Since its incorporation in 1979, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
Foundation’s mission has been to conduct a development program for
raising funds to further the objectives of Pomona Valley Hospital Medical
Center. In the Hospital’s 105th year of service, the Foundation
continues to play an integral part in providing the community with nationally
recognized, high-quality medical services. PVHMC Foundation’s first
full year of reported fund raising activity began in 1981, and in 1984
– only three years later - it raised more than $1 million for the
In 1986, the Hospital wanted to better treat the leading cause of death
in its community – heart disease. With a history of medical milestones
in heart care, the Hospital, aided by the Foundation, opened the first
comprehensive cardiac facility in the region – the Stead Heart Center,
named in memory of Charles and Marion Stead. This Center of Excellence
was the site of the region’s first open-heart surgery and cardiac
catheterization. From 1990 to 1995, the Foundation undertook its largest
campaign to date. $6 million was needed to provide the Hospital with enough
funds to build a comprehensive, freestanding cancer center previously
unavailable in the rapidly growing community. The Foundation surpassed
its original goal, however, and raised another $5 million to equip the
facility and begin an endowment for patient support services.
The Robert and Beverly Lewis Family, for whom the Cancer Care Center is
named, made the success of the campaign possible. By the late 1990s, the
Foundation was providing regular annual support to the Hospital for the
purchase of the latest equipment in order to treat the diverse medical
needs of the community. During this period, a variety of funds were established,
including the creation of the Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care
Center Endowment and the Stead Heart and Vascular Center Endowment, to
supplement the support services provided to many different patient groups.
This support was extended to include the Hospital’s medical library
and community health conferences. In 2001, with a volatile stock market
and slowing national economy, the Foundation began another campaign to
fund a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratory.
In 2004, after raising $8.6 million, the campaign was completed with the
opening of the new laboratory and a dedicated cardiac surgery suite. This
new facility allows cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to work more closely
together, and to provide faster response in cardiac emergencies. While
the Foundation has raised more than $42 million since its inception, there
will be no shortage of fund raising opportunities in the years to come.
The Foundation is in the process of planning for a major capital campaign
in support of the Hospital’s $220 million Master Plan expansion.
Other fundraising initiatives include purchasing the latest equipment
for the NICU, providing funds for nursing education, and continuing to
grow the Foundation’s endowment funds. There is an exciting future
ahead for the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Foundation, but regardless
of the course taken, it will based on a tradition of helping to provide
the highest quality healthcare for our community.