If you have visited the new
Lundquist Tower you know that it feels more like a world- class hotel than a hospital.
But, you may have also noticed that many of the rooms, units and key features
are named after an individual, family or entity. Not only is this true
in the new Lundquist Tower, but throughout the entire campus of Torrance
Memorial Medical Center.
You may have wondered about the significance of these names. Named areas
were chosen for a reason that is personal to that donor. Some choose to
name areas after themselves, family members, physicians, caregivers, organizations
As with namings, the reasons for giving vary as well. Many philanthropists
are influenced by personal experiences.
“Grateful patients are traditionally the largest group of donors
to health care organizations,” says Laura Schenasi, Executive Vice
President, Torrance Memorial Health Care Foundation.
Ralph Scriba named the Loraine and Ralph D. Scriba Cardiac Cath Lab for
this very reason.
“I personally have been in Torrance Memorial’s Cath lab five
times, so I know how important it is in the treatment of cardiac disease.
It was the first area that came to mind. I was so impressed when I visited
the new facility. Hopefully I won’t have to visit it again as a
patient, but if I do, I want my name on it.”
The same is true for Drs. Oi-Lin & Tei-Fu Chen.
“My husband and I decided to name the hospital’s new Surgical
Center because I had such great treatment at Torrance Memorial when I
was ill with cancer many years ago. As long-time residents of the South
Bay, we are proud to support the hospital’s ongoing
efforts,” says Dr. Oi-Lin Chen, president of Sunrider International.
Priscilla Hunt named the Donald and Priscilla Hunt Cancer Institute in
memory of Priscilla’s father.
“My father died of cancer, and other members of our family have had
cancer. Cancer is scary, so it is my hope the Hunt Cancer Institute will
help this community combat this dreadful disease and raise the survival
rate. It won’t be necessary to travel to LA to get the best care.
It will be available right here in the South Bay.”
Not only are donors influenced by personal experiences, but how others
support the organization.
“The Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation board was impressed
that the hospital gift shop is operated entirely by volunteers and that
all proceeds benefit Torrance Memorial. The Auxiliary has donated more
than $5 million over the years in addition to 150,000+ hours of volunteer
service each year,” says Walter J. Zanino, of The Kenneth T. &
Eileen L. Norris Foundation.
There are numerous naming opportunities across campus, which provides the
ability to impact one’s community for generations to come.
“People like touching, seeing, and feeling tangible things. It’s
nice when we can rec- ognize their philanthropy in perpetuity with their
generous naming at the hospital,” says Schenasi.
Campus naming opportunities vary from a consultation room to a wing or
a building. If you are interested in pursuing a naming opportunity, contact the
Torrance Memorial Health Care Foundation at 310- 517-4703 or visit