KB Home donates furniture to LLU, LLUMC entities
The group representatives from KB Home and Loma Linda University pause for a photograph. Pictured are (from left) Crista Curtis, broker relations, KB Home; Judy Woolen, director of government affairs, KB Home; Otto Keubler, dean of men, LLU; Lynette Bates, dean of women, LLU; Sandee Wright, associate dean of women, LLU; Dick Wright, volunteer; and Jamaine Rowe, student, LLU.
Loma Linda University was recently selected by KB Home Inland Empire Division to be the recipient of furniture and other home furnishings from their model homes.
The donation—which includes not only furniture, but also the knick-knacks, decorations, pictures, and other accoutrements that make up a model home—is being utilized in two separate programs of Loma Linda University: patient care and reception areas at the Social Action Community Health System (SACHS) operated by the University in San Bernardino, and in some of the dormitories and international physician housing areas in Loma Linda.
The University was chosen for the donation because Judy Woolen, director of government affairs at KB Home, serves on the board for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation and is aware of the SACHS clinics and the community outreach focus the University maintains as part of its mission to make man whole. “We decided to select organizations that would benefit from receiving the contents of the homes,” she says.
In a letter to Ms. Woolen, B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS, president and chief executive officer of Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Cente
r, highlighted the far-reaching effects the donation will have.
In speaking of the SACHS clinics, she noted that “the furniture provided by KB Home will increase the comfort and beauty of the clinical setting.” Dr. Behrens further emphasized one of the ways Loma Linda University and Loma Linda University Medical Center maintains its global reputation for providing care and for training medical professionals is by sponsoring promising, mission-driven medical professionals from third-world countries to come to Loma Linda to improve their clinical expertise.
She notes that the “Medical Center maintains four furnished apartments” for these students and that “the KB Home furniture contribution will assist in creating a ‘home away from home’ for visiting physicians and nurses, and allow them to study and improve their expertise so they can touch lives of people around the globe.”
Dr. Behrens also pointed out that “the furniture items selected for the dormitories will create a home-like environment for tomorrow’s young health care professionals. Students from all walks of life come to Loma Linda University for health care trai
Workmen move a sofa into its new home inside Daniells Residence Complex. The furniture and furnishings from five model homes were recently donated to the University by KB Home. Judy Woolen, director of government affairs at KB Home, serves on the board for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation and is aware of the community outreach focus the University maintains as part of its mission to make man whole.
“The quality furniture provided by KB Home will improve the home-like environment for students in the years to come.” She concluded by noting that these “young people, working as tomorrow’s health care professionals, will touch the world with their ministry.”
“We are pleased to be able to donate furniture from our model homes to the University and Medical Center and to the programs that support these extraordinary organizations,” said Steve Ruffner, KB Home Inland Empire division president. “KB Home’s commitment is to help build and support thriving communities, not just homes.”
SACHS is a three-clinic system (SACHS–Norton and two satellite clinics, all within San Bernardino) that serves 32,000 patient visits annually.
Although SACHS is led and coordinated by Loma Linda University, the service it renders to the medically underserved community is increasingly the result of a collaborative effort on the part of public and private community representatives that see these clinics as vital to health care in the region.
“KB Home remains a wonderful community leader in making a difference for our families,” says Patti Cotton Pettis, executive director of philanthropy for Loma Linda University Medical Center.
“We are grateful for their generosity, and their commitment to making a difference.”
By Jim Ponder