Ahmanson Foundation Awards Emanate Health Foundation $1 Million Grant to Support New Emergency Department
The Ahmanson Foundation, a longtime partner of Emanate Health Foundation, has demonstrated its significant philanthropic commitment to health care through a transformational $1 million grant.
The grant will help to fund the purchase and installation of new technology and medical equipment for the new state-of-the-art Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, which is currently under construction.
This generous investment is one of the lead gifts for Emanate Health Foundation’s $25 million comprehensive campaign, which promises to change the face of health care in the San Gabriel Valley for decades to come.
“We are grateful to The Ahmanson Foundation for partnering with us to build one of the most important medical facilities under construction in this region,” said Emanate Health President & CEO Roger Sharma. “We’ll be able to triple the amount of patients that we can treat in our emergency department/ICU over the number it was originally designed to serve. This is significant because our emergency department is already one of the busiest in the county.”
With nearly two decades of past support to the organization, The Ahmanson Foundation grant represents a continued endorsement of Emanate Health’s work to enhance health care in the region. These services reach a diverse population with an increasing number of at-risk and underserved communities.
“This new facility responds to a growing need for emergency care services in our community and an important part of our master plan to establish the preeminent health care system in our region to serve all residents for generations to come, including those with the greatest need,” Greg Lehr, Emanate Health Chief Philanthropy Officer.
“Our campaign will also help to redefine health care in our area by helping us to fund new and expanded facilities, more cutting-edge technology, and on-boarding extra doctors to provide world-class patient care in multiple service lines,” Lehr said. “The Ahmanson Foundation is a key partner in that effort.”
Grant funds will specifically help to pay for the onsite computerized tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and X-ray devices. This equipment will be physically located in the new facility, saving precious time now needed to take patients to other parts of the hospital for these tests.
The two-story, 60,000-square-foot building will include a new 60-bed emergency department on the first floor and 24-bed ICU on the second floor. Originally built in 1962 to serve 35,000 patients a year, the facility today treats more than 80,000 patients annually. Once the new emergency department is completed in spring 2024, it will be able to accommodate more than 120,000 visits a year, better serving the community and addressing a critical need.
“West Covina is my community. The people who live here are really hard-working and they deserve the best emergency care available,” said Sergio Hernandez, MD, Medical Director, Emergency Services, for Queen of the Valley Hospital. “Building a ground-up, modern emergency department will help bring quality health care to this region, which deserves the best. It will serve as a beacon of light that glows in West Covina and throughout this region.”