SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Physician and philanthropist, Dr. Prem Reddy,
of Victorville, has donated $500,000 to Cal State San Bernardino and its
department of nursing. To recognize his gift, the university's nursing
lab will be renamed the Dr. Prem Reddy Nursing Laboratory.
"This is a great day for our nursing students and the community they
will serve after graduation," said CSUSB President Tomás Morales.
"Dr. Reddy's generosity will make a remarkable difference, elevating
opportunities for one of the premier academic programs in the entire Inland
Dr. Reddy has been a long-time supporter of CSUSB. In 2006, the Dr. Prem
Reddy Academic Excellence Scholarship was established for eligible full-time
pre-med, nursing and/or health education students who qualified for the
scholarship and maintained a minimum 3.5 grade point average at the university.
"These students are our future, and it is imperative that we give
them the best training available," said Dr. Reddy. "I came from
an impoverished background to become a cardiologist. Nothing is impossible
for these hard working students, and I hope that this laboratory and equipment
helps them achieve their dreams."
The gift will allow the nursing lab to update critical equipment, including
patient simulators that provide students with an unparalleled learning
experience. The soon-to-be named Dr. Prem Reddy Nursing Laboratory is
a model for hands-on nursing education.
The gift will be a boon to the nursing department, which is in the university's
College of Natural Sciences, adds Dean Kirsten Fleming.
"This generous gift will allow for state-of-the art equipment in the
nursing skills lab," said Fleming. "The lab provides a safe
learning environment for nursing students which allows them to apply their
skills and build their confidence before they treat patients."
Born in India, Dr. Reddy immigrated to the United States in 1976 with his
wife, Venkamma, who is also a physician. He is double board-certified
in internal medicine and cardiology. He was awarded the honor of Fellow
of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the American College
of Chest Physicians. During his 25 years of practice in the High Desert,
he has committed himself to the service of his patients and performed
more than 5,000 cardiac procedures, including coronary angiography and
angioplasty, and permanent pacemaker implantations.
Dr. Reddy founded Prime Healthcare in 2001, starting with Desert Valley
Hospital in Victorville. Since then, Prime Healthcare has expanded to
own and operate 23 hospitals across the nation. The health system has
been recognized as one of the "15 Top Health Systems" in the
nation three times in the last five years, including in 2013, and its
hospitals have earned the "100 Top Hospitals" recognition 21 times.
Involved in philanthropic work for years, Dr. Reddy established the Desert
Valley Medical Foundation in 1989. His support of healthcare students
in the High Desert is well known, and was reinforced when Victor Valley
College named its health sciences school after him in 2003.
He also founded and has been the sole contributor to the Prime Healthcare
Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, which owns five non-profit
hospitals, and the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation, a nonprofit foundation
that has donated millions toward charities, including college scholarships,
public healthcare education and free community clinics. Dr. Reddy has
been recognized with numerous awards for his philanthropy.
The CSUSB nursing department in the College of Natural Sciences offers
both a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a Master of Science degree
in nursing and averages more than 400 undergraduate nursing majors in
the generic pre-licensure BSN program based on admissions in the fall
The generic BSN program is offered at the San Bernardino campus as well
as at CSUSB's Palm Desert Campus. Visit the nursing department website at
http://nursing.csusb.edu for more information.
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Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visithttp://news.csusb.edu.