USC gets $15 million for new campus health center

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A future student health center at the University of Southern California will bear the name of donors who contributed $15 million to the project.

The gift comes from retired equity investment manager Roger Engemann and Michele Dedeaux Engemann. They belong to a family with longstanding ties to the school.

Michele Engemann’s father, Rod Dedeaux, coached the Trojan baseball team for 45 years. She’s a second-generation alumna, and the Engemanns are USC parents. Their $15 million donation will help to build a five-story student health center on Jefferson Boulevard.

“As USC becomes increasingly residential, it is vital that we have first-rate facilities for our students,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias.

“The Engemanns' extraordinary support will enable us to offer our students a state-of-the-art health center, one that matches our world-class laboratories, libraries and classrooms,'' he said. “Thanks to this exceptional gift, our students will have exactly what Michele and Roger wish for them: excellent quality of health care.”

The new health center will be located along Jefferson Boulevard adjacent to Fluor Tower, USC's tallest building devoted to housing freshmen, and in close proximity to other student residences.

At five stories and 101,000 square feet in size, the center will reflect USC's traditional architectural style, Nikias said.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Monday at Parking Lot L, the future building site.

In addition to providing primary and urgent care, the Engemann Student Health Center will offer comprehensive counseling and health promotion services, while serving as home to specialty clinics in dermatology, orthopedics, oral health, allergy, and gynecology.

It will also feature laboratory and medical imaging facilities, as well as a USC faculty and staff clinic for the treatment of minor health issues, the university said.

This is the latest major gift in a big fundraising spell for USC. A student center that opened last year carries the name of construction executive Ronald Tutor, the lead donor on the $136 million building.

Earlier this month the private university announced the largest single gift in its history – $200 million from philanthropists Dana and David Dornsife. Their money will go to USC’s College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; from now on, that division will also carry the Dornsifes’ name.

KPCC Wire Services contributed to this story.