Community Outreach, Paul Eckert

CHOP Teams Up With Mayo Clinic to Research Rare Heart Defect

 

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In 2004, Paul Eckert founded Family Financial Centers, a firm that offers an assortment of financial services, such as check cashing, wire transfers, and tax return preparation. Outside of his work life, Paul Eckert is an active philanthropist and a longtime supporter of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) recently announced a partnership with the Mayo Clinic in an important effort to help keep children suffering from hypoplastic left heart syndrome from experiencing heart failure. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a congenital birth defect, in which the left portion of a child’s heart is critically underdeveloped compared to the rest of the organ.

Both CHOP and Mayo Clinic hope their combined efforts will cut down the time needed to research new treatments. The collaborative effort will also involve the help of five to seven other regional centers nationwide to help fund research opportunities for the development of cell-based projects.

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Community Outreach, Paul Eckert

CHOP Announces Partnership with RWJBarnabas Health

 

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RWJBarnabas Health
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For more than a decade, Paul Eckert has served at the helm of Family Financial Centers in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, as the company’s president and chief executive officer. Apart from his professional endeavors in Doylestown, Paul Eckert is a faithful supporter of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently announced its intention to partner with RWJBarnabas Health to provide a new avenue for high-quality pediatric health services in the northern and western parts of New Jersey. Through this partnership, the two entities believe they can provide more efficient and accessible care to this population.

CHOP says that the alliance will result in the most all-inclusive pediatric health consortium in the area, providing both inpatient and outpatient care and serving as a keystone center for education and research in-line with nearby Rutgers University. The initiative will also provide compelling opportunities for physician and researcher recruitment, and it is expected that the partnership will be finalized in 2017.

Community Outreach, Paul Eckert

CHOP Researchers Succeed In New Adult Plastic Bronchitis Treatment

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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
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Since 2004, Paul Eckert has served as president and chief executive officer of Family Financial Centers in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where he offers a wide range of financial services. Outside of his professional life, Paul Eckert is a longtime supporter of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently reported successful testing of a method to treat plastic bronchitis in adult patients. The technique, which involves catheterization guided by imaging, has already worked for children. Through their work, researchers found that they were able to achieve the same success of removing thick clogs from the airways of adult sufferers of plastic bronchitis.

The first effort in using this technique on adults, the trial consisted of seven men with an average age of 50 years old who had been diagnosed with plastic bronchitis. CHOP researcher Yoav Dori, MD, one of the study’s co-authors, said that more follow-up work will be necessary to fully analyze the risks and benefits of the procedure on a long-term basis.