Hidden inside millions of electronic medical records lies a treasure trove of innovations.  A $2 million gift from Tim and Mary Boyle will help Providence Heart Institute discover them.

The Boyles’ gift has established the Center for Cardiovascular Analytics Research and Data Science, or CARDS. One of the few centers of its kind, CARDS will evaluate treatments, technologies and public policies to optimize patient outcomes and create personalized cardiac care. Dr. Ty Gluckman, a national leader in this field, has agreed to become CARDS’ medical director.

“We are grateful for this remarkable gift, which continues the Boyle family’s lifelong legacy of philanthropy to the Portland community, as well as their commitment to improving people’s lives,” said Dave Underriner, chief executive Providence Health & Services in Oregon.

The Boyle’s gift will accelerate progress in cardiovascular outcomes research, where Providence Heart Institute has significant expertise. According to Dan Oseran, M.D., executive medical director, “The Boyles have given us a tremendous opportunity to understand how to individualize care and apply treatments in the most effective way. With their support, we can raise the level of heart care across the nation.”

The Boyle family experienced the devastating impact of cardiovascular disease first-hand when Tim’s father, Neal Boyle, died from a sudden heart attack in 1970 at age 47.

Tim and Mary see the potential in using cardiovascular outcomes research to create real personalized cardiac care out of these vast databases.

Tim said, “Mary and I are thrilled to provide support for Providence St. Vincent’s cardiovascular research efforts and look forward to seeing the impact of these efforts for the people of Oregon and beyond.”

You can read more about the Boyle’s gift here.

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