W. M. Keck Foundation names Healthcare Center at USC with $10 million gift

June 8, 2017

Generous support expands on prior $150 million gift for Keck Medicine of USC

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June 7, 2017 — The W. M. Keck Foundation is giving $10 million to support a USC Health Sciences Campus facility critical to advanced patient care, expanding upon the foundation’s longstanding and transformative support to the university.

This generous gift names the Willametta Keck Day Healthcare Center, one of USC’s largest outpatient facilities, which houses Keck Medicine of USC clinics that cover almost all medical disciplines, from primary care to surgical specialties. With the gift, the foundation adds to the $150 million it provided in 2011 to launch the Keck Medicine Initiative — part of the Campaign for USC — and to advance USC’s innovative medical research and education.

Reaching back to 1999, when it named the Keck School of Medicine of USC through a $110 million gift, the W. M. Keck Foundation and its president have dramatically accelerated the progress of USC’s medical enterprise. The Los Angeles-based foundation and its Chairman and CEO Robert A. Day have remained stalwart supporters of the university.

The foundation’s gift honors one of its founders, Willametta Keck Day, who died in 1985. She was the daughter of William Myron Keck and Alice B. Cominski Keck. William Myron Keck founded the Superior Oil Co. in 1921 and created the W. M. Keck Foundation three decades later. One of the nation’s largest philanthropic organizations, the foundation supports outstanding science, engineering and medical research and undergraduate education.

Willametta Keck Day’s name now graces what had been known as Healthcare Center 2, a modern, five-story medical building in the heart of the USC Health Sciences Campus northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

With this gift, the W. M. Keck Foundation and members of the extended Keck family have donated nearly $300 million to USC, placing them among the most generous benefactors to the

“We’ve seen impressive progress from USC in becoming a major medical center in Southern California,” Day said. “The work underway on campus and at Keck Medicine of USC hospitals and clinics every day is inspiring and underscores the importance of continued investment in academic medicine for the benefit of Southern California, where the Superior Oil Company had
its headquarters for many years.”


Keck Medicine of USC is the University of Southern California’s medical enterprise. Encompassing academic, research and clinical excellence, the medical system attracts internationally renowned physicians and scientists. The Keck Medical Center of USC includes two acute care hospitals: 401-licensed bed Keck Hospital of USC and 60-licensed bed USC Norris Cancer Hospital, one of the first comprehensive cancer centers established by the National Institutes of Health in the United States. The enterprise includes USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, a 158-licensed bed community hospital, and more than 40 outpatient facilities, some at affiliated hospitals, in Los Angeles, Orange, Kern, Tulare and Ventura counties.

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Keck Medical Center of USC among the top 20 hospitals in the United States in ophthalmology, urology and cancer care, and among the top 50 hospitals for geriatric care, orthopaedic care, nephrology and cardiology.


The Campaign for USC is an unprecedented fundraising effort to advance USC’s academic priorities and expand its positive impact on the community and world. When launched in 2011, the campaign had the largest fundraising goal ever announced in higher education — $6 billion. After exceeding its goal nearly 18 months ahead of schedule, the campaign continues to draw unparalleled support for the university’s mission and has been extended through 2021.