Ralph and Sue Stern Donate to Support Cancer Center at New UCI Hospital in Irvine | UCI Health
Latest gift from longtime UCI donors adds legacy of expansion in life-saving care
November 10, 2021
UCI Health is pleased to announce a new gift from longtime friends of UCI Health Ralph and Sue Stern.
In recognition of the family’s latest gift and their lifetime donation of over $ 12.5 million to UCI Health, a cancer clinic located in the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and the outpatient building at UCI Medical Center – Irvine will be named after Ralph and Sue Stern. The cancer clinic floor will feature 36 private examination rooms integrating research, prevention and the most advanced diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation programs to provide the best possible patient care.
Ralph and Sue Stern bring remarkable vision and generosity to UCI Health’s cancer fight, delivering new treatments and empowering more patients to receive personalized, team-based cancer care that is not possible. than in a university health center, âsaid Steve AN Goldstein, MA, MD, Ph.D., FAAP, UCI Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs. âUnder the leadership of Dr Rick Van Etten, the UCI Chao Cancer Family Comprehensive Center is at the forefront of innovation in cancer care through its use of artificial intelligence / machine learning, genomics and therapeutics, enhanced by the compassionate minds of world-class cancer clinicians.
In January, the UCI and the university’s healthcare company, UCI Health, announced their intention to build a medical complex at the northern end of the UCI campus, including an acute care hospital of 144 beds with emergency service, the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and outpatient care center and UCI Advanced Care Health Center. The first patients are expected in early 2023 in the Center for Advanced Care and the hospital and cancer center are expected to be completed in 2025. UCI and UCI Health leaders will pave the way for the hospital and at the medical complex on November 15.
âUCI Health has provided advanced cancer care, rooted in scientific discovery and clinical innovation, longer than anyone else in Orange County,â said Chad Lefteris, CEO of UCI Health. “The support of Ralph and Sue Stern has been essential in moving this mission forward – it is a privilege to continue our relationship as we expand access to life-saving health care across the county.”
For 13 years, Ralph and Sue Stern have given generously, mainly to the UCI School of Medicine and UCI Health. Their $ 5 million donation in 2014 established the Sue and Ralph Stern Center for Cancer Clinical Trials and Research at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Under the leadership of hematology-oncology specialist Dr Susan O’Brien, their support has transformed the clinical research of the cancer center since 2015, including a 300% increase in the number of early phase trials in the largest portfolio of County Cancer Trials.
In 2008, the Sterns turned to UCI Health for help when Sue Stern was diagnosed with a spinal cord tumor. Following his successful treatment, they made two generous donations to support Drs UCI Health’s ongoing research. Mark Linskey and Daniela Bota for malignant tumors of the spinal cord and brain.
Their 2014 donation was made to coincide with the selection of the new director of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr Van Etten, a renowned hematologist-oncologist specializing in the treatment of leukemia and other blood disorders.
In 2016, the Sterns received the UCI Health Hero Award. Mr. Stern is a member of the Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences Advisory Board and the UCI Health Advisory Board. Ms. Stern is also a member of the Samueli College of Health Sciences Advisory Board. The couple supported cancer research, Holocaust education, Jewish institutions and schools, a community center in Uganda, a clown program to entertain hospitalized children, theater, Girl’s Inc, a local program of empowerment of girls, as well as scientific and technical efforts. In 2019, the Sterns were the recipients of the Legacy Award on National Philanthropy Day.
The Sterns live in Orange County, California. Mr. Stern was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, and received an MBA from Stanford University. He was the CEO of Denar, a maker of devices to treat TMJ disorders, and he also started three companies, ELPower batteries, Steri-Oss, which made dental implants, and CareCredit for patient funding. . Following the sale of these companies, he acquired Paul’s TV. Mr. Stern currently serves on the board of directors of the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County. He was also involved with Brandman University, now UMass Global, as a member of the Board of Regents and the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Sue Stern was born and raised in Cincinnati and moved to Los Angeles after graduating from the University of Wisconsin. She then moved to Orange County and became a supporter of various youth programs including the Santa Ana Auxiliary of Children’s Home Society of California. Ms. Stern sits on the board of directors of Girls Inc., a girls’ advocacy and leadership program. The Sterns donated over $ 6 million to Girls Inc. to expand its summer program for girls in college, and Sue Stern mentored a young student who is now a dental student at USC.
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