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Hey fellow Buckeyes! Check out the following press release sent to us by Tom Murphy, an OSU alum here in NJ.  Read on to find out how his parents' foundation was able to donate "Brutus" to the Valley Health System.  GO BUCKEYES!



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January 12, 2010






Extraordinary Charitable Donation Supports Valley’s Gynecologic Oncology Program

New minimally invasive surgical robot, “Brutus” acquired at The Valley Hospital


The Valley Hospital has acquired a new state-of-the-art daVinci Surgical System thanks to generous donations from two local foundations.  The Aaron & Rachel Meyer Memorial Foundation and The Thomas W. and Florence T. Murphy Fund have pledged a combined $1.55 million to The Valley Hospital Foundation for the purchase of the new surgical system.

The daVinci Surgical System – also known as the daVinci surgical robot -- is a breakthrough in surgical technology that allows for more surgical procedures to be performed using minimally invasive techniques than ever before.

The gener ous donation to The Valley Hospital Foundation was made by Janet & Philip Lowy, residents of Franklin Lakes.  Mr. Lowy is the founding Director of the Aaron & Rachel Meyer Memorial Foundation, Janet and their daughter Alissa, of Franklin Lakes are also Directors of the foundation. Alissa’s husband, Mr. Thomas Murphy, serves as a Donor Advisor of The Thomas W. and Florence T. Murphy Fund with The New York Community Trust. Thomas Murphy is an alumnus of The Ohio State University, and has had the new daVinci surgical Robot named “Brutus” in honor of the University’s mascot.

“We are proud to offer one of the leading, top-flight daVinci surgical programs in the region,” said Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of The Valley Hospital.  “This generous gift enables Valley to continue to support our skilled surgeons by providing them with the latest robotic technology.”

The new surgical robot, “Brutus” is an important enhancement to Valley’s Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, which includes the hospital’s Gynecologic Oncology program, led by William M. Burke, M.D., Director, and Noah A. Goldman, M.D.

“We had an opportunity to meet Drs. Burke and Goldman and were so impressed by the work they are doing,” said Alissa Murphy.  “We are delighted that our gift will support them in the important work they are doing to save women’s lives.”

Said Dr. Burke, “We are very grateful for this generous gift.  This newest generation robotic surgical system is a tremendous asset to our program and to the patients who come to us for care.”

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