Presentation of the $25 million at the 26th Annual Children’s Hospital Foundation Gala
During the 26th Annual Children’s Hospital Foundation Gala held at the Riverside Convention Center on Thursday evening February 21, the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians presented the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital with a welcomed gift of 25 million dollars.
The $25 million gift presented by Tribal Secretary Ken Ramirez represented the largest donation ever made by the San Manuel Band of Indians is indicative of the strengthening partnership between the tribe and the hospital to move the community forward in health and wellness.
Ramirez poignant pin his remarks related to the gift. “San Manuel is grateful for the compassion shown to our elders by Loma Linda University Health many decades ago,” he noted. “We are excited about the new opportunities and lifesaving care that the new Children’s Hospital will offer to our shared community and loved ones.”
Scott Perryman, Senior Vice President and Administrator of Children’s Hospital, expressed his gratitude to San Manuel for its historic generosity. “We enthusiastically join San Manuel in a commitment to improve healthcare in our community for generations to come.”
In honor of this landmark gift, the fifth floor of the hospital’s new adult acute care and Children’s Hospital facility will be named the San Manuel Maternity Pavilion. The pavilion will enable the hospital to continue its efforts as the leader in high risk birth care in the region, with approximately 50 percent of births at the hospital being high risk.
“Their generosity will help us transform maternal care to the benefit of each mother and baby that Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital cares for,” Perryman concluded.
In addition to the generous San Manuel donation, the evening’s gala event raised an additional $1.6 million in hospital donations.
The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government.