Community Partner Update

The Steven M. Gootter Foundation raised about $300,000 during its 12th annual gala to support research on causes and treatments of sudden cardiac arrest and outreach to improve community education and first-responder equipment. In addition to establishing the Steven M. Gootter Endowed Chair for the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death, held by Jil C. Tardiff, MD, PhD, the Gootter Foundation currently supports the Sarver Heart Center:

  • Resuscitation Research Lab, led by Karl B. Kern, MD, co-director of the Sarver Heart Center and professor of medicine. The lab is exploring new methods for aggressive post-resuscitation treatments including hypothermia and emergent opening of coronary blockages.
  • Grand Rounds Steven M. Gootter Foundation Visiting Professor, which brings four of the world’s leading sudden cardiac arrest and resuscitation research scientists to share research and expertise throughout the academic year.

Thank you to the Fraternal Order of Eagles Charity Foundation for a $5,000 grant from the Max Baer Heart Fund to support the UA Sarver Heart Center Biorepository. “The biorepository will enable physicians and basic scientists to access biological samples in a range of people with and without different heart diseases. This resource will support our efforts in precision medicine, with the goal of improved understanding of how heart disease develops,” said Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center, chief of cardiology and professor of medicine in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. To learn more about the Biorepository, visit

Wanda Moore, member of Sarver Heart Center’s board and women’s committee and chair of the Minority Outreach Program, was the 2017 honoree of the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona. Although Wanda has devoted her time and vast energy to a number of organizations in Southern Arizona, she took the opportunity to spotlight her work with Sarver Heart Center. Her monumental efforts on behalf of Sarver Heart Center include establishing an endowment to support heart research focused on women of color and organizing an active group of more than 30 volunteers who have contributed 431,302 hours over 96 months to conduct heart health education outreach activities, primarily in underserved minority communities. If you would like to make a donation to support the endowment in Wanda’s honor, visit and designate "Heart Disease and Stroke in Women of Color Endowment" on the online form.

Congratulations to Jennifer Bunger (right), Sarver Heart Center’s events coordinator, who was honored as the 2016 recipient of the Brian Bateman Superb Service Award. “Jennifer cares very deeply for Sarver Heart Center and its people. She treats everyone with a respect and caring, and she has developed close personal relationships with many of the donors, board members and volunteers. She is not only responsive to requests but anticipates what might be needed and prepares in advance.  Everything Jennifer does is completed with excellence,” said Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD (left), director of the Sarver Heart Center.

Brian Bateman served as director of development for the Sarver Heart Center for nearly a decade; a key ingredient to his success was the “whatever it takes” attitude that he instilled in those with whom he worked. The award is a wonderful way to acknowledge and thank those who remove barriers and help fulfill the mission of the Sarver Heart Center in the best possible way.

Read more Sarver Heart Center news in the Summer 2017 Newsletter.