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Southampton Hospital Receives $5 Million Gift to Fund the New Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center

September 4, 2012

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Philanthropists Audrey and Martin Gruss have made an extraordinary gift of $5 million to Southampton Hospital and the Eastern Long Island community that will benefit from their foresight and generosity. Their support will create The Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center as a new facility at the Hospital. The Center will provide stroke treatment and carotid stents as needed and consolidate a broad spectrum of new and sophisticated diagnostic and treatment capabilities with existing cardiovascular programs and services. New core components include:

  • The construction of an advanced endovascular surgical suite for interventional treatment of stroke and vascular disease.
  • The new endovascular OR will be “hybrid,” placing the latest imaging technology in the sterile environment of an operating room. Procedures will include carotid stenting to prevent and treat stroke, aneurism repair, and treatment of vascular, peripheral arterial and abdominal occlusive diseases.
  • A noninvasive cardiovascular suite for diagnosis of coronary and vascular illness.
  • An advanced heart and stroke monitoring center to provide connections to tertiary and open-heart centers.
  • A stroke and heart simulation education center to provide ongoing skills training for healthcare professionals.

Audrey Gruss, President of the Audrey & Martin Gruss Foundation, said, “It is well-known that the over-50 age group has the highest probability of experiencing a stroke or heart attack. Martin and I felt it was important that our local hospital have the capability to conduct stroke and vascular distress intervention.” Gruss added, “We are gratified by this addition to Southampton Hospital, knowing that members of our community will be able to get the heart and stroke medical care they need, when and where they need it.”

Cardiovascular Disease, of which heart disease and stroke are most common, is the leading cause of death nationally as well as in New York State and Long Island. Given a geographically remote location, heart disease and stroke are a particular concern for the communities served by Southampton Hospital. “Creation of The Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center will be transformational for us, significantly advancing the Hospital’s ability to diagnose and treat stroke and cardiovascular disease,” comments Robert S. Chaloner, President and CEO of Southampton Hospital, “This timely and important initiative will undoubtedly save lives.”

For More Information Contact: Marsha Kenny · 631-726-8700 · mkenny@southamptonhospital.org

SOURCE Southampton Hospital


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