SANTA FE, N.M. – Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation has received a $1.33 million donation from Santa Fe resident Scottie Pierce, Ph.D., to support the growth and development of Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center. Pierce's generous gift will be recognized with the naming of the new medical center's rooftop garden as the
Terrace of Blessings and Joy.
In addition, the rooftop garden will feature two prominent sculptures custom-made by renowned Native American artist Joe Cajero. Pierce's commitment will create an endowed fund, the
Bringing Joy to Caregivers fund, which will support various staff initiatives in the future.
"It brings me tremendous joy to honor all physicians and staff – not just those on the front lines of patient care – because everyone contributes to the patient experience in an important way," said Pierce. "My vision and inspiration of a healing garden for all staff was exciting to create and make a reality with the
Terrace of Blessings and Joy. It is my blessing to be a small part of a legacy that will continue to promote healing for generations ahead."
"With this gift, Scottie is helping support physicians, advanced practice clinicians and staff at Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center," said Dale Maxwell, president and CEO, Presbyterian Healthcare Services. "We are excited to elevate health care in Santa Fe with the new medical center and are grateful to Scottie for her commitment and support. We look forward to delivering an exceptional experience to our patients and members and to our employees."
An inaugural member of the Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center Advisory Council, Pierce joined the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors in 2017. Her previous gifts include the creation of the Richard H. and Scottie Pierce Family endowment and a non-endowed matching contribution to support staff initiatives in Presbyterian's Behavioral Health Program.
A native of Albuquerque, Pierce lived in Maine for 33 years and worked across the country before moving to Santa Fe in 2013. She has a Ph.D. in administration finance. Her background includes drafting legislation; establishing policies; maintaining standards for medical, legal and educational services; and facilitating policy analysis and growth development, primarily for medical institutions.
Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center opens this fall. The 342,000-square-foot medical center represents a $145 million investment by Presbyterian in Santa Fe.
About Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian is a locally owned, not-for-profit healthcare system of eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Founded in New Mexico in 1908, it is the state's largest private employer with more than 11,000 employees.