San Manuels donate for LLUMC oncology, lab
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/08/2011 07:41:14 PM PST

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians have made a $3 million donation to the Loma Linda University Cancer Center to continue work on creation of a new, integrated medical oncology center and a biospecimen laboratory.

It is the largest single donation to the cancer center, which draws patients from all over the country.

It is also the largest donation the San Manuels have made to the Loma Linda University complex.

“Tribal members were among the very first patients of Loma Linda University Medical Center when it opened in 1906,” said Jacob Coin, a tribal spokesman.

“It was a very poor community who would have been grateful to anyone who provided services,” Coin said.

In those early days, LLUMC was the charitable donor, Coin said.

“But now the San Manuels are in a position to give back to the whole community,” Coin said.

“Since 2005, the tribe has donated $4.5million to various LLUMC projects, including this one, Coin said.

“We view Loma Linda (University) as a leader in medical technology and are proud to be partners with them,” Coin said.

Judy Khatigny, executive director of the LLU Cancer Center, said the $20 million project has been largely funded by the Loma Linda University system to this point.

“This donation gives the institution confidence in the project because it’s showing the community believes in it,” Khatigny said.

As a result of the donation, the center will be called the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Medical Oncology Center and the lab will be called the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Biospecimen Laboratory.

Half of the $3 million donation will go to the second phase of the project to integrate various cancer treatment methods, such as chemotherapy and surgery, with radiation therapy.

The other half of the San Manuels’ donation will go toward the development of a new biospecimen laboratory.

The first $10 million phase of the integration effort, already completed, united chemotherapy alongside a radiation oncology area.

The second $10 million phase will bring surgical oncology together with the other two.

This space will be used for surgeons to meet with patients. Surgeries will still be conducted at the hospital.

This is the first funding for the second phase, which is likely to be completed in about a year, Khatigny said.

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