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Torrance Memorial Announces Largest Cumulative Donation in its History



TORRANCE, CA (December 3, 2011) - Torrance Memorial Medical Center has announced the largest collective donation in the history of the hospital, a $13.5 million gift that will go toward construction of the hospital's new $450 million patient tower that is currently under construction, along with its furnishings and state-of-the art medical equipment.

The hospital announced the donations at the hospital's 28th annual Holiday Festival gala dinner on Friday evening, Dec. 2.

Donald and Priscilla Hunt of Manhattan Beach provided a gift of $11.5 million as a thank you to the hospital for its dedication to caring for the community. In recognition of the gift, the Donald and Priscilla Hunt Cancer Institute and the Donald and Priscilla Hunt Nuclear Medicine Center will be named and housed within the new patient tower upon its completion in 2015.

"I believe that health is wealth," said Priscilla Hunt. "The hospital has helped the residents of our communities along with my own family. My grandchildren were born there and my husband was hospitalized there and received the best care possible. The doctors really showed compassion toward him and my family. Torrance Memorial is very dear to my heart."

The hospital's 850-member volunteer group, the Auxiliary, announced a separate $1 million multi-year pledge, the largest gift from this group in its 60-year history. Long-time hospital supporters Melanie and Richard Lundquist made a matching $1 million gift as honorary co-chairs of the $200 million main tower capital fundraising campaign in the hopes of inspiring others to give. This combined donation will be allocated toward the Healing Garden in the new main tower.  The cumulative total of $13.5 million is the largest gift ever announced at the Holiday Festival, the hospital's annual fundraiser. The largest previous gift was from Melanie and Richard Lundquist for $13 million.

"The overwhelming generosity of our community members continues to inspire us," said Craig Leach, president and CEO of Torrance Memorial Medical Center. "The Hunts have made a transformational gift not only to the medical center but to the future wellbeing and health of the South Bay."

Torrance Memorial's new patient tower, a seven-story, 256-bed replacement project, is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in early 2015.  The new facility, being constructed by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., one of the premier hospital building contractors in the U.S., will reshape the entire medical center campus and will feature the most advanced medical technology and patient-care environment. The hospital's design is focused on patient care as well as the comfort of visiting family members. Family-friendly lounges and overnight spaces will be included, and gently curved nurses' stations will allow for better care and visibility of patient rooms. The entrance of the new tower, which is positioned at the end of an outdoor plaza, will lead to a bright and open lobby. A cafeteria, gift shop, admittance services, and a chapel are all easily accessible on the first floor. Serene gardens between the new and existing facility will help relieve stress, and aid in the patient healing process by connecting patients, visitors and staff to nature and daylight.

"It's remarkable how forward-thinking donors like the Hunts and the Lundquists have reshaped the health care landscape of the South Bay," added Laura Schenasi, executive vice president, Torrance Memorial Medical Center Foundation. "In the spirit of giving during the holidays, our entire staff extends their deepest appreciation to those who have made such a difference in the lives of so many."

About Torrance Memorial Medical Center

Founded in 1925 by Jared Sidney and Helena Childs Torrance, Torrance Memorial Medical Center is a locally governed, 401-bed, non-profit medical center established to provide quality healthcare services, predominantly to the residents of the South Bay, Peninsula and Harbor communities. Torrance Memorial seeks to offer the most current and effective medical technologies rendered in a compassionate, caring manner. For more information please visit:


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