A Conversation with Providence Tarzana Foundation Board Member Claire Marks
How did you come to be involved on the Providence Tarzana Foundation Board?
Giving back to the community has always been a vital component of my life, and I’ve always been interested in healthcare. My daughter and son were born at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center when the hospital was fairly new. Now they’re grown with children of their own. When I learned about Tarzana Reimagined, I was so excited for the opportunity to help build a new, high-tech hospital for my family and our community.
How did you get involved as the Chair of the Providence Tarzana Reimagined campaign?
The hospital has been my community hospital for 40 years. When I learned about the plans for a new patient tower and a new and larger ER, I was eager to join the campaign. Seeing the renderings was also very inspiring! I believe it is important that we have a state-of-the-art hospital in our community. When I believe in something, I put all I have into it.
How has your experience been inspiring others to help with the campaign?
It’s been wonderful — people have been very receptive. They want to be educated and understand what is happening. The more we can get the word out to the community about the incredible developments at Tarzana Medical Center, the more people will want to participate. I am helping to educate people and raise awareness about the project. Many have seen the construction, but they don’t know all the details — that there will be a new patient tower, ER, etc. — and that it will be a state-of-the-art medical center for the entire community.
Why should people contribute to Providence Tarzana Reimagined?
I am involved because I want to help my community have access to better healthcare and live longer, healthier lives. We need the community’s help to achieve our vision for the new Providence Tarzana Medical Center, and there are many ways to get involved. Naming opportunities are available throughout the new patient tower and ER, and donors can honor or memorialize a loved one. I hope people will consider a contribution to our medical center to improve access to care and help meet the growing needs of our community.
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