Torrance, CA (December 5, 2017) – Priscilla Hunt has announced a $22 million gift to help fund the
renovation of the North Patient Tower – to be renamed the Donald
& Priscilla Hunt Tower – on the campus of Torrance Memorial
Medical Center. The Hunt family gift will also go toward funding advancements
at the Hunt Cancer Treatment Center.
The Hunt family’s total financial commitment to Torrance Memorial
now stands at $34,000,000 – the second largest family gift in the
more than 90-year history of the medical center.
The Hunt Family’s support of Torrance Memorial is three generations
in the making. It’s where patriarch Donald George Hunt received
care before he passed away at age 96. It was where two of his grandsons
were born and where his daughter in law was a longtime employee. Also
Pricilla’s sister and long-time Hunt Enterprises employee received
cancer treatments there. For decades, the Hunt Family has experienced the unrivaled care and compassion
of Torrance Memorial.
“As one of ten children, I learned the importance and grace of sharing.
We had one doll, whose eyes opened and closed, and we shared that single
doll. I haven’t forgotten those lessons and pass them along to my
children and grandchildren,” said Priscilla Hunt who emigrated to
the United States from the Philippines in 1953 and seven years later become
an American citizen. “Sharing our good fortune so others receive
the wonderful care Torrance Memorial has provided our family was as natural
as sharing that single doll in my youth.”
The renovation of the renamed Donald & Priscilla Hunt Tower is designed
to improve the quality of service patients receive. Upon completion, the
tower will feature updated technologies, as well as new Postpartum Mother
Baby, Pediatric and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) Units.
The whimsically designed Pediatric Unit will consist of 15 private rooms,
including two negative pressure isolation rooms to prevent the spread
of airborne diseases. Sharing the floor will be an eight-bed Medical/Surgical
Unit to be utilized by the Medical Stabilization Program at Torrance Memorial
Medical Center, which provides acute care services for adolescents and
young adults (ages 13-35) experiencing medical complications as a result
of a severe eating disorder. The NICU will consist of 24 private rooms,
and one additional larger room designed for the treatment of infants requiring
critical care and multiple treatment modalities. All rooms will feature
state-of-the-art technology, including Panasonic NICVIEW Camera Systems
to allow parents to watch their babies 24/7 from any location that has
an internet connection with a computer, tablet or smart phone. In addition
to these units, the Tower houses a 40-bed Transitional Care Unit on the
first floor, and a 32-bed private Medical-Surgical Unit with the most
advanced equipment and contemporary furnishings for adult medical patients.
Priscilla’s late husband, Donald, founded South Bay based Hunt Enterprises,
a real estate company whose portfolio includes more than 4,000 residential
units, industrial buildings, shopping centers, storage facilities and
a 39-acre shipping container transfer facility in the Port of Los Angeles.
“Fueling the spirit of giving is what our contribution to Torrance
Memorial is all about. For our family it’s growing up around the
values of giving back and demonstrating those values through action,”
said Ryan Moore, Hunt’s grandson who was born at Torrance Memorial.
Moore is the former Los Angeles scholarship chapter chairman at his alma
mater, the University of Southern California (USC).
As part of their gift, the Hunt family funds TrueBeam™ technology
used in the Hunt Cancer Treatment Center. TrueBeam is a linear accelerator
that helps zero in on tumors while sparing healthy tissue. This advanced
technology allows patients to stay in the South Bay instead of going out
of the area for technological options to target tumors more precisely.
Torrance Memorial is the first hospital in the South Bay to have a TrueBeam system.
"We are truly inspired by the generosity of the Hunt Family. They
are transforming services for our community through this gift and in doing
so setting an example for others in their position to give back,"
said Craig Leach, president and CEO, Torrance Memorial Medical Center.
"We are humbled and grateful to the Hunts for helping further our
mission of providing the highest level of care to the South Bay."
About Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Founded in 1925 by Jared Sidney and Helena Childs Torrance, Torrance Memorial
Medical Center is a 470-bed, nonprofit 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. In 2012, it joined the ranks of the top hospitals in the
nation by earning coveted Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses
Credentialing Center, which recognizes nursing excellence. Torrance Memorial
also has been ranked as one of the best hospitals for 2017-18 in California
and the Los Angeles metro area for the sixth year straight by
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