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The John W. Carson Foundation Awards a $5 Million Gift to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

CONTACT:  Steve Rutledge at (323) 361-4121

LOS ANGELES – The John W. Carson Foundation has made a $5 million donation to support the construction of the New Hospital Building at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, which is scheduled to be completed in 2010.

John W. Carson, better known to millions of Americans as Johnny Carson, served as the host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” from 1962 to 1992.  He died in 2005 at the age of 79.

“Supporting Childrens Hospital Los Angeles fits in perfectly with the Carson Foundation’s focus on children, health and the Los Angeles community,” said Allan Alexander, president and a director of the John W. Carson Foundation.  “We are very pleased to support one of the best pediatric centers in the world, and to be part of building its future through the New Hospital Building.”

“The JWC Foundation tries to emulate the manor in which Johnny Carson shared his wealth,” said Jeff Sotzing, an advisor to the Carson Foundation’s board of directors and Mr. Carson’s nephew.  “His commitment to helping those in need is evident in the numerous contributions he made to various charities to assist people from all walks of life over the years.

To recognize this gift, the hospital will name the 22 Family Alcoves in the New Hospital Building in honor of Mr. Carson.  To be called the John W. Carson Foundation Alcoves, these conveniently located and family-oriented spaces located throughout the New Hospital Building will provide a quiet place for families to relax and reflect outside their children’s rooms, and will include windows and a couch.  Each patient floor will feature three or four alcoves.

“The John W. Carson Foundation Alcoves will provide a place of comfort for families and friends during difficult times, and this is something that Johnny Carson would have been very proud to support,” Mr. Sotzing said.

The Family Alcoves are just one element in the New Hospital Building that will reflect the hospital’s commitment to family-centered care – providing care and support for families as well as patients.

The primary purpose of the John W. Carson Foundation, which Mr. Carson started in 1981, is to support children, education and health services, particularly in the Los Angeles area and in Nebraska.

Founded in 1901, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles has been treating the most seriously ill and injured children in Los Angeles for more than a century, and it is acknowledged throughout the United States and around the world for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health. Childrens Hospital is one of America’s premier teaching hospitals, affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932. It is a national leader in pediatric research. 

Since 1990, U.S. News & World Report and its panel of board-certified pediatricians have named Childrens Hospital Los Angeles one of the top pediatric facilities in the nation, and it is ranked among the Top 10 children’s hospitals in the country – and first among the 13 children’s hospitals in California – in the current magazine rankings.

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