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Hospital launches heart center

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  • | 1:56 p.m. April 17, 2015
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FORT MYERS — Lee Memorial Health System says it will use a $2.5 million gift from Sanibel resident Richard Shipley to establish The Shipley Center for Cardiothoracic Surgery Innovation, Education & Research to treat heart and lung disease.

A team of physicians, nurses and allied professionals in the specialty areas of cardiothoracic surgery, anesthesiology, pulmonology and cardiology will provide care to patients in the region. The center will be located in 10,000 square feet at Health Park Medical Center in Fort Myers.

“Their gift helps us build on an already strong foundation of cardiothoracic care in our community, allowing us to introduce a new concept of what is possible for patients and their families, and establish a new standard of quality care,” says Dr. Paul DiGiorgi, who will lead The Shipley Center with fellow cardiothoracic surgeons Brian Hummel, George Comas and Randall Buss.

The goal of the Shipley Center is to improve patient outcomes by understanding an individual patient's risk factors and personal-health needs prior to surgery and then share outcomes research with the medical community through medical journal publications and scientific presentations.


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