In a tribute to the generosity of physician and philanthropist
Prime Healthcare founder
Dr. Prem Reddy, CalIifornia State University San Bernardino named its nursing simulation
lab in his honor during a ceremony Feb. 3, 2014, and declared it Dr. Prem
Reddy Day on campus.
“It is a distinct honor for Cal State San Bernardino, and for me
personally, to dedicate this laboratory in recognition of Dr. Prem Reddy’s
immeasurable contributions to the medical profession, higher education,
area communities, and the health of patients from throughout the Inland
Empire and beyond,” said university President Tomás D. Morales.
The dedication was to celebrate Dr. Reddy’s gift of $500,000 to the
university and its department of nursing. The gift will allow the nursing
lab to keep its equipment – 30 computer stations and a 10-bed lab
as well as advanced simulation technology and mannequins – up to
date, ensuring that students will be working with state-of-the-art equipment,
said Kirsten Fleming, dean of the CSUSB College of Natural Sciences, which
houses the nursing department.
“Without qualified nurses, health care delivery would be dysfunctional.
Without dedicated and committed nurses, hospitals and clinics would all
be totally useless,” Dr. Reddy said. “So I have a special
appreciation for nursing programs and nursing schools.”
He also urged the nursing students to give back to their communities.
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.
Dr. Reddy founded Prime Healthcare Services in 2001, starting with Desert
Valley Hospital in Victorville. Since then, Prime Healthcare has expanded
to own and operate 25 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.