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Chronicle Of Giving Medical College of Virginia Foundation Summer 2013

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The Chronicle of Giving is published twice a year by the MCV Foundation for alumni and friends of the Medical College of Virginia Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. © 2013 MCV Foundation

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Contributors: Cristina M. Cruz, Julie I. Dillon, Elizabeth G. Howell, Nan L. Johnson, William, P. Kotti, Erin C. Lucero, Lauren Z. Moore, James T. Parrish, Julia B. Ratliff, Brian S. Thomas, and Amanda E. Van Thunen Design: Kevin E. Schindler Photography: As noted The MCV Foundation’s mission is to inspire and steward philanthropy throughout the MCV Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. Chartered in 1949, the MCV Foundation works in partnership with alumni and friends of MCV Schools, Hospitals and Massey Cancer Center.

Contents 1 Farewell to Chairman Doswell 2 Lewis Ginter Welcomes MCV Society 3 Watson Professorship Investiture 4 Philanthropy Benefits VCU Pauley Heart Center 6 Grand Opening at 12th a nd Marshall Streets 8 Massey’s Research for Life Campaign 10 Delta Dental Endows Scholarship 11 Nursing’s Cabaniss

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We support the institution in its quest: • To preserve and restore health • To seek the cause and cure of diseases • To educate those who would serve humanity

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Through your donations, the MCV Foundation provides integral support to the dedicated teachers, clinicians, researchers and students whose efforts place the MCV Campus among the world’s leading academic medical centers providing technically superb and compassionate care to patients. The MCV Foundation supports the education, research and clinical care mission of our MCV Campus Partners: School of Allied Health Professions, School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, Massey Cancer Center, MCV Alumni Association and MCV Hospitals.

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On the Cover

School of Medicine

Dr. Robert W. Waddell, M’60, and Mrs. Carolyn Waddell view the McGlothlin Medical Education Center donor wall. Building photo: Kevin E. Schindler Inset event photo: Skip Rowland

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MCV Foundation Board of Trustees

Farewell to Dr. John C. Doswell II

2012-2013

Dear John,

On behalf of your fellow Trustees and the MCV Foundation staff, it is our great pleasure to honor you for your 15 years of dedicated service to the MCV Foundation. Your decades long support of the MCV Campus and Virginia Commonwealth University has helped to preserve the history and sculpt the future of our University. We are proud to reflect on all you have contributed. Your five-year term as Chair of the MCV Foundation Board of Trustees caps a long history of leadership. We are sure you are looking forward to catching your breath after this past year’s demanding schedule when you served as both Chair of the MCV Foundation Board and Rector of VCU. Your service on the MCV Foundation Board and the VCU Board of Visitors since 1998 and your many years of service on the VCU Health System Advisory Board helped prepare you for all of the transformational work you championed at VCU. Your enthusiasm for all things VCU extends to many different aspects of the University. You worked to share your passion for VCU basketball with your fellow Trustees and fostered a friendly rivalry between the trustees of other Foundations at the University to garner more spirit at games. From your enthusiastic interaction with students at the School of Dentistry’s annual Alumni/Student Golf Invitational tournament to your

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involvement in the MCV Alumni Association as both a member and past President to your prior service on the School of Dentistry Advisory Board to your membership in the MCV Society, you are the embodiment of pride for your alma mater. Through the years, your peers have taken notice of your supreme efforts to mold a modern VCU with pride in its MCV roots. This was evident in 1993 when you received the Alumni Star Award, in 2007 when you received the Hodges-Kay Service Award for outstanding service to the MCV Alumni Association, the School of Dentistry, and VCU, and again this year when you were chosen to receive the Dr. Eugene P. Trani Award for MCV Campus Leadership at the MCV Foundation Board’s Annual Dinner. And we could not stop there. Your optimistic attitude and spirit of unity led us to create the Glass Half Full Award in your honor. You are a fun, creative leader and it has been a pleasure working with you.

