Grateful Patient Leaves $300,000 Bequest to Northridge Hospital Foundation for Infusion Center

 Lulu Magcalas’ next door neighbor, Mr. Berman, was considered a frugal man by many. “He was kind,” recalls LuLu. “He always offered to watch our home and get our mail if we were away, but he never spent money on himself.”

What Lulu didn’t know was that Mr. Berman was battling Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The two were equally surprised to see one another when he walked into the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Cancer Center for chemotherapy, where Lulu had worked as a Certified Oncology Nurse for 25 years. “Our relationship changed after that,” says Lulu. She began grocery shopping for him, bringing him meals when his appetite was poor and gave him her cell phone number if he had any questions or concerns about his treatment. “I’d also bake for him,” she says. “He’d say, ‘So, do you have any more of that banana bread?’ and I’d make more.

Mr. Berman continued chemotherapy every three weeks for six months, where Lulu and Roxanne Rahimi, RN, served as his nurses. Mr. Berman told them he loved the hospital lunches, the free massages provided to chemotherapy patients, and most of all, he loved the people. So much so, that when he passed away, he left $300,000 to the Cancer Center.

“I was so surprised,” exclaims Lulu. “It’s rewarding to know our patients appreciate what we do –from the front desk staff to the nurses—we all share a role in humankindness.”

Mr. Berman’s generous donation will go toward the Northridge Hospital Foundation’s “Building the Future—Today” Campaign, specifically for the Chemotherapy Clinic Infusion Suite expansion. This project will:

  • Increase the number of infusion chairs from 13 to 20
  • Add one private treatment room for higher acuity patients, an additional restroom and nutrition room
  • Allow patients who need hydration and blood transfusions to remain in one location
  • Allow for increased chair space
  • Offer the highest quality of care in a comfortable environment for both patients and their support
  • Result in redesigned physician offices with better patient access

The Northridge Hospital Foundation is grateful to Mr. Berman for his generous donation.