The Jefferson 2000 Fund
Center for Preventive Cardiology Receives Vital Support
A major gift from a local businessman has laid the groundwork for a new
Jefferson program for the prevention of cardiovascular disease.
R. Richard Williams, president of Valquip Corporation, a Malvern-based distributor
of industrial flow control equipment, has pledged $100,000 in support of
the Center for Preventive Cardiology. Under the guidance of Howard H. Weitz,
MD, director of the division of cardiology, and Perry J. Weinstock, MD,
director of clinical cardiology, the Center will help people who have had
a heart attack, cardiovascular surgery or coronary angioplasty, as well
as those who are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Establishment
of the Center will ensure that the division's personalized, integrated approach
to prevention becomes a part of routine patient care.
The campaign committee for the Center for Preventive Cardiology, headed
by Mr. Williams, set a goal of $1.25 million to create an endowed professorship
in preventive cardiology. "We are honored and grateful that Dick Williams
has made this generous gift," said Dr. Weitz. "An endowed professorship
will give us the freedom to develop patient care and research that will
help countless people lead longer, more productive lives."
According to Dr. Weitz, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of
death in the United States and affects more than 70 million Americans. For
decades, Jefferson has been in the forefront of treating heart disease.
The invention of the heart-lung machine at Jefferson enabled our surgeons
to perform the world's first open-heart surgery in 1953. By integrating
advanced research and clinical practice at the Center, Jefferson maintains
it's leadership in providing effective prevention strategies tailored to