Tuesday, August 9, 2011 12:41 PM

Keeping tradition alive

Michael and Anna Tolladay are keeping family tradition alive and well – much like his parents did many years ago when his mother pioneered the formation of Community Medical Foundation and they began giving back to the community. Now, in the spirit of his parents’ legacy the Tolladays are continuing that tradition – this time with a $100,000 gift to the Clovis Community Medical Center’s expansion. 

Aerial view of construction at Clovis Community Medical Center shows parking garage and nearly-completed bed tower.

“This gift continues a tradition of philanthropy my parents started and will definitely be passed on to our children,” Tolladay said.

Impressed with the ongoing work at Clovis Community, the Tolladay’s made their decision to give after viewing the hospital’s virtual tour. “As you look around, this dream is becoming a reality,” said Tolladay.

“The expansion to the hospital as well as the planned ancillary facilities will make this hospital the cornerstone of the Community Hospital system.”

The multi-year, $300 million expansion at Clovis Community started in 2008 with the renovation and expansion of the Marjorie E. Radin Breast Care Center, a new endoscopy center, four new operating rooms and additional room for the only Level 3 (highest level) fertility center between Los Angeles and Sacramento. A multi-level parking garage also opened in 2010.

When construction is finished in 2013 the expanded hospital will have a dedicated Women’s and Infants’ Pavilion, a new Special Care Nursery, 24 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, 11 inpatient surgical suites and 205 private rooms. It’s the largest expansion Community Medical Centers has made since opening the six-story trauma and critical care building at its downtown hospital in 2007.

“We hope patients and visitors are as excited as we are to see the five-story bed tower and expanded emergency department going up,” said Craig Castro, the medical center’s chief executive officer. “Once completed, Clovis Community will triple in size and have 205 all-private rooms, plus enhanced technology.”

Betty Tolladay

Along with giving to the Clovis Community expansion, the Tolladay’s previously lent their support to Terry’s House, a hospitality home for families with loved ones receiving critical care at Community Regional Medical Center.

"Regardless of the size of the contribution, it is important. It makes a difference, and both Anna and I believe in giving back. It's a good feeling,” Tolladay said.

Jennifer Avila-Allen reported this story. She can be reached at MedWatchToday@CommunityMedical.org.