Foundation Updates | Published April 28, 2009

Lloyd and Dottie Huck Give $1.5 Million to The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center for Commitment to Distinction Campaign

The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center has announced a gift to Commitment to Distinction: The Campaign for Mount Nittany Medical Center. State College residents Lloyd and Dottie Huck have pledged $1,500,000 to support the Medical Center’s East Wing expansion, and rural cancer outreach program. This is the largest gift ever received by Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Graduates of Penn State, the Hucks have long been interested in health and healthcare related causes. Lloyd Huck began his career as a research chemist, joined Merck & Co. as director of marketing in 1958 and retired in 1991 as chairman of the board. Upon retirement from Merck, he served as chairman of the board and CEO of Nova Pharmaceutical Corp.

As directors of the Medical Center’s Foundation Board, Lloyd and Dottie are helping to guide the $12.5 million campaign by also serving on its Steering Committee. Dottie is also a volunteer at the Medical Center, where she assists the women and children’s clinical staff with delivery of lab tests/results, greets visitors, delivers flowers, and checks on patients.

“This generous gift exemplifies the importance of our vision to the region,” said Kim Neely, director of The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center. “Both Lloyd and Dottie have provided leadership on our Board, and, with this gift, inspire us all to give. Private giving is a significant stimulus – impacting our ability to meet our commitment to expanding necessary services, innovating the way we provide care and responding to community needs.”

A kickoff announced the Commitment to Distinction campaign goal last June, as well as significant gifts already committed by generous members of the community in support of a vital facilities expansion aimed at improving the patient experience at the Medical Center.

The cornerstone of the expansion will be the three-floor, 42,000 square foot build-up of the existing East Wing. Projected to open in 2010, the addition of two in-patient floors and one intensive care floor will offer single-patient rooms and increase intensive care capacity.

With an eye on patient safety and satisfaction, the Medical Center expects to construct all new rooms as single-patient rooms. This shift to private rooms follows a national movement toward providing patients with more privacy and space, with added benefits such as greater productivity of staff and improved quality of care.
Model single-patient rooms were built at an off-site location to help to guide the final design process. Healthcare staff and physicians then toured the models to provide feedback to ensure the best ergonomics and ease of patient care.

Commitment to Distinction is led by The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center under the direction of the Board of The Foundation and its Steering Committee. For more information on The Campaign or how to give, call 814.234.6777, e-mail or visit