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The Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center is an internationally recognized patient care, diagnostic, research, and educational facility devoted to the rapidly growing population of adult patients with congenital heart disease.
The Center, the first and largest of its kind in the United States, provides tertiary care that is difficult or impossible to duplicate, and is a community, statewide, national, and international resource. The Center has brought unparalleled skills, new knowledge, and advanced technology to bear upon the health of its patients, and serves as a model for similar facilities in North America, Europe, and the Far East.
Your gift to the Center will support not only the well-being of our diverse patient population by underwriting program and research development, but it also will extend to the hundreds of thousands of affected adults worldwide who continue receiving care based upon guidelines developed at UCLA.
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Heart malformations are the most common birth defect in the United States. The term congenital heart disease applies to heart defects that are present at birth, of which 1 in 120 babies are born with. Estimates suggest that there are one million adults living with congenital heart disease, a number that is expected to rise by 5% every year. The United States has a severe shortage of cardiac centers fully prepared to care for adults living with congenital heart disease.
The Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center is an internationally recognized patient care, diagnostic, research, and educational facility and was the first and remains one of the largest in the Unites States. The financial needs that confront our Center are in part products of its own success. Our facility has seen a steady growth in services that require additional resources for sustenance and expansion of our specialized program.
Operational support is one of the best ways to support the Center because it will allow us to allocate resources towards areas of most need.
Your donation will contribute towards: Nurse practitioner salaries, administrative staff salaries, office supplies, website maintenance and day-to-day carrying costs.
The Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center (ACHDC) was the first in the nation specifically to treat adults living with congenital heart disease (CHD). It remains the largest facility of its kind in California. Our patient population is diverse, including adults who have never undergone cardiac surgery, those who require further reparative surgery, and those whose conditions are inoperable apart from cardiac transplantation. The medical team treats an array of problems associated with adult congenital abnormalities, including non-cardiac conditions and other medical illnesses.
In addition to the incredible medical team at the ACHDC there is a Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) made up of patients who have joined together to fulfill a mission of providing direct patient support and advocacy and improve patient-focused activities such as educational meetings, newsletters, website education and communication. The primary focus of the PAC has been establishing a program to provide hope and encouragement to other patients facing adult CHD through peer support from other CHD patients who are healthy and surviving heart disease. PAC continues to work on developing a forum for discussion, education and support for patients, their families and the greater community.
All donations should be made out to the "Regents of the University of California" with a memo that your donation should be earmarked for "Support Patient Activities", please contact Yvonne Jose, Administrative Manager at [email protected] or call (310) 825-2019, address: Division of Cardiology, 650 Charles E. Young Drive South Room A2-237 CHS, Los Angeles, CA 90095.
Since its inception, the Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center has been dependent upon its own fiscal resources for sustenance. Mr. Judah Hertz and the Hertz Investment Group has provided invaluable fiscal support to the Center for the past 15 years in the form of fundraising events and annual fundraising appeals by mail. Mr. Hertz' commitment to the Center has been pivotal in allowing the Center to meet its programmatic needs and continue to expand its program to meet the growing needs of adults living with congenital heart disease.
For more information on how to donate to the Annual Hertz appeal benefiting the Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, please contact our administrative manager Yvonne Jose at [email protected] or call (310) 825-2019.
Roderick S. Green, III of Seattle died suddenly on December 28, 2005 in New York at the age of 35, while on a Christmas visit with his family. His death was attributed to complications of severe congenital heart disease.
Rod was born in Boston on December 26, 1970 and raised in eastern Long Island. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1993. After graduation, he joined the accounting firm of Ernst and Young . However, he quickly became disillusioned with corporate ethics, and left the firm to travel and pursue his education, earning a Master's Degree in Philosophy from Fordham University in 2000 spending summers working in Denver and Seattle in the Non Profit Sector as an independent consultant, specializing in Grant Writing and Donor Research. Rod then attended the University of Maryland, in a Doctorate Program concentrating in Public Policy and Environmental Ethics.
Like his grandfather before him, he loved to be on the road heading for unknown horizons, always feeling the "thunder beneath his feet" yet never missed the opportunity to help others along the way. These experiences brought Rod a deep appreciation for the beauty of the northwest and he seized an opportunity to move to Denver in 2001, where he lived until 2004, eventually relocating to his favorite city of Seattle. In May, 2005, he completed a Fundraiser Management Certificate Program at the University of Washington Extension and was appointed to the Development Committee for the Jubilee Women's Center in Seattle. He also was a member of the Puget Sound Professional Grantwriters Association and The Northwest Development Officers Association.
