The Marcus Foundation has gifted $75m to US-based community hospital Piedmont Healthcare, to help provide better access to expert healthcare for millions of Georgians.
The gift amount will be used to develop the system's nationally recognised heart and vascular programme, Piedmont Heart Institute, and renew Piedmont's Atlanta campus through the establishment of the Marcus Heart and Vascular Centre.
The development of the Marcus Heart and Vascular Centre is said to introduce a comprehensive care experience for Piedmont Heart patients, establishing space specifically intended for heart-related procedures and hospital stays.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said: "This is a great day for Georgia. The Marcus Foundation has been incredibly generous to Atlanta in so many areas, and this is an especially important gift because it will help provide better access to expert healthcare for millions of Georgians.
"We're lucky to have Piedmont hospitals as community assets in Buckhead and across metro Atlanta, and I believe this level of investment also helps Georgia become a regional healthcare destination."
The investment is said to accelerate Piedmont's plans to renew its Atlanta campus and expand its services to cater to the community's needs for clinical services rendered by Piedmont's heart, transplant, cancer, orthopaedic and women's health programmes.
In 2012, the Marcus Foundation invested $20m to establish the Marcus Heart Valve Centre with a view to develop Piedmont Atlanta as the destination for patients with heart valve problems.
It will also enable physicians to gain knowledge on the latest trends in treatment for these complex patients and increase access to care.
The Marcus Heart and Vascular Center will provide an improved patient support and navigation services coupled with the expansion of Piedmont's ability to participate in cardiovascular research studies and share the work with other national experts related to cardiovascular care.
Image: A conceptual rendering for the building based solely on property available for the project. Photo: courtesy of Piedmont Healthcare.