The Vattikuti Foundation Donates $40 Million To Two Detroit-Area Hospitals to Fight Cancer

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Henry Ford Health System and Beaumont Hospitals

    NOVI, Mich., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Raj and
 Padma Vattikuti of Bloomfield Hills today announced the donation of $40
 million to support cancer research and treatment programs at Henry Ford Health
 System and Beaumont Hospitals.  Raj Vattikuti is the founder and co-chairman
 of the Farmington Hills, Mich.-based information technology company Covansys
 (Nasdaq:   CVNS).
     The gift is one of the single largest philanthropic contributions for
 medical care and research ever granted in the state of Michigan.  A $20
 million donation to Henry Ford will support prostate cancer research,
 education and treatment advances.  A $20 million donation to Beaumont will
 support research directed at breast cancer prevention, detection and
 treatment.
     The donation was made through The Vattikuti Foundation of which Raj
 Vattikuti is president and his wife Padma is vice president.
     Both hospitals will work to match the donation with an equal amount of
 gifts or grants to maximize the impact on cancer research and treatment
 advances.  Beaumont and Ford will coordinate their breast and prostate cancer
 research efforts.
     "We feel a philanthropic partnership with these two impressive
 institutions will enable them to have unprecedented success with clinical
 research and innovative treatments of prostate and breast cancers," said Raj
 Vattikuti, who announced the donation at a news conference today at the Novi
 Hilton.
     "We are challenging these two institutions to achieve new clinical
 knowledge through research, new treatment methods and expanded awareness and
 education, with the hope of preventing prostate and breast cancers."
     "Covansys has been successful because we have brought value to the
 companies we serve," said Vattikuti.  "Padma and I feel our gift will be
 successful if through this philanthropic partnership we improve the treatment
 and prevention of these two cancers.  Not only will this benefit our neighbors
 in southeast Michigan, but also, by sharing the results of new knowledge, this
 will benefit people throughout the world."
     Breast cancer is the most common cancer, and the second leading cause of
 cancer death, in women.  Cancer of the prostate is the number one cancer
 diagnosed among men in the United States.  According to the American Cancer
 Society, about 182,800 new cases of breast cancer, and close to 200,000 new
 cases of prostate cancer, are diagnosed in the United States each year.
     The donation to Henry Ford will create the Vattikuti Urology Institute.
 "Our vision is for the Institute to be one of the leading prostate cancer
 centers in the world to train others in the latest treatment techniques and to
 advance integrative medicine programs," said Mani Menon, M.D., chair of the
 Department of Urology at Henry Ford Health System.
     The donation to Beaumont will create the Vattikuti Cancer Institute.
 "This very significant and generous gift will allow us to expand our existing
 laboratory and clinical research for breast cancer prevention, treatment and
 quality of life enhancement, and to establish new complementary therapy
 research programs for people with cancer," said Ronald Irwin, M.D., Beaumont's
 Director of Oncology Services.
     The donations to the hospitals will be from The Vattikuti Foundation, a
 non-profit corporation created in 1997 for charitable, educational, literary
 and scientific purposes.  The Foundation is a personal family foundation
 established by Mr. and Mrs. Vattikuti to conduct their philanthropic
 objectives.
     A native of India, Raj Vattikuti is founder and co-chairman of Covansys
 (formerly Complete Business Solutions, Inc.) since the company's formation in
 February 1985.  Covansys is a global technology services company headquartered
 in Farmington Hills with 5,000 full-time employees at its domestic and
 international offices.
     Prior to 1985, Vattikuti worked for Yurika Foods Corporation and the
 Chrysler Corporation.  He is a graduate of the College of Engineering in
 Guindy, India and has a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering
 from Wayne State University in Detroit.
     Henry Ford Health System, one of the country's largest health care
 systems, integrates primary and specialty care with research and education.
 It comprises 12 owned or affiliated hospitals, a health maintenance
 organization and 25 ambulatory centers and other health-related entities
 located throughout southeast Michigan.  It receives more than $50 million
 annually in research funds.  Last year, Henry Ford recorded 2.5 million
 ambulatory visits.  Visit Henry Ford at henryford.com .
     Beaumont's 997-bed hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. is a major teaching,
 referral and Level I Trauma center that is the single busiest hospital in the
 nation for inpatient admissions.  Beaumont's 226-bed acute care facility in
 Troy, Mich. is among the nation's busiest community hospitals.  The Beaumont
 network also includes medical office buildings, a rehabilitation and health
 center, primary and specialty clinics, nursing care centers, home and hospice
 care.  Beaumont's Research Institute has funding totaling more than $35
 million.  Beaumont is on the web at www.beaumont.edu .
 
