MCV Foundation to Receive $500,000 Research Donation

The $100,000/year commitment from Richmond Eye & Ear Healthcare Alliance will fund research projects in the VCU Health System's Department of Orthopaedics.

Dec 16, 2010, 15:49 ET from Richmond Eye & Ear Healthcare Alliance, Inc.

RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- A new partnership between Richmond Eye & Ear Healthcare Alliance (REEHA) and the Medical College of Virginia Foundation will provide over $500,000 for the VCU Health System's Department of Orthopaedics through December 2014. The multi-year research donation, called the Richmond Eye and Ear Healthcare Alliance Research and Education Fund, demonstrates the Alliance's continuing commitment to the leading research and education facilities in Virginia to be at the forefront of medical advancement and care.  

"This is an incredibly exciting new partnership between the REEHA and the [MCV] Foundation," said Robert S. Adelaar, MD, Chairman, Department of Orthopaedics, VCU Health System. "The donation from Richmond Eye & Ear Healthcare Alliance will provide instrumental support for the Department's research and education goals."

"The Richmond Eye & Ear Healthcare Alliance is always looking for ways to support medical research and education," said Bruce Kupper, REEHA President/CEO and CEO of REEHA affiliate Stony Point Surgery Center. "This gift will enable VCU Health System's Department of Orthopaedics to fund various education and research projects for faculty, staff and students, as our two organizations continually strive to advance Richmond as a leader in the medical industry. The VCU Department of Orthopaedics has long been a leader in the Richmond area, as well as at the national level, for the quality of its residency program, research and clinical care. REEHA is proud to be a part of this partnership and excited about its potential."

According to the November agreement, Richmond Eye & Ear Healthcare Alliance will provide the Medical College of Virginia Foundation with $100,000 each December through 2014, totaling $500,000 over the five years. Other scientific funding provided to VCU since 2002 from REEHA and the Richmond Eye & Ear Foundation totals more than $300,000. The two organizations have also funded medical research for the University of Virginia Health System, Eastern Virginia Medical School and Ohio State University, totaling over $300,000.

Dr. Adelaar, along with VCU Health Sciences Vice President and VCU Health System CEO Sheldon M. Retchin, MD, MSPH, School of Medicine Dean Jerome F. Strauss III, MD, PhD, and MCV Foundation President William P. Kotti, PhD will receive the gift from REEHA President/CEO Bruce Kupper.

About Richmond Eye & Ear Healthcare Alliance, Inc.

Richmond Eye & Ear Healthcare Alliance, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization. Successor to the former Richmond Eye & Ear Hospital, REEHA continues the long standing tradition of supporting clinical advancement by funding research at Virginia medical schools and searching for innovative ways to provide healthcare.  The Richmond Eye & Ear Foundation provides support to community based programs that increase access to care for hearing and vision related problems and funds research in Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology.

SOURCE Richmond Eye & Ear Healthcare Alliance, Inc.