Indian American Gifts $500K to CSUSB Nursing Department


By Indiawest

SAN BERNADINO, United States: Physician and philanthropist Dr. Prem Reddy, of Victorville, has donated $500,000 to Cal State San Bernardino and its department of nursing.

To recognize his gift, the university’s nursing lab will be renamed the Dr. Prem Reddy Nursing Laboratory.

Reddy has been a long-time supporter of CSUSB. In 2006, the Dr. Prem Reddy Academic Excellence Scholarship was established for eligible full-time pre-med, nursing and/or health education students who qualified for the scholarship and maintained a minimum 3.5 grade point average at the university.

“These students are our future, and it is imperative that we give them the best training available,” Reddy stated in a press release. “I came from an impoverished background to become a cardiologist. Nothing is impossible for these hard working students, and I hope that this laboratory and equipment helps them achieve their dreams.”

The gift will allow the nursing lab to update critical equipment, including patient simulators that provide students with an unparalleled learning experience. The soon-to-be named Dr. Prem Reddy Nursing Laboratory is a model for hands-on nursing education.

Born in India, Reddy immigrated to the United States in 1976 with his wife Venkamma, who is also a physician. He is double board-certified in internal medicine and cardiology. He was awarded the honor of Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.

During his 25 years of practice in the High Desert, the Indian American physician has committed himself to the service of his patients and performed more than 5,000 cardiac procedures, including coronary angiography and angioplasty, and permanent pacemaker implantations.

Reddy founded Prime Healthcare in 2001, starting with Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville. Since then, Prime Healthcare has expanded to own and operate 23 hospitals across the nation.

The health system has been recognized as one of the “15 Top Health Systems” in the nation three times in the last five years, including in 2013, and its hospitals have earned the “100 Top Hospitals” recognition 21 times, according to the press release.

Involved in philanthropic work for years, Reddy established the Desert Valley Medical Foundation in 1989. His support of healthcare students in the High Desert is well known, and was reinforced when Victor Valley College named its health sciences school after him in 2003.

He also founded and has been the sole contributor to the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, which owns five non-profit hospitals, and the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that has donated millions toward charities, including college scholarships, public healthcare education and free community clinics.

Reddy has been recognized with numerous awards for his philanthropy.

The CSUSB nursing department in the College of Natural Sciences offers both a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a master of science degree in nursing and averages more than 400 undergraduate nursing majors in the generic pre-licensure BSN program based on admissions in the fall and winter.