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A Gift From the Heart

Jay Proops and wife, Kay, with Marshall D. Goldin, MD, and wife, Joan.Pictured left: Jay Proops (left) and wife, Kay, with Marshall D. Goldin, MD (right), and wife, Joan.

In 2010 Jay Proops was fly-fishing with friends in Montana when he first felt a distinct heaviness in his chest. 

“My friends wanted to take me to the hospital right away,” he said, but Proops shrugged it off. 

But when he went to see cardiovascular surgeon Marshall D. Goldin, MD, and cardiologist Clifford Kavinsky, MD, PhD, at Rush a couple months later, he realized the fleeting heaviness signified something far more serious.

“I had six blockages, and my aortic valve was leaking 70 percent,” Proops said.

Goldin performed Proops’ open heart surgery in November 2010.

“I wasn’t apprehensive about it at all,” said Proops, even though it was major surgery. “I just felt so comfortable with both Dr. Goldin and Dr. Kavinsky.” And, remarkably, he said, “I never had any pain whatsoever.”

Now back to the active lifestyle he had before his surgery, Proops and his wife, Kay, chose to honor Goldin with a bequest commitment to name an operating room in Rush’s new Tower for him. 

“What better way to do something for Rush than to honor one of their finest?” asks Proops, now a member of the Rush Heritage Society, Rush’s gift planning recognition society.

He also wanted to show his gratitude for the quality of care he received at Rush, from his doctors, as well as his nurses and other Rush staff.

“You can really help others have a great life with the care that’s provided at Rush,” said Proops about the gift in his estate.

To create a planned gift, or to learn more about bequests and other gift planning, contact Susan Sasvari at (312) 942-3691 or at

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