Hambrick Family Gift Establishes First Cardiac Recovery Center in Region
Expands care provided by UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute
Every year, approximately one million Americans suffer from a heart attack which can lead to cardiogenic shock. Without immediate treatment, patients in cardiogenic shock have a 70-90 percent mortality rate.
In honor of a generous $5 million gift from Angela and James Hambrick, and in recognition of the importance of improving the heart care in Northeast Ohio and beyond, University Hospitals is establishing a new Center of Excellence – the Hambrick Center for Cardiac Recovery at UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute.
“The Hambricks’ gift will help positively change the lives of patients around the region and will set the bar for national standards in cardiac recovery care,” said Thomas F. Zenty III, UH Chief Executive Officer. “UH already has one of the lowest mortality rates for cardiogenic shock patients among the U.S. News & World Report top-ranked heart centers. This generous donation will allow us to further our commitment to improving survival rates in Northeast Ohio and across the country.”
The Hambrick Center will serve as a national model for employing coordinated care to improve medical outcomes for patients suffering from cardiogenic shock.
With a critical one-hour treatment window after cardiogenic shock occurs, timing is crucial. A coordinated team of physicians, nurses and other cardiovascular experts at seven UH locations are currently prepared to treat cardiogenic shock patients.
Because of this gift, an expanded footprint in the near future will help serve even more people. The Hambricks’ support will also allow UH to recruit top clinicians for cardiac recovery, continue to enhance care using the most advanced technologies and integrated processes, and become a national center to train and educate cardiogenic shock care providers.
Adding the Hambrick Center will allow UH to lead the charge in improved mortality rates from cardiogenic shock.
“We were inspired to make this gift because of the innovative care at UH and the immediate impact the center can and will have,” said James Hambrick. “Health care is evolving at a rapid rate and we want to ensure that UH physicians and the treatments they discover and provide remain at the forefront.”
The Hambricks previously established the Angela and James Hambrick Master Clinician in Innovation, an endowed position that supports leadership and innovative advances in cardiology.
“UH is committed to bringing lifesaving care to patients in their local community and this gift from Angela and James will allow us to do just that with cardiac recovery,” said Marco Costa, MD, PhD, MBA, President, UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute and Hambrick Master Clinician. “The Hambrick Center is precisely where science and compassion meet – we are coordinating the latest in treatment options in convenient locations to save lives today.”