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PVE Couple Gives $50M to Local Hospital

Melanie and Richard Lundquist announced the donation at Torrance Memorial Medical Center's Holiday Festival Gala.

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A married couple from Palos Verdes Estates have given $50 million to Torrance Memorial Medical Center to help complete its new main patient care tower, the hospital announced Saturday.

Melanie and Richard Lundquist announced the donation at Friday's 30th Annual Holiday Festival Gala.

"This surprise gift is a game-changer for our hospital, one that will shape the future of the health we provide to the communities of the South Bay for generations to come," said Craig Leach, the hospital's president.

Five smaller hospitals in the area have closed in recent years, he said, and the Torrance hospital has been pressed to add facilities.

The new tower, already under construction, will have 256 private rooms, 18 surgical and interventional treatment rooms, and state of the art technology in its seven floors.

The Lundquists are identified as a philanthropists who have supported various educational and health care initiatives in the South Bay.

—City News Service.

Wendy Robertson December 07, 2013 at 09:12 PM
I applaud this amazingly generous couple. As for Torrance Memorial, they should put this enormous windfall to use making their hospital BETTER, rather than BIGGER. The highly respected U.S. News survey rates Torrance Memorial 26.9 out of a possible 100 in Cancer Care, with a survival rate "Worse than Expected" (on the bright side, that is up from "MUCH Worse than Expected" last year). Smart South Bay'ians are putting their health in the hands of Cedars or UCLA.
Shirley Dicktor December 08, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Torrance Memorial is known for it's burn unit, however the infection rate is horrendous.

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