Sincerely, The MCV Foundation Board of Trustees and Staff

Ralph L. Anderson, D.D.S. John O. Beckner, R.Ph. Katherine C. Bobbitt, Ed.D. Roger L. Boevé Austin Brockenbrough III Louise Oliver Brooks Charles F. Bryan, Jr., Ph.D. Thomas N. Chewning Richard M. Clary, M.D. Judith B. Collins, W.H.N.P. William D. Covington, D.D.S. Charles F. Crone Norwood H. Davis, Jr. John C. Doswell II, D.D.S. Alice T. Goodwin Ann Parker Gottwald J. William Gray, Jr., Esq. Jeffrey H. Gumenick L. Preston Hale, R.Ph. JoAnne K. Henry, Ed.D. Basil L. Hurst III Darius A. Johnson Gail W. Johnson, R.N. Barry V. Kirkpatrick, M.D. Lee B. Krumbein David A. Lyons LaTonya Mallory John W. Martin Ronald H. McFarlane Dorothy A. Pauley Rebecca T. Perdue W. Baxter Perkinson, Jr., D.D.S. John F. Philips, D.D.S. James H. Revere, D.D.S. Randolph N. Reynolds, Sr. James C. Roberts, Esq. Bertha C. Rolfe, R.Ph. T. K. Somanath James H. Starkey III Joseph M. Teefey Harry R. Thalhimer Bruce V. Thomas George W. Vetrovec, M.D. Richard P. Wenzel, M.D., M.Sc. Michelle Y. Whitehurst-Cook, M.D. Henry L. Wilton Dianne H. Wright Harold F. Young, M.D. Ex Officio Members: Michael Rao, Ph.D. President of VCU Sheldon M. Retchin, M.D., M.S.P.H. Chief Executive Officer, VCU Health System and VCU Senior Vice President for Health Sciences President: William P. Kotti, Ph.D.

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n a picture-perfect afternoon in late April, friends of the MCV Campus gathered at the Bloemendaal House at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to celebrate the eighth annual spring outing of the MCV Society. MCV Foundation President, Bill Kotti, welcomed a group of over 90 MCV Society members and guests to the Bloemendaal House’s gardens. The MCV Society and its gatherings grow every year. The Society welcomed 15 new members this year, bringing the total membership up to nearly 350. In 1994, the MCV Foundation created the Heritage Society, later renamed the MCV Society,

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to recognize and extend gratitude to those who have made provisions in their estate plans in support of any of the MCV Campus schools — Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy — as well as the VCU Medical Center, VCU Massey Cancer Center, or the Tompkins-McCaw Library. The MCV Society includes the Lawrence Society, named for Dr. Walter Lawrence, Jr., Founding Director of the VCU Massey Cancer Center. The planned gifts of the MCV Society members make a significant impact in supporting and improving every part of the MCV Campus. If you would like information about how you can join the MCV Society, please contact Brian Thomas, Senior Executive Director of Development at (804) 828-0067 or bsthomas@vcu.edu.

1: MCV Society members had a lovely setting in which to reconnect with one another at the Bloemendaal House.

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2: Dr. John C. Doswell, II, Kay Clary, Fran and Alex Kay enjoyed catching up during the event. 3: Dr. Wyatt S. Beazley III and Dean Jerome F. Strauss III strike up conversation in the garden.


MCV Campus News Nurse Anesthesia Celebrates Herbert T. Watson Professorship Investiture

Above: Dr. Sheldon M. Retchin, Dr. Michael Rao, Colonel Herbert T. Watson, Dr. Cecil B. Drain, Dr. Michael D. Fallacaro, and Dr. William P. Kotti join together at the Scott House.

