A new conference center opened Thursday at Clovis Community Medical Center, the "crowning jewel" of a $300 million hospital expansion and renovation project that began five years ago.
"We're proud of it and excited about it," Clovis Community CEO Craig Castro said during a Thursday morning tour of the center.
"It's our crowning jewel -- our cherry on the top" of the expansion and renovation project to nearly double the hospital's size to 204 private rooms, Castro said. The hospital expansion will be complete in 2014.
The hospital announced Thursday that a $3 million gift to name the new center was made in honor of the late H. Marcus Radin, a Fresno business leader who for decades had been a supporter of education and health care in the central San Joaquin Valley.
The gift was made through the Radin Foundation. In 2005, the Marjorie E. Radin Breast Care Center was named in honor of Mrs. Radin. The Radins died two weeks apart in 2002. They had individual interests in real estate development.
"I believe sending out the message of giving is very important. I made the decision to name the Breast Care Center and the conference center after them, only to hope more people will get involved to make our community a better place," foundation president Jason Liao said in a written statement.
The conference center also received a $1 million gift last year from the Pete P. Peters Foundation to name the center's 216-seat auditorium. The youngest son of Armenian immigrants, Peters helped his brother, Leon S. Peters, grow Valley Foundry and Machine Works. The firm made everything from wine-grape crushers to ship winches. Pete Peters died in 2012.
The Borba families donated $500,000 for a 50-seat conference room, said hospital spokeswoman Mary Lisa Russell. The Borbas are Valley farmers.
A total of more than $6 million in private gifts made the center possible. Said Castro: "I didn't want to sell bonds for this because it's not for direct patient care."
The center will be used for public education, medical education and staff training. Besides the auditorium and conference room, the center has two computer training rooms and two smaller conference rooms. Technology installed in the center allows for streaming audio and video from the hospital's operating rooms.
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