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Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Gifts support cutting-edge research

Robert Hauser, MD, FACC, FHRS, senior consulting cardiologist with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

The Foundation gave $800,000 in 2010 to support research across the hospital.

At Abbott Northwestern, a passion for finding new, better and safer approaches to patient care drives clinical research. For donors who specify that a gift be designated to one of the hospital’s Centers of Excellence, a gift has the potential to advance treatment and care locally, nationally and even internationally.

Robert Hauser, MD, FACC, FHRS, senior consulting cardiologist with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, is a luminary in research on implantable cardiovascular medical device safety and efficacy. With his colleagues, he is leading patient safety efforts for those who have or will receive these devices.

Through a grant from the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation in the fall of 2007, Hauser and his colleagues conducted a groundbreaking study on the failure of high-voltage leads on implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). This research was built on the success of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation’s previous work in monitoring the safety of ICDs.

“The Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation is a significant donor to the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and we are proud of our partnership,” said Richard Meyer, president of the Foundation.

Hauser and his colleagues received an additional research grant totaling $100,000 from the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation in 2010. It will support the development of DELTA™, a computerized registry tool to assess the safety of cardiovascular devices and to evaluate adverse event rates and trigger alerts for physicians and patients.

“This project has vast potential for improving patient safety, and the investigators are grateful to the Foundation for its generosity,” said Hauser.