Walter Jean, MD, the LVHN Endowed Chair of Neurosurgery and Chief of the Neurosurgery Section of Lehigh Valley Fleming Neuroscience Institute, said the establishment of a neuroscience institute is a seminal moment for the network. “This is something many other health systems in the country can only dream about. But here in the Lehigh Valley, special things are happening in health care because of the bold vision of LVHN leaders and amazing benefactors such as the Fleming Foundation.”
The Zionsville-based Fleming Foundation was founded in 1990 by Fleming, a World War II veteran and chemical engineer who rose to prominence at companies such as Air Products and GAF Corp. He died in 2015. The foundation, now led by Fleming’s daughter, Trinka Arnold, has a long history of supporting health-related and community initiatives throughout the region.
Fleming and his wife, Peggy, were longtime champions of the department of nursing at LVHN, launching the Friends of Nursing program in 1984 to support nursing education and research. In 2001, they established the Peggy Fleming Endowed Chair in Nursing. The Fleming Memory Center at LVHN was established in 2015 in honor of Peggy Fleming and her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She died in 2008.
“This gift to launch Lehigh Valley Fleming Neuroscience Institute embodies all my parents believed in when it came to health care, its role in the community and improving people’s quality of life,” said Arnold. “The future for neurology and neurosurgery at LVHN is bright and having the Fleming name associated with that is exciting and an opportunity we cherish.”