As dentists joined in marriage, Dr. Richard Rounsavelle, and Dr. Kirsten Wagner have deep roots in the South Bay's healthcare community. As they began looking toward their future and that of their children and grandchildren, they knew they wanted to do something to make local healthcare even stronger. The Rounsavelles decided to become patrons of Torrance Memorial Medical Center in 2007, along with Kirsten's parents, Dr. Eugene Wagner, an anesthesiologist, and Ela Wagner.
"Torrance Memorial is a staple in this community that fortunately we haven't had to utilize yet," Richard said. "However, as we get older, we know that will change. As we see the new Patient Tower rising from the ground, we have strong feelings toward seeing the successful growth of this hospital."
Richard graduated from the first class at Palos Verdes High School and Kirsten graduated from Miraleste High School. Because growing up in the South Bay and living in the Hollywood Riviera section of South Torrance for 32 years has made the area near and dear to the Rounsavelle's hearts, they wanted to give back in a way that would keep on giving even after they were gone. They recently created a bequest in their will and living trust to benefit Torrance Memorial Medical Center."
"Bequests large and small have a significant impact on our medical center," said Joe Ward, director of gift planning, Torrance Memorial Health Care Foundation. "They are easy to set up, provide an estate tax benefit and create a lasting legacy at an institution that has touched the lives of you and our loved ones."
Richard and Kirsten attended the University of Southern California, but didn't cross paths until much later. Richard went on to earn his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from USC's School of Dentistry, while Kirsten received her D.D.S. at the University of the Pacific. The couple met at a dental association meeting through a mutual friend and married 23 years ago. After eight years of practice Kirsten decided to give up dentistry and work in residential real estate. She now helps to manage Richard's dental practice in Torrance.
The empty nesters now share their abode with Fred the dog and can be found boating, skiing, fishing, golfing, and spending time with children and grandchildren when Richard is not working."
We are most grateful for Kirsten and Rick's loyalty and commitment to healthcare in the South Bay, and their current and future patronage toward this hospital's continued excellence for future generations," said Ward.