Two rooms at The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine, located on the HudsonAlpha campus, have been named for local families. The clinic, which opened in November, is the first clinic in the world to use whole genome sequencing exclusively to diagnose rare undiagnosed and misdiagnosed disease.
In February, the Singhal family made a $100,000 donation to support a room in the clinic.
Ashok Singhal, PhD, is principal founder and chairman of HudsonAlpha associate company CFD Research Corporation (CFDRC). “I supported the idea of a genomic clinic from its early conceptual phase,” said Ashok. “My family made this donation to the clinic because we believe in its mission. When you believe in something, your support has to be more than words and accolades.”
“We are very blessed to have healthy children,” said Sangeeta Singhal, Ashok’s wife and cofounder of CFDRC. “I can imagine how hard it would be for a parent to watch a child suffer. If we can be a part of helping children and parents, that’s a very big deal to me and a very big deal to our whole family.”
The Singhals would like to encourage other individuals, families and businesses to provide additional support and investigate additional naming opportunities. To recognize the Singhal family for their generous gift, Counseling Room 1 is named in their honor.
In March, Exam Room 1 was named in honor of Ray and Nancy Sheppard for their $100,000 donation in support of the clinic. Ray Sheppard, MD, is an OB-GYN surgeon and Nancy Sheppard is a registered nurse. They both have a strong interest in advancing the practice of medicine in North Alabama.
“Supporting the clinic is personal to me because I just have a feeling deep inside that this clinic is the start of something big,” explained Nancy. “I think we are at the beginning of a new era, much like what happened when Wernher von Braun’s team came to town and transformed Huntsville into the Rocket City. I’m just glad we can be here at the beginning.”
“Of all the endeavors Nancy and I have an opportunity to support, we feel fortunate that we can provide this gift to help our community and to help families,” said Ray.
To learn about additional naming opportunities at the Smith Family Clinic, contact the HudsonAlpha Foundation at hudsonalpha.org/support.