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On April 29, 2013 the VCU School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP) Department of Nurse Anesthesia hosted a celebration at the Scott House to invest the inaugural recipient of the Herbert T. Watson Endowed Professorship, Dr. Michael D. Fallacaro, and to recognize each of the nurse anesthesia faculty for starting an endowed scholarship or fund. VCU President, Dr. Michael Rao, presided over ceremony. Remarks were given by Dr. Sheldon Retchin, Dean Cecil Drain, Dr. Michael Fallacaro, Colonel Herbert T. Watson and Mrs. Elizabeth Howell. Over 100 family members, friends, alumni, faculty and students attended this historical event and made the afternoon very special. Colonel Herbert T. Watson created the first individually endowed professorship in the VCU SAHP Department of Nurse Anesthesia. Holding an endowed professorship is one of the highest forms of recognition provided by the university. Endowed professorships are awarded only to a select few recipients who meet very stringent requirements. This professorship was established to support distinguished educators and researchers in the specialty of nurse anesthesia. The primary goal of this professorship is to enhance education and continued education in nurse anesthesiology through recruitment and retention of quality educators. The establishment of a few scholarships or funds by faculty is quite an accomplishment for any department, but to have endowed scholarships or funds established by every faculty member is unprecedented. Several faculty members shared that their donations were inspired by the strong leadership and vision of their chairman, the generosity of Herbert Watson and the dedication of their students (past and present). It is the hope of the faculty that these scholarships and funds will help the department retain and recruit the best and brightest students and continue to offer the best educational opportunities for these students, even during economic hardships.

Endowments Established by Nurse Anesthesia Faculty • The Chuck Biddle Nurse Anesthesia Fund • The Family Education and Wellness Fund • The Dr. Thomas Corey Davis Scholarship • The Dr. Michael D. Fallacaro Patient Safety Scholarship Fund • The Christian R. Falyar Endowment for the Advancement of Regional Anesthesia

• The Beverly George-Gay Scholarship Fund • The Dr. William Hartland, Jr. Fund • Elizabeth Glenn Howell Nurse Anesthesia Anatomy Camps, Workshops and Student Laboratory Fund • Lemont “Monti” B. Kier Nurse Anesthesia Fund • Dr. Suzanne Wright Diversity Fund

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VCU Pauley Heart Center

Mr. Stanley F. Pauley and Mrs. Dorothy A. Pauley pose with their family at the 2013 Pauley Heart Center Consortium.

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Pauley Family Foundation gives $5 million In February, the Pauley Family Foundation pledged $5 million to support the expansion and enhancement of recruitment and research at the Pauley Heart Center at the VCU Medical Center. By: Nan Johnson

“This is a project that is near and dear to my heart,” said Stanley Pauley, whose Pauley Family Foundation is a longtime supporter of VCU. The Pauley gift will have an even bigger impact because of the generosity of another couple. Shortly before their deaths more than 55 years ago, Arthur and Margaret Glasgow included Virginia Commonwealth University in their estate plan. After the death of their last heir in 2011, the couple’s philanthropic vision made possible a cash gift to VCU of nearly $45 million, the largest cash gift in the university’s history. The gift was dedicated to research into cancer and other degenerative diseases and became the VCU Glasgow Endowment, which provided a dollar-for-dollar match for the recent Pauley gift. The philanthropic connection between Pauley and the heart center began in 2006. That’s when the former heart center patient, impressed by the staff and treatment he received, directed his family foundation to make a $5 million gift to VCU for its heart center, which was later renamed Pauley Heart Center. “The care these health care professionals provide is so genuine and moving that it is an honor to contribute to research that will enable them to learn even more about heart disease,” he said. The VCU Pauley Heart Center was among the first in the United States to implant the CardioWest temporary Total

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Artificial Heart, or TAH-t – the only total artificial heart approved by the U.S. Food and Drug administration – and is known for many of its heart programs, including work in ventricular assist devices, electrophysiology, emergency cardiac care, atrial fibrillation treatment, cardiothoracic surgery and heart transplantation. “VCU’s progress as one of the nation’s Top 50 public research universities has been accelerated by a series of game-changers and the Pauley Family Foundation’s latest generous gift is another example,” said Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU and the VCU Health System. “Their continued support empowers my colleagues at Pauley Heart Center to save lives and improve the human experience throughout Virginia and beyond.” Also in February, VCU announced a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $5 million for the Pauley Heart Center. Several donors have made major leadership gifts to the Pauley Heart Center Campaign to help recruit new faculty and fund leading edge research. These gifts to the VCU Pauley Heart Center, supported by the Glasgow Endowment match, will have a long-lasting impact, Retchin said. “The Pauley family contributions will be felt for generations to come,” he said. For more information about supporting the VCU Pauley Heart Center, please contact Brian Thomas, Senior Executive Director of Development at the MCV Foundation, at (804) 828-0067.


