News From the Chair
Christie L. Morse, MD
Chair, Foundation Advisory Board
OMIC Makes Pledge to Spivey Fund
We are deeply grateful to the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company (OMIC) for making a very generous pledge to the Academy Foundation, bringing their total commitment to $1 million. These funds will support the Bruce E. Spivey, MD, Fund for Risk Management Studies, a collaborative effort between OMIC and the Academy.
“With this gift, OMIC is honored to recognize Bruce E. Spivey, MD, and H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MD, who were integral to our genesis and early success. Under the leadership of OMIC President & CEO Tim Padovese, we created the Spivey Fund – managed within the Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care – to improve our risk management services,” said George A. Williams, MD, chair of OMIC’s Board of Directors. “Effective risk management strategies to minimize poor clinical outcomes are good business, but more importantly good medicine. We believe that this gift will allow OMIC to utilize the powerful data in the IRIS Registry to identify risk management issues early on and minimize patient harm.”
Can’t-Miss AAO 2017 Events
Bob Bellow, Tom Hutchinson and Greg Skuta celebrate with Dunbar Hoskins at the 2016 Orbital Gala
“If you’re heading to New Orleans this fall, make sure the Orbital Gala is on your calendar! The Foundation’s 14th annual fundraiser is on Sunday, Nov. 12 at Mardi Gras World on the shores of the mighty Mississippi River.
We are delighted to honor former Academy Executive Vice President H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MD, FACS, this year. Join us in celebrating his career and legacy. It will be a fun evening with true New Orleans flavor, featuring a gourmet dinner, dancing, live entertainment and great silent auction deals. Proceeds will support Academy programs, including two particularly special to Dunbar: the ONE Network and the Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care.
Don’t miss your chance to purchase Orbital Gala tickets and make a tribute gift in Dunbar’s honor. Those making a tax-deductible gift of $250 or more can place a congratulatory message in his commemorative tribute book. The deadline is Oct. 1.
Also happening at AAO 2017 is our second annual donor reception on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Academy Resource Center in the exhibit hall. We look forward to thanking our donors and meeting those who want to learn more about what we do. Stop by, say hello and have
a glass of wine!
Join Partners for Sight
You may have received a letter from 2016 Academy President William L. Rich III, MD, FACS, recently about becoming a Partners for Sight donor ($1,000 - $2,499). At this level, you can make a bigger impact than you ever thought possible. Whatever your passion – education, public service, ophthalmic history or helping colleagues in the developing world – there is an Academy program that needs your help. Plus, your donation will support the education of future generations of ophthalmologists.
I’ve seen first-hand what a $1,000 donation can accomplish. We can:
- Host and stream 20 surgical education videos on the ONE Network
- Donate 3 complete sets of the Basic and Clinical Science Course to residency training programs in developing countries
- Refer 13 medically underserved seniors for sight-saving care through EyeCare America
- Digitize, catalog and add 14 artifacts to the Museum of Vision website
Your gifts are used efficiently and responsibly. For every dollar spent, 80 cents is put back into Academy programs.
"Giving annually at the Partners for Sight level has been a personal priority of mine for many years,” said Dr. Rich. “We as Academy members need to support the educational programs that benefit us throughout our careers. They make us better physicians and help us do even more good for our patients. I see the Academy as my university for life. For me, giving back is a win-win.”
Learn more about the benefits of becoming a Partners for Sight donor online or contact Todd Lyckberg at email@example.com or 415.447.0361.
Lastly, I’m sad to share that Henry G. Ring, MD, FACS, recently passed away at age 89. As many of you remember, Dr. Ring was the editor of Scope from 1997 – 2003. He was a gifted physician, teacher and researcher who served on the faculty at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. In honor of his devotion to ophthalmology and the Academy, Dr. Ring made a $100,000 bequest to the Academy Foundation as part of his estate plan. We are so very thankful for his generosity. His bequest will be used to continue his life’s work: supporting the education of ophthalmologists so they can better preserve and restore vision.
I always welcome questions or feedback from you. Please feel free to drop me a line any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.