Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California, has announced a $32 million gift from Melanie and Richard Lundquist in support of neurological, orthopedic, and spinal care.
The gift will fund the creation of orthopedic and spine and neuroscience institutes at the hospital, eliminating the need for patients who require a specialist in either of those areas to be referred to hospitals outside the South Bay area. The hospital also will use the funds to provide advanced care for stroke victims and improved care for surgical and ICU patients.
"It dawned on me about twenty years ago that if I had a heart attack at four p.m. in the afternoon, I was DOA if I had to go to Cedars," Melanie Lundquist, who has volunteered at the hospital's front desk for more than a decade, told the Los Angeles Times. "Top-notch care should not depend on your ZIP code....The medical needs in the community are no different than the medical needs of the community that does live near a teaching and training hospital."
The announcement follows news in May of Torrance Memorial's plans to formally affiliate with Cedars-Sinai Health System, the parent company of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The latest gift from the Lundquists brings their support for Torrance Memorial over the last eleven years to $100 million — the largest contribution to a non-teaching/research hospital in the United States — including a $50 million gift in 2013 for construction of a new patient building and $18 million in previous gifts to establish the Lundquist Cardiovascular Institute, expand the hospital's emergency department, and provide additional support. Richard Lundquist is owner and president of Continental Development Corporation, a commercial real-estate and management company.
"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," Melanie Lundquist said in a statement. "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."