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PATRONS | Winter 2017 10 PROGRESS NOTES O n the heels of the announcement made in May about Torrance Memorial Medical Center's alignment with Cedars-Sinai Health System, Torrance Memorial leadership, elected officials from throughout the South Bay and community members gathered on an early morning in June to learn more history-making news. Philanthropists Melanie and Richard Lundquist announced the donation of $32 million to establish a Neuroscience Institute and an Orthopedic and Spine Institute at the 470-bed nonprofit medical center campus. e contribution, combined with the Lundquists' previous contributions of $68 million to the hospital, gave Torrance Memorial the distinction of receiving $100 million from a single donor— the largest known contribution to a nonteaching/ research hospital in the United States. "When paramedics respond to an emergency, they will most likely transport you to your local hospital. It's critical that as a society we build the expertise, training and medical staffs of our local hospitals and not focus philanthropic dollars solely on the major teaching and research institutions," says Melanie Lundquist. "We are committed to Torrance Memorial Medical Center, which is extraordinarily well run and has been providing valuable medical care to South Bay communities for more than 90 years," Melanie continues. "What started out as a local community hospital has, through strong leadership, an exceptional medical staff, financial stability and philanthropy, become a highly regarded regional medical center. Our commitment of $100 million is intended to send a clear message both locally and nationally—support the hospitals in your communities and help make them better." e Lundquists' donation will create needed facilities at the hospital outpatient settings where approximately 6,000 orthopedic, spinal, neurosurgical and neurological patients were served last year. e focus on orthopedics and spine surgery will allow Torrance Memorial to expand its capabilities and recruit surgeons in these specialties. e hospital also intends to establish new ambulatory locations for orthopedic and spine medical services, reducing the need for patients to leave the South Bay. "Our orthopedic total joint replacement program has made great strides in providing a safe and pleasant hospital experience for our patients. is donation will enhance our ability to deliver outstanding and forefront joint replacement, spine and fracture care right here at Torrance Memorial Medical Center," says Nicholas Silvino, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with the Torrance Memorial Physician Network. "e South Bay community is very fortunate to be the beneficiary of such a generous gift." e Neuroscience Institute will mean that patients with neurological needs, which previously had to be referred out of the area, can be cared for at Torrance Memorial. Additional funding will go to upgrade the surgical and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capabilities at the hospital. "Melanie and Richard are true community heroes, as their financial commitment will make An Historic Gift WRITTEN BY COLLEEN FARRELL A $32 MILLION DONATION FROM THE LUNDQUISTS WILL ADD NEUROSCIENCE, ORTHOPEDIC AND SPINE INSTITUTES Craig Leach, president and CEO, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Melanie Lundquist, Richard Lundquist, Mark Lurie, MD, Cardiology, celebrate the Lundquist's latest gi of $32 million to the medical center. In conjunc on with the gi announcement, the Lundquists announced the renaming of the Torrance Memorial Lundquist Cardiovascular Ins tute to the Lundquist Lurie Cardiovascular Ins tute.

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