Yesterday, we had the pleasure of celebrating Dr. Mark Zivot's $1M donation to enhance world-class care for patients managing diabetes and vascular disease and at risk of amputation of feet and lower limbs. The Zivot Limb Preservation Centre at Peter Lougheed Centre will continue to provide care to patients through podiatric surgeons along with their multi-disciplinary team dedicated to reducing the impact of lower limb amputations.
During the formal celebration, we heard from speakers Calgary Health Trust President and CEO Dr. Chris Eagle, MLA Ricardo Miranda, PLC Site Medical Director Dr. Elizabeth MacKay, longtime friend of Dr. Zivot and member of the Department of Surgery, Dr. Phillip Lelievre, and the guest of honour, Dr. Mark Zivot.
The Limb Preservation Centre opened to patients in October 2016, and will continue to provide care to approximately 6,500 patients each year. A portion of the funds from this $1M donation will go towards the purchase of state-of-the-art technology that can help with early detection, as well as assessment of vascular issues that are a major risk factor in limb loss.
After a career in Podiatric Surgery in Alberta, Dr. Mark Zivot left the practice several years ago, but has maintained close contact with his Podiatric colleagues, watching the program grow to meet patient needs. "Philanthropy has played an important part in my life and I wanted to provide a substantial donation with direct purpose and passion. Not just a gift of dollars, but a gift of my knowledge, experience and time," Dr. Zivot explains. "The naming of the Zivot Limb Preservation Center is a great honour, and I am most gracious for the opportunity to give back to health care."
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