The Morongo Band of Mission Indians announced Wednesday a $5.6 million donation for expansion of San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, enabling the medical center to procure equipment that will enhance its stroke treatment facilities.

“This extremely generous gift from the Morongo Band of Mission Indians will save lives all across our San Gorgonio Pass communities for many, many years to come,” San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation President Randy Robbins said in a statement. “Morongo’s donation will bring immediate life-saving benefits to the residents of the Pass and is an amazing milestone for marking the 40th anniversary of our foundation.”

The Cabazon-based tribe’s seven-figure endowment — the largest ever received by the foundation — will fund the acquisition of computerized tomography scanners and a magnetic resonance imaging machine and pay for construction of a building to house them, paving the way for the hospital to become a certified stroke center, officials said.

“We are deeply grateful for Morongo’s support, which will allow us to purchase new equipment that is essential for strengthening patient care,” San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Karan Singh said. “When it comes to strokes, every minute counts. Morongo’s gift puts us in a much better position to save lives and reduce long-term impacts to stroke patients by providing them immediate care.”

According to the tribe, the donation dovetails with efforts Morongo has made over the last decade to elevate the quality of life in the San Gorgonio Pass. Officials said a total $15 million has been distributed to support local and regional nonprofit organizations in that time.

Tribal Chairman Charles Martin said the latest gift reflects the tribe’s “close relationship with the foundation and the hospital … and our tribe is grateful to build upon that partnership to advance the health and wellness of our growing Pass communities.”

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