Phil and Penny Knight give $25 million to Providence Heart and Vascular Institute for patient care and cardiac research.

August 12, 2014

Nike founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny, continue to demonstrate their commitment to improving the health of people in Oregon and across the nation with a landmark gift of $25 million to Providence Heart and Vascular Institute. The gift will be used to kick off the heart institute’s $50 million Next Generation campaign, designed to bring the most advanced treatments and innovations to patients served by Providence, Oregon’s leading provider of cardiac care.

Through their gift, the Knights are showing their support of the vision of Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, which sees the potential for preventing heart disease by providing cutting-edge clinical services for tens of thousands of people.

“The Knights are longtime supporters of Providence and they care deeply about the health and wellness of people everywhere,” said Dave Underriner, chief executive for Providence in Oregon. “We are so grateful for this gift, and we know it will help save lives today and in the future.”            

Providence Heart and Vascular Institute has a team of more than 80 physicians, as well as specialized nurses, technologists and scientists working in state-of-the-art facilities and a reputation of delivering first-to-market technology for patients, “We are uniquely positioned to bring our patients the latest models of care, breakthroughs in medical devices and digital technology, as well as the ability to access our clinical database of more than 12 million patients,” said Dan Oseran, M.D., medical director of the heart institute. “This gift from the Knights ensures that Providence Heart and Vascular Institute will continue to deliver the wide range of services our community has come to expect.”

The Next Generation campaign will create three centers of activity at Providence:

The Center for Cardiovascular Specialty Care will be focused on delivering high-quality, convenient care for patients by bringing a wide range of services into one location. One destination center will be created at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center for a unique care experience. Providence will also make investments to enhance heart facilities at Providence Portland Medical Center and Providence Medford Medical Center. 

The Center for Innovation and Research will build on Providence’s long history of success in first-to-market clinical trials and tap into its huge database for answers to clinical questions in cardiac care. As part of a five-state system, the Heart and Vascular Institute is the hub for one of the largest databases in the country. We will be expanding our use of this database to help us improve patient outcomes, determine and utilize best practices and provide advanced, individualized therapies to those who come to us for care.

The Center for Prevention and Wellness will seek to create healthier communities together, focusing on primary and secondary prevention strategies by identifying and aggressively treating cardiovascular risk factors. Services will include Providence’s Play Smart youth heart screening program, customized risk assessments, lifestyle and medical management, cardiac rehabilitation and education. Through the center, Providence will provide education for clinicians in the community and partner with primary care physicians across the state to provide hands-on mentorship, with particular focus on outreach to rural areas. 

These centers will build upon Providence’s long tradition of translating discoveries into new treatments that have improved the lives of patients in Oregon and around the world.

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