Ruth Nolte OB Reception Center
Ruth Nolte with Elliott Main, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, in the Ruth Nolte OB Reception Center at CPMC’s California Campus
“I was stumbling over pregnant ladies’ knees”
Ruth Nolte, longtime volunteer and generous donor to CPMC, has a clearly defined philanthropic philosophy: “I think a person’s giving should be concentrated in a particular area, not scattered around like buckshot.”
By focusing her gifts on just a few programs and giving where it is most needed at the time, Ruth feels she can have a bigger impact on other people’s lives. The OB Reception Center at CPMC’s California Campus that bears her name is a great example of her philosophy at work. “When I would come to volunteer, it was so crowded here — for heaven’s sake, I was stumbling over pregnant ladies’ knees,” she says with a laugh. “They needed a space of their own, and I was glad to help make it happen.”
“Ruth is a gem,” says Elliott Main, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at CPMC. “Thanks in large part to her, we have a wonderful facility offering a complete range of services for expectant mothers.” In fact, last year the center helped in the delivery of nearly 6,000 babies — more than half of all births in the City of San Francisco.
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