Heart & Vascular Institute Receives $500,000 Gift

(November 29, 2010) - Judith A. Thomas made a generous donation of $500,000 to the Heart & Vascular Institute at Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC). Thomas will also give $250,000 annually, beginning in 2012. The funds will be used to establish, support, and sustain the John G. Spellman, M.D., Cardiovascular Chair in honor of John Spellman, cardiologist.

The money will be used to provide a permanent source of funding to support priority needs for the cardiovascular program at MUMC. These needs will be determined by Spellman and MUMC's heart & vascular leadership. Potential uses for the funding include technology and equipment, education and training for nurses, physicians and other related healthcare professionals, facility improvement, research, programs, services, and staffing within the cardiovascular program.

"This generous donation by Ms. Thomas will help us in our fight against cardiovascular disease -- the leading killer of men and women in our region. We cannot thank Ms. Thomas enough for this extremely generous gift that will ultimately benefit our entire community," said Phillip Schaengold, J.D., MBA, Memorial Health president and CEO.

Judith A. Thomas is the founder and major shareholder of J.A. Thomas & Associates, Inc. (JATA), a nationally recognized expert in healthcare compliance and documentation. She is also a nationally recognized authority on diagnosis-related group (DRG) management. In addition, Thomas recently received an honorary doctorate degree in business administration from de River Plate Adventist University in Argentina. Since her retirement in 2005, she has devoted her time to her charitable entities.

The Heart & Vascular Institute at Memorial University Medical Center offers leading edge heart and vascular procedures, treatments, and rehabilitation programs. Services include state-of-the-art surgical facilities, innovative testing and diagnostic centers, and a team of expert physicians and nurses.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center.