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1913 Legacy Campaign raises $1.75 million


The Board of Directors of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Foundation has announced that Fellows and friends have contributed $1.75 million to the 1913 Legacy Campaign, which meets 35 percent of the campaign’s $5 million goal. Applied Medical Technology, Inc. and Coloplast Corp. both recently donated Leadership Gifts ($100,000 and up) to the campaign, in support of the ACS Division of Education’s Patient Education Program.

The 1913 Legacy Campaign, officially announced at the 25th Annual Fellows Leadership Society Luncheon during the 2013 ACS Clinical Congress, continues to secure gifts to advance programming that is critical to the College’s mission. Philanthropic investments will benefit the surgeon, the profession, and the societal good.

The Surgeon

Investments in the development of innovative programs to advance simulation-based surgical education and training as well as funding to better engage and embrace international surgeons.

The Profession

Promoting best practices and quality improvements through the newly established Codman Quality and Safety Fund and programs for rural surgery and surgical ethics. The Codman Fund is named in honor of Ernest A. Codman, MD, FACS, a key figure in founding the College who advocated for the "End Result Idea" – the premise that hospital staffs should follow every patient long enough to determine whether the treatment was successful and then learn from failures.

The Societal Good

Funding opportunities for patient education programs and support for surgical volunteerism. For more information on how to participate in this unprecedented campaign that honors the College’s Centennial, contact the ACS Foundation at 312-202-5338 or visit

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