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    NOVI, Mich., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Raj and
 Padma Vattikuti of Bloomfield Hills today announced the donation of $40
 million to support cancer research and treatment programs at Henry Ford Health
 System and Beaumont Hospitals.  Raj Vattikuti is the founder and co-chairman
 of the Farmington Hills, Mich.-based information technology company Covansys
 (Nasdaq:   CVNS).
     The gift is one of the single largest philanthropic contributions for
 medical care and research ever granted in the state of Michigan.  A $20
 million donation to Henry Ford will support prostate cancer research,
 education and treatment advances.  A $20 million donation to Beaumont will
 support research directed at breast cancer prevention, detection and
 treatment.
     The donation was made through The Vattikuti Foundation of which Raj
 Vattikuti is president and his wife Padma is vice president.
     Both hospitals will work to match the donation with an equal amount of
 gifts or grants to maximize the impact on cancer research and treatment
 advances.  Beaumont and Ford will coordinate their breast and prostate cancer
 research efforts.
     "We feel a philanthropic partnership with these two impressive
 institutions will enable them to have unprecedented success with clinical
 research and innovative treatments of prostate and breast cancers," said Raj
 Vattikuti, who announced the donation at a news conference today at the Novi
 Hilton.
     "We are challenging these two institutions to achieve new clinical
 knowledge through research, new treatment methods and expanded awareness and
 education, with the hope of preventing prostate and breast cancers."
     "Covansys has been successful because we have brought value to the
 companies we serve," said Vattikuti.  "Padma and I feel our gift will be
 successful if through this philanthropic partnership we improve the treatment
 and prevention of these two cancers.  Not only will this benefit our neighbors
 in southeast Michigan, but also, by sharing the results of new knowledge, this
 will benefit people throughout the world."
     Breast cancer is the most common cancer, and the second leading cause of
 cancer death, in women.  Cancer of the prostate is the number one cancer
 diagnosed among men in the United States.  According to the American Cancer
 Society, about 182,800 new cases of breast cancer, and close to 200,000 new
 cases of prostate cancer, are diagnosed in the United States each year.
     The donation to Henry Ford will create the Vattikuti Urology Institute.
 "Our vision is for the Institute to be one of the leading prostate cancer
 centers in the world to train others in the latest treatment techniques and to
 advance integrative medicine programs," said Mani Menon, M.D., chair of the
 Department of Urology at Henry Ford Health System.
     The donation to Beaumont will create the Vattikuti Cancer Institute.
 "This very significant and generous gift will allow us to expand our existing
 laboratory and clinical research for breast cancer prevention, treatment and
 quality of life enhancement, and to establish new complementary therapy
 research programs for people with cancer," said Ronald Irwin, M.D., Beaumont's
 Director of Oncology Services.
     The donations to the hospitals will be from The Vattikuti Foundation, a
 non-profit corporation created in 1997 for charitable, educational, literary
 and scientific purposes.  The Foundation is a personal family foundation
 established by Mr. and Mrs. Vattikuti to conduct their philanthropic
 objectives.
     A native of India, Raj Vattikuti is founder and co-chairman of Covansys
 (formerly Complete Business Solutions, Inc.) since the company's formation in
 February 1985.  Covansys is a global technology services company headquartered
 in Farmington Hills with 5,000 full-time employees at its domestic and
 international offices.
     Prior to 1985, Vattikuti worked for Yurika Foods Corporation and the
 Chrysler Corporation.  He is a graduate of the College of Engineering in
 Guindy, India and has a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering
 from Wayne State University in Detroit.
     Henry Ford Health System, one of the country's largest health care
 systems, integrates primary and specialty care with research and education.
 It comprises 12 owned or affiliated hospitals, a health maintenance
 organization and 25 ambulatory centers and other health-related entities
 located throughout southeast Michigan.  It receives more than $50 million
 annually in research funds.  Last year, Henry Ford recorded 2.5 million
 ambulatory visits.  Visit Henry Ford at henryford.com .
     Beaumont's 997-bed hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. is a major teaching,
 referral and Level I Trauma center that is the single busiest hospital in the
 nation for inpatient admissions.  Beaumont's 226-bed acute care facility in
 Troy, Mich. is among the nation's busiest community hospitals.  The Beaumont
 network also includes medical office buildings, a rehabilitation and health
 center, primary and specialty clinics, nursing care centers, home and hospice
 care.  Beaumont's Research Institute has funding totaling more than $35
 million.  Beaumont is on the web at www.beaumont.edu .
 
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