(November 29, 2010) - Judith A. Thomas made a generous donation
of $500,000 to the Heart & Vascular Institute at Memorial
University Medical Center (MUMC). Thomas will also give $250,000
annually, beginning in 2012. The funds will be used to establish,
support, and sustain the John G. Spellman, M.D., Cardiovascular
Chair in honor of John Spellman, cardiologist.
The money will be used to provide a permanent source of funding
to support priority needs for the cardiovascular program at MUMC.
These needs will be determined by Spellman and MUMC's heart &
vascular leadership. Potential uses for the funding include
technology and equipment, education and training for nurses,
physicians and other related healthcare professionals, facility
improvement, research, programs, services, and staffing within the
"This generous donation by Ms. Thomas will help us in our fight
against cardiovascular disease -- the leading killer of men and
women in our region. We cannot thank Ms. Thomas enough for this
extremely generous gift that will ultimately benefit our entire
community," said Phillip Schaengold, J.D., MBA, Memorial Health
president and CEO.
Judith A. Thomas is the founder and major shareholder of J.A.
Thomas & Associates, Inc. (JATA), a nationally recognized
expert in healthcare compliance and documentation. She is also a
nationally recognized authority on diagnosis-related group (DRG)
management. In addition, Thomas recently received an honorary
doctorate degree in business administration from de River Plate
Adventist University in Argentina. Since her retirement in 2005,
she has devoted her time to her charitable entities.
The Heart & Vascular Institute at Memorial University
Medical Center offers leading edge heart and vascular procedures,
treatments, and rehabilitation programs. Services include
state-of-the-art surgical facilities, innovative testing and
diagnostic centers, and a team of expert physicians and nurses.
Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare
organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and
southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital,
a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary
and specialty care physician networks; a major medical
education program; business and
industry services; and NurseOne,
a 24-hour call center.