The Cusumano family of Burbank has donated $1 million to the new Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, earmarking the funds for high-tech diagnostics equipment.
In recognition of this gift, the institute’s Neurodiagnostic Center will be named for the Cusumanos, whose family roots are deep here in Burbank, both in business and in philanthropy.
The family is particularly interested in funding a state-of-the-art biplane angiography suite where a neurovascular X-ray system will provide sharp three-dimensional images for interventional procedures. These images can be rotated so physicians see tiny intricate blood vessels from all angles as they map their treatment for patients with strokes, aneurysms or other brain injuries.
“This generous donation from the Cusumano family will go a long way to provide this cutting-edge equipment to residents of the San Fernando Valley as we build our Hill Neuroscience Institute,” said George Teitelbaum, M.D., a neurointerventionalist on staff at Providence Saint Joseph.
“Such an advanced imaging system will afford us greater abilities to perform complex neurointerventional surgical procedures in the brain and spine. I’m positive that this donation will help to save many lives.”