When Jack Spillane says Abbott Northwestern Hospital and
Minneapolis Heart Institute® are close to his heart, he means it in more ways
His connection began by making charitable donations with his
wife, the late Elva Walker Spillane, who also served on the Abbott Northwestern
Hospital Board of Directors. As a business executive and philanthropist, he has
had a long-standing commitment to supporting the exceptional care and
innovation that characterizes both organizations.
He never expected to need that care himself. After his
health declined rapidly in 2008, he was hospitalized at Abbott Northwestern and
learned he needed a complicated heart surgery.
It was his experience as a patient that led him to include
Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation in his estate plan and become a
President’s Circle donor. For Spillane, it’s a way to ensure that his
admiration for innovative doctors and gratitude for excellent care will live on
after his passing.
“They saved my life, and I think the world of what they are
doing,” said Spillane.
Cardiothoracic surgeon Tom Flavin, MD, led the team that
operated on Spillane to replace two heart valves, repair another valve, perform
a procedure to correct a heart rhythm problem and do a coronary artery bypass.
Spillane made a full recovery and resumed his active
lifestyle. He continues to be monitored by doctors at Minneapolis Heart
Institute®, including Charles Gornick, MD, a heart rhythm specialist.
The experience made an impression on Spillane. “The nurses
are top notch and really think on their feet. I’m a business guy, and I notice
when things run smoothly,” he said. He’s also interested in the latest
cardiovascular innovations and is amazed at the work being done by the
“I consider myself to be low tech, so to me, it’s like
science fiction to hear about all the things they are doing. I tell everyone
they should go to Abbott Northwestern.”
To learn more about planned and legacy gifts, contact Rich Meyer by email or at 612-863-4005.
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Jack Spillane (middle) with Minneapolis Heart Institute® Physicians Tom Flavin, MD, (left) and Charles Gornick, MD.