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U-M Cardiovascular Center Grand Opening
June 7, 2007


Watch June 7 CVC Grand Opening Ceremony (You will need Windows Media Player)


More than 3,000 people joined the University of Michigan Health System June 7 for the grand opening of the new U-M Cardiovascular Center building. In this magnificent multidisciplinary center we will provide our adult patients with world-class care and research, as we work to reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease on our state and our nation.

The grand opening celebration began with a moment of silence to recognize the tragic loss of six transplant team members in an air ambulance crash June 4. After asking the families of the lost men for guidance, we decided to go forward with the opening event at their urging, but to dedicate it to their memory and add elements to commemorate the loss. The six men dedicated their lives to saving the lives of others. And that is the same mission to which hundreds of Cardiovascular Center faculty, staff and students have dedicated themselves. To recognize that, the grand opening of the CVC is a fitting tribute to our lost colleagues.


The air ambulance crew included:

David Ashburn, M.D.
Richard Chenault II
Dennis Hoyes
Rick Lapensee
Bill Serra
Martinus (Martin) Spoor, M.D.

Grand Opening Speakers

Sanjay Gupta, M.D.
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent
U-M Medical School alumnus and Neurosurgery resident

Robert Kelch, M.D.
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and CEO
University of Michigan Health System

Mary Sue Coleman, Ph.D.
President, University of Michigan

Antonia Coello Novello, M.D., MPH, Dr.PH.
Former Commissioner, New York State Department of Health
U-M Cardiovascular Center National Advisory Board Member
Former Surgeon General of the United States

Facts about Cardiovascular Disease from our Speakers

Take preventive measures, as suggested by our speakers

Grand Opening Entertainment
MASS Ensemble performed, under the direction of creator William Close. The internationally known performance group combines the creative forces of artists, musicians, composers and choreographers. MASS is known for its large-scale instruments and kinetic performances. The “World’s Largest Stringed Instrument” and other invented instruments were designed by Close; a large harp suspended from an outside wall of the Cardiovascular Center, provided a landscape for the artists to perform at the grand opening.

An original musical piece was conceived by Dr. Cyrus Farrehi and funded by the Farrehi Family Foundation. The piece was composed by School of Music Professor and Composer Michael Daugherty. Fanfare for Brass and Percussion was performed by the CVC Brass and Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Conductor Emily Threinen.