California Hospital Medical Center Foundation recognized for securing system's largest philanthropic gift

Phillies AwardsCalifornia Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

CHICAGO, ILL (March 23, 2020) – California Hospital Medical Center Foundation in Los Angeles, Calif. was recognized with the Largest Philanthropic Gift Phillies Award at the recent CommonSpirit Health Philanthropy Education Summit Reimagined, held on February 13, 2020. The annual Phillies Awards are a system-wide celebration recognizing the efforts and accomplishments CommonSpirit Health®’s affiliated fundraising entities achieved in the prior fiscal year.

“The Phillies are about celebrating our success together,” observed Fred Najjar, Executive Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer for CommonSpirit Health. “So often we are looking ahead to our next goal without pausing to recognize when we’ve achieved something great. The Phillies were created to give us that pause.”

The Largest Philanthropic Gift Award is granted to just one of the 79 CommonSpirit Health affiliated fundraising entities and recognizes the largest gift closed and recorded within the system. This year’s recipient, California Hospital Medical Center Foundation, supports California Hospital Medical Center, the only hospital located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. 

The gift for which the foundation was recognized was made as a part of a $50 million capital campaign in support of the hospital’s $215 million expansion and modernization project.

“Over the years, all of us at California Hospital Medical Center have been blessed and humbled by the generous spirit and big heartedness of The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation,” noted Nate Nusbaum, President of the California Hospital Medical Center Foundation. “Their $5 million contribution to name the neonatal intensive care unit in our new patient care tower has inspired others to support our campaign, and the impact of their kindness will be reflected in the lives of our tiniest patients and their families for decades to come.”

The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation was established by Farmers Insurance Group co-founder Thomas E. Leavey and his wife Dorothy E. Risley Leavey in 1952 and to date has donated more than $200 million to institutions and charitable causes. The foundation, chaired by Kathleen McCarthy Kostlan, daughter of Dorothy and Thomas Leavey, is a longstanding benefactor of the hospital having previously given to name the Leavey Trauma Center, the busiest private trauma center in Los Angeles.

As a part of California Hospital Medical Center’s new patient tower project, an enhanced labor and delivery department will include the neonatal intensive care unit and postpartum services, bringing new technologies, nursing efficiencies and bonding opportunities to families. California Hospital Medical Center is a cornerstone of maternity care in Los Angeles and home to 3,500 births annually.

In addition to raising funds for capital improvements, advanced technology, and staff education to improve patient care within the hospital, the California Hospital Medical Center Foundation works extensively to support programs addressing the health and welfare of their surrounding community. With foundation support, the Hope Street Margolis Family Center, for example, addresses issues ranging from early childhood education to behavior health, primary health care, and other family support programs.

Other nominees for this year’s Largest Philanthropic Gift Award were Barrow Neurological Foundation (Phoenix, Ariz.), French Hospital Medical Center Foundation (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), St. Joseph’s Foundation (Phoenix, Ariz.), St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation (Henderson, Nev.), and St. Vincent Foundation (Little Rock, Ark.).

The summit represents a significant investment in the professional development of employees across all of CommonSpirit Health’s 79 affiliated fundraising entities. This year’s summit was held in an innovative “virtual venue” format. Bringing together more than 300 philanthropy professionals across 22 states, the event featured a live audience at Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, Calif., and more than 20 coordinated watch sites across the country.

Twenty-one affiliated fundraising entities and six operating divisions were nominated for Phillies Awards at this year’s summit. Awards were given in the categories of: Quality Improvement, Largest Gift Intention, Model Stewardship Award, Top Performing Division, Largest Philanthropic Gift, and Foundation of the Year.