The University of South Alabama department of orthopaedic surgery recently received a $650,000 gift from the HJW Foundation created by Dr. h.c. mult Hansjörg Wyss.
According to USA orthopaedic traumatologist Dr. Jorge Alonso, this gift supports the mission of the department in providing leading-edge surgical care for all members of the community.
“We are grateful for the generosity of the HJW Foundation and Dr. Wyss,” said Dr. Samuel J. Strada, dean of the USA College of Medicine. “This gift recognizes the value our orthopaedic department makes in our region.”
A portion of the funds will be used to purchase orthopaedic surgical equipment at the USA Medical Center, and the remainder will be awarded to the USA orthopaedic department to help support surgical care for indigent patients.
“Charitable support for the USA Medical Center trauma center and the USA department of orthopaedics from the nationally recognized HJW Foundation is recognition of the high quality of these programs,” said Dr. Joseph Busta, vice president of development and alumni relations at USA. “We are most grateful to the HJW Foundation for this significant gift as it will enable the hospital and our department of orthopaedics to better treat patients from the northern Gulf Coast region.”
The USA department of orthopaedics offers skilled and highly trained physicians who provide personalized orthopaedic medical care to patients. In addition to conventional orthopaedic treatment, USA’s orthopaedic physicians provide specialty care for athletes and patients who would benefit from joint restoration or arthritis care.
The HJW Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the care of patients with musculoskeletal injuries through research, development, education and quality assurance in the principles, practice, and result of fracture treatment. Dr. Wyss was named to BusinessWeek’s 2008 list of the 50 Top American Givers, which recognizes the most generous United States philanthropists.