Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Announces $5 Million Gift to Expand the Suzi and Scott Lustgarten Center for GI Motility
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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) today announced a $5 million gift from Irma and Norman Braman to expand the Suzi and Scott Lustgarten Center for GI Motility. Established by the Braman family in 2011 with their first $5 million gift, the Lustgarten Center offers the nation’s most comprehensive clinical and research program in pediatric gastrointestinal motility disorders. The Center operates within the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, under the direction of David A. Piccoli, MD, the Division Chief.
“The Braman family has long helped us pioneer innovative pediatric training, patient care and research for motility disorders,” said President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Madeline Bell. “We are deeply grateful for their continued partnership to advance and improve pediatric health, and, with their support, look forward to discovering even more breakthroughs for children.”
Expansion of the Suzi and Scott Lustgarten Center for GI Motility will include:
“We know, from family experience and common knowledge, that CHOP is truly at the top of the game when it comes to pediatric medicine; therefore, we could not be more pleased to be able to play a role in helping to advance the cutting edge of research and clinical care in this important field affecting so many,” said Irma and Norman Braman.
Irma and Norman Braman are prominent philanthropists and civic leaders based in South Florida. The Suzi and Scott Lustgarten Center for GI Motility is named for their daughter, Suzi Braman Lustgarten and her husband, Scott Lustgarten, Philadelphia-area residents who are longtime CHOP supporters. The Braman’s gift is inspired by their granddaughter, Sarah Lustgarten. A student at the University of Miami, Sarah suffers from severe gastroparesis, which restricts her body’s ability to move food out of her stomach. Despite the pain, constant testing and daily challenges of her condition, Sarah remains upbeat and optimistic, saying, “My grandfather told me to always stay positive and try my hardest to never stop fighting.”
In children with GI motility disorders, the esophagus, stomach or intestines do not function normally. The cause of these problems can be difficult to pinpoint, making both diagnosis and treatment difficult. At the Lustgarten Center, patients and their families find a unique multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach that integrates medical, physiological and psychological expertise in evaluation and treatment that is tailored to each child's individual diagnoses.
Contact: Emily DiTomo, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 267-426-6063 or firstname.lastname@example.org