Couple donates $100M to Loma Linda University Health

Vision 2020 hopes to collect $350M

LOMA LINDA, Calif. - On Tuesday, leaders at Loma Linda University announced a $1.2 billion initiative for advancements. They are making plans for a new adult hospital and an entirely new campus in San Bernardino.

The initiative is being called Vision 2020 because the advancements are expected to be complete by the year 2020.

In addition, one couple donated $100 million as a gift to help expand the children's hospital. The endeavors will expand across the Inland Empire.

"This is not just things on this campus, but also downtown San Bernardino, which will be a major medical facility as well as Gateway College to pick up high school youth and give them job training skills" said Richard R. Hart, president of Loma Linda University. "

The San Bernardino college will break ground in November while construction of the hospitals will begin in 2015 and 2016, according to officials.

Dennis and Carol Troesh, longtime residents and business leaders of Riverside, made the generous donation of $100 million to kick start the $1.2 billion strategy to transform health care for millions of families throughout the Inland Empire and beyond, and set a new course for education at Loma Linda University Health, officials said in a release.

Carol Troesh said the gift to Loma Linda University Health reflects her family's support for the institution's commitment to creating a health and education hub that will benefit people worldwide.

"Over the years, God has abundantly blessed our family, and it is our privilege and honor to give back to the community we have called home for most of our lives," she said.

The couple's donation brings the total amount raised for Vision 2020 to $149 million. The university has a philanthropic goal of $350 million to help reach the total goal of $1.2 billion for hospital and university advancements.

Expected additions:

  • A new, 100-bed Loma Linda University Children's Hospital tower, connected via glass walkway with the existing Children's Hospital, boosting the total number of licensed beds to 359, including expansion of the Loma Linda University Health Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs), which is already one of the largest in the country.
  • A new, 276-bed Adult Medical Center, including 96 intensive care beds and 180 medical-surgical beds.
  • A new, $60 million Loma Linda University Health Center for Discovery, a unique interdisciplinary hub for research and the Wholeness Institute to improve health outcomes for people in the Inland Empire and beyond.

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