Dear Friend,

For nearly a quarter century, the UCLA Heart and Heart Surgery Program has been ranked the #1 program in the West by U.S. News & World Report, providing advanced cardiovascular care to patients who travel from all over the globe to benefit from its services.

Cardiovascular medicine is progressing at a very rapid rate, and there are many new breakthroughs being made right here at UCLA. Our continuing history of success and progress has led to cardiac patients living longer with less morbidity, able to be active and experience an extraordinarily high quality of life.

Despite these advances, heart disease remains the nation’s single leading cause of death for both women and men, as well as being the most costly. At the same time, UCLA is experiencing dramatic reductions in state support, in addition to years of stagnant funding from the National Institutes of Health, inadequate Medicaid funding, and insurance companies that do not absorb the real costs involved in the provision of complex, comprehensive care. Such conditions threaten this public academic medical enterprise's leadership standing in cardiovascular medicine and discovery.

As the Division of Cardiac Surgery wrestles with these challenges, private philanthropy has become our single greatest hope. Your donation will allow us to recruit the brightest young faculty, promote science and technology, and teach the next generation of medical students and residents. For the Division to remain on the cutting-edge and continue to flourish, we need your help.

By becoming a supporter of Cardiac Surgery, you will help us to maintain our tradition of leadership and extraordinary accomplishment. We hope that you think of UCLA as your hospital and look to us for all of your healthcare needs.

Thank you, in advance, for your generosity.

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