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Congdon Endows Chair in Pauley Heart Center John R. Congdon, Sr. made a gift of $500,000 in March to establish the Natalie N. and John R. Congdon, Sr. Endowed Chair in the VCU Pauley Mrs. Sharon Larkins-Pederson, Mrs. Jeanette Lipman and Dr. George W. Vetrovec gather at the 2013 Pauley Heart Center Consortium.

Heart Center. This gift was made through the Natalie and Jack Congdon Charitable Fund of The Com-

Dr. George Vetrovec

munity Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia. The VCU Glasgow Endowment will

Honored with Endowed Chair

match the gift, making it a $1 million endowed chair.

A $500,000 gift from an anonymous donor

of the VCU Pauley Heart Center and the VCU

will help create an endowed chair named for

Massey Cancer Center. In 2010, Mr. Congdon gave

Dr. George Vetrovec, professor of medicine and

the Pauley Heart Center $500,000 to establish the

director of the Adult Catheterization Laboratory at

Congdon Visiting Scholars Program. The Cong-

the VCU Pauley Heart Center. The VCU Glasgow

don Visiting Scholars Program brings outstanding

Endowment will match the gift, making it a

cardiologists to the MCV Campus each year to

$1 million endowed chair.

work with faculty and share research.

“This will serve as a wonderful tribute to

The Congdon Chair will strengthen the Pauley

Dr. Vetrovec and ensure his legacy at the VCU

Heart Center’s research

Pauley Heart Center on the MCV campus,” said

mission and advance the

Dr. Kenneth Ellenbogen, Chair of the Cardiology

level of cardiac care at the

Division, VCU Pauley Heart Center.

VCU Medical Center.

Dr. Vetrovec is internationally known for his re-

“All of us on the MCV

search on coronary artery disease. He has authored

Campus are grateful to

or co-authored more than 200 papers, eight book

Jack Congdon for his

chapters and has edited two texts on interventional

continued support,” said

cardiology. Dr. Vetrovec has also served on numer-

Dr. Kenneth Ellenbogen,

ous cardiovascular journal editorial boards and has

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Mr. Congdon has been a generous supporter

Chair of the Cardiology Division, VCU Pauley Heart Center. “We are fortunate to count Jack

Mr. John R. Congdon, Sr.

served as a consultant to the FDA New Cardiovascular Devices Panel. He has received several honors, including the National Award of Merit in 1991 and the Richmond Golden Heart Award in 1997.

among our greatest benefactors.” Chronicle of Giving Summer 2013

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McGlothlin Medical Education Center

Grand Open Celebration at 12th and Marshall At the grand opening of the James W. and Frances G.

The names of the McGlothlins and all

McGlothlin Medical Education Center, the VCU School of

donors who made leadership gifts in

Medicine announced the completion of the first phase of a

support of the Medical Education

fundraising campaign that raised $190 million in gifts and

Center are inscribed on

pledges. The campaign included $44.8 million in support

a wall in the lobby of a

of the education center, a total that surpassed its initial goal

facility that will allow

by $7 million.

the School of

“This facility is a testament to the loyalty and commitment

Medicine to

of our alumni and friends. Their gifts and pledges have

pioneer

fueled the first phase of what will clearly be the most successful fundraising campaign in the medical school’s history,” said Jerome Strauss III, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of Medicine and executive vice president for medical affairs for the VCU Health System. The unprecedented level of support was anchored by a lead gift from philanthropists Jim and Fran McGlothlin, for whom the center is named. Their $25 million gift was given in honor of their friend and physician Harold F. Young, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery.

