A Culture of Giving: The Pandrangi Family
Pandrangi Gift Helps Create the Hospital of the Future
More than 34 years ago, two up-and-coming young medical professionals met at work in the halls of a St. Louis, Missouri children’s hospital. Their romance flourished, and the couple--Dr. Vasu Pandrangi, a boardcertified plastic surgeon on the Medical Staff at Southwest General, and Lisa Pandrangi, a registered nurse--continues enthusiastically working in an environment they love: the hospital setting.
When the Pandrangis thought about how they might make a lasting impact, giving a $3 million gift that benefitted Southwest General—their hospital for nearly three decades—seemed the obvious choice. After all, the couple has deep ties to the community, both through their medical practice and by raising their four children, Bharani, Tera, Adam and Alex, in nearby Westlake, Ohio.
“We made this gift to advance innovative care and the quality of care at Southwest General,” says Dr. Pandrangi, chairman of the Southwest Community Health System board of trustees since 2007. “This institution has helped me by advancing my career. We wanted to make this gift to help shape the hospital for the future.”
Their gift is ushering in the future of healing. Despite medical and technological innovations in health care, patient rooms have changed little since post-World War II. Southwest General’s new Pandrangi Tower will transform the way care is delivered at the hospital. Patients can now recuperate in one of 96 private patient rooms—each room is filled with light and features plenty of space for both patient and family members. By making the single patient room setting the norm, people benefit from a better care experience, quality of care, more privacy and a better overall environment in which to heal.
In addition to keeping busy with their medical practice, Dr. Vasu and Lisa Pandrangi enjoy a close relationship with their adult children. The family likes sharing good times, including planning trips and traveling together. The past 18 months in particular have involved a number of personal milestones for the couple. Their oldest daughter was married and is expecting her first child. Additionally, the Pandrangi’s recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary and traveled to Russia to mark the occasion.
Southwest General is grateful for the Pandrangi Family's generous gift, which will help us to continue providing outstanding quality care for the communities we serve.