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February 26, 2002

MBNA Gift of $7.5 Million to Fund New Emory Stroke Center and Endowed Chair

Emory University physicians and researchers, specializing in stroke, will now be able to offer a consortium of services to patients with the creation of The Emory-MBNA Stroke Center. The Center is made possible through a $7.5 million gift from MBNA America Bank, headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.

"Stroke, like many health complications, requires interdisciplinary management," says Daniel Barrow, M.D., professor and chairman in the Department of Neurosurgery, Emory University School of Medicine and director of the Center. "The primary goal of this Center is to bring together physicians with expertise in neurovascular disorders from different departments to meet the needs of patients in just one stop. We want Emory to be the place where all stroke patients come, whatever their needs may be."

Specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, neurocritical care and interventional neuroradiology will work together in the Center, collaborating in the areas of patient care, education and research. From the exam room to the radiology room to the operating room, this multidisciplinary approach will ensure quality patient-focused medical care and treatment. The Center will also focus on prevention by educating patients and future doctors about the many risk factors for stroke. Cutting-edge stroke research will be another primary focus of the Center.

"We are extremely grateful that MBNA has chosen to honor Emory with this very generous gift," says Thomas J. Lawley, M.D., dean of Emory University School of Medicine. "Our hope is that this CenterŐs multidisciplinary approach will not only foster state-of-the-art medical care, but also lead to advances in the diagnosis and and treatment of stroke and neurovascular disease."

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer. And Georgia is in an area of the country referred to as the "stroke belt," which records a higher incidence of death and disability due to stroke than any other region in the country.

The gift will fund start-up operations and development costs of the Center, an endowed chair of neurosurgery and the hiring of a second neurointensivist, or specialist in neurocritical care. "Emory employs the only neurointensivist in the state of Georgia," Dr. Barrow points out. "By bringing on a second specialist in this field, we feel this addition, combined with the integrated services of the new Center, will lead Emory to become one of the premier stroke centers in the southeast and the country."

The Emory-MBNA Stroke Center will be located in The Emory Clinic B on Clifton Road.

About MBNA:

On March 4, MBNA will open its new Southern Regional Headquarters in a 251,000-square-foot facility in Kennesaw, Georgia. In addition to administrative and support functions, the regional office will house Business Development, Telesales, and Customer Assistance departments. The facility is expected to employ up to 550 by year-end.

MBNA Corporation, a bank holding company and parent of MBNA America Bank, N.A., a national bank, has $97.5 billion in managed loans. MBNA, the largest independent credit card lender in the world, also provides retail deposit, consumer loan, and insurance products.

About Emory Healthcare and the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center:

The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center encompasses those components of Emory University responsible for education of health professionals, research affecting health and illness, patient care, and policies for prevention and treatment of disease. The Health Sciences Center includes Emory University School of Medicine, Rollins School of Public Health, Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center, and Emory Healthcare, the center's system of clinical facilities.

Emory Healthcare is the most comprehensive health care system in metropolitan Atlanta. It includes The Emory Clinic, the Emory Children's Center, Emory University Hospital, Crawford Long Hospital, Wesley Woods Center, and the jointly owned Emory-Adventist Hospital. EHCA, LLC, a limited liability company governed jointly by Emory Healthcare and HCA-The Healthcare Company, further broadens Atlanta's access to care under the Emory umbrella, as does a strong hospital affiliate program throughout Georgia and neighboring states.

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