Eli and Edythe Broad, left, Dr. Andrew Yun, right

Eli and Edythe Broad, left, Dr. Andrew Yun, right

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation awarded $1 million to Providence Saint John’s Health Center to set up a Center for Robotic Joint Replacement.

The Century City-based foundation announced the donation to the Santa Monica hospital on Jan. 16 to honor the quality of care by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Yun, who used robotics technology in a joint replacement performed on philanthropist Edythe Broad.

Yun, director of Saint John’s Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, combines a Mako robotic arm and personal computer modeling to perform precision implants tailored to each knee or hip. The result, according to the hospital, is less soft tissue involvement, shorter recovery and better results.

Providence Saint John’s, which has three Mako robots, claims to have the busiest and fastest-growing robotic orthopedics program in the country.

“He had a great reputation and the entire experience was very positive,” Edythe Broad said in a statement. “Our foundation supports medical and scientific research, and we wanted to do something meaningful for Saint John’s.”

Eli Broad, founder of KB Home and SunAmerica, was ranked by the Business Journal last May as the sixth wealthiest Angeleno in 2018, with a net worth estimated at $7 billion. He and his wife Edythe have been noted Los Angeles civic leaders and philanthropists.

Their gift follows a $1.2 million award by the Saint John’s Health Center Foundation last week to be shared by Westside community health programs.

The foundation award announced on Jan. 10 was distributed as grants to nonprofit agencies from the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica to the Westside Food Bank.

Health business reporter Dana Bartholomew can be reached at dbartholomew@labusinessjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @_DanaBart.

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