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Youth centers named in honor of Emory Healthcare physicians

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Jennifer Johnson McEwen

Left: Dr. David Markham. Right: Dr. David Vega

Lite House Partners, Inc. a non-profit organization that provides after-school enrichment programs to disadvantaged children, has named two new centers in honor of Emory Healthcare physicians David Markham, MD, MSc, director of the Heart Failure Clinic at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital and David Vega, MD, director of the Heart Transplant Program at Emory University Hospital.

Melvin Morris, owner and executive director of Lite House, is a patient of Markham and Vega, and wanted to honor and recognize these physicians for the exceptional care they provide.

After a weight loss surgery more than a year ago, Morris discovered that he had heart problems. Under the care of Markham and Vega, he had a successful heart transplant in November 2013.

"Both of these men are extremely humble, and I wanted to honor them for saving my life," says Morris.

Lite House serves approximately 2,500 students per year from the ages of 5 through 18, and offers free after school programs to residents of participating apartment communities. During the past 10 years, Lite House has expanded to more than 40 activity centers in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Louisiana.

In this program, students receive homework assistance, tutoring, CRCT preparation and have the opportunity to participate in summer camps. Each center has a trained adult director, creative supplies and reading materials.

The Dr. David Markham Activity Center is located at Harrington Village Apartments in Gwinnett County. The facility hosts 25 kids and is outfitted with workstations and a technology lab.

The Dr. David Vega Activity Center is located at Wood Terrace Apartments in Doraville, Ga. At this site, two racquetball courts were converted into a computer center and movie theater for more than 50 students.

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