July 14, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New MUSC cardiology center to help heal hearts
Charleston, SC, (July 14, 2008) – The Medical University of South Carolina will open a new clinic this fall to help patients reduce their risk of developing the nation’s leading cause of death, cardiovascular disease, thanks to substantial underwriting by Charlestonians Wally and Bev Seinsheimer.
The Seinsheimer Cardiovascular Health Program, to be located on the first floor of the university’s Ashley River Tower, will offer comprehensive cardiovascular exams, nutrition assessments, counseling, rehabilitation, weight management, and exercise as means to improving cardiovascular health.
Only a few other clinics in the U.S. offer comprehensive care in preventative cardiology, according to Dr. Michael Gold, director of the Medical University’s Division of Cardiology.
Wally Seinsheimer, who serves on the board of directors of the MUSC Foundation, said he and Bev looked at escalating health care costs and decided the clinic was a way to help people avoid catastrophic illness. “That’s why we focused on preventative care: to make people’s lives longer and more enjoyable, to save the health care system from increased costs, and to avoid overloading the health care system.”
“I believe in prevention,” said Bev Seinsheimer. “I could stand on my soapbox all day.” She serves on the Heart & Vascular Board at MUSC, and is founder of the Women’s Heart Health Symposium. For the past two years, she has joined Dr., Pam Morris, co-director of the Medical University’s Women’s Heart Care, to present the annual event to educate women on heart disease. Morris currently serves as MUSC’s director of Preventive Cardiology and will oversee the new clinic’s operations.
The Seinsheimers originally began looking at an opportunity to build a center through a deferred legacy gift, but decided to “take a risk and do it now while we could participate in its formation and nurture its success. Thus the clinic could begin its preventative work immediately,” Bev said.
The couple committed $1 million to underwriting the program. The initial start-up costs and the first few years of operation have been funded, with the balance to come until the program is self-sufficient. The program is scheduled to open in September 2008.
The Seinsheimers describe themselves as ardent supporters of the Medical University and express excitement at the prospect of seeing the clinic in operation. “It will be the first of its kind, certainly in our region and maybe the country. It will be a real feather in the cap of a department that’s trying to say to the world that it’s one of the best America has to offer,” Wally said. “We’re fortunate that one of the best institutions in the country is right here in our community,” he says.
The Seinsheimers made their gift as a commitment to the Medical University’s “Partnership of Promise” campaign, a campus-wide capital campaign that seeks to raise $300 million in private gifts. The university launched the public phase of the campaign May 1 and so far has received over $224 million for scholarships, endowed chairs, new programs and facilities. About MUSC
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and residents, and has nearly 11,000 employees, including 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $1.6 billion. MUSC operates a 750-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital and a leading Institute of Psychiatry. For more information on academic information or clinical services, visit www.musc.edu or www.muschealth.com.
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