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Happy Patient Donates $3M To Danbury Hospital For Cardiac Surgical Suite

Yoriko McClure of Bridgewater with her cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Cary Passik of Danbury Hospital.
Yoriko McClure of Bridgewater with her cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Cary Passik of Danbury Hospital. Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. – A woman who was thrilled with the outcome of her coronary bypass surgery at Danbury Hospital is making a donation of $3 million to transform its cardiac operating room into a multi-functional cardiovascular surgical suite.

Yoriko McClure of Bridgewater, who made the donation, said she was impressed and grateful for the exceptional care she received during her stay at Danbury Hospital under the care of cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Cary Passik.

“Dr. Passik and his team treated me so well. They saved my life,” said McClure. “When I woke up, it seemed like Dr. Passik was always there. Saturday, Sunday, he always came. That to me was very impressive.”

McClure said she also envisions a healthy future for other area residents. “Many people from our community count on Danbury Hospital,” she said. “Along with honoring Dr. Passik, I’m helping others, too.”

Located in Danbury Hospital’s Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Pavilion, the new clinical space is scheduled for completion next year. It will be named The Yoriko McClure Surgical Suite in her honor.

The suite will combine the functionality of a traditional operating room with the advanced imaging capabilities of a catheterization laboratory.

This state-of-the-art surgical environment will enable surgeons to perform minimally invasive cardiac and endovascular procedures in a single surgical encounter. The facility will also accommodate leading-edge equipment, technology and surgical staff needed to perform the most advanced cardiovascular procedures.

“We are extremely grateful to Mrs. McClure for her exceptional generosity,” said Dr. John M. Murphy, President and CEO of the Western Connecticut Health Network. “Her gift will have a tremendous impact on our ability to provide western Connecticut and neighboring New York with the most advanced cardiovascular care for generations to come.”

Cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for more than 17.3 million deaths each year, a number that is expected to grow over 23.6 million by 2030.

In Connecticut, CVD accounts for more than 9,300 deaths each year. It remains the No. 1 cause of death in the state despite the overall decline in the prevalence of smoking and improved control of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

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