The DCH Cancer Center will officially unveil its new name later this spring.
The DCH Health System Board of Directors has approved a resolution naming the DCH Cancer Center the Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center in honor of a major gift from the couple.
The Cancer Center will officially take the Mandersons’ name this spring.
The Mandersons have made gifts of more than $5 million to the DCH Health System’s “Help and Hope” capital campaign.
“This gift is unprecedented for DCH and we will be forever stronger for having received a commitment of this scale,” said Bryan Kindred, President and CEO of the DCH Health System. “We thank the Mandersons for their generosity on behalf of DCH and on behalf of all the patients who will be served by their gift.”
The Mandersons chose to support DCH during and after their lifetimes by making their commitment through their estate. The couple has a long history of philanthropic leadership, focusing mainly on healthcare and education.
“As we have grown into philanthropy, we have found we enjoy the feeling that comes from giving,” Lewis Manderson said. “Now that our working careers are over, giving has grown to be more and more a part of our lives.”
“I believe that helping other people is what life is all about,” he said. “It’s where all the good comes from.”
Lewis Manderson is the founder of Creative Displays, Inc., one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in the United States at the time. In 1983 Manderson sold Creative Displays and went on to serve as President of Manderson and Associates, Inc., a private investment company in Atlanta, where they now live. He also founded Cordova Capital, Inc., a venture capital fund, and various other businesses.
DCH Foundation Board Member Mary Ann Phelps recalled Lewis Manderson’s philanthropic work from his days in Tuscaloosa. “Lewis was always a strong leader who was dedicated to this community and committed to helping it be the best it could be,” Phelps said.
During the many years the Mandersons called Tuscaloosa home, he was President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the local United Way campaign and Chair of Tuscaloosa’s YMCA enrollment campaign.
“We love Tuscaloosa,” Manderson said. “I started my professional career and my philanthropic work here. Tuscaloosa is a special place with a special attitude, with wonderful relationships and a good business environment. It just has a warm feeling you don’t get in a larger city.”
Since 1986 the DCH Cancer Center has combined advanced treatment with a strong focus on patients. The new DCH Cancer Center opened in 2009. West Alabamians diagnosed with cancer are treated with the most advanced equipment available in a building designed to contribute to a patient experience.
The DCH Cancer Center is affiliated with MD Anderson Physicians Network, which is a supporting organization of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The DCH Cancer Center has been awarded its second three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. This is the highest level of approval granted by an organization.