Improved Imaging

Jim Stephens and HSF give to UAB to fund new PET MRI.
patient in cyclotronAs part of the faculty/staff campaign of The Campaign for UAB, the physicians at The University of Alabama Health Services Foundation (HSF) have provided a lead gift of $2.5 million. The funds will be used toward the purchase of a cutting-edge PET MRI. This piece of equipment will play an important role in moving therapies and improved diagnostics more rapidly from the laboratory to the patient in the areas of cancer, neuroscience, and cardiology. The investment is being leveraged by a most generous gift from Julie and Jim Stephens and others at UAB.

Jim Stephens and his wife, Julie, are both staunch supporters of UAB as a couple and separately. They have loyally supported the Department of Neurosurgery for which Mrs. Stephens is a member of the UAB Neurosurgery Women’s Leadership Council. Mr. Stephens has provided additional support to the Neurosurgical Surgery Resident Education Program.

The new PET MRI will position UAB at the forefront of patient care and research, improving our ability to diagnose and monitor treatment response in the fields of oncology, neuroscience, and cardiology. By investing in this new piece of equipment, Julie and Jim Stephens and the HSF physicians are helping to create a world-class imaging center and supporting the The Campaign for UAB with a generous commitment.

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