April 04, 2013
Jennifer Hasamear

Alumna's Gift Benefits Medical Center Library

The library now has a new Central Service Desk made possible by the Lo Family Foundation.

Lo Family
Pictured from left are, in the back row, Philip Alderson, M.D., dean of School of Medicine and vice president for Medical Center Affairs; Patrick McCarthy, director, Medical Center Library; and Paul Stark, S.J., Vice President of Mission and Ministry; and in the front row Patrick Lo, Daphe Lo and Emily Lo. Submitted photo

Academic medical libraries are often referred to as "Laboratories of the Mind," providing a physical space for quiet study and research, as well as reflection and consideration. 

The Saint Louis University Medical Center Library is continuously working to provide an ideal setting for learning for all SLU students.

On Monday, the library staff hosted a dedication and blessing ceremony for its new Central Service Desk, which was made possible through a generous gift from the Lo Family Foundation.

"Our beautiful new desk offers better coordination of our services and improved functionality in our high traffic entrance area, while featuring continuing improvements in the library facility," said Patrick McCarthy, director of the medical center library.

"Faithfully, all of our benefactors, continue to invest through the University, in men and women like all of our students, in the promise and possibilities they represent, believing their investment can make a real and practical change in actions and deeds and life, rather merely in words," said Paul Stark, S.J., vice president for Mission and Ministry, during the blessing of the library's central service desk.

Lo Family Plaque
Library staff hosted a blessing and dedication of the new service desk on April 1. Submitted photo

Daphne Lo, a 2011 alumna of the School of Medicine, chose to give back to SLU with a gift to the Medical Center Library through her family's foundation.

"Throughout my life, my parents have taught me to put down roots. This is such an amazing institution. This will always be home," said Lo, who is now completing her residency at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine.

"It is my hope that other students who leave SLU will take the Jesuit Mission with them into the world and go forth to heal not only the bodies of their patients, but their minds and spirits as well."

Daphne's parents, Emily and Patrick Lo, were also in attendance for the dedication ceremony.

"We believe in making a difference. No matter how small it is," Emily Lo said. "We are very delighted to see a new central service desk in the medical library which helps to upgrade the services to the students, staff and faculty."

The Lo family also said they were grateful for the nurturing experience their daughter received at SLU's School of Medicine.

"Thank you to the medical school for educating a generation of dedicated patient-oriented medical professionals who will serve others with love and care. Our society is in much need of such individuals," Emily Lo said.

Following the dedication and blessing ceremony, the Literature and Medicine program was also discussed. Established in 2008, when the Missouri Humanities Council approached the library staff about creating a reading and discussion series for physicians, researchers, nurses, allied health professionals and other staff.

"A special community of healthcare practitioners has emerged using the narrative experience of literature to better understand themselves and what they do," McCarthy said.

For more information about giving opportunities at the Medical Center Library, go to giving.slu.edu.

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