For nearly 60 years, Burbank’s Cusumano family has built business, commercial and residential landmarks, all the while honoring a tradition of giving back to the community, a legacy of the late family matriarch Anita Depola Cusumano.
At a weekend celebration, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center announced a $10 million donation from the family. The gift will provide yet another community service – enhancing emergency care at the medical center.
“The Cusumanos long have supported our hospital, enabling us to improve the care we provide for our patients,” said Kelly Linden, the hospital’s chief executive. “This very generous gift will allow us to serve more people in a more clinically advanced, comfortable environment, and with life-saving diagnostic equipment close at hand.”
Linden praised the family’s tradition of philanthropy.
The late Anita Cusumano was a volunteer at Providence Saint Joseph, where family members have been born, treated as patients, served on the governing and foundation boards and further supported the not-for-profit Catholic organization. In 2011, the Cusumanos donated $1 million to the Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint Joseph, earmarking the funds for high-tech diagnostics equipment and a dedicated concussion management clinic for treating athletes.
In 2010, the Cusumano family funded an innovative, state-of-the-art radiation oncology department in the new Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center to provide optimal patient care, comfort and convenience.
“Providence Saint Joseph is building a new state-of-the-art emergency services center and an urgent care center,” Michael Cusumano said. “These new facilities and programs will triple our capacity to care for more people in our community, in private patient rooms, with cutting-edge technology. We are very proud to be a part of this very important initiative, which will allow Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center to continue to provide best-in-class service to the community.”
Michael’s grandfather, the late Charles Cusumano emigrated in 1911 from Memfi, Sicily. He married Anita Depola and in 1948 the couple and their four children settled in Burbank. By the 1960s, sons Chuck and Roger had graduated John Burroughs High School and had begun buying and improving small apartment buildings, planting the seeds of what would become the city’s largest real estate development company. Decades later they were praised by Burbank officials for their influence on the revitalization of the city’s sleepy downtown area.
“The Cusumano family has long supported community organizations, including our medical center, by providing visionary ideas and very generous gifts to turn those ideas into reality,” said Elizabeth LaBorde, vice president of development and executive director of the Providence Saint Joseph Foundation. “We are so grateful for this philanthropic investment, which will help enhance our care for thousands of people in Burbank and the surrounding area.”