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Gifts of note


Douglas Skelton 63M (left) established the Drs. Holland and Skelton Adopt-a-Doc Scholarship in memory of his mentor, Bernard Holland Jr. 40C 43M. "Bernard was my teacher, then my department chair, and for many years my friend and colleague," Skelton said. "He offered me challenges and opportunities which led to a career in health care and medical education administration, culminating in leadership of Mercer University School of Medicine. I owe Dr. Holland and Emory. I like it that future students benefiting from the scholarship will know that they have my and Dr. Holland's support on their medical journeys."


Since 2015, gifts to the Emory Cardiology Training Fund, raised through the annual Hurst Logue Wenger Cardiovascular Reception, have enabled Emory cardiology fellows to make more than 35 trips to national conferences, often to present their research. Katz Cardiology Fellow Salim Hayek, for example, attended the most recent American Congress of Cardiology as an invited faculty member. He reported his findings on the novel biomarker suPAR and its relevance to kidney disease, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The training fund also supports innovative education programs, events, and other resources for medical fellows and graduate students.

In gratitude for Emory physicians' longstanding commitment to the health of corporate leaders, two former UPS executives set up generous funds to support the Paul W. Seavey Comprehensive Internal Medicine Clinic. The Dale and Gwen Orred Family Foundation established the Seavey Clinic Director's Fund to support physician training, education, and recruitment in memory of Paul Seavey. The Chuck and Carol Schaffer Innovation Fund will support the work of clinic director David Roberts 86M 89MR.


The Montgomery Foundation II will establish the Montgomery Chair for Palliative Care, to be held by an outstanding faculty member. The first Montgomery Chair is expected to be Tammie Quest, who directs the Emory Palliative Care Center. Emory is a leader in palliative care, which can reduce anxiety for patients with serious illnesses, better control their symptoms, make care plans more realistic and consistent with their preferences, and reduce conflicts about the use of life-sustaining treatments.

To support Clyde Partin Jr. 78C 83M 86MR as he trains the next generation of primary care physicians, Ben Milazzo and Valarie B. Milazzo 97B established the Milazzo/Mayzo Fund. The gift will be used to purchase books and other training materials and to support the annual J. Willis Hurst History of Medicine Symposium, which Partin organizes. An award-winning educator, Partin is an associate professor of medicine and the medical director of Emory Special Diagnostic Services in the Paul W. Seavey Comprehensive Internal Medicine Clinic.


The Zeist Foundation is helping improve the lives of children in need through gifts, including $405,000 to PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health, a program based in the Emory Department of Pediatrics. PARTNERS is expanding the number of school-based health centers in Georgia and creating a family-centered model for comprehensive primary care services for at-risk children.

A combined $2.5 million gift from the James M. Cox Foundation and Jim Kennedy will establish the James C. Kennedy Fitness Center at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, where physicians, nurses, and staff will have access to cardio and strength machines, a yoga/mindfulness area, and other programs that promote healthy living. "Exercise is important for everyone, especially health care providers who have the important job of taking care of patients," said Kennedy, who was treated for prostate cancer at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.

A $150,000 grant from the SunTrust Foundation and the the Walter H. and Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund, which is a SunTrust trusteed foundation, will benefit the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program. The grant will provide teleconference services for veterans unable to travel to Emory for care and remote follow-up for those who have completed treatment. The funds also will purchase a van to assist with local transportation and to create the SunTrust Warrior Room, a space for veterans to access training materials and support with career transitions. "At SunTrust, our purpose is 'Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being,' and our foundations are pleased to cooperate with Emory Healthcare and accomplish this goal for veterans," says Kirby Thompson, senior vice president for community and government affairs at SunTrust. 

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