UC Irvine Medical Center's new acute-care hospital today will become UC Irvine Douglas Hospital in commemoration of benefactor M.A. Douglas, whose posthumous $21 million donation allowed the university to reach its fundraising goal for the 19-month-old facility.
Douglas’ estate donated the money after his death in 2008. He earned his wealth as real estate developer whose company, IPS, built and managed more than 10,000 housing units. It was a second career for him, after having worked for B.F. Goodrich for more than 30 years.
The gift marks UCI’s largest single cash donation in its history. A tribute to Douglas featuring videos, memorabilia from his life and a sculpted bust will be unveiled in the lobby today during a special ceremony.
“He was all about commitment and responsibility,” said Michael Hayde, trustee of the Douglas estate, and a friend and former business partner. “The gift from the Douglas estate benefits thousands of families who use this hospital. I can’t think of a better way to honor him than by naming this wonderful facility UC Irvine Douglas Hospital.”
The state-of-the-art hospital opened in March 2009 and is recognized for its top-quality stroke and cardiac care, regional burn center and nursing excellence. It has ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Best Hospitals for 10 years straight.
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