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BRIGGS FOUNDATION GIFT ALLOWS UT HAMILTON EYE INSTITUTE TO DEVELOP PROGRAM FOR DIABETIC RETINOPATHY
Memphis, Tennessee (December 14, 2005) – Thanks to a three-year $150,000 grant from the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s (UTHSC) Hamilton Eye Institute can develop a program to help patients who suffer from diabetic retinopathy. The gift was contributed in honor of Herbert Rhea for his longtime interest and role in the Foundation.
generous donation will allow us to facilitate a community awareness program
about diabetic retinopathy, conduct screenings, and provide education to
patients diagnosed with this potentially blinding disease. The Mid-South has the highest prevalence of
diabetic eye disease in the
“We are honored to have the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation as our partner in providing the highest quality eye care to families in our region,” noted Dr. Haik, “and the gift has special significance to us because it is in honor of Mr. Rhea, who epitomizes the finest in community leadership.” Last year alone, the Hamilton Eye Institute, named one of the top ten ophthalmologic departments for patient care in the country two years consecutively, provided care to over 20,000 regional patients.
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