Officials with the El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation Monday announced it received $100,000 from husband-and-wife physician duo Dr. Mariaelena Gonzalez-Sozer and Dr. Ozan Sozer to commemorate the upcoming 10th birthday of the El Paso Children’s Hospital.
“Both of us immigrated to the United States, and we are fortunate to call El Paso home,” said Dr. Mariaelena Gonzalez-Sozer and Dr. Ozan Sozer.
“The El Paso community is one that we love and has been wonderful to us. We wanted to be able to give back to the people of this great community, and we felt helping El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation was the perfect place to do so.”
In celebration of the donation, the El Paso Children’s Hospital has placed a naming rights plaque with the Sozer’s names in an elevator in the East Tower.
“El Paso Children’s Hospital remains committed to bringing new service lines to ensure children do not have to leave our community for medical treatment,” said Cindy Stout, President and CEO of El Paso Children’s Hospital. “Thanks to the generosity of the Sozers we will be able to continue to expand care for our community’s pediatric population.”
“The generosity of the El Paso community has allowed the El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation to assist with the purchase of lifesaving equipment and support specialized programmatic needs,” said Leslie Lujan, Interim Executive Director of El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The Sozer’s decision to donate will have a lasting impact as the hospital continues to grow.”
Since treating its first patient in 2012, El Paso Children’s Hospital has now seen over 150,000 children from our region.
In less than six months, the El Paso Children’s Hospital will be celebrating a milestone birthday and the community is to thank for its ongoing support.