The Viterbi Family

  “What makes Andrew and Erna Viterbi so remarkable is their profound dedication to making the world a better place for children,” says Kathleen Sellick, former President and CEO of Rady Children’s.  “The Viterbis continue to demonstrate that their passion for children truly comes from the heart. We are deeply grateful for their generosity.”

This generosity has come in the form of $6 million in gifts from the Viterbi Family Foundation of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego that will help fund construction of the new Patient Care Pavilion at Rady Children’s and development of the new Hematology/Oncology Care Center.   In recognition of this generous philanthropy, the outpatient clinic in the new Hematology/Oncology Care Center will be named in honor of the Viterbi family.

The co-founder of Qualcomm, Inc., Andrew J. Viterbi is perhaps best known for inventing the Viterbi Algorithm, the basis of all of today’s cell phone communications.  Last year Dr. Viterbi received the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest honor for science and technology.

“Erna and I hope that, by contributing to the construction of the Patient Care Pavilion and the Cancer Care Center at Rady Children’s, we can improve the lives of the children in our community who need it most,” says Andrew, “Those who require expert medical care to not only survive, but thrive.”