Fresno-based Community Medical Centers has announced a $10 million gift from Robert Smittcamp and his family to establish a neurosciences institute.
The Central California Neuroscience Institute at the Community Regional Medical Center will provide a seamless patient-care experience for those who suffer from neurological conditions, eliminating the need for patients to travel outside the area. Currently, CMC offers the only comprehensive neuroscience center in the region and performs nearly half the brain-cancer surgeries in the central San Joaquin Valley.
Robert Smittcamp is chair and CEO of Lyons Magnus, an international food and beverage manufacturing company, and a co-owner of Wawona Packing Company. He and his family have contributed more than $11 million to CMC, including previous gifts to expand the healthcare provider's neuroscience program, remodel the neuroscience ICU unit at Community Regional Medical Center, and provide specialized stroke training to nursing staff.
"[Smittcamp] understands the value of the yield returned by improving the healthcare status of this region and also how it will help the valley's economic status," said CMC president and CEO Tim Joslin. "He also knows how important it is to have top health care right here, rather than having to travel three or four hours to get it — especially when it's a critical situation. This gift will allow us to continue bringing the latest technology here, continue with groundbreaking research, and attract top experts so Valley families can get the best care close to home."