Following thoughtful consideration, philanthropists Sue and Bill Gross of Laguna Beach donated $10 million to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, the largest gift in the history of the coastal hospital. The gift, extended in November 2014, will support emergency room services, and fund expansion and technological enhancements.
"Laguna Beach is our home and we wanted to help ensure that our community has access to emergency services locally," said Sue Gross, president of the Gross Family Foundation. "We feel privileged to have an opportunity to partner with Mission Hospital Laguna Beach and help care for our community."
In recognition of this generous gift, Mission Hospital Laguna Beach is honored to name its emergency department The Sue and Bill Gross Emergency Department. This gift is the largest to any Laguna Beach organization in the City's history.
"I am inspired and humbled by the philanthropic leadership and compassion of Sue and Bill Gross," said Kenneth D. McFarland, president and CEO of Mission Hospital. "Their incredibly generous gift will have an immediate and substantial impact on the delivery of exceptional health care in Laguna Beach and the surrounding communities."
Sue and Bill Gross's generous gift will allow Mission Hospital Laguna Beach to implement a comprehensive plan that includes new imaging technologies, expanded and enhanced facilities, and the provision of emergency support services to ensure sustainability for generations to come.
"The need for advanced imaging technology is critical in caring for emergency medicine patients," said Michael Ritter, MD, board-certified emergency medicine physician and medical director of Emergency Services at
Mission Hospital. "The Gross's gift will fund imaging enhancements that will enrich patient comfort and convenience, promote optimal healing and augment the efficiency of treatment."
In addition to technology upgrades, the emergency department will be reconfigured to accommodate higher volumes of patients with varying degrees of illness and injury. Individual treatment areas will be created to increase the functional space via protective walls that maintain patient privacy.
Mission Hospital acquired the Laguna Beach hospital campus (formerly known as South Coast Medical Center) more than five years ago and saved the vital community hospital from closure.
"We care for approximately 12,000 patients per year in the Laguna Beach Emergency Department," said Guisou Mahmoud, MD, medical director for Laguna Beach Emergency Department. State-of-the-art emergency services are critical to the safety and well-being of Laguna Beach residents."
With 24/7 access, Laguna Beach is the only emergency department nearby providing vital services for the people who live, work and vacation in the region's coastal communities.
"Mission Hospital is honored to be the recipient of such a historic gift," McFarland said. "Sue and Bill Gross are transforming the landscape of health care in south Orange County and inspiring others to invest in our future. Their gift brings us even closer to completing Mission Hospital's $200 million comprehensive campaign."
The comprehensive campaign focuses on four strategic areas of growth:
- Advanced technology and facilities to support our various Centers of Excellence
- Nursing excellence to benefit training and education
- Community benefit programs for the underserved and healthy community initiatives
- Endowment to sustain our future in clinical excellence
To learn more about the exceptional care and services at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, please visit mission4health.com/lagunabeach.