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Local family honored for helping create “Pathway” to good health in Modesto
Local family honored for helping create “Pathway” to good health in Modesto

MODESTO, Calif. – May 24, 2018 –The Porges family, owners of the successful chain of Prime Shine Car Wash locations in the Central Valley, was recently honored during a reception acknowledging their $100,000 donation to Memorial Hospital Foundation for the Sutter Health Heart & Vascular Institute at Memorial Medical Center.

The hall that leads to the Heart and Vascular Institute on the 3rd floor of MMC’s North Tower is now known as the “Porges Family Pathway to Your Good Health.”

“Prime Shine has been a part of the Central Valley for over twenty-seven years, and we couldn’t be more proud that we have the ability to donate to this institute,” said Evan Porges, Prime Shine Car Wash president. “It will provide our community vital heart care, not just today, but for generations to come.”

The institute allows MMC to place a renewed emphasis, not only on providing new treatments for heart disease, but also new ways to prevent this devastating illness — the number one killer in America. Heart disease can strike anyone at any time, without regard for age, ethnicity or gender. Half of men and two-thirds of women who die suddenly of coronary artery disease have had no symptoms and no known risk factors.

“By creating the Heart and Vascular Institute at Memorial Medical Center, we are re-imagining not only the array of cardiovascular services we will provide to our patients, but the ways in which we provide them,” said Hassan Hussein, M.D.,  MMC’s medical director for the Chest Pain Center and Heart Attack Receiving Center. “We have an even closer collaboration between cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, anesthesiologists, cardiovascular nurses, rehabilitation specialists and other health care professionals, all of whom focus on bringing the most specialized and personalized care to each patient.”

The funding campaign to bring the institute to Memorial has been comprised of a $1 million gift from Memorial Hospital Foundation, along with donations from generous friends and donors who value the vital work of Memorial Medical Center. The Sutter Health Matching Grant Program is providing up to an additional $1 million, effectively doubling the gift of every donor to the campaign.

“Having a Heart & Vascular Institute here at Memorial Medical Center will help ensure that our patients will not need to travel outside the area to receive advanced and complex procedures,” said Amar Pohwani, M.D., a Sutter Gould Medical Foundation cardiologist and the medical director for MMC’s cardiac catheterization lab. “They’ll have the opportunity to have it done right here, in our community.”

Memorial’s dedicated team, along with area physicians, have been leaders in providing new services to the Modesto community, including the first transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR) — a less-invasive method of valve replacement as compared to an open-heart procedure.

“We are extremely grateful to the Porges family for their gift to Memorial Hospital Foundation,” said Lisa Hume, Director of Philanthropy for Sutter Health’s South Valley. “Their generosity has helped the institute come to fruition by encouraging others to give. We thank all those who have donated to this project, helping bring leading edge cardiovascular care to our community.”

For more than 50 years, Memorial Medical Center’s cardiovascular services team has cared for the community’s needs in the Central Valley. Thanks to donations from community-minded families like the Porges family, the MMC Heart and Vascular Institute will help Memorial continue that tradition.

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