Valley Children’s Hospital has received a $540,000 from the Leon S. Peters Foundation for a new outpatient specialty care center in Fowler.
The gift will go toward building the health center on the east side of Highway 99, near the Merced Avenue off-ramp. The center, which is planned to open in 2016, is a collaboration between Valley Children’s Healthcare and Adventist Health/Central Valley Network.
“We are pleased to be an integral part of Valley Children’s plans, in partnership with Adventist Health/Central Valley Network, to expand their services in Fowler,” Kenneth “Butch” Peters, chairman of the Leon S. Peters Foundation, said in a written statement. “Fowler happens to be home for many of our members, and we are excited about the role Valley Children’s will play in the southern portion of Fresno County for generations to come.”
Leon S. Peters was born and raised in the Fowler area. He owned Valley Foundry and Machine Works, an equipment manufacturer. Peters and his wife, Alice, devoted decades of their time and money to philanthropic work in the central San Joaquin Valley. Leon Peters died in 1983, but the Leon S. Peters Foundation continues to support philanthropic causes.
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“Thousands of kids within close proximity of Fowler will soon enjoy new access to quality care closer to home,” said Rob Saroyan, Valley Children’s vice president, philanthropy and chief development officer. “We cannot thank the Leon S. Peters Foundation enough for its extraordinary generosity.”