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Hospital dedication: Donohue

ARCADIA, CA. – Methodist Hospital recently honored the life and legacy of Mary Patricia Donohue by dedicating the Berger Tower fourth floor waiting room in her memory. Those in attendance remembered Mary Pat, as her friends called her, as a big-hearted person who will live on through her thoughtfulness and generous spirit, which left a bequest to the hospital totaling more than $250,000.

Pictured (l-r): Methodist Hospital Foundation chairman Mike Hoover, L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, Methodist Hospital President and CEO Dennis Lee.

This gift was a lasting expression of the compassion and generosity that marked this grateful patient’s personal life. Donohue was a champion for those that were vulnerable and helpless, especially animals. She was raised here in Los Angeles by loving family who instilled strong morals and emphasized the value of charity and education.

Donohue was always energized by the opportunity to help others. As a teacher, then school psychologist for more than 30 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District, she made an indelible mark on the lives of students at some of the district’s most demanding high schools.

“On behalf of Methodist Hospital, in great appreciation for her generosity and affinity for our mission, I dedicate this waiting room in memory of Mary Patricia Donohue,” said Mike Hoover, foundation chair. “May it stand as a memorial to her caring spirit and serve as an example to others that everyone can make a difference.”

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, friend and former colleague of Mary Pat, presented a proclamation in honor of her and shared some memories of the impact her acts of kindness had on her students and friends. He joined Methodist Hospital President and CEO Dennis Lee, staff, family and friends for a ceremony and reception that highlighted Donohue’s benevolent contribution to the organization.

Donohue was a longtime colleague in the hospital’s Partners in Health program; a group whose longtime charitable contributions have helped keep Methodist Hospital at the forefront of medical excellence.

“She supported the continuing advancement of medical technology, first-rate facilities and dedication to exceptional care in a very special way – by creating a legacy in her estate – making a lasting contribution to the future of health care in our community,” said Lee.

As a not-for-profit organization, Methodist Hospital relies on the support of the community to continue providing care to its patients and members of the San Gabriel Valley and beyond. Donohue recognized the importance of the hospital’s high-quality facility in the area and wanted to ensure that the same quality of care given to her by the nurses and physicians there would continue for years to come.

“Without the caring generosity of our donors, much of our vital work would not be possible,” said Lee. “By providing our caregivers with the tools and facilities they need to provide life-changing care, the support of our donors makes a difference in the lives of our patients every day.”

About Methodist Hospital Methodist Hospital, founded in 1903, is a 460 bed, not-for-profit hospital serving the community. Services provided include comprehensive acute care such as medical, surgical, perinatal, pediatrics, oncology, intensive care (neonatal and adult) and complete cardiovascular services, including open heart surgery. Methodist Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission. For more information please call (626) 898 – 8000 or visit

About Methodist Hospital Foundation The goal of the Methodist Hospital Foundation is to develop resources that provide high quality health care to the community. The foundation provides support for new equipment purchases, facility expansions and quality health care programs and services. The foundation welcomes all levels of charitable donations whether through monthly pledges, private foundations or a promise of support through wills and bequests. To learn how you can get involved, please call (626) 898 – 8888.


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