Thunder general manager Sam Presti and his wife, Shannon, announced a $600,000 donation Thursday to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine.
The gift will help build two procedure rooms, plus contribute to renovations and technology upgrades in the Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Children and the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at The Children’s Hospital.
It will also enhance the nurturing and interactive space in the hospital's east lobby, including the indoor and outdoor areas meant to enhance stays for patients and families.
“Sam has been an engaged supporter of our mission and efforts and approached us last fall to determine how he and Shannon could most effectively make a positive difference for our patients and their families,” The Children’s Hospital president Jon Hayes said in a release. “It became clear that Sam had a resolute sense of gratitude to the community and wanted to reciprocate in a way that would benefit all Oklahomans irrespective of location, socioeconomic status or any other barrier.
"The Prestis see a strong children’s hospital that endures well into the future as an essential aspect for all citizens of the state. We are so grateful for their generosity. At The Children’s Hospital, our highest priority is to provide quality patient and family-centered care and to improve the lives of children throughout the region. The Presti family’s gift helps us make every patient and family’s hospital stay as comfortable as possible, thereby improving their recovery and healing process.”