Grand Opening (l to r): Jerome Strauss III, M.D., Ph.D., Sheldon M. Retchin, M.D., M.S.P.H., Harold F. Young, M.D., James W. and Frances

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new approaches for training physicians. More than 30 faculty and 325 alumni added their support to that vision through the discover Medicine Campaign. In addition to private donations, the McGlothlin Medical Education Center also was supported by $70 million from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Murrill’s Murals One campus treasure retained in the James W. and

Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center is a set of murals created more than 70 years ago by artist George Murrill. Murrill, a Richmonder who had just graduated from art school at Yale University, was hired in the fall of 1937 as an artist-in-residence by Dr. William T. Sanger, president of the Medical College of Virginia from 1925 to 1956. When Murrill was finished, his murals would provide aesthetic comfort in the waiting rooms of the nine-story MCV Outpatient Clinic (later named the A.D. Williams Clinic after the chief benefactor’s death). Murrill worked in charcoal and later colorized the more than 100 feet of canvas, which would eventually depict images of the MCV physicians, nurses, patients and medical equipment of both the 19th Century and the 1930s and 1940s. He began his work on the murals in 1937. Murrill postponed his work to serve his country during World War II and returned to

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complete them in 1947.

G. McGlothlin, and William Kotti, Ph.D assemble at the festivities. Event photos: Bridget Hazel and Logan Whitton Building photo: Kevin E. Schindler

The crowd gathers.

From left to right: Mr. Overton Jones, author of the 1939 Richmond Times-Dispatch article regarding the murals; Mrs. Agnes Murrill, widow of the artist Mr. George Murrill; Dr. Branson W. Murrill, nephew of Mr. George Murrill and former VCU faculty member.

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Research for Life Cam

VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Research for Life Campaign continues to gain momentum following its public launch in November. With nearly $80 million raised toward the campaign’s $100 million goal, the opportunity for partnering in the expansion of Massey’s people, places and programs is engaging more donors than ever in all types of giving, from annual gifts, to event participation, to significant major gifts.

Recent notable gifts to support the Massey Research Pavilion in the McGlothlin Medical Education Center include:

• Mr. and Mrs. C.T. Hill committed $250,000 to the campaign. Hill, a longtime member of the Massey Advisory Board is currently serving as co-chair of the Research for Life Campaign. The gift combines a $50,000 commitment from the C.T. Hill and Moira Hollander Hill Charitable Fund with a $200,000 bequest from C.T. Hill. In recognition of this gift, a conference room in Massey’s Research Pavilion will bear the Hill’s name.

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Mr. C.T. Hill and Mrs. Moira H. Hill commited $250,000 to the campaign.

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• The Massey Alliance has pledged $250,000 over five years to the Research for Life Campaign. A conference room in the Massey Research Pavilion will be named for this board of young professionals. Massey’s supporters continue to take advantage of the “Glasgow Incentive,” through which gifts of $500,000 or more to an endowment will allow for funds to be drawn from the VCU Glasgow Endowment in a matching amount – essentially doubling a donor’s gift and its intended impact. Recent gifts that have utilized the Glasgow Incentive include: • The Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation made a commitment of $500,000 over five years that will be split equally between the Shirley Carter Olsson and Sture Gordon Olsson Endowed Chair in Oncology and the Elis Olsson Endowment Fund in Oncology. These funds will support Steven Grant, MD, who currently holds the chair, and his team of researchers as they pursue implementation of multiple novel trial concepts. • Through its foundation, Universal Corporation recently invested an additional $500,000 to elevate the existing Universal Corporation Distinguished Professorship created in 2003 and held by Paul Dent, PhD, to the Universal Corporation Endowed Chair in Cancer Cell Signaling. The gift will continue to support Massey’s notable work in cancer cell signaling, a critical segment of cancer research. • John R. “Jack” Congdon, Sr. committed $500,000 and engaged the Glasgow Incentive to create the Natalie N. and John R. Congdon, Sr. Endowed Chair in Cancer Research. The gift was made through the Natalie and Jack Congdon Charitable Fund of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia. It is the second significant gift to Massey that Congdon has made. A previous $500,000 gift in 2010 supported Massey’s Statewide Clinical Research Affiliation Network.


mpaign Update • The Jessie Ball DuPont Fund invested $105,732 in Massey’s Thomas Palliative Care Program to support the launch of a one-year pilot project that will provide specialized education in palliative care to advanced practice registered nurses (APRN). Targeted to APRNs who are practicing in rural or underserved areas of Virginia, the gift is intended to promote a better quality of life for Virginians with life-limiting illnesses who may have more difficulty accessing quality care, and to create a model that can be applied on a national scale.

