After struggling with a personal experience with the healthcare industry, philanthropist Sam Regenstrief was determined to spark change and improve the quality and efficiency of patient care. The Regenstrief Foundation was created on April 7, 1967 by Sam and his wife, Myrtie, with assistance from Sam’s legal counsel, Leonard Betley, his nephew Dr. Harvey Feigenbaum, and Dr. John B. Hickam, professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine at the IU School of Medicine.
The avowed purpose was “to bring to the practice of medicine the most modern scientific advances from engineering, business, and the social sciences, and to foster the rapid dissemination into medical practice of the new knowledge created by research.”
The Regenstrief Foundation has for over 45 years supported the efforts of researchers and clinicians who, like Sam, realize the tremendous opportunities to make medical care safer, more efficient, more accessible, for everyone, no matter where they are. Today, thanks to generous core support from this foundation, the Regenstrief Institute continues to carry out the work to make Sam’s vision a reality.
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