MEDARVA Foundation, MCV Foundation Announce Annual Speaker Series

MEDARVA Foundation, MCV Foundation Lecture Series

$100,000 Grant to Kick off MEDARVA Lecture Series in Ambulatory Orthopaedic Surgery

RICHMOND, Va. – October 30, 2018 - The MEDARVA Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to the MCV Foundation in order to create the annual MEDARVA Lecture Series in Ambulatory Orthopaedic Surgery. The first lecture will take place in the fall of 2019 and will host nationally-recognized orthopaedic specialists who are developing cutting-edge technologies and practices in their field.

“We’re thrilled to have been given this opportunity, with the support of the MEDARVA Foundation, to help share knowledge in the ever-growing field of ambulatory orthopaedics,” said Harry Thalhimer, MCV Foundation board chair. “VCU Health continues to be a key player in the advancement of medical practices around the world, and this speaker series is just the latest example of our position as a trail blazer within the health care community.”

The $100,000 grant is the latest in a string of donations to VCU Health and the MCV Foundation by the MEDARVA Foundation. Over the past several years, the MEDARVA Foundation has donated over $1.5 million to fund nearly a dozen cutting-edge research projects at VCU Health alone.

“The men and women at VCU School of Medicine are doing some incredible things in their fields,” said Cheryl Jarvis, Chair of the MEDARVA Foundation. “Here at the MEDARVA Foundation, our mission is to surround ourselves with people who are making a difference in lives and shaping the future of health care. Our continued work with VCU School of Medicine is the perfect embodiment of that principle.”

For four years in a row, VCU Medical Center has been recognized in the top 50 in the country for orthopaedics by U.S. News and World Report, ranking No. 34 for 2018-19. With MEDARVA’s status as a leader in ambulatory care, Bruce P. Kupper – the health care provider’s president and CEO – said partnering to help launch this series of lectures was in recognition of the orthopaedic department’s leadership in advancing orthopaedic care in the region and across the nation.

“We’ve seen firsthand at our Stony Point and West Creek Surgery Centers the impact these new outpatient orthopaedic procedures have had on patients,” Kupper said. “It’s been a total game- changer for patients in so many different ways.

“The advancement of the surgeons’ skills has advanced the surgical care to allow many of the procedures to be transformed from being inpatient to being safely performed in an ambulatory surgery setting,” Kupper continued. “The impact on quality, patient recovery, reduced hospital- acquired infections and out-of-pocket costs are the direct result of MEDARVA’s and the VCU Department of Orthopaedics’ leadership in surgical care. We anticipate that the lecture series will continue to advance orthopaedic surgery.”
Three of the most common orthopaedic surgical procedures are total knee, hip and shoulder replacements. In the past, patients in need of a joint replacement would be looking at a several-day hospital stay, a long recovery and a medical bill as high as six digits. Now, patients have access to procedures that result in a same-day discharge, a much shorter recovery time and a bill that is often cut in half.

“The field of ambulatory orthopaedics is one of the fastest-growing within the medical community,” said. Stephen L. Kates, M.D., chair of the VCU School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. “If we can continue to help develop and advance these procedures, the impact in both the Richmond community and around the world would be immense.”

The MEDARVA Lecture Series in Ambulatory Orthopaedic Surgery will be held on the MCV campus and each lecture will be free to the public.


About MEDARVA Healthcare
MEDARVA Healthcare prides itself on practicing and perfecting the art of medicine, and partnering with community organizations to help bring medical assistance and awareness to those in need. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, the organization’s roots can be traced back to Oct. 31, 1951, when Richmond Eye Hospital was established. Today, MEDARVA Healthcare consists of several entities including the MEDARVA Foundation, which supports numerous medical care and
education programs in Richmond and central Virginia; MEDARVA Stony Point Surgery Center, central Virginia's pre-eminent outpatient surgical facility, MEDARVA West Creek Surgery Center, MEDARVA Physician Network, and MEDARVA Medical Office Building, located at Goochland’s West Creek Medical Park home to several area medical practices. For more information about MEDARVA Healthcare or Stony Point Surgery Center, please visit

About MCV Foundation
The Medical College of Virginia Foundation was established in 1949 to inspire and steward philanthropic resources for its MCV Campus Partners at VCU Health. The Foundation manages more than $500 million in assets to ensure VCU Health remains at the forefront of excellence and innovation in patient care, research and education as one of the top academic health centers on the East Coast. Through its 1,500 funds, the MCV Foundation provides scholarships, professorships, research and program funds to support the life-saving work occurring at VCU Health every day. The MCV Foundation’s campus partners include: VCU College of Health Professions, VCU School of Dentistry, VCU School of Medicine, VCU School of Nursing, VCU School of Pharmacy, VCU Massey Cancer Center and VCU Medical Center. Visit to learn more.

About VCU and VCU Health
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 217 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Thirty-eight of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 11 schools and three colleges. The VCU Health brand represents the VCU health sciences academic programs, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. For more, please visit and