CPMC Foundation Board of Trustees:
Leaders and Philanthropists
The Hoffmans advocate for critical funding needs in cancer technology
With the help of the Board of Trustees, CPMC Foundation works to keep up with innovation and excellence by compiling a list of Annual Priorities to highlight the most important medical, technical and community-based needs for the year.
Ted Hoffman, a Foundation Trustee since 2006, and his wife Wendy, advocate on behalf of these critical funding needs. “Talking to other donors about giving, I always hear the same word: impact. They want to know exactly where their funds are going and who will be benefiting,” explains Ted. “The annual funding priorities offer the donor specificity and an opportunity to select an area of medicine or community service that is important to them.”
In 2010, Ted and Wendy directed funds from the Vera C. Hendry Foundation towards the purchase of a CT Simulator for the treatment of cancer. Ted met with the department chair of CPMC's oncology group and learned firsthand that the new scanner would do a more effective job of diagnosis. “Technology can accomplish miracles in people’s lives and keeps the best doctors who want to stay on the leading edge of medicine around. The facilities, the people and the technology all have to work incredibly well together and at CPMC they do.”
Barbara Engmann supports community outreach programs for children and families
The annual funding priorities also offer donors a variety of areas to support which extend well beyond hospital walls. Donor and CPMC Foundation Trustee Barbara Engmann has been a champion for the Kalmanovitz Child Development Center (KCDC)Opens new window since 2003, and is an advocate of the Center’s philosophy of helping every child in need regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
Explains Barbara,“The therapeutic play spaces for the children are phenomenal and a key part of a child’s successful treatment and healthy development of their motor skills. It’s all pretty spectacular,” she raves. “What people should know is that, for relatively small amounts of money, you can fund several scholarships and make a huge difference in the life of a child whose family could otherwise not afford this specialized care.”
According to Suzanne Giraudo, the Center’s Clinical Director and a pediatric psychologist, the goal of philanthropy at the KCDC is simple: to be able to continue offering programs and maintain their scholarship fund, which is completely dependent upon philanthropy.
The scholarship fund provides qualified families 24 visits per child. After 24 visits, the therapist reassesses the child’s treatment goals. If the child has not reached their goals and the family’s financial situation has not changed, treatment will continue as long as needed.
Suzanne explains, “Crucial KCDC programs such as our autism programs, and Project Jason, which is our home visiting program for children born at CPMC weighing less than 2 lbs., really count on donations to continue.”
Story by Carol M. Karimi, September 2010