The University of California, Los Angeles has announced an $18 million commitment to UCLA Health from the Simms/Mann Family Foundation in support of integrative psychosocial care for patients with cancer and their families.
The lead gift in UCLA Health's campaign to create a $50 million endowment for the Simms/Mann–UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology includes a matching fund of $6 million. The campaign will support an expansion of the center's psychosocial care services, which usually are provided free of charge, to patients and families dealing with the emotional, psychological, and physical burdens of cancer and its treatment. Founded in 2001 with support from Victoria Mann Simms and Ronald A. Simms as part of UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and UCLA Oncology, the center offers individual, family, and group therapy involving not only psychiatric care but also educational programs in nutrition, spiritual care, qi gong, and meditation, as well as workshops in art therapy and surgery preparation.
Among other things, the gift will be used to enhance the center's training program for integrative psychosocial care providers, strengthen patient care at UCLA Health's on-campus facilities, and expand its services to UCLA's growing network of community oncology clinics. The gift also will support creation of the Simms/Mann Family Foundation Chair in Integrative Oncology, which will be held by the center's medical director.
The co-founders of the Simm/Mann Family Foundation learned firsthand about the struggles that cancer patients and their families face when Victoria Simm's father, Ted Mann, suffered from cancer and was treated at UCLA.
"This is truly an exciting and timely opportunity to inspire and train patient-centered leaders and professionals to work together to transform the delivery of cancer care to our communities," said Victoria Simms, who serves as president of the foundation. "This partnership with UCLA reflects our mutual belief: Everyone should have access to excellent healthcare services that focus on the whole person."