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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 important to bring in new and evolving technologies to assist in the understanding of congenital heart disease," said Dr. Leonard Feld, the Sara A. and Smoky H. Bissell Endowed Chairman of Pediatrics at Levine Children's Hospital. "Three-dimensional TEE helps our staff to visualize cardiac anatomy and aids significantly in the planning of cardiovascular surgery for children."

TEE is manufactured by Philips Medical Systems (http://www.medical.philips.com), currently the only company producing scanners designed for pediatrics. It includes upgradable software, as well as two probes -- one for adolescents and one for infants.

"Due to the growing volume and complexity of pediatric heart surgeries at our facility, this piece of equipment was ranked at the top of our priority list," said Martha Whitecotton, LCH Administrator. "Thanks to the generosity of the Ganatra Family, our cardiac patients will now have access to the finest technology available."

"Advanced technology has been at the forefront of Tansukh Ganatra's career," said Rose. "Now, he is giving back to support something that has been pivotal in his success."

Ganatra added, "If we can help the physicians and surgeons at LCH to save just one life by supporting new technology, then we feel like our lives have been worth it."

Born in Uganda, Tansukh Ganatra earned an engineering degree prior to moving to the United States with his wife in 1969. They settled in Rochester, New York, where he enjoyed a 19-year tenure with Rochester Telephone Corporation, which is now a part of Citizens Communications. He then moved on to ACC Corp., an international telecommunications company in Rochester, where he held various positions, including President and COO. In 1996, the Ganatras moved to Charlotte, where Mr. Ganatra co-founded US LEC Corp (which merged with PAETEC Holding Corp. in March 2007). He is a current director of PAETEC.

Levine Children's Hospital is a 12-story, 234-bed facility designed with family-centered care as a top priority. Established to accommodate projected growth of more than 100,000 children in the next nine years, it is the most comprehensive children's hospital between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. LCH treats an average of 137 children each day -- more children than any other hospital in the Carolinas. Located on the campus of Carolinas Medical Center, it serves as the regional referral center for pediatric trauma and pediatric surgical services.


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