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Carls Foundation pledges $2M to support pediatric ophthalmology

The Kellogg Eye Center will receive a $2 million grant from the Carls Foundation of Detroit to support a new pediatric ophthalmology clinic. The grant will allow the current pediatric eye clinic to serve more patients while adding new design features to meet the needs of children with vision problems.
Dr. Monte Del Monte, pediatric ophthalmologist, shares a light moment during an examination of a young patient. (Photo by Philip Dattilo)

The clinic will be located in the Kellogg Eye Center's expansion building, which is scheduled to open in spring 2010.

The grant furthers the mission of the Carls Foundation, founded by Detroit industrialist William Carls and his wife, Marie, who were dedicated to ensuring children receive the best possible medical care.

"One of our main goals is to help make children's lives better, and we understand how important it is to correct a child's vision problems as early as possible," says Elizabeth Stieg, executive director of the Carls Foundation.

The grant brings the total funds raised for new Kellogg Eye Center building to $14.3 million, or more than 70 percent of the $20 million philanthropic goal. It also advances the final stages of the Michigan Difference campaign, which has surpassed its goal of raising $2.5 billion to support U-M students, programs and facilities.

"Our pediatric ophthalmology clinic is known nationally for its leadership in children's eye care," says Dr. Paul Lichter, F. Bruce Fralick Professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Medical School. "This generous gift from the Carls Foundation will help us expand our services for young patients and their families while maintaining our reputation for excellence."

Children with vision problems come from throughout Michigan and around the world to see pediatric ophthalmologists at the Kellogg Eye Center. Those physicians will be able to care for even more young patients in the new 4,000-square-foot Carls Foundation Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinic.

"We are nearly doubling the space we devote to children's eye care and to pediatric vision research and training programs," says Dr. Monte Del Monte, Skillman Professor of Pediatric Ophthalmology and a professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases.

The clinic will be on the first floor of the Kellogg addition and will include 10 examination rooms. The clinic will also be equipped with advanced diagnostic technology as well as a special procedures room, a clinical trials and digital imaging room, and a multi-media patient education room where families can learn more about eye diseases.

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