Piedmont Healthcare has received a gift of $75 million from the Marcus Foundation to support the growth of Piedmont Heart Institute and help develop a major project at the system’s campus in the Buckhead district of Atlanta, Georgia Health News is reporting.

The foundation gift is the second largest ever made to a community hospital in the United States, Piedmont told the nonprofit health news organization.

Bernie Marcus

The vision is to create a “destination’’ heart program that will be a national draw, like the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, and ensure that “no Georgian has to leave Georgia for heart and vascular care,’’ Kevin Brown, Piedmont president and CEO, told GHN on Friday.

The Marcus Foundation gave $20 million to Piedmont in 2012 to establish a heart valve center. The Marcus Foundation has made other huge gifts to Atlanta health care. Two years ago, Grady Health System received $30 million from the Marcus Foundation to help expand its hospital’s emergency department and its stroke and neuroscience center.

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