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John F. Merrell Charitable Foundation presents LLUCH with $50,000 grant

Marion Farrell-Merrell (third from right), from the John F. Merrell Charitable Foundation, tours Loma Linda University Children�s Hospital on Friday, January 25.
Marion Farrell-Merrell (third from right), from the John F. Merrell Charitable Foundation, tours Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital on Friday, January 25. Pictured (from left) are Patti Cotton Pettis, executive director of philanthropy, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Wing Lau, CPA, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation board member; Zareh Sarrifian, MBA, administrator, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital; Brian Oshiro, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Mrs. Farrell-Merrell, founder of John F. Merrell Foundation; and Candy Farrell and her husband, Michael Farrell, chief executive officer of the John F. Merrell Charitable Foundation.
A $50,000 grant was presented to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital on Friday, January 25, 2008, by the John F. Merrell Charitable Foundation, founded by Marion Farrell-Merrell and her late husband, John F. Merrell.

Mrs. Farrell-Merrell presented the check to Children’s Hospital representative Brian Oshiro, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology. The funds will be used to help develop a biological specimen bank and data repository headed by Dr. Oshiro.

“This biological specimen bank and data repository is a vital step in advancing the perionatal institute, an institute of medicine LLUCH will pioneer as a regional and national resource,” Dr. Oshiro says.

The philanthropic partnership between Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and the John F. Merrell Charitable Foundation will support Children’s Hospital physicians in their ongoing effort to better understand why negative outcomes occur during women’s pregnancies.

The development of the biological specimen bank and data repository at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital will hasten the development of new diagnostic tests that may help in the diagnosis and treatment of high-risk conditions such as preeclampsia, intra­uterine growth restriction, pre-term birth, and birth defects.

As one of the largest providers of neonatal and specialized care for premature infants, Children’s Hospital operates one of the largest neonatal intensive care units in the United States.

With the establishment of the specimen bank and data respository, LLUCH will be granted better access to federal funding and participation in the national biological sample bank.

“The John F. Merrell Char­itable Foundation’s commitment to Children’s Hospital will allow us to leverage resources to pioneer medicine in the 21st century,” says Patti Cotton Pettis, executive director for philanthropy for Loma Linda University Medical Center.

“It is with warm gratitude that I thank the foundation on behalf of our patients at Loma Linda Uni­versity Chil­dren’s Hospital. Your support will help make the future of medicine brighter for mothers and children when high-risk factors complicate development within the womb.”

By Richard Weismeyer

TODAY news for Thursday, February 11, 2008