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A Lasting Legacy
$2 Million Gift to Transform Neurosciences, Stroke Care
St. Jude Medical Center is pleased to announce a $2 million gift which
will fund the establishment of the first endowed medical directorship
in the hospital's history-the Marvin Blaski Endowed Medical Directorship
for Stroke. The gift comes from the estate of the late Marvin Blaski,
a former patient who dedicated the gift in appreciation for the care he
received after his stroke in 1996.
"This is an extraordinary gift for which we are deeply grateful,"
said Brian Helleland, Chief Executive, St. Jude Medical Center. "The
creation of an endowed medical directorship allows us to recruit and retain
the nation's best physicians, aggressively pursue research and innovation,
and create improvements in care that will benefit hundreds, if not thousands,
of families in the community."
The establishment of the Marvin Blaski Endowed Medical Directorship for
Stroke will further enhance St. Jude's work as an Advanced Comprehensive
Stroke Center, the highest level of stroke certification earned by only
10 hospitals in California. As the only hospital in North Orange County
to have earned this designation, St. Jude is the community's primary
resource for highly-specialized stroke care that can successfully treat
the most standard to most complex stroke cases.
Mr. Blaski dedicated an additional $1 million to support future funding
priorities for the hospital, making his combined estate gift $3 million,
one of the largest gifts in hospital history. Through his simple yet incredibly
meaningful act of
including St. Jude in his will, Mr. Blaski has left a lasting legacy at our hospital which will benefit
countless patients and families for years to come.
Gifts of time or treasure all make a difference
There is a spirit at St. Jude Medical Center that is different from other
This spirit has inspired the generosity of grateful patients, families
and community friends. Over the years, gifts both large and small to the
Memorial Foundation have supported St. Jude Medical Center, helping to
make it one of Southern California's most respected and technologically
Philanthropy has allowed us to create nationally recognized services, build
facilities where quality and innovation can flourish, and provide lifesaving
care to all who walk through our doors.
Today, St. Jude Medical Center’s commitment to excellence is more
important than ever—and it is a generous community that makes that
But as the medical needs of this community continue to grow, so does the
importance of those willing to give to ensure state-of-the-art care for
family, friends and neighbors.
There are many ways you can help. To learn more, please call the St. Jude
Memorial Foundation at (714) 992-3033 or email us at