Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President and CEO of Prime Healthcare Services and founder of the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation, has committed $2 million to help Victor Valley College complete the construction and equipping of a new health and sciences building.
The gift will be the single largest donation in the college’s 53 year history. In recognition of Dr. Reddy’s generosity, the college elected to name the new facility in his honor, calling it the Dr. Prem Reddy Health and Sciences Building.
“The students who attend Victor Valley College and use these facilities are the workers of tomorrow, and without qualified and dedicated nurses, the healthcare system would collapse,” Dr. Reddy said.
The new 22,000 square foot building will be located on the college’s upper campus adjacent to the existing science building. It will feature four science laboratories – two life science and two physical science – as well as new classrooms and lab facilities for healthcare and nursing programs.
The building will improve the college’s already strong health science instruction by adding dedicated skills and simulation labs in five healthcare specialties: OB/Gyn, Pediatrics, Intensive Care Unit, Medical/Surgical Patient Rooms and Psychology. Construction on the building is expected to begin in June of this year and be completed by December 2015.
Dr. Reddy has been a long-time benefactor of the college, contributing more than $5 million to support student scholarships, important equipment purchases and the expansion of capacity in VVC’s high demand nursing program.
A decade ago, he donated $1 million to bolster programming in several allied health subjects and the college honored him by creating the Dr. Prem Reddy School of Health Sciences, an academic umbrella which unites the several healthcare programs. These include nursing, respiratory therapy, paramedic /EMT, and allied health.
The contribution will be made by Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation.