Cusumano Family Pledges $1 Million to Neurodiagnostic Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

March 29, 2012

BURBANK (Jan. 27, 2011) – The Cusumano family of Burbank has donated $1 million to the new Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, earmarking the funds for high-tech diagnostics equipment.

In recognition of this gift, the institute’s Neurodiagnostic Center will be named for the Cusumanos, whose family roots are deep here in Burbank, both in business and in philanthropy.

The family is particularly interested in funding a state-of-the-art biplane angiography suite where a neurovascular X-ray system will provide sharp three-dimensional images for interventional procedures. These images can be rotated so physicians see tiny intricate blood vessels from all angles as they map their treatment for patients with strokes, aneurysms or other brain injuries. “This generous donation from the Cusumano family will go a long way to provide this cutting-edge equipment to residents of the San Fernando Valley as we build our Hill Neuroscience Institute,” said George Teitelbaum, M.D., a neuro-interventionalist on staff at Providence Saint Joseph.

“Such an advanced imaging system will afford us greater abilities to perform complex neuro-interventional surgical procedures in the brain and spine. I’m positive that this donation will help to save many lives.”

The Cusumanos run the largest commercial real estate investment company in the San Fernando Valley. The gift to the Providence Saint Joseph Foundation comes from Chuck Cusumano and Roger and Evelyn Cusumano, founders of the Cusumano Group; along with Michael and Caroline Cusumano and Charlie and Bettina Cusumano.

“This $1 million contribution is the single largest contribution that we have ever made,” said Michael Cusumano. “It is fitting that this special contribution is being made to the Providence Saint Joseph Foundation, which has been so near to our hearts for so many years, and where our esteemed late mother and grandmother, Anita Cusumano Strom, committed so much of her time and passion as a volunteer for decades. “The Providence Saint Joseph Foundation and the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center have been cornerstones of our community for decades, and we feel especially fortunate that we are able to join with them in helping to fulfill their mission within the community, where they touch the lives of so many people every day.”

Providence Saint Joseph plans to open its new Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute in the spring at the Burbank medical center. The institute will be the first comprehensive center in the San Fernando Valley focused on advances in the neurosciences, and will provide a single location to treat neurological disorders including stroke, movement disorders and tumors.

“We are overwhelmed by the Cusumano family’s generosity with this $1 million gift,” said Barry A. Wolfman, chief executive of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. “There is no question it will save lives. The neuroscience field is advancing rapidly, and thanks to donors like the Cusumanos, Providence Saint Joseph will continue to be on the cutting edge of healthcare technology in the San Fernando Valley. On behalf of our physicians, our staff and, most importantly, our patients, I extend my deepest gratitude to the Cusumanos.”