Breakthrough MitraClip procedure repairs one heart structurally, another emotionally UAB is the only hospital in the state to offer the minimally invasive MitraClip procedure to aid patients suffering from mitral regurgitation. Bill York of Cullman was one of the first patients in the United States to receive the device. He and his wife traveled to UAB after other attempts to correct his damaged heart were unsuccessful. His wife, Mary, was afraid he wouldn't survive open-heart surgery. With the MitraClip procedure, the only minimally invasive treatment available for high-risk patients, he had another option. Within a few days, York was back home and feeling great. So was Mary. "He’s not only my husband, he’s my best friend," she says.
Employee generosity leads to ‘new idea in giving’ The UAB Benevolent Fund found itself with more money than it anticipated at the end of the 2014 campaign, but it isn’t going to waste. Program Manager Lisa Higginbotham says the fund is creating the Community Impact Grant initiative as a testament to employees’ generous spirit. The inaugural grant of up to $50,000 will be awarded to a non-profit group or coalition to help fund an initiative that will affect education, health or economic security. Interested non-profit groups that operate in the Greater Birmingham area must submit a brief proposal that supports one of three goals: children achieving educational success; people leading healthy, active lives; or families becoming economically secure. Proposals will be accepted through Aug. 22.