IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - December 06, 2013) - Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW), the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, announced today that The Edwards Lifesciences Fund will grant approximately $5.6 million this year to support health- and community-focused charitable initiatives. Gifts will be distributed to more than 450 non-profit organizations around the world, including 200 supported through the company's Employee Matching Gift Program. Grant recipients were recognized earlier in the week at an annual awards celebration held at Edwards' corporate headquarters in Irvine. Since its inception in 2004, the Fund has gifted more than $30 million to non-profit organizations.
"Our employees share our passion for giving and often contribute their own time to the organizations that we support through our Fund," said Michael A. Mussallem, Edwards Lifesciences' chairman and CEO. "Collectively, we are honored to share our success with these organizations and the many people they touch."
About Edwards Lifesciences and The Edwards Lifesciences Fund
Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company partners with clinicians to develop innovative technologies in the areas of structural heart disease and critical care monitoring, enabling them to save and enhance lives. In 2004, the company established The Edwards Lifesciences Fund at the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program to support advancements in knowledge and improvements in quality-of-life, focusing primarily upon cardiovascular disease and the communities where its employees live and work. The Fund's mission is fulfilled by making grants to qualified charitable organizations. Additional information about the company and its Fund can be found at www.edwards.com.
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