The Morongo Band of Mission Indians has donated $5.6 million to the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation, money the hospital will use to enhance its stroke prevention program.
The grant, the largest ever made to the foundation, will buy equipment and pay for facilities that will help the hospital to become the first certified stroke prevention center in the San Gorgonio Pass, according to a statement released Tuesday.
Specifically, the money will help pay for two tomography scanners that allow for a patient to be diagnosed and monitored, two CT scanners, an MRI machine and a building to house the new MRI equipment.
Funds will also be used to buy a gamma camera and upgrade the hospital’s digital radiography rooms.
The hospital plans to become a certified stroke center, which means patients will receive faster care and will no longer be moved to stroke centers outside the Pass.
“When it comes to strokes, every minute counts,” Chief Medical Officer Dr. Karen P. Singh, said in the statement. “Morongo’s gift puts us in a much better position to save lives and reduce long-term impacts to stroke patients.”