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James C. Acheson Foundation supports technology at McLaren Port Huron with $150,000 matching challenge

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The James C. Acheson Foundation has awarded McLaren Port Huron a matching grant of $150,000 intended as a challenge to other donors to support advanced medical technology in the community. For every donation received between now and December 31, 2012 the Acheson Foundation will match it, up to $150,000.

When the grant is complete, $300,000 will be available for the funding of the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System already in use at the hospital and a160 slice computed tomography (CT) medical imaging unit to be installed in late spring 2013.

With robotic precision, the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System provides a surgeon with enhanced capabilities when performing the most complex and delicate gynecologic, urological and general surgery procedures through tiny incisions.

The extremely fast 160-slice CT scanner can scan the whole body in seconds and provide extremely sharp 3D images of any multi-dimensional organ. Once in place at McLaren Port Huron, the unit will provide the most advanced CT technology in St. Clair and Sanilac counties.

“Having earned both state and national recognition for patient safety and quality of care, McLaren Port Huron continuously pursues excellence by bringing the most advanced medical technologies to the area,” says Tom DeFauw, president and CEO. “While there is other robotic technology in the community, none has the wide variety of multi-specialty surgical applications that the da Vinci provides. It was important to us that we provide the technology that would most benefit our patients.”

“As an organization we have a vision similar to McLaren Port Huron’s -- to partner with others to enhance the quality of life in our community,” says Donna Niester, CEO of Acheson Ventures and trustee for the James C. Acheson Foundation. “Funding for local medical technology helps to ensure that area residents don’t have to leave the community for world class technology and advanced healthcare.”

Jim Acheson and the Acheson family have a long history of supporting McLaren Port Huron. The Miriam F. Acheson Family Birth Place in the hospital was made possible by a million dollar donation in memory of Miriam Acheson. The foundation has made many contributions and matching grants supporting technology through the years, including funding for a dedicated electrophysiology cath lab and the availability of IV Smart Pumps throughout the hospital.

“This generous match from the Acheson Foundation doesn’t just benefit the hospital, it benefits our patients and the entire community,” says DeFauw. “It makes a difference in the health of those here in the area.”

Many individuals and business consider end of the year charitable contributions for tax purposes. This match challenge by the Acheson Foundation provides a timely opportunity to make donations promoting good health in the community even more effective.

To learn more or to make a donation, contact the McLaren Port Huron Foundation at 810.982.3776 or visit McLaren Port Huron’s website at