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April 19, 2002


Emory's Crawford Long Hospital Receives Million Dollar Plus Grant
From Medtronic For Heart Training Programs

Medtronic, Inc., a world leader in the development of medical devices, has awarded The Carlyle Fraser Heart Center at Emory's Crawford Long Hospital an educational grant of $400,000 annually for three years to fund educational and training programs focusing on the use of emerging technology in the field of cardiac rhythm management and heart failure therapy.

"Some of the most exciting developments in cardiology recently have involved the use of implantable cardiac devices including pacemakers, defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization devices. They offer new hope to thousands of people with challenging, potentially life limiting heart conditions," said Angel Leon, M.D., Director of Cardiology at Crawford Long Hospital "We are very grateful for the Medtronic grant which will help us train cardiologists to properly and effectively use these innovative technologies."

The Cardiac Electrophysiology Service at Crawford Long Hospital ranks among the nation's leaders in clinical research in heart rhythm management and device therapy for congestive heart failure. Last fall, Dr. Leon performed the first implant of the commercially approved cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) system at Crawford Long Hospital's Carlyle Fraser Heart Center after the device received U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval to treat heart failure.

CRT is considered the first major therapeutic breakthrough for heart failure patients since the development of specialized heart failure drugs. Cardiac resynchronization systems use a small pulse generator (about the size of two stacked silver dollars) implanted beneath the skin in the shoulder region to deliver synchronized electrical stimulation to three chambers of the heart, enabling the heart pump blood more efficiently throughout the body. The result is often a dramatic improvement in exercise capacity and quality of life.

"CRT is one of several emerging new therapies involving cardiac devices that are changing the face of cardiology and opening up new treatment possibilities for conditions ranging from arrhythmia to heart failure. We are committed to providing cardiologists and associated health professionals with the best training possible so they can use these new treatment modalities successfully," said Dr. Leon. "In addition to training physicians to use CRT and other newly developed technology, the grant allows the Carlyle Fraser Center to continue its role as a leader in innovation and education in the field of cardiovascular disease."

"The Carlyle Fraser Heart Center at Crawford Long is recognized as one of the leading heart centers in the country. The generous grant from Medtronic will enable our outstanding team of heart specialists to offer training to cardiologists from all over the nation seeking to learn the latest heart device technology," said Mr. John D. Henry, Sr., FACHE, chief executive officer of Emory Hospitals and Wesley Woods Center.

Since 1975 Emory Crawford Long Carlyle Fraser Heart Center has been recognized internationally for its work in the diagnosis treatment and prevention of heart and lung disease. The Carlyle Fraser Heart Center is part of the Emory Heart Center, ranked in the top ten America's Best Hospitals by US News & World Report. Emory Hospitals include Emory University Hospital, a 587-bed hospital located on the Emory University campus in northeast Atlanta, Crawford Long Hospital, Emory's 583-bed, community-based hospital in midtown and Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital, a 100-bed hospital located on the Emory campus. Emory Hospitals are components of EMORY HEALTHCARE, the most comprehensive health care system in Atlanta. Other components of EMORY HEALTHCARE are: The Emory Clinic, the Emory Children's Center, the jointly owned Emory-Adventist Hospital, and EHCA, LLC, a limited liability company created in collaboration with HCA Healthcare.

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