Carson Tahoe Health Receives $200,000 Gift to Fund Emergency Department Modifications


The Mallory Foundation, a private foundation located in Carson City, announced a $200,000 donation to fund significant modifications to the Emergency Department located at the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. The “Mallory Foundation Triage Lobby” and renovated treatment areas, will allow better patient flow and improved access for the more than 33,000 annual visitors (appx. 90 people per day) to the Carson Tahoe Emergency Department.

Recent tragedies have rocked our close-knit community and have so clearly reminded us of the importance of our Emergency Department. “Physicians and staff in Emergency Departments around the nation are masters at adapting and overcoming, in order to meet the urgent needs of all patients who enter our doors,” said Sandy Wartgow, Director of Carson Tahoe Emergency Services.

Of all the medical specialties, Emergency Medicine is one of the most challenging. Patients arrive – without appointment, either on their own, or by ambulance – needing treatment for a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries, many of which are life-threatening and require immediate attention. The staff in the emergency department is always at-the-ready, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  And they do so proudly.

“We are honored that the Mallory Trustees have chosen to support Carson Tahoe with this gift.  They recognized the significant community benefits of enhancing Emergency Department processes and immediately stepped up to assist,” said Cheri Glockner, Carson Tahoe Development Director.  “Gifts of this magnitude are appreciated now more than ever.  Philanthropic support from individuals and Foundations helps to ease the financial burden of declining reimbursements and the funding gaps that arise from caring for our uninsured patients.  This donation will allow us to begin construction right away and we look forward to completing the Mallory Foundation Triage Lobby in early 2012.”

This is not the first generous donation the hospital has received from the Mallory Foundation. Over the past 11 years, they have donated more than $500,000 in support of the Carson Tahoe Cancer Center and the Women’s Health Institute.  Other benefactors of the Mallory Foundation include, University of Nevada, Reno, Eagle Valley Children’s Home, MIT Post-Graduate Program, Interlocken Center for the Arts in Michigan, and Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, NY.

Established by Jean Mallory in the early 1990’s, the Mallory Foundation trustees are community-centered philanthropists charged with ensuring funds are distributed to worthy, thoughtful projects.  Their selfless consideration of the Emergency Department project was much appreciated.

“We announced the donation at our November 4 fundraiser.  It was a pleasure to introduce the Mallory trustees, Tom Cooke, Riley Beckett and Ellen Schock, to our attendees.  Putting faces to the names on our donor wall was inspiring. These are members of our community who step up to invest in Carson Tahoe’s ongoing vision and mission.  I am grateful to them all for funding this request.  The long term benefit of this remodel to our patients will be extraordinary.”