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Health Matters: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center | 11 W hen Michael Cusumano was a young man wondering what to buy his grandmother, Anita Cusumano Strom, for her birthday, he didn't settle on flowers or a blouse; he made a donation in her name to Providence Saint Joseph. It was, and still is, the family tradition. Cusumano's family immigrated from Italy and came to Burbank in 1948. Michael's father, Charles, and his uncle Roger started what became a successful real estate and development company with one building that they bought while they were still in high school. Michael joined the business after college. All through those years, as the business and family grew, the Cusumanos have been synonymous with Providence Saint Joseph—ever since Anita started volunteering at the hospital and continued for decades. She set the stage for the Cusumano's family belief in philanthropy. FAMILY TRADITION "We grew up understanding the vital role that Providence Saint Joseph plays in the community. We recognize the importance of compassionate care," says Michael of the legacy that his grandmother started. Michael remembers how happy his grandmother would be at functions at the hospital. "On one occasion my father made a donation to celebrate her birthday, and I have a picture of my grandmother standing there and beaming," says Michael, visibly emotional. "These kinds of gifts and relationships were the foundation for our recent gift to the enhancement of emergency services." EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT "I was the vice chair of the Foundation Board when we started the Emergency Services Campaign 2016 to expand emergency services," says Cusumano. "And I felt that this was so important that we had to be an example and to give more." The family made a $10 million donation to the "Minutes Matter" Emergency Services Campaign, which is built on the back of the Providence Promise: "Know me, care for me, ease my way." The expansion will triple the emergency department capacity and provide best-in-class service to the community. Part of the family 's support was a gift of real estate. Cusumano explains: "The real estate component was interesting. One of the reasons we did it was to show people in the real estate community how easy it is to do. Since then we have had others follow." Cusumano knows that the family tradition of philanthropy will carry into the future. "My family has lived the American Dream," he says. "My grandfather came from Italy with only what he could carry. I think this kind of experience inspires people to become more patriotic, more community- oriented, and want to give back. It is a learned experience, and a spiritual one, that I teach my kids." And as Cusumano sees the work site developing, he feels proud. "It's been almost a year and it won't be long before we see the building start to go up," he says. "It is particularly exciting since the real estate industry is how we made our mark on the world. There is serendipity in the fact that we are helping this building project." The "Minutes Matter" Emergency Services Campaign is 84% toward its $78 million goal. We encourage everyone to join us as we look to bring in the last $13 million needed to build the new urgent care facility and emergency department. You can make a gift at supportsaintjoseph .org/. Providence caregivers can also sign up to be Mission Makers and give a donation via payroll deduction. For further information, please contact the foundation office at 818-757-4381. A Family Called to Serve The Cusumano family has been an extraordinary friend to Providence Saint Joseph for generations.

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