ARCADIA,CA. –Methodist Hospital announced today that philanthropists Tom and BeaHollfelder have made a $4 million gift to The Campaign for Methodist Hospital -Creating the Next Generation of Care. To date, this is the largest outrightgift made by individual donors in the hospital’s 106 year history.
“Inour opinion, Methodist Hospital is a very well-run organization that is lookingtoward the future and is providing the same spirit of caring to patients andtheir families that we experienced when we first came here 20 years ago,” TomHollfelder said. “That our gift would be wisely and effectively used wasimportant to us.”
Inrecognition of their donation, the first floor of the new hospital tower willbe named the Hollfelder Emergency Care Center, which is scheduled to open in2012. This center will serve up to 50,000 patients per year, doubling thecapacity that the current emergency room was originally designed to serve.
TheNext Generation of Care campus expansion project has attracted the support of manywho, along with the Hollfelders, believe in the importance of access to qualitymedical care. The cornerstone of the plan is a nearly 155,000 square footpatient care tower, which includes the Hollfelder Emergency Care Center andwill also house critical care units as well as three floors for medical andsurgery patient care. The state-of-the-art facility will utilize advancedmedical technology and information systems to provide exceptional care in ahealing environment.
The Hollfelder’s first-hand experience at Methodist Hospital more than 20 yearsago spurred their decision to support the hospital’s current campaign. In 1987,the Hollfelders’ youngest daughter, Carol, suffered life threatening injuriesin an accident and was airlifted to Methodist Hospital. After severalsurgeries and follow-up care, Carol was well enough to return home and theHollfelders are still grateful for the care received in their time of need.
“Likeso many others whose lives have been touched by the skilled and compassionatecare of Methodist Hospital, the Hollfelders have found a way to express theirgratitude in a thoughtful and meaningful way for generations to come,” said SueFrancis, foundation president. “It is the kind of investment that will ensure thecontinuation of top quality care at the hospital.”
TheHollfelder Emergency Care Center will play an integral part in the hospital’sability to serve the community in the years to come. The expansion in theemergency room has become increasingly important after two acute care hospitalsin the San Gabriel Valley closed, resulting in added pressure on MethodistHospital’s emergency room. The additional beds in the emergency room shoulddecrease wait time in emergency rooms throughout the region.
“Ouremergency department’s ability of quick evaluation and rapid treatment iscritical to the 500,000 people living in the San Gabriel Valley,” said SueFrancis, foundation president. “But as demand for emergency care in ourcommunity grows, we cannot continue providing this vital care without properfunding and resources.”
MethodistHospital, founded in 1903, is a 460 bed, not-for-profit hospital serving thecommunity. Services provided include comprehensive acute care such as medical,surgical, perinatal, pediatrics, oncology, intensive care (neonatal and adult),and complete cardiovascular services, including open heart surgery. MethodistHospital is accredited by the Joint Commission. For more information pleasecall (626) 898 – 8000 or visit www.methodisthospital.org.
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