in Torrance, California, has received a $50 million gift from Melanie and Richard Lundquist toward completion of a new main patient tower, the reports.
When it opens next summer, the seven-story building, to be called the Melanie and Richard Lundquist Main Tower, will have 256 patient rooms and eighteen surgical and treatment rooms. The Lundquists, who are co-chairs of the center's capital campaign, will dedicate the tower to the memory of the late Dr. Richard B. Hoffman, who served as chief of radiology at TMMC.
The couple had given almost $18 million to the hospital previously. Melanie Lundquist has volunteered at the hospital's front desk for many years. Richard Lundquist is president of Continental Development Corp. in El Segundo.
Melanie Lundquist told the Times that the couple's naming rights to the new tower will expire in twenty-five years, enabling the hospital to offer them as an incentive to future donors. "A friend of mine says, 'You can't attach a U-Haul to a hearse'," she said. "You're not taking it with you."