In the photo on this page, we are presenting the
Distinguished Organization Award to Norman M.
Rich, MD, FACS, and Eric Elster, MD, FACS, at the
ACS Foundation 2015 Donor Recognition Luncheon.
They were representing the department of surgery
at the Uniformed Services University of the Health
Sciences, which received the award in honor of its
philanthropic funding to help establish a partnership
between the College and the Military Health System.
On that day, we also had the honor of welcoming
and thanking many of you in person for
your support of the ACS Foundation. If you
are a donor and were unable to attend, we
hope you too know how appreciative we
are of your generosity to the College.
During the luncheon, it was shared with the
audience of donors that while philanthropy has
been a part of the College since its founding, this
year is the 10th year of operation for the ACS
Foundation. We are pleased to report that over
these 10 years, $26 million in philanthropic-sourced income has been distributed to support
nonrevenue priorities of the College.
For example, gifts to the Sustaining Fund have
funded meaningful benefits, such as academic awards
that support surgeons seeking specialized knowledge,
surgical volunteerism through Operation Giving
Back, lifelong learning for surgeons at all career
phases, and educational resources that empower
patients before and after their procedures. Many
other initiatives—all in the mission of optimal
patient care—are active today in large part because
of philanthropy, like the ACS Military Health
System Strategic Partnership. Read more about the
Partnership later in this report.
The impact of your support on the College’s mission
cannot be overstated. You are ensuring that the legacy
of surgical heroes and the advancement in patient
care continue on…inspiring the next generation
of surgeons and helping save lives every day.
David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS Amilu Stewart, MD, FACS
ACS Executive Director, ACS Foundation Chair
ACS Foundation President
Amilu Stewart, MD, FACS, ACS Foundation Chair (left); Norman M. Rich, MD, FACS, MC, DMCC, retired U.S. Army Colonel and the Leonard Heaton
LETTER FROM THE FOUNDATION
and David Packard Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) (second from left); David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS,
ACS Executive Director and ACS Foundation President (right); and Eric Elster, MD, FACS of Bethesda, MD, professor and chair, department of surgery
at USU and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and ACS Military Health System Strategic Partnership Executive Co-Chair (second from right).
2015 Clinical Congress
ACS Foundation’s Donor Recognition Luncheon.
PRESIDENT AND CHAIR