Maloff presents Barton with $10 million check
April 20, 2015
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake Tahoe Resident Lisa Maloff presented a $10 million check to Barton Foundation for the construction of the Robert Maloff Center of Excellence during a dinner presentation Wednesday evening at Riva Grill.
The center, for which plans were presented to the city on March 12, is expected to expand services in wellness and preventive care, orthopedics and rehabilitation as well as in sports performance. Planners are hoping to break ground by August.
"I've lived in this community since '58, and there have been a lot of changes. And the most important changes were to build a new hospital or a welfare center to make the community a better place, and I want to thank all of you guys who have ever contributed your time … and it came to be," Maloff said.
The Robert Maloff Center of Excellence is planned to be a 25,000-square-foot orthopedic, sports performance, and wellness center next to Barton Memorial Hospital overlooking Barton Meadow, according to a presentation made during the dinner. It aims to offer facilities for physical therapy, sports medicine and sports performance, as well as diagnosis-specific fitness and nutrition programs designed to support and enhance the lives of an active population.
"Really what were thankful for is the gift Lisa and Robert have given to our entire community," Director of Strategy and Development for Barton Health Kindle Craig said.
Staff focused on a strategic plan for the new center for more about 18 months, Craig said. The center is designed as more of a system than a building, she said, where different related services will be offered.
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Within the wellness focus, the center is set to offer wellness lectures, nutrition coaching services, screenings and movement classes. The strategy is to move away from sick care, or episodic care when someone gets sick, and focus more on keeping people healthy, Craig said.
The orthopedics and rehabilitation side of the plan aims to provide access to orthopedics specialists, rehabilitation and sports medicine professionals, a motion and gait-analysis lab and personalized goals for patients.
The sports performance approach intends to meet service needs of an active population, according to the presentation. That portion of the new center will include services by dually-certified sports medicine and orthopedic surgeons, strength and recognition specialists, individualized assessments and programs, as well as speed, endurance and agility training.
Construction is planned to include a sprint tack, improved emergency vehicle access, an outdoor amphitheater and walking trails.
On Feb. 6, Lisa Maloff also presented a $5.8 million check to Lake Tahoe Community College for the construction of the Robert Maloff University Center, projected to be open by 2018. The center would offer upper-division classes through an agreement with one or multiple four-year universities.