UCLA Health System Renames Santa Monica Imaging Facility the Barbara Kort Women's Imaging Center
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (April 30, 2012) - UCLA Health System today renamed the Women's Imaging Center on its Santa Monica campus the Barbara Kort Women's Imaging Center in recognition of a generous, seven-figure gift made by the Barbara and Fred Kort Foundation.
Attending a reception this evening to acknowledge and personally thank Barbara Kort for her generosity were Dr. A. Eugene Washington, dean, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Dr. David Feinberg, president, UCLA Health System; and Dr. Dieter R. Enzmann, chairman, UCLA Department of Radiology.
Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce President Laurel Rosen and other community and business leaders also attended the event. Mayor Bloom presented a proclamation on behalf of the city.
"I am honored to make this donation to UCLA. As a breast cancer survivor, I have experienced how vital it is to receive care in a setting that's warm, calm and peaceful," said Barbara Kort. "Because the Barbara Kort Women's Imaging Center provides state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable, spa-like environment designed exclusively for women, the healing process is greatly enhanced."
Her foundation's gift will enable the center to offer improved and expanded services and technologies and continue providing exceptional patient care. For example, the center now will offer digital three-dimensional mammography called tomosynthesis, which permits physicians to look through the breast tissue one layer at a time. This cutting-edge technology increases the number of cancers detected and lessens the need for women to be called back for additional testing after their initial screening exam.
"We are very thankful for The Kort Foundation's generous gift, which will allow our center to accommodate more patients with excellent care well into the future," said Dr. Anne Hoyt, director of the Barbara Kort Women's Imaging Center. "We also are honored by the donation that not only acknowledges the overall excellence of our center, but also recognizes the work of our compassionate, highly-skilled staff."
The imaging center features the latest technology in a comfortable, serene environment. In addition to all-digital mammography, the center performs breast ultrasound studies, image-guided diagnostic biopsies, breast MRI studies and cardiac imaging. The center is staffed by radiologists, technologists and support personnel who specialize in women's imaging and enable UCLA to provide its world-class services.
The Kort Foundation also made a philanthropic gift to support Dr. Helena Chang's breast-cancer research to develop a biomarker-based predicting model to better identify drug-resistant breast cancers, which are extremely aggressive and more likely to recur and spread than other types of breast cancer, and to develop more effective treatments.
"Throughout the past ten years that I have received treatment from Dr. Chang, I have developed the highest regard for her," Kort said. "Not only is Dr. Chang an extraordinarily talented physician and researcher, she also is an extremely caring individual. I am very proud to be one of her patients."
"I am privileged to receive the Kort Foundation's generous gift to study the use of genomics and proteomics in the development of personalized cancer treatment, particularly for patients with drug-resistant tumors," said Dr. Chang, director of the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center. "Mrs. Kort's heartfelt giving inspires me and her story empowers women who are in the same fight. I am extremely proud of being a chosen partner of the Kort Foundation to advance breast care at UCLA."
About the Barbara and Fred Kort Foundation
Barbara and (the late) Fred Kort are founders and past owners of Imperial Toy Company. Their foundation supports breast cancer research and awareness with an emphasis on patient care. In education, the foundation supports museums, monuments and programs that ensure the Jewish Holocaust is remembered and the six million people who perished are not forgotten. The foundation also supports children, students and educational institutions in Israel.
About UCLA Health System
The UCLA Health System has for more than half a century provided the best in health care and the latest in medical technology and research to the people of Los Angeles and the world. The UCLA Health System is among the most comprehensive and advanced health systems in the world, comprising Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica; the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA; Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA; and the UCLA Medical Group, with its wide-reaching system of primary care and specialty care offices throughout the region. For more information, visit www.uclahealth.org.