The Marge & Charles J. Schott Foundation has made a $3.13 million gift to the Trauma Center and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the UC College of Medicine. The gift will support an endowed chair, research efforts associated with the chair, a SICU nurse-training endowment, a mid-level practitioner endowed scholarship at UC and capital upgrades to the SICU.
UC Medical Center, part of UC Health, is the only adult Level I Trauma Center in Greater Cincinnati and provides care for nearly 5,000 people each year. Trauma remains the leading cause of death for all Americans under the age of 48. Patients are treated for injuries spanning motor vehicle crashes, industrial accidents, falls at home, intentional violence and other causes.
"Our UC Health trauma team provides the region’s most advanced, innovative and compassionate care across the entire spectrum of experience of the injured patient,” said Jay Johannigman, MD, professor of surgery at the UC College of Medicine. "This generous gift from the Schott Foundation will allow us to give patients the best chance of survival through research, education and capital improvements.”
"We are grateful for this tremendous gift from the Schott Foundation and for the confidence they’ve placed in our academic health system,” said Richard Lofgren, MD, president and CEO of UC Health. "As the region’s only adult Level 1 Trauma Center, we have a unique role to play in the treatment of complex illness and injury. This gift will enhance our ability to do that.”
Capital upgrades from the Schott Foundation gift include updating nurse workstations, hardware and software installation in the SICU, as well as meeting space renovations.
"The visionary support of the Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation will further elevate the care of patients suffering traumatic injury,” said UC President Neville G. Pinto. "We are grateful for their partnership.”
"The Schott gift will support all aspects of trauma care and help us continue to save many lives through the work of our premier trauma team,” said William S. Ball, MD, senior vice president for health affairs, Christian R. Holmes Professor and dean of the UC College of Medicine. "The endowed chair, training and scholarship funds will reward excellence and ensure that the very best faculty and staff will be recruited or retained to advance the program.”