Rod's plans for the future included additional travel, continued work in the Non-Profit Sector, satellite radio commentary on political ethics and constitutional integrity and the completion of the books he was in the process of writing.
He lived life to the fullest, always concentrating on the positive and maintaining the highest ethical standards. Rod was a self-proclaimed minimalist, with a remarkable degree of wisdom which served him well in dealing with the physical obstacles his heart disease imposed upon him. He set high goals for himself and was determined to be all he could be, never complaining and always striving for his dreams. He often referred to Life as "The greatest ride God could ever invent"! Many times his body failed him and he dealt with frustration and disappointment every day, but always looked for the rainbow around the corner and found it. He had some dark days and some close calls, but he never allowed himself to be vanquished. Anger and frustration and fear were dealt with promptly and put to rest. He had great determination and personal discipline and was planning a full year of study, work and travel when he died. Rod was at peace with his mortality and died with his boots on, as he wished.
Rod sought out the expertise of Dr. John Child at UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Clinic in 1998, and remained a patient there for the rest of his life, traveling to UCLA for check-ups and consultations. He developed a close relationship with the entire staff and was sustained by the incredible care and respect he received from them. Having considerable experience with various doctors and hospitals, Rod described his visits to UCLA as the nearest thing you can find to visiting a "Medical Disney World"!
Rod is survived by his mother, Mary Jean Green of Hampton Bays, New York, a sister, Maura, a brother-in-law, Jason , a niece and God Daughter, May Ella , a nephew, Luke Joseph , his Aunt Eileen and four cousins, as well as three second cousins. Rod's father died in 1992.
In memory of Rod, donations can be made to the Roderick S. Green, III Memorial Fund, UCLA/Ahmanson Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center to further education in this relatively new sub-specialty.
His mother and sister can be contacted at [email protected]
If you have any questions about donations, please contact Yvonne Jose at [email protected] or (310) 825-2019. Donations may be mailed to:
The Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center (Please make checks payable to UCLA Foundation and indicate Adult Congenital Heart Disease in the memo section)
650 Charles E. Young Drive South, Room A2-237 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095
For memorialization comments about Rod, please email Yvonne Jose at [email protected] or mail comments to the above address.
The Joseph K. Perloff, M.D., Endowed Fellowship will enable UCLA to inaugurate a distinguished fellowship that will benefit the Center's mission in research, education, and patient care. Moreover, it will provide permanent funding to recruit the best graduate students and trainees in order to advance congenital heart disease research in many of the areas originally initiated by Dr. Perloff.
Born in New Orleans, Dr. Perloff received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1951. After an internship and residency in medicine and pathology at New York's Mt. Sinai Hospital, he spent a year with Dr. Paul Hamilton Wood at the Institute of Cardiology, London, as a Fulbright Fellow. Dr. Perloff moved to Washington, D.C., completing his fellowship in cardiology and rising rapidly to the rank of Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital. He then became Chief of the Section of Cardiology and Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania.
After arriving at UCLA in 1977, Dr. Perloff served as the Streisand/American Heart Association Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics until his retirement in September 2001. He perceived the need for an adult congenital heart disease facility, because increasing numbers of infants and children with congenital heart disease were reaching adulthood. Few cardiologists knew how to care for this new patient population, so Dr. Perloff, soon joined by Dr. John S. Child, established the premier Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center to provide expert patient care, education, and research.
As a pioneer in the field of adult congenital heart disease, Dr. Perloff has enjoyed worldwide acclaim as a visiting professor and lecturer, and is the recipient of numerous national and international awards and honors. The first of its kind in the United States, the Center not only provides tertiary care, but also serves as a community, statewide, national, and international resource.
Dr. Perloff had an enormous influence on the careers of countless health care professionals; he was my own mentor in cardiology and a critical guide throughout my career. For that reason, we are pleased and honored to ask you to consider making a charitable contribution to this worthwhile cause.
Donations can be made in the form of a pledge payable over a five year period, a cash gift, or check. For more information, please contact our administrative manager Yvonne Jose at [email protected] or call (310) 825-2019.