A record-breaking $100 million gift to Loma Linda University Health was announced this week — the largest single gift toward the biggest expansion in Loma Linda’s history, dubbed Vision 2020. The $1.2 billion strategy will include a new 100-bed children’s hospital tower, a new 276-bed adult medical center, and a new hub for research and the Wholeness Institute.
The official announcement of the initiative was made this week in a celebration attended by more than 2,000 people.
The pledge from Dennis and Carol Troesh, long-time Riverside, California, residents and business leaders, brings the total raised so far for Vision 2020 to $149 million, Loma Linda’s press release about the event said.
The $100 million gift, believed to be the largest single-gift commitment to health care in the history of the Inland Empire, provides the cornerstone for the transformation of Loma Linda University Health, the release said.
In the 1970s, Dennis Troesh founded Robertson’s Ready Mix, growing the company into one of the largest ready-mix and construction aggregate operations in the western United States. Writing under the name of C.A. Hartnell, Carol Troesh has authored four historical fiction books for children. In 2013, she received the Mom’s Choice Silver Award for excellence in family friendly media produtcs and services. Both are active members and supporters of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation Board.
In addition to funding from private gifts, like the gift from the Troesh family, funding for Vision 2020 projects will come from federal, state, and local funds; fund raising efforts; and loans.
Image: Dennis and Carol Troesh with Loma Linda President Richard Hart.