Humankindness in the Making — S.H. Ho Foundation’s $2.5 million gift

(May 2018) On February 20, 2018, Glendale Memorial Health Foundation secured a $2.5 million gift from the S.H. Ho Foundation. This donation, the largest philanthropic contribution in Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center’s history, is earmarked for the foundation’s Humankindness in the Making initiative.

Started in 2016, Humankindness in the Making is a three-year, $5 million campaign for the relocation and remodel of a new gastroenterology laboratory and the expansion and remodel of the hospital’s award-winning Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. The addition of the S. H. Ho Foundation grant moves the foundation significantly closer to its goal, with $4.2 million now raised for the initiative.

“We are tRepresentatives of the S.H. Ho Foundation and the Glendale Memorial Foundationruly grateful for this gift, which is transformational for the hospital,” says Wayne Herron, vice president of philanthropy. “The generosity of the S.H. Ho Foundation will enable us to enhance our services, ensuring that our community has access to advanced care and our clinicians have the tools to meet the complex diagnostic and treatment needs of our patients.”

The new gastroenterology laboratory will be relocated from the hospital’s oldest wing to the second floor of the patient tower and will feature an expanded footprint and the latest technology, providing patients with a comfortable and quality experience. It will be the centerpiece for the hospital’s distinguished gastroenterology program—nationally recognized for its clinical quality—including the Colorectal Surgery Institute. The hospital currently sees more than 3,000 patients annually for colorectal screenings and treatment.

Humankindness in the Making includes funding to expand the award-winning Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, which is currently located on the second floor of the patient tower. This expansion, which includes the addition of a third hyperbaric chamber, will allow for increased patient capacity as well as the addition of specialized equipment.

In honor of this magnanimous gift, the hospital will rename Laurel Plaza, the main gateway to the hospital and the center of its campus, the S.H. Ho Plaza. David Ho, CEO of Pacific BMW, and his wife, Martha, representing the S.H. Ho Foundation, were in attendance at the hospital’s State of the Hospital event on February 22, 2018, for the announcement of the grant. David is the grandson of S.H. Ho, founder of the S.H. Ho Foundation, and currently serves as its governor. The Ho family and Pacific BMW, long-time supporters of the hospital, were honored with the Humankindness Award at the Evening of Wine and Roses gala in 2016.