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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Grateful Heart Patient Gives $1.5 Million Gift to Loyola Medicine Cardiology Division

Illustration of heart with EKG report in the background.

MAYWOOD, IL – Grateful for the exceptional care he received from Loyola Medicine cardiologist David Wilber, MD, FAHA, FACC, heart patient Donald Scott and his wife Susan have made a $1.5 million gift to advance cardiology treatments, education and research.

The gift includes $1 million to purchase new software, technology and equipment and $500,000 to support five one-year research fellowships. Cardiologists chosen for the coveted fellowships will develop research skills, gain experience and conduct research in electrophysiology.

"Don and Susan's generous gift will have a tremendous impact both immediately and over the long term in our ability to treat complex arrhythmias and improve patient outcomes," Dr. Wilber said. Dr. Wilber, Loyola's medical director of clinical electrophysiology is a nationally known expert in the treatment of arrhythmias (heart rhythm disorders).

Mr. Scott noted that arrhythmias can run in families, including his own. His family made the gift to help current and future heart patients and to express its appreciation for the care Mr. Scott received from Dr. Wilber.

Dr. Wilber established Loyola's electrophysiology program in 1986, and became a national leader in clinical trials of new medications, procedures and technologies to treat arrhythmias. Dr. Wilber is an author of more than 500 studies and scientific publications and has repeatedly been named to Chicago magazine’s Top Doctors list.

Mr. Scott is the retired CEO of Old National Insurance, Indiana's largest independent insurance agency. He and Susan have four children and 11 grandchildren. They live in Naples, Florida and Terre Haute, Indiana.

"It is incredibly rewarding to see someone recognize the care they received and give back in such a meaningful way," said Verghese Mathew, MD, FACC, FSCAI, division director of Cardiology.

Mr. Scott said Dr. Wilber did far more than repair his heart. "He gave me my life back."

Loyola's multidisciplinary team of leading cardiac electrophysiologists, advanced practice nurses, technical staff, imaging experts and other clinicians provides an integrated approach to the diagnosis and treatment of a full range of heart rhythm disorders and underlying conditions. Loyola is ranked 27th in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's 2018-19 Best Hospitals ratings for cardiology and heart surgery.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.