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Ganatra Family Gift to Boost Cardiac Technology at Levine Children's Hospital
Date:10/2/2008

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A substantial gift from the Ganatra Family Foundation (GFF) will enhance pediatric cardiac surgical services offered at Levine Children's Hospital (LCH) (http://www.levinechildrenshospital.org).

The Foundation is run by Tansukh Ganatra, his wife Sarla and his son Rajesh. Ganatra is co-founder of US LEC Corp., which merged with PAETEC Holding Corp. (http://www.levinechildrenshospital.org ) in March 2007. The Foundation has committed $250,000 to fund a Trans-Esophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) machine for the hospital's Division of Cardiology and Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery.

The TEE machine gives surgeons a three-dimensional view of the heart. This will be a first for the department.

In 2007, the Division of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery performed over 300 heart surgeries at LCH. The new TEE probe will further advance cardiologists' ability to diagnose problems in the heart. The technology provides more accurate information regarding cardiac anatomy and possible abnormalities. Physicians say the technology will facilitate more accurate repairs and better outcomes.

Michael Rose, President of the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation, said the donation was "extremely heartwarming for Tansukh, Sarla, and Rajesh Ganatra, who have an affinity for children's healthcare and a history of generous support for Levine Children's Hospital."

"We came to this country with nothing, and we will leave this world with nothing, other than our legacy," said Ganatra. "We believe that giving to others is the right way to go."

The Ganatras' gift will benefit infants and children with a range of congenital heart defects, from heart murmurs and benign chest pain to complex structural heart disease.

"As we continue to expand our cardiovascular program, it is
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