$3 million gift to hospital

first_img She promised herself that if she sold her business for a profit she would help the hospital. Her business – Aquafine Corporation, making ultraviolet equipment for commerce and industry – was based in Santa Clarita. “I was fortunate enough to sell my corporation this year for a profit,” she told the smiling audience. Sue Doyle, (661) [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Cardiologist Kenneth Tam said getting patients to other facilities can be difficult, since many hospitals in the region are busy and full. Because of that, he never knows how long it will take to transfer a patient. “Having a cath lab here will eliminate that problem,” Tam said. He and others toasted Veloz on Wednesday when her donation was announced in the hospital’s lobby. The Roberta G. Veloz Cardiac Cath Lab, a 2,500-square-foot facility, is expected to open in 2007. Veloz, who has served on the hospital foundation’s board for years, said she and others are striving to keep the hospital a trauma center and a nonprofit operation, free of for-profit corporate ownership. A Santa Clarita woman’s $3 million donation will make what was once a dream a reality for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. Roberta G. Veloz’s gift will help fund a cardiac-catheterization laboratory to help people who come to the hospital because of heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. Procedures in the lab will allow doctors to see heart chambers, valves and arteries that can get clogged. Physicians can treat patients with angioplasty, using a catheter-guided balloon to open narrow arteries. About 250 people come to the emergency room each year with heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. They are transferred to other medical centers because the hospital doesn’t have a place to treat them. last_img