South Bay Families Make Gifts Totalling Two Million for Cardiology Program

April 03, 2014
TORRANCE (March 31, 2014) -- Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation announced two important $1 million gifts from South Bay philanthropists Stanley and Maureen Moore and the Scharffenberger family.

Both gifts will support the enhancement of cardiovascular services at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance.  The medical center recently was named a Truven Health 100 Top Hospital for the third consecutive year and in January was named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation by Healthgrades.

“Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance has the area’s leading cardiology program because of families like the Moores and the Scharffenbergers, who generously contribute to ensure the best heart care for the community,” said Liz Dunne, medical center chief executive. “These donations will allow our physicians and clinicians to improve upon the excellent care they provide, thanks to the latest equipment, technology and techniques.”

Significant investment over the next three years will include: an enhanced electrophysiology suite with stereotaxis for cardiac rhythm procedures, a hybrid operating room for increased cardiac and endovascular surgical capabilities, and additional catheterization laboratory space to accommodate a growing number of patients.

Partnering with the hospital was an essential for the Moores.  “Maureen and I have a sentimental connection to the hospital as all four of our children and all five of our grandchildren were born here,” Stanley Moore said. “We also wanted to give back out of respect and admiration for two physicians who have impacted our lives, Dr. Mike Del Vicario and Dr. John Armato.” 

The Scharffenberger family moved to the South Bay in 1962.  While the family primarily focuses its philanthropy on university education, they decided to make their single largest gift ever to Providence Little Company of Mary.

“It would not be an exaggeration to say that Providence Little Company of Mary and its fantastic doctors, nurses and staff saved our mother’s life two years ago,” said family spokesman George Scharffenberger.  “Through that experience, we came to realize that Providence Little Company of Mary is more than a hospital – it is a vital part of our community.  In making this gift, the entire family expresses our deep gratitude to Providence, to its fantastic cardiology unit and to the South Bay community for all that it has given us.”

According to Susan Totten, vice president and executive director for the Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation, the necessity of private philanthropy has never been more important. “With the mounting complexities of funding health care today, we deeply appreciate the extraordinary generosity and commitment of our friends, the Moores and the Scharffenbergers.  Their partnership – and others like them – is critical to our success.”