral valve disorders, blood clots or masses inside the heart, a tear of the lining of the aorta and the structure and function of artificial heart valves.
In order to properly care for the TEE probe, a machine that both disinfects and downloads data is required. This process is highly regulated and must be well documented to comply with the Centers for Disease Control, The Joint Commission and other governing body requirements. The ASTRA TEE Probe Cleaning Machine simplifies the recording of this large amount of data with each high-level disinfection cycle.
The Need: $39,888
Vyntus VO2 Stress Test Machine
An exercise stress test is used to determine how well your heart responds during times when it's working its hardest. The Vyntus VO2 Stress Test Machine provides high-precision test results utilizing high-end sensor technology. At Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, the machine will be used to support heart failure patients.
The Need: $82,173
One-Year Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology
The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute is one of the busiest centers in the United States, performing over 5,000 cardiac catheterizations per year. The expansion of fellowships is vital.
The General Cardiology Fellowship Program, which launched in 2011 under the leadership of Barry Cohen, MD, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory for Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, is for a fellow who has completed three years of internal medicine residency, three years of general cardiology fellowship and is now looking to become a sub-specialist in treating patients with coronary artery disease with cardiac catheterization and coronary stenting procedures.
The Need: $109,000
Cardiac Clinical Data Repository
We wish to create a Cardiac Clinical Data Repository, a database that consolidates information on Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients treated at Morristown and Tufts Medical Centers, to improve our understanding of this complex disease. Patient data such as demographics, medications, test results and hospital admissions will be gathered and tracked. Once the data is analyzed, it will be published and shared with cardiologists worldwide, giving them a proven set of standards to evaluate and treat patients.
The Need: $359,000
Sports Cardiology Research Foundation
We wish to create a research foundation, led by Matthew Martinez, MD, director of Atlantic Health System Sports Cardiology at Morristown Medical Center, to track the heart health of both young and retired professional athletes in collaboration with Athletic Heart, an organization that provides sports cardiac imaging and screenings on young athletes and professional sports teams in the U.S. and globally. Funds raised will cover the fee of the images and test results for 100 players. Findings will be evaluated to assess a player’s HCM risk or other underlying heart issues.
The Need: $250,000
Sports Cardiology Symposium
Our Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) team would like to hold a symposium, “Sports Cardiology Care for Professional and Elite Athletes” to educate professional sports associations on best practices in sports cardiac health and inform them of the latest research. Donors can be named as symposium sponsors or private underwriters. The event will be held at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility in Florham Park and Morristown Medical Center.
The Need: $100,000
Project Heartbeat: AED Community Education and Distribution
We wish to purchase 80 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) – devices that restore normal heartbeats or restart a heartbeat if it stops during a cardiac event. Devices will be distributed to high schools and colleges, town recreational sports organizations, faith-based groups and senior centers at an educational event where participants will be trained to use this life-saving device.
The Need: $100,000
COVID Athlete Cardiac Research Study
The study will examine the health data of COVID-positive athletes to look at short-term outcomes, including how many patients experienced cardiac involvement or complications. Six to nine months later, researchers will re-take their health data and look for changes. This information can be used by physicians, professional sports organizations and trainers to assess an athlete’s risk for cardiac issues caused by the virus and determine appropriate treatment and safety measures for the future.
The Need: $50,000
Endowed Cardiology Division Chairs
Morristown Medical Center seeks to endow key division chair positions at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, ranked in the top 50 cardiology and heart surgery programs in the nation. Endowed positions are one of the hallmarks of a quality medical center and establishing them at Gagnon will further enhance its national stature, attract luminary physicians who wish to work with the best in the field, and provide discretionary funds for the chair holder to expand services, advance research, enhance education and promote collaboration between clinical areas.
The Need: $2 million (per chair)
Cardiac HCM General Support
Sudden cardiac arrest is often caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). HCM symptoms overlap with other medical ailments, making them difficult to diagnose and treat. Some patients experience shortness of breath, exercise intolerance, chest pressure, pain and fainting, while others experience no symptoms before sudden cardiac failure. Advanced diagnostic care and treatment are available at the Chanin T. Mast Center for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute – the only dedicated HCM program in the state and one of only two on the East Coast.
The Need: $250,000
Hand-held Cardiac Ultrasound
The Sonosite SII-Wave Ultrasound System equips physicians with a visual of the point of entry to an artery during a cardiac catheterization, allowing the physician to choose the best entrance sight for testing heart abnormalities and blockages. This hand-held device enables an accurate diagnosis and displays the most precise image on the market today. Three hand-held cardiac ultrasound units are needed for use in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute.
The Need: $38,500 (for three ultrasound units)
If you have any questions, or if you would like to support a funding need for Cardiovascular Care, please contact Susan Johns, major gift officer, at 973-593-2413.
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