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$800,000 Gift to Enhance PAMF Vision Care Services in Santa Clara County

Generous Support Enhances Pediatric Vision Services for the Underserved and Anchors Capital Campaign for new Sunnyvale Vision Care Center

The Sunnyvale Vision Care Center of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) has received an $800,000 gift from Charles R. Munnerlyn, Ph.D., and Judith Munnerlyn. The contribution will support two important vision initiatives at PAMF. First, it will provide free vision care to underserved children as part of a partnership with the Sunnyvale School District. Second, the donation launches a $1.2 million capital campaign to begin building PAMF’s Sunnyvale Vision Care Center. Scheduled to open in the second half of 2016, the vision care center will named the Munnerlyn Eye Institute. 

Dr. Charles R. Munnerlyn and Judy Munnerlyn

Charles R. Munnerlyn, Ph.D. and Judy Munnerlyn

“I’ve spent my entire career developing innovative ophthalmic instruments from automated refractors to glaucoma testing equipment to lasers for treating eye diseases, and, ultimately, a laser for vision correction,” said Dr. Munnerlyn, who received his Ph.D. in optical engineering. “Nothing is more rewarding than having people tell me how they benefitted from vision technologies with which I have been involved. Making a contribution like this to Sunnyvale and the surrounding communities, provides a means not only for testing the vision of young people, but building the Eye Institute gives more people access to eye care and expands existing services.”

Dr. Munnerlyn is known as one of the founding fathers of laser vision correction for his role in developing the technology which has been used on more than 15 million eyes.  In the 1970s, Dr. Munnerlyn founded VISX, Incorporated, which became the leading manufacturer of laser-based vision correction systems in the world.  He serves on the board of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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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.

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Philanthropy Website Highlights Patients’ Stories

What’s the best way to show our deep commitment to serving the health care needs of the people in our communities? Invite patients to tell their own compelling stories about the top-quality care we’ve given them.

A collection of these inspiring stories is now featured on the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Philanthropy website.

“Patients give because of the compassionate and exemplary care they receive,” says Mara Hook, regional vice president of philanthropy. “It is an expression of their gratitude for the people, programs and facilities of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Our patients’ generosity makes a crucial difference in our ability to fulfill our mission. One of the ways we express our appreciation toward these donors is by sharing their stories on our website.” Read More