Sutter Medical Center Foundation Announces Gift Of $18 Million From Anderson Lucchetti Family For Women's And Children's Health Center In Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The family of the late Fred Anderson, founder of Pacific Coast Building Products, Inc., will contribute $18 million to the Sutter Medical Center Foundation for construction of the Anderson Lucchetti Women's and Children's Center, planned as Northern California's most comprehensive provider of pediatric care outside the San Francisco Bay Area.

Announced February 15, 2005, the Anderson Lucchetti contribution ranks as the single largest gift from an individual family to a capital campaign in the greater Sacramento area. It also creates the cornerstone for funding a new Sutter Medical Center Midtown Campus.

The campus will include the Anderson Lucchetti Women's and Children's Center as one of five medical buildings. This innovative master-planned project will redesign, retool and expand facilities at the existing Sutter Medical Center at 28th and L streets in Midtown Sacramento. The Midtown revitalization effort also includes other features provided by the community and partners, including a "live" community theater complex, retail and commercial space, model in-fill housing and a parking garage for the community and hospital staff.

"We are very grateful for this exceptionally generous contribution to our women's and children's facilities," said Tom Gagen, Chief Executive Officer for Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. "Our community will benefit for generations to come and we will proudly display the Anderson Lucchetti family name in honor of their extraordinary commitment to the Sacramento region."

"The greater Sacramento community is honored to count families such as the Andersons and Lucchettis among us," said Ralph A. Andersen, newly appointed Chairman of the capital campaign for Sutter Medical Center. "With their historic contribution the family has made it possible for Sutter to continue to provide the very latest medical advances in what is a model for patient and family-centered care."

When completed in late 2010, the eight-story Anderson Lucchetti Women's and Children's Center will contain more than 200 beds dedicated to the care of women and children. It will be located at 29th and L streets and replace these services now offered at Sutter Memorial Hospital two miles away in East Sacramento.

The Anderson Lucchetti Women's and Children's Center will provide care to families throughout 27 Northern California counties with the highest level of neonatal and pediatric intensive care services, pediatric cardiac care, pediatric neurosurgery services, pediatric cancer services, and normal and high risk maternity services.

"The Sacramento region has been very good to our family. Its residents are friends, neighbors and customers. We are incredibly grateful for this opportunity to give families access to the highest quality of medical care. Sutter Health makes this opportunity a reality, and we are also indebted to the Sutter organization for the care and service they've provided our family for the past 80 years," said David J. Lucchetti.

For the Anderson Lucchetti family, the $18 million marks the latest and most significant contribution in a long history of involvement in the greater Sacramento community. The family has a particularly distinguished record in supporting projects and organizations that improve the lives of the region's children. The Sutter donation is from the Anderson Lucchetti families and their holdings.

The family has also supported a variety of youth-oriented causes through the Pacific Coast Building Products (PCBP) Foundation, a permanent endowment for charity. At its founding in 1999, the PCBP Foundation made a $1 million gift to the Sacramento Regional Foundation, among the largest gifts ever donated to the organization, and one that was doubled by the donation of another $1 million the following year. Since then, the PCBP Foundation has contributed to a wide variety of youth-oriented nonprofits, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Sacramento, Sierra Adoption Services, Sacramento's Ronald McDonald House, the WIND Youth Center, Friends For Kids and the Sacramento Children's Receiving Home.

Continuing this legacy, the Anderson Lucchetti Women's and Children's Center will give Northern California families regional access to the best pediatric, neonatal and women's services available.

The Anderson Lucchetti Women's and Children's Center is projected to cost approximately $200 million. The entire Sutter Medical Center Midtown Campus is expected to cost $456 million. Sutter's Capital Campaign Chair Ralph Andersen said his volunteer campaign committee has set a goal to raise a minimum of $35 million from community support for the new Sutter Medical Center.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and its parent organization Sutter Health, will fund the remainder of the cost. As part of the Sutter Medical Center Midtown Campus, the Anderson Lucchetti Women's and Children's Center is part of a $1 billion master site planning process occurring across the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region during the next decade.

Sutter Health

CONTACT: Kathleen Smith, +1-916-446-9900 or Nancy Turner,+1-916-454-6569, for Sutter Health

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