News Release

October 28, 2005

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

Chase Family Gift Supports Vital Research at UConn Health Center

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Research into new cures and treatments for widespread diseases affecting bones and joints, such as osteoporosis and arthritis, was bolstered recently by a $1million gift from the Chase family of West Hartford to the University of Connecticut Health Center.

The family’s gift will provide endowment support for critical musculoskeletal research at the UConn Health Center. In honor of the family’s generosity, the Health Center recently dedicated the Chase Family Skeletal Biology Research Laboratories and the Chase Family Research Floor at the new Medical Arts and Research Building on the Health Center’s Farmington campus.

“As a family, the UConn Health Center has always played an important role in our lives. When the Health Center first came to Farmington, we were very pleased that medical research would be conducted here and that our medical needs would be met locally. We have supported the Health Center since our first grandchild was born here,” said Rhoda Chase.

“The establishment of the laboratories and floor ratifies our belief in the Health Center,” she added.

The Health Center welcomes further gifts to the Chase family endowment. For more information, please call 860-679-1122.

The Chase family’s gift was celebrated during a dedication in the Health Center’s Medical Arts and Research Building this fall. Pictured from left to right are, Philip Austin, Ph.D., President of the University of Connecticut, Stuart Baer, Cheryl Chase, David Chase, Rhoda Chase, Arnold Chase, Sandra (Sandy) Chase and Peter J. Deckers, M.D., Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at UConn Health Center.

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