The Shepard Endowment for Healthcare Engineering (SEHE) at Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center has received a $10 million donation from founder William Shepard to expand its work.
The SEHE started with a $5 million gift from Shepard in 2012. The project is a collaboration between engineers and health care clinicians to develop revolutionary ways to deliver health care.
The original gift financed the Advanced Imaging and Modeling project of pediatric cardiologist Dr. Matthew Bramlet and the development of a library of 3D congenital hearts in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health 3D Print Exchange. The library provides doctors with a 3D model of a patient’s heart, allowing them a better chance to study the heart and prepare for treating the patient before surgery.
“What sets The Shepard Endowment for Healthcare Engineering at Jump apart from other programs across the country are the resources invested in the complex engineering services,” Bramlet said. “Through the latest gift of Mr. Shepard, we are able to take this care outside the walls of OSF HealthCare and touch many lives.”
The donation will be used in a variety of ways, such as providing 3D hearts without charge to patient families; improving the technique used for 3D heart printing, and educating clinicians about the potential for 3D medical visualization.
“Mr. Shepard’s generous contribution to OSF HealthCare is really a catalyst to change health care delivery and patient outcomes throughout the world,” Tom Hammerton, OSF HealthCare Foundation president, said. “His generosity will touch many lives. We greatly appreciate his dedication to this initiative and the OSF mission.”