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$1.5 Million Gift from Mark and Mary Stevens Completes Philanthropy Campaign for Sunnyvale Center

Mark and Mary Stevens have donated $1.5 million to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) in memory of their late friend Father Paul Locatelli, S.J. This philanthropic contribution enabled the completion of the $12 million capital campaign for the construction of the new cancer care and primary care center in Sunnyvale, located at 301 Old San Francisco Road.

Mark and Mary Stevens

PAMF’s cancer center in  Sunnyvale will be named in memory of Father Locatelli, whose life was defined by “conscience, compassion and competence.”

Mark Stevens is the managing partner of S-Cubed Capital, his family investment office based in Menlo Park. He is a special limited partner and former managing partner at Sequoia Capital, a leading technology venture capital firm which is known for backing successful Silicon Valley icons such as Apple, Cisco, Electronic Arts, Google, Nvidia and Yahoo! Mary Stevens worked in the commercial real estate business for 13 years, lastly as a Vice President at Cornish and Carey Commercial in Santa Clara. She is a former member of the Santa Clara University Board of Fellows and joined the school’s Board of Trustees last year.

The Stevens were close friends with Fr. Locatelli, revered Jesuit priest who served as president of Santa Clara University for 20 years. Both Father Locatelli and the Stevens received medical care from Bart Lally, M.D., one of PAMF’s internists and gastroenterologists.  The Stevens’ gift also funded the naming of the primary care departments in appreciation of Dr. Lally.

“When patients enter our new Sunnyvale clinic, they will be in the Locatelli Center, a fittingly tribute to a wonderful man” said PAMF CEO Richard Slavin, M.D. “Paul helped integrate Santa Clara University into the Silicon Valley ecosystem.  The Stevens’ gift helps to extend his memory beyond the university corridors as a permanent legacy in our community.”

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s new Sunnyvale Center is slated to open for patient care on August 5, 2013. (See the construction progress and a time lapse on Live Webcam.)

The new cancer care center will extend PAMF’s culture of caring by providing one of the most comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and patient support cancer care programs in the region. As part of PAMF’s emphasis on personalized medicine and multispecialty care, patients at the new Sunnyvale Center will have a coordinated care-giving team comprised of their primary care physician, specialists, nurses and support staff.

PAMF Philanthropy Campaign Manager Raya Elias-Petros quantified the impact of the Stevens’ significant donation.

“The Stevens were key donors from the community who supported the campaign and made this new medical center vision possible,” Elias-Petros said. “Their donation commemorates a fine man and recognizes the value that PAMF provides to the community.”

The new cancer care center will increase community access to more oncologists and double the number of current infusion stations. It will also provide more advanced radiation technology, more specialized cancer care services and dedicated nurse navigators who will guide patients through the entire cancer care process with education, support and advocacy.

For more than 80 years, private philanthropy has allowed PAMF to build its commitment as a community health resource, leading the way in patient care, biomedical research and education. As a not-for-profit organization, PAMF operates in a fundamentally different way from investor-owned health care systems. The Foundation reinvests any revenue remaining after cost of care is covered to enhance patient services through improved facilities and equipment, health education, medical research and community benefit programs.