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Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute

With an extraordinary history of pioneering treatments and procedures, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute is driven by innovation that saves lives. Yet, without funding, many of our greatest achievements would have been opportunities missed. Donors who partner with our physicians bring these advances to people whose lives depend on them.

Their commitment has helped us make the Institute a healthcare destination for cardiovascular care, including for such donors as Karel Foti, a member of the Baptist Health Foundation Board. Her family donated $1 million for the purchase of the Magellan Robotic System, which offers patients advanced treatments for aneurysms and blocked carotid arteries. Pro golfer Erik Compton, another grateful patient, donated half of his PGA Tour Courage Award proceeds to the Institute’s heart failure program in honor of the life-changing medical care he received. And, of course, Victor E. Clarke, whose generous donation enabled the development of the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute expansion project.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, affecting everyone from children born with congenital heart defects to people in the prime of life. Because of the exceptional generosity of Baptist Health Foundation’s donors, the Institute remains at the forefront of advances in treatment and technology, improving quality of life and longevity for people with heart and circulatory problems.

A $100 million expansion set to be completed in 2016 will greatly enhance the Institute’s programs by adding a National Center for Aneurysm Therapy, a Center for Advanced Endovascular Therapies and a Center for Structural Heart Therapy. The expansion includes the addition of four advanced endovascular procedure suites, and renovation of the existing facility.

Building on the Institute’s lifesaving achievements, the expansion continues to focus on “firsts” in healthcare. For example:

  • Nearly 30 years ago, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute pioneered a new way of treating patients that revolutionized care. The Institute was the first to treat the heart and blood vessels as one system – a unified organ connecting the whole body. The approach improved preventive care, leading to sharper diagnostics for the brain, heart and circulatory system. This holistic, multidisciplinary method of treating patients also led to the development of exceptionally effective treatments for heart disease, aneurysm, stroke and diabetes.

  • Led by Chief Medical Executive and Founder Barry Katzen, M.D., the Institute pioneered minimally invasive treatment of aneurysms more than 20 years ago. Since then, the Institute has treated thousands of patients with many different types of aneurysms, including many patients who were told by others that they had no less invasive therapy options.

  • Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute is one of the earliest users in the world of the Magellan Robotic System for cardiovascular catheter placements. The robotic system is the most innovative technology available for aneurysm repairs, clearing blocked arteries, and may offer less invasive solutions for existing problems.

  • The Institute is the first medical facility in Florida to install a 256-slice CT scan that provides clear 3-D images of an entire organ, including the heart and brain, while reducing radiation doses by up to 80 percent.

Giving Options
Gifts to Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute may be designated to any of the areas below, or given to the general fund to help the Institute where the need is greatest. Every gift makes a difference in the health of our community.

  • Name the Institute ($50,000,000)
  • The Center for Interventional Services: The Gallery ($10,000,000)
  • The Center for Interventional Oncology ($1,000,000)
  • Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging Suite ($500,000)
  • Interventional Cardiology and Radiology Suites ($250,000)
  • Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute Center for CV Research

For more information about these or other giving options, call us at 786-467-5400.​​​​

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