For Roger and Ruth Miller, who live in Indian Wells, California, and maintain their residence in Sun Valley, Idaho, the decision to remember Loma Linda University Children's Hospital with a sizable gift from their estate grew out of two separate events in their lives.
For Ruth, it was simply a matter of recalling how the organization had been there for members of her family in a time of need. For Roger, it was something he saw during a trip to Children's Hospital years later. While he was impressed with everything he observed, the tiny patients in the neonatal intensive care unit captured Roger's heart.
At the NICU, a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, therapists, and other staff works together to save the lives of babies born prematurely or those whose specialized diagnosis requires state-of-the-art care on a 24-hour basis. The unit is an 84-bed Level III referral center providing comprehensive service to at-risk and critically ill infants and their families from a four-county region.
In considering the size of their gift, the Miller's initially thought it should be in the amount of $500,000. But after a personal tour of the NICU, they chose to increase it to $1 million.
According to Douglas Deming, MD, chief of neonatology at Children's Hospital and director of the NICU, the gift will make a significant difference.
"The Miller's thoughtful, generous gift will provide hope for families when they need it most," Dr. Deming observes. "At the very earliest stage of life, these fragile babies will be given a fighting chance and a future because of this."
When Ruth says, "We selected Loma Linda because my cousin's daughter got help there," Roger replies, "And also, because of the babies. I love the babies!"
The Miller's look at each other and smile. The resolution suits them both just fine
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