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Spirit of Charity Foundation at University Medical Center Receives $40,000 Gift from Eduardo Marvez Valls Professorship and LSU Health Foundation

Spirit of Charity Foundation at University Medical Center Receives $40,000 Gift from Eduardo Marvez Valls Professorship and LSU Health Foundation

Donation to benefit the Medication Bridge Program

The Spirit of Charity Foundation at University Medical Center New Orleans has received a $40,000 gift from the Eduardo Marvez Valls Professorship and LSU Health Foundation to support the Foundation’s Medication Bridge Program.

The gift was presented at University Medical Center by Robert Ripley, surviving partner of Dr. Marvez-Valls, who was an emergency medicine physician at Charity Hospital and an LSU faculty member. The Medication Bridge Program provides donations to help purchase prescriptions, respiratory equipment and other durable medical supplies for patients in need.

“We will be able to help meet the medication needs to over 500 patients who are in greatest need and cannot afford their medication,” said Dr. Peter DeBlieux, University Medical Center Chief Experience Officer.

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Marvez-Valls worked in Charity Hospital's emergency room for more than two decades and taught emergency medicine at LSU's medical school. He was in charge of graduate education in that specialty, and he recruited potential residents. Following his death, an emergency medicine professorship bearing was established.

“LSU Health Foundation is honored to keep the spirit of Charity alive through our efforts to raise funds to meet critical needs such as these,” said Krystal Oliveria, LSU Health Foundation Chief of Development Officer. “We are also humbled by the many LSU faculty, like Dr. Marvez-Valls, who gave so much to New Orleans through Charity Hospital.”

More about the Foundation, its mission and programs and how to donate visit spiritofcharityfoundation.org

Individuals in picture from Left to Right: Director of Philanthropy, Dean Howard, Director of Faculty and Resident Development at LSU, Dr. Heather Murphy, President of The Spirit of Charity Foundation, Dr. Frank Incaprera, Eduardo Marvez-Valls former partner, Robert Ripley, University Medical Center Chief Experience Officer, Dr. Peter DeBlieux, Executive Vice President, LCMC Health Strategy & Partner Affiliation, Paolo Zambito, and LSU Health Chief Section of Emergency Medicine and Professor of Clinical Medicine, Dr. Keith Van Meter

Not Pictured: Krystal Oliveira, LSU Health Foundation Chief Development Officer