VCU Massey Cancer Center gained a new member of its leadership team in February, welcoming David Mainella as Executive Director of Development & External Relations. Mainella joined Massey from Duke Cancer Institute where he served as Deputy Director of Development. “David’s background has armed him with a valuable range of perspectives and experience that I am confident will be of enormous benefit to our development team, our advancement colleagues across the university, our Advisory Board and their collective effort in fulfilling the ambitious goals identified in the Research for Life Campaign,” says Gordon D. Ginder, MD, Director, VCU Massey Cancer Center. Other notable gifts include: • Mrs. Ann Beane made a $100,000 gift over four years to endow a named research fund in colon cancer. The fund will be named the Raymond Wilson Tolleson Cancer Research Fund in memory of her brother who battled with colon cancer. Beane is also a generous member of Massey Club.

• The Cecil R. and Edna S. Hopkins Family Foundation made a $100,000 commitment over five years to support the endowed research fund in the foundation’s name that was created during the Campaign for Massey. The fund’s purpose is to support priority research at the director’s discretion. The Hopkins’ daughter, Brenda H. Eggleston, serves as an active Massey Advisory Board member. • A generous gift from NewMarket Corporation created the Susan White Holsworth Palliative Care Scholar Endowed Fund to permanently support a skilled clinician who provides tailored and caring treatment options to palliative care patients. Patrick Coyne, APRN, clinical director of Massey’s Thomas Palliative Care Program, was awarded the scholarship. NewMarket Corporation also contributed a second gift establishing the Susan White Holsworth Patient Resource Library Acquisition Fund. • The Anne Carter Robins and Walter R. Robins, Jr. Foundation made a new $100,000 commitment over four years to The Anne Carter Robins and Walter R. Robins, Jr. Foundation Clinical Trials Fund established earlier in the Campaign. The fund is used to launch new clinical trial studies at Massey. This pledge is in addition to their Massey Challenge and annual Massey Club support.

Massey lab photo top left: David Hunter Hale Other photos: VCU Creative Services

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Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation creates $500,000 endowed scholarship In January, the VCU School of Dentistry was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation to create a new endowed scholarship. The Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation Endowed Scholarship will provide financial support to students who will practice in chronically underserved areas of the Commonwealth after earning their degrees. The grant will be spread over four years. Inaugural scholarships will be awarded in 2013, and the scholarship will be fully endowed by 2015. Dr. David C. Sarrett, Dean of the VCU School of Dentistry, said dental students at VCU and across the country amass more debt than ever before to pursue their chosen profession. “Through the generosity of the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation, more students will have less of a financial burden and can choose to practice dentistry in areas that truly need dentists,” said Sarrett. The grants awarded by the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation are the first of their kind for the organization. Funds will support programs that strive to improve oral health through education, research and access to care for the underserved. “We are proud to present our inaugural grants to an impressive list of Virginia-based organizations that are having a positive impact on oral health care and quality of life throughout our state,” said Dr. George A. Levicki D’73, President and CEO, Delta Dental of Virginia. Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation was founded by Delta Dental of Virginia to help improve the oral health and, subsequently, overall body health of the people of the Commonwealth. The Foundation focuses its support on initiatives that improve oral health with sustainable solutions through improved access to oral care, oral health education or oral health research.

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“My dental school career has been very fulfilling on many levels — academically, clinically, and socially. The only fear I have upon entering the dental workforce is the compounding and overwhelming debt that I’ve accumulated over the four years. But thanks to the generosity and kindness of donors, the scholarships I’ve received have definitely helped to alleviate some of the financial burden.” Dr. Elvi Barcoma, D’13

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Photo Left: Mr. Lyndell B. Brooks, Chairman, and Dr. George A. Levicki D’73, President and CEO, Delta Dental of Virginia pose in the VCU School of Dentistry.


