August 8, 2020 marked the 50th Anniversary of the four-story tower of Sharp Coronado Hospital. As we reflect on the history of the hospital, we also celebrate a family legacy that has helped to support exceptional health care in the Coronado community for decades.
Lynne Harpst Koen was presented with the Donald N. Sharp Medal for Philanthropy in appreciation for her recent leadership gift to Sharp Coronado Hospital. Koen continues the third generation of Harpst Family support that has defined and transformed Coronado’s community hospital.
In the late 1960s, Coronado was rapidly expanding. The historic Coronado Bridge was being constructed, the towers at Coronado Shores were being developed as well as the properties at Coronado Cays, and the population of the island was growing quickly. The need to expand our community hospital became evident.
In 1970, Coronado Hospital broke ground on the new building, with the support of Frances Nunnelly Goodrich-Winzer through a gift of $2.3 million in Coca-Cola stock to open the hospital debt-free.
Her daughter, Fran Harpst, continued in her mother’s footsteps, giving generously of her time, talent and treasure to the hospital. She was a dedicated volunteer, serving as Auxiliary President and Hospital Board Member. She also developed Meals-on-Wheels in Coronado, a program close to her heart.
Over the span of her lifetime, Harpst donated more than $5.5 million to Coronado Hospital Foundation. Her final gift, through her estate, provided the opportunity for the hospital to purchase state-of-the-art MAKOPlasty® Partial Joint Replacement Technology that has helped establish the hospital as a Center of Excellence in Orthopedics.
Koen, granddaughter of Winzer and daughter of Harpst, was moved to carry on her family legacy in support of Coronado Hospital. In January 2020, Coronado Hospital Foundation received a $1 million gift from Lynne to support the Campaign for Emergency and Intensive Care.
Koen remembers her days as a Candy Striper fondly. She volunteered two days a week during her high school years. She is no stranger to the need for emergency care as a trained Emergency Medical Technician working for the County and Red Cross and eventually spearheading the Mounted Patrol Unit for Ramona Substation for the County of San Diego Sheriff’s Station.
Koen raised her three children in Coronado and married George Koen 15 years ago. She is the proud grandmother of nine and a fur mother to three rescue dogs. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lynne was in the process of becoming a Sharp Coronado Auxiliary again. She is also a strong advocate for women’s breast health.
The Campaign for Emergency and Intensive Care will fund the expansion of emergency services to meet the growing needs of the community and reflect the highest level of patient-centered care at Sharp Coronado. The Emergency Department will increase from eight beds to 15 and the fourth floor will be renovated to house the Intensive Care Unit with seven private rooms and a dedicated family lounge.
Coronado Hospital Foundation is proud to support the growing health care needs of our community through loyal donors. Thanks to the generosity of community members, a leadership gift from an anonymous donor and the Harpst Family legacy, the Foundation has secured more than $8 million towards the $12 million campaign goal.
To learn more about the campaign, please contact Nora Allen, Chief Development Officer, at 619-522-3841 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, save the dates:
10th Annual Golf Tournament ~ Coronado Municipal Golf Course ~ Thursday, September 17, 2020
33rd Annual Gala ~ Hotel del Coronado ~ Saturday, May 22, 2021.