SOURCE: Bethesda Hospital Foundation

December 13, 2007 07:00 ET

Bethesda Memorial Hospital Receives $2.7 Million Gift to Open the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Endovascular Center

BOYNTON BEACH, FL--(Marketwire - December 13, 2007) - Bethesda Memorial Hospital and Bethesda Hospital Foundation are proud to announce a $2.7 million gift to build the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Endovascular Center. This new, state-of-the-art endovascular center will allow surgeons to care for patients with vascular problems, using minimally invasive procedures. Thanks to these new minimally invasive techniques, patients will be able to receive a superior level of care, with less discomfort and shorter recovery times.

With a goal to shift from conventional open operations to catheter-based surgical interventions, the Driskill Endovascular Center will specialize in treating patients with thoracic aneurysms and stenoses, or blockages, of the carotid arteries.

The Driskill Endovascular Center's team will be led by vascular surgeons George Mueller, M.D., Miguel A. Lopez-Viego, M.D., and Jesus Jimenez, M.D., and Thomas A. Abbruzzese, M.D., who will be relocating to South Florida from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he has been the Clinical and Research Fellow in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery for the last 2 years.

Mrs. Driskill's gift represents the largest gift to Bethesda Memorial Hospital that has ever been secured by a single physician, to date. Long-time Boynton Beach resident and physician, George Mueller, M.D. is credited for having the vision to work with Mrs. Driskill to develop the new Endovascular Center at Bethesda.

The Driskill Endovascular Center is the second Driskill-named facility at Bethesda Memorial Hospital, after Mrs. Driskill provided a permanent endowment for the Driskill Center of Caring Excellence in 2004, which provides training to all staff members who provide patient care to integrate caring skills with clinical excellence.

"When you combine the efforts of Mrs. Driskill, who has been such a wonderful supporter of our hospital, and the dedication of Dr. Mueller, who is such a highly respected physician in our community, you have the ingredients for a truly innovative concept in patient care," said Robert B. Hill, President and CEO of Bethesda Memorial Hospital. "Bethesda is truly grateful for this collaboration, and we know that our patients will reap tremendous benefits by having this new center," Hill added. The Driskill Endovascular Center will open summer 2008.

Bethesda Memorial Hospital

Since 1959, Bethesda Memorial Hospital, a fully accredited, 390-bed community, not-for-profit hospital has served the residents of South Palm Beach County with a mission "to provide quality health services in a caring manner." With a distinguished medical staff of 500 physicians in more than 40 areas of specialty, Bethesda Memorial Hospital and its affiliates offer a full array of healthcare services, including general and specialized surgery, maternity, neonatal and pediatric intensive care services and the Bethesda Comprehensive Cancer Center, an Affiliate of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. Bethesda is currently building the all-new, 39-bed Bethesda Heart Institute, which will open in February 2008.

Bethesda Hospital Foundation

For more than 50 years, the Bethesda Hospital Foundation has supported Bethesda Memorial Hospital in accomplishing its mission through the acquisition, management and disbursement of philanthropic assets. Nearing completion of the $100 million Community Challenge Campaign, Bethesda Hospital Foundation provides support to the Hospital's Centers of Excellence including the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Stroke Center, Driskill Center for Caring Excellence, Cornell Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine and the Bethesda Heart Institute.

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Contact Information

  • For more information contact:
    Kristin Calder
    561.737-7733, ext. 4429
    Bethesda Hospital Foundation