Cabaniss Challenge Capping Off Nursing Dean’s Legacy of Excellence

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing’s Cabaniss Leadership Challenge campaign concluded in June after nearly two years of intense effort. The Cabaniss Leadership Challenge aimed to increase alumni giving rates, add more friends to the School and raise $4 million in scholarships for students, professorships for faculty and major endowment funds that will advance nursing research, practice, and service. These funds will provide the margin of excellence needed to recruit and retain the best and brightest in order to ensure the school’s legacy of leadership. “The Cabaniss Leadership Challenge will play a critical role to ensure our rich legacy and sustained leadership in nursing research, education, and service,” said Nancy F. Langston, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, ANEF, Dean and professor in the VCU School of Nursing. “The challenge’s success will have a transformative effect on our efforts to recruit and retain the best and brightest students and faculty and on our capability to reach even greater heights of nursing excellence.” The Challenge brought in just over $4 million in gifts and pledges, creating 20 new endowment funds and adding significant funding to 39 existing endowment funds to support scholarships, professorships and other activities that support the School’s mission to improve health and the human condition through leadership in nursing research, education and service. Based on this success, the VCU Board of Visitors approved at its February meeting the naming of the VCU School of Nursing building for Sadie Heath Cabaniss, the founding director of the School of Nursing and initiator of professional nursing in Virginia. The Cabaniss Challenge concluded on June 30, coinciding with the summer retirement of Langston, who is leaving a rich legacy of significant growth in enrollment, programs, research and community outreach. Langston served as Dean for 22 years. Her retirement comes as the School celebrates the 120th year since its founding in 1893. “I have enjoyed the privilege of working with such a visionary leadership team to bring our school to greater heights of nursing excellence over the years,” Langston said. “As I reflect on leaving during the School’s 120th year, I am pleased to have been a part of setting the standard for nursing education in Virginia and beyond.” Continuing the School’s legacy, Langston forged strong ties with alumni of both the VCU School of Nursing and the former St. Philip School of Nursing. She has worked tirelessly with a range of alumni and friends to increase the school’s annual fundraising totals from less than $500,000 in 1990-91 to more than $1.5 million in 2011-12. Under

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Dr. Nancy F. Langston served for 22 years as Dean and Professor in the VCU School of Nursing.

Langston’s leadership, the VCU School of Nursing raised more than $12 million, exceeding its $10 million goal, during the Campaign for VCU. In addition to raising $3 million in private support for the School’s $17 million state-of-the-science building, which opened in 2007, these funds supported endowed scholarships for students and endowed professorships for faculty, providing critical support for current and future generations of VCU Nursing leaders. Chronicle of Giving Summer 2013

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VCU Pauley The history of the Medical College of Virginia is varied and can be likened to a tapestry, woven of individual threads that together make up a bigger picture but retain their own individual identity as well. You may know that the Medical College of Virginia was founded in 1838 as the Medical Department of Hampden-Sydney College. What you may not know is how the VCU Pauley Heart Center developed from there. The modern study of cardiology at the Medical College of Virginia can be traced back to the 1920s. Here are some additional facts about the early years of the VCU Pauley Heart Center you might not know: • The Cardiovascular

Division at the Medical College of Virginia had its birth around 1927 when Dr. William Branch Porter, fresh off a year of study in London, assumed the Chair of Professor of Theory and Practice of Medicine. Inspired by what he learned overseas, Dr. Porter Dr. William Branch Porter purchased a secondhand electrocardiograph machine to begin taking and interpreting the first electrocardiograms for MCV.

• In the mid 1940s, Dr. Carolyn McCue, one of the few

female cardiologists of her time and a pioneer in the field of pediatric cardiology, joined the faculty at MCV. She created and chaired the school’s Pediatric Cardiology Division for 20 years, during which time she was instrumental in establishing pediatric cardiology clinics in medically underserved communities throughout Virginia. Today, the Division of Pediatric Cardiology is chaired by Dr. William B. Moskowitz, VCU School of Medicine faculty since 1984 and expert in interventional cardiac catheterization.

• In 1949, MCV was awarded an Undergraduate

Cardiovascular Teaching Grant of $14,000 from the National Heart Institute of the National Institutes of

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Health. At this same time, Dr. Reno Porter was named Director of the Cardiovascular Laboratories and Clinics at MCV. These events served to give the cardiovascular program at MCV a sense of identity and cohesiveness. The NIH grant was renewed annually “and in 1952 was increased to $25,000. The annual grants ended in 1972 when the NIH discontinued the program. As of 2013, faculty members are awarded more than $2 million annually from public and private entities in support of basic and clinical research.

