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San Manuel gifts Loma Linda University Health record $25 million for new Children’s Hospital tower

They say their relationship began more than a century ago, when faculty and students from Loma Linda University Health first cared for the region’s Serrano.
Now, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is returning the favor tenfold.
Late last month, the tribe donated a record $25 million toward Loma Linda University Health’s Vision 2020 campaign to move the community forward in health and wellness. The medical clinic’s $366 million “Campaign for a Whole Tomorrow” includes money for scholarships, endowments, faculty development, research activities, new equipment and the construction of a new Children’s Hospital tower.
“Over a century of an association and relationship brings us to this point, where the tribe now is in position to help Loma Linda,” said Jacob Coin, San Manuel’s director of public affairs. “They’ve got such a broad reach and an obligation to provide medical services … it’s a great opportunity for the tribe to be part of something huge and meaningful to this community.”
Dr. Richard Hart, president of Loma Linda University Health, recently lauded San Manuel’s continued partnership.
In recent years, he said, the tribe has donated to the medical clinic’s cancer center and gateway college, an integrated training program bearing San Manuel’s name that allows Inland Empire students to earn their health care certificate while learning job skills.
In honor of San Manuel’s latest gift, the fifth floor of Loma Linda University Health’s new adult acute care hospital and Children’s Hospital facility will be named the San Manuel Maternity Pavilion.
With approximately 50 percent of births at the hospital being high-risk, the pavilion will allow the Children’s Hospital to continue as a leader in high-risk birth care in the region, officials said.
The new hospital is expected to be completed in November 2020 and begin admitting patients in spring 2021.
“For the tribe, this entire region is considered their original homelands and, in a fundamental and spiritual way, to still be under their watchful guidance,” Coin said. “People who live here, visit here, become part of the region, they’re part of the tribe’s family.
“So when life begins, San Manuel is proud to be there when the very first breath is taken and a new family addition has come to be part of the community.”

On top of the tribe’s record gift, Loma Linda University Health’s recent Children’s Hospital Foundation Gala, where the donation was announced, raised more than $1.6 million.
The organization now is about $20 million shy of its Vision 2020 fundraising goal, Hart said.
“San Manuel is a small tribe by number of people, but it’s the most generous tribe in the whole country in terms of the amount of donations to the community and various projects,” Hart said. “We’re grateful for their commitment, not just to Loma Linda, but to the community at large.”

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