The Foundation at Mission Regional Medical Center: Planned Gifts Make a Difference in a Loved One’s Life

Since 1954, Mission Regional Medical Center (MRMC) has stood as a landmark of hope and healing for residents of Mission and the surrounding communities. Starting as a small municipal hospital, MRMC has evolved and grown over the years into a thriving 297-bed, independent facility – the only 501(c)(3) non-profit hospital in the Rio Grande Valley.

Though the hospital has undergone incredible growth and change since its inception, its commitment to delivering high-quality care to each and every patient remains as steadfast as ever. As this commitment endures, so too does its reliance on private gifts and donations in order to continue providing the superior medical care patients need and deserve.


When members of the community engage in planned giving opportunities at MRMC, they are not simply supporting a hospital; they are making a meaningful difference and creating a promising future for a medical center that could one day save the lives of friends, neighbors, or family members. Anyone who has had someone at the hospital knows the incredible value MRMC offers to the community. Now, the leaders at The Foundation at MRMC invite you to join their mission to enhance the lives of countless loved ones.

All donations are used to directly support patients and community members in a variety of ways, such as by:

  • Purchasing specialized pieces of medical equipment, including the new $1.4 million MRI. Foundation Board members recently approved a donation of $500,000 dollars to help fund the purchase.
  • Assisting with remodeling and necessary facility renovations, including the Breast Care Center.
  • Maintaining ongoing programs that benefit the community such as the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) Place, which is the only 24/7 program in Hidalgo County.
  • Fostering the development of new services and initiatives, including the monthly Breast Cancer Support Group where members offer hope and healing to everyone that comes to the meetings.

Community members are the key to building a bright future for the health of the community and The Foundation members are exceedingly grateful for all thoughtful consideration.


The name Monroe Dunaway Anderson may not sound familiar until you think of The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. In the mid 1930s, Mr. Anderson and his partner’s cotton company Anderson, Clayton & Company, also known as “King Cotton” in Houston, was extremely successful. The death of any of the partners would mean a huge estate tax, which would lead to liquidating the corporation …not what Mr. Anderson wanted from his hard work. By 1936, Monroe Anderson decided to create a non-profit foundation bearing his name with $300,000 and an additional $19 million predestined after his death in 1939. The Anderson Foundation Board of Trustees agreed to match a $500,000 cancer research and treatment hospital approved by the Texas Legislature in 1941.

Through the vision and savviness of M.D. Anderson and the foundation trustees, Monroe Dunaway Anderson is known as the “father” of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Texas Medical Center, libraries, and several college buildings. Mr. Anderson’s planned gift not only provided estate tax savings, but also a world renowned cancer center with thousands of physicians, scientists, nurses and staff that have dedicated themselves to making a difference for people suffering from cancer.


The Foundation at Mission Regional Medical Center was established under the guiding principle that philanthropy is the cornerstone to building healthier communities. In keeping with this principle, The Foundation strives to assist MRMC by developing philanthropic support to increase and improve the healthcare resources available to the communities it serves. This is accomplished through:

• Special events designed to raise funds and awareness of needs, including the upcoming 9th Annual Legacy Gala that will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Corinthian’s in Mission. Guests will enjoy fine dining and dancing, meet one of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) “Miracle Babies,” and listen to the family as they share their story about their stay at MRMC.

• Civic engagement activities aimed at creating a shared sense of responsibility for the health and wellbeing of the people to whom they provide care with events such as the recently held 8th Annual Ladies First Luncheon, which reminds women about the importance of putting themselves first in order to meet all the other roles that they play in life.


Led by a Director and Board of Trustees that all believe in making a difference in the community, The Foundation members are dedicated to serving as faithful stewards of the resources entrusted to them. “All gifts, whether large or small, go toward the fulfillment of our common objective to ensure every resident of Hidalgo and Starr Counties has access to the premium medical care they need – right when they need it most,” says Cynthia Guerra, Foundation Director. “With your support, we are confident in the fulfillment of our mission.”

“We know you have choices when it comes to giving,” says Ruben Moreno, Board Member and Chairman of the Development/Endowment Committee. “When you give to The Foundation at Mission Regional Medical Center, you ensure the sustainability of our hospital. As the only non-profit hospital in the South Texas, your gifts stay in the community that you love and not in the pockets of for-profit corporations.”

Gifts of any size can make the greatest impact in Mission and beyond. Contact Cynthia Guerra, Foundation Director, to see how you too can make a difference in the lives of those you love. For more information about planned gifts to The Foundation, contact your CPA, financial advisor, or attorney.

Cynthia Guerra
Foundation Director

Foundation at Mission

900 S. Bryan Rd.
Mission, Texas 78572
(956) 323-1102

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