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Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhDOne of the rewards of celebrating a milestone anniversary during the past year has been the opportunity to reflect with gratitude on the thousands of donors who have supported the Sarver Heart Center during our first 30 years. We also are grateful for the many who continue to support our mission as we begin the next 30 years.

Sarver Heart Center was founded in 1986 by cardiothoracic surgery and cardiology leaders with a focus on treating heart failure and conducting groundbreaking research in cardiovascular science. With consistent and generous philanthropic support, the Center has successfully recruited and advanced the careers of dedicated physicians and scientists on the cutting edge of cardiovascular disease research and patient care.

Philanthropy provides the primary source of funds for early-stage research that produces data critical in the efforts of Sarver Heart Center scientists to compete for multi-million dollar grants from the National Institutes of Health and other national and international funding agencies. During the past decades, many of our most generous donors have supported equipment purchases and development and expansion of lab space designed for collaborative, high-impact research. Purchases of critical, and expensive, state-of-the-art scientific equipment provides infrastructure used by many investigators. This increases the competitiveness of UA cardiovascular researchers and advances projects that ultimately lead to better treatments for heart disease.

Sarver Heart Center cardiovascular medicine is working to lead the evolving partnership with Banner – University Medical Center by forming a Banner-wide cardiovascular research network. The growing UA Health Sciences environment allows us to engage in collaborative and groundbreaking efforts never before possible in Tucson. At both our Tucson and Phoenix campuses, we are surrounded by construction cranes. In Tucson, a new hospital, an outpatient clinic, Bioscience Research Laboratories and a Health Sciences Innovation Building are under construction. Phoenix has a new hospital tower and emergency department under construction. The infrastructure investment this represents on the part of Banner and the University of Arizona is necessary to provide cutting-edge patient care and advance clinical and translational research.

As we move forward, we continue to focus on providing each patient the best possible care. In the future, this will include individualized treatments that more precisely target disease. Generous Sarver Heart Center donors like you are invaluable as we bring together a collaborative team of clinical and basic scientists, working toward the seemingly impossible goal of preventing and curing heart disease and stroke. Now onto the next 30 years of life-saving innovations, research and patient care!

Thank you for being our partner.

Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD
Director, University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center
Professor and Chief, Division of Cardiology, UA College of Medicine – Tucson

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