Petznick and Stewart Families Donate Generously to MS Research at Barrow Neurological Institute

  Beverly Stewart and Earl and Pat Petznick continue their generous record of support to Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center with a gift totaling $1.1 million to establish an endowed chair position in multiple sclerosis at Barrow Neurological Institute. The donation mirrors a commitment by the family to accelerate research pinpointing causes and innovative treatments for this inflammatory disease, a common cause of serious neurological disability in young and middle-aged patients.

The gift is one of many donations made by the two sisters and Earl Petznick, Pat’s husband, to further research, medical education and patient care at Barrow and St. Joseph’s.

“Our family has benefited from the care provided by the hospital in the past, so this is a gift of gratitude as well as an investment in the future of medical care for our community,” said Pat Petznick. “Our hope is that this endowment leads to improved, healthier outcomes for patients suffering with MS.”

The Beverly Dryer Stewart, Earl A. Petznick, Jr., Olen Jeffrey Petznick Chair in Multiple Sclerosis has been awarded to Mark Agius, MD, professor of neurology and director of the neuroimmunology division of the neurology department at Barrow. Dr. Agius’ expertise includes the immune preventive therapy of patients with MS as well as the treatment of other inflammatory disorders of the nervous system.