The Hunt family’s support of Torrance Memorial Medical Center is
three generations in the making. It’s where Donald George Hunt received
care before he passed away at age 96. It is where two of his grandsons
were born and where his daughter-in-law was a longtime employee. The sister
of Donald’s wife, Priscilla, also received cancer treatments there.
To say thanks for decades of compassionate care, this past fall, Priscilla
Hunt announced a $22 million gift to help fund the renovation of the North
Patient Tower—renamed the Donald and Priscilla Hunt Tower. The Hunt
family gift will also go toward funding advancements at the Radiation
Oncology department, renamed the Donald and Priscilla Hunt Radiation Oncology Center.
The Hunt family’s total financial commitment to Torrance Memorial
now stands at $34 million—the second largest family gift in the
more than 90-year history of the medical center.
“As one of 10 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,” says Priscilla, who emigrated from
the Philippines to the United States in 1953 and seven years later became
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.”
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,”
says Ryan Moore, Priscilla’s grandson, who was born at Torrance
Memorial. Ryan 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 Radiation Oncology 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,”
says 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.”
Gift Will Help Elevate South Bay Health Care
The renovation of the renamed Donald and 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 (already completed), pediatric and the 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 with a computer, tablet or smart phone from any location that
has an internet connection.
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.
Construction to Begin on Hunt Cancer Center
In May, Torrance Memorial Medical Center will begin construction on the
two-story Hunt Cancer Center, with an official groundbreaking on June
20. The center will centralize Torrance Memorial’s existing cancer
treatment services to one location, including its nurse navigators, genetic
counseling services, clinical research trials to be conducted in partnership
with Cedars-Sinai, and infusion and chemotherapy. It will also relocate
Torrance Memorial Physician Network-Cancer Care medical group from its
Redondo Beach office to the medical center’s main campus.
Once completed, the center will offer 70 patient parking spaces underneath
the building. With a more convenient patient experience as the goal, patients
will be able to ride an elevator from the parking lot to the main and
second levels, to reach the location of their scheduled service or appointment.