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Local family makes lead gift for Heart and Vascular Institute at Memorial

Modesto, CA – Memorial Hospital Foundation announced the receipt of a generous $100,000 donation from the Bruno family — long-time residents of Modesto — to help kick off a public campaign to raise funds for a Heart and Vascular Institute in the Central Valley.

The Heart and Vascular Institute will be located at Memorial Medical Center (MMC), part of Northern California’s Sutter Health network of hospitals. The Foundation hopes to raise one million dollars from the community to contribute toward the projected three million dollar cost of the project.

The Bruno family, including matriarch Barbara, and sons Mathew and Tony, is excited to help with the project. “We experienced first-hand the benefits of receiving care from our local medical center,” said Tony, currently serving on the Memorial Hospital Foundation board. “When our dad, Matt, was treated at MMC, we very much appreciated the compassionate care he received.”

This donation is made in honor of Dad, and on behalf of Mom and our entire family,” he continued. “There are so many positives to receiving care locally, and we are extremely happy to help bring this to Memorial.”

“We are so thankful that the Bruno family agrees that there is a need for an institute, and their lead gift has already started the ball rolling in terms of additional giving,” said Lisa Hume, Director of Philanthropy for Sutter Health in the valley area.

In addition to the Bruno family lead gift, the Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a $100,000 commitment from Tom Eakin, the owner of MTC Distributing, a longtime Modesto business. Tom’s gift is his way of expressing gratitude for the care he received from his medical team, including his physician.

Memorial Medical Center employees, volunteers and the physician medical community have also begun contributing to the fund. The emphasis at the Heart and Vascular Institute at Memorial Medical Center will be not only on providing new treatments for heart disease, but also on new ways of preventing the devastating illness.

“A heart and vascular institute is going to benefit our community by helping us coordinate care for patients,” said Amar L. Pohwani, M.D., co-director for the planned institute. “We will be able to provide many of the services patients previously received in locations outside of our area.” Recently, cardiac physicians performed the area’s first transcatheter atrial valve replacement (TAVR) procedures at Memorial Medical Center– an example of the new services the physicians and staff at the institute will be able to continue to pioneer. “By bringing together the latest technology, highly trained physicians, resources and knowledge, MMC will usher in a new era of cardiovascular care, heart health, disease prevention and vitality to the Central Valley,” said Hume. To learn more about the fundraising campaign and ways to contribute, those interested can contact Memorial Hospital Foundation by calling 209-530-3600