• In 1950, Dr. Lewis Bosher returned to the Medical College of Virginia after concluding training in cardiac surgery. Dr. Bosher’s arrival signaled the start of a flourishing era of cardiac surgery at MCV. Cardiac surgery was still restricted to the so called “closed” techniques, since open heart techniques were not feasible for universal use at that time. On campus today, the VCU Pauley Heart Center’s Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery encompasses several specialty areas such as heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, aortic surgery, heart and lung transplant, minimally invasive surgery, general thoracic surgery and surgery for congenital heart disease.

• In 1960, identity was obtained for the MCV cardio-

vascular services when the Department of Medicine, in order to clarify departmental organization, established subspecialty sections. Thus, the Cardiovascular Section was established with Dr. Reno Porter designated as Head. Today, the Division of Cardiology is the second largest division of the VCU Department of Internal Medicine with more than 30 board certified cardiologists.

Dr. William Branch Porter photo courtesy of the VCU Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences Archives

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MCV tapestry

Heart Center • In 1961, the Virginia Heart Association established

a Chair in Cardiovascular Research at the Medical College of Virginia, with its inaugural recipient being Dr. David W. Richardson. This resulted in a more organized and enhanced research effort by the cardiovascular service.

• In 1964, the hospital agreed to support a Resident in

Cardiology, in recognition of the heavy commitment of the cardiovascular service to patients. Today, there are 131 housestaff in the Department of Internal Medicine from all corners of the globe.

• On May 28, 1968, Dr. Richard Lower performed the

second U.S. Heart Transplant at MCV. From 1968 until his retirement in 1989, Dr. Lower took part in 393 heart transplants.

• In 1976, Dr. George Vetrovec joined the faculty at MCV. He and Dr. Mike Kelly performed the first angioplasty at the VCU in 1979, less than 2 years after the first procedure was done. Dr. Vetrovec served as Chair of the Division of Cardiology from 1991-2009. Dr. Kenneth Ellenbogen joined the faculty in 1986 and succeeds Dr. George Vetrovec as Chair of the Division of Cardiology in 2009. He is considered to be among the world leaders in cardiac electrophysiology pacing and devices, and maintains special interests in pacemaker development, exploring pacemaker’s roles in treating congestive heart failure, and developing new methods for ablation of atrial fibrillation.

• The national spotlight shown on the Pauley Heart

Center in April 2006 as its Total Artificial Heart Team, led by Cardiothoracic Surgery chairman Dr. Vigeshwar Kasirajan, performed the first CardioWest™ TAH-t temporary artificial heart implant on the East Coast. The VCU Medical Center became one of just three hospitals in the United States, and seven others worldwide, certified to implant the TAH-t., Total Artifical Heart.

• In November 2009 the VCU Medical Center became

one of the first hospitals in the country to use therapeutic hypothermia to improve survival after cardiac arrest and has been doing so for nearly six years. The program continues to evolve by implementing new science as soon as it is available so that patients receive the very latest in quality treatment for cardiac arrest.

• In 2012, the VCU Medical Center became one of the

few hospitals in Central Virginia to offer a new method of aortic valve replacement that helps patients with severe aortic stenosis to feel better and live longer. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure that has recently been approved by the Food and Drug Administration

• In February 2013, the Pauley Family Foundation made

a $5 million gift to the VCU Pauley Heart Center that was matched by the VCU Glasgow Endowment, creating a $10 million total gift to expand and enhance recruitment and research.

• On July 1, 1986, Dr. Hermes Kontos became Chair-

man of the Division of Cardiology. In 1996, the $23.7 million dollar Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building was dedicated to housing laboratory and office space to support interdisciplinary research in the health sciences.

• In January 2006, the VCU Heart Center became

the VCU Pauley Heart Center, in recognition of a $5 million gift from the Pauley Family Foundation. The designation places the heart center among only a few named major heart centers across the country.

Dr. Zachary Gertz and Dr. Derek Brinster, Directors of the VCU Pauley Heart Valve Center. Photo: VCU Creative Services


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