The Pauley Heart Center at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center recently received a $5 million gift from the Pauley Family Foundation to support research and recruitment for its worldclass Cardiology program.
“VCU’s progress as one of the nation’s Top 50 public research universities has been accelerated by a series of game-changers, and the Pauley Family Foundation’s latest generous gift is another example,” said Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU and the VCU Health System.
According to Dr. Jerome F. Strauss III, dean of the School of Medicine, “we are very fortunate to have philanthropists in our community like Stanley and Dorothy Pauley, who are instrumental in helping us bring innovation and excellence to the care of patients with cardiovascular disease.”
The Pauley gift, announced February 26 at the Pauley Heart Center Consortium dinner, will be paid out over four years. VCU received the first installment of $1.25 million in December 2012.
“This is a project that is near and dear to my heart,” said Stanley Pauley, who oversees the Pauley Family Foundation along with his wife, Dorothy, and daughters, Katharine Pauley Hickok and Lorna Pauley Jordan. Pauley, a former heart center patient, was so impressed with the staff that, in 2006, his foundation gave its first $5 million gift to the VCU heart center, which was later renamed the Pauley Heart Center. “The care these health care professionals provide is so genuine and moving that it is an honor to contribute to research that will enable them to learn even more about heart disease.”
At the Consortium, guests learned that the Pauleys’ $5 million gift will be matched by the Glasgow Endowment— resulting in a total of $10 million for the heart program. The Pauley donation is also the lead gift in a new campaign that will provide additional opportunities for matching funds (see sidebar).
Dr. Rao presented Stan and Dorothy Pauley with white coats with their names embroidered in appreciation for their longtime commitment to the heart center.
“The Pauleys’ generosity through the years will have a lasting impact on the region and nation for the remarkable breakthroughs made possible for their support,” said Dr. Sheldon M. Retchin, senior vice president for VCU Health Sciences and CEO of the VCU Health System. “Thanks to their marvelous gift, we will be able to recruit even more talented faculty to the Pauley Heart Center.”
The Pauleys’ first gift has already brought about significant improvements to the center, said Dr. Kenneth Ellenbogen, chairman of Pauley’s division of cardiology. “The Pauleys’ gift has transformed our facility into a first-tier heart center by allowing us to devote resources towards renovating and improving our research laboratories. It has also resulted in our attracting some new faculty in cardiology and particularly in structural heart disease and heart failure that has been substantial in improving our ability to take care of the sickest and most complex patients from all over the region.”
Originally from Canada, the Pauleys were married in 1949 and moved to the U.S. in 1954. Mr. Pauley is an engineer and the owner, chairman, and CEO of Carpenter Company in Richmond, the largest manufacturer of comfort cushioning in the world.