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Hertz Annual Appeal for Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center At UCLA Passes $2-Million Mark in Funds Raised Over Ten Years
Date:12/10/2009

The ACHDC was the first medical center in the country specifically established to treat adolescents and adults and is today the largest of its kind in California. Today, the ACHDC has more than 3,000 patients in its registry.

(PRWEB) December 10, 2009 -- The Hertz Family Foundation of Santa Monica has announced that total contributions now exceed $2 million over the ten-year lifetime of the annual campaign to support the Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center (ACHDC). The Hertz family has led the ACHDC annual fundraiser ever since its inception in 1999.
   
The ACHDC was the first medical center in the country specifically established to treat adolescents and adults and is today the largest of its kind in California. The ACHDC has nearly 400 patients when it opened its doors in 1981. Within five years, this figure increased to 700. Today, the ACHDC has more than 3,000 patients in its registry.

Said Judah Hertz, founder and CEO of Hertz Investment Group, and chairman of the annual appeal since 1999: “Each year for the past ten years, my family has been privileged to lead this extraordinary campaign. A generation ago, the diagnosis of congenital heart disease meant that young lives were permanently restricted and cruelly shortened. With the extensive medical and surgical innovations of the past 30 years and high-quality care received in childhood, 85% of children born with CHD in the United States will survive to adulthood. In fact, there are now more adults living with CHD than there are children – but the ACHDC at UCLA is one of very few centers nationwide that provide expert treatment for this growing adult population.”

In addition to its emphasis on the highest quality of patient care, the center is also a major training and research facility for medical and pediatric house officers, medical and pediatric cardio
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