Published on October 25, 2022

A philanthropist’s vision for improving eye health

Marv Silverman

Donation to Montage Health Foundation for new eye procedure suite inspires full renovation of Outpatient Surgery Center

Marv Silverman has worn glasses since he was a little boy. The challenges of imperfect vision, paired with an appreciation for the benefits of corrective lenses, has long inspired him to champion the visually impaired and focus on eye health in philanthropic ways.

Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, with a father who owned and operated small hotels, Silverman learned about hospitality and the importance of giving back. After graduating from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, he went to work in the hotel industry in Miami Beach.

Ultimately, the desire for a different life led Silverman to Southern California where, at 37, he went to Loyola Law School. After spending 11 years as an executive vice president and inhouse counsel for a large real estate firm in Beverly Hills, he devoted the next 18 years to legal work as an expert witness in real estate litigation.

Silverman’s interest in serving his community inspired him to leave his office one day a week to create audio recordings of law books for blind and visually impaired students and colleagues of the law via “Learning Ally.” Formerly known as “Recording for the Blind,” the organization serves K-12, college, and graduate students, as well as veterans who cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, or dyslexia.

While his career led him to California, Silverman’s retirement led him to Carmel, where he expanded his philanthropy and estate planning to include local and national organizations that benefit the visually impaired, among them the Braille Institute, Wayfair, The Blind and Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County, and others. Yet, Silverman sought to expand his philanthropy beyond visual impairment to eye health.

Having been eyesight-conscious for eight decades, I wanted to do something local on behalf of Montage Health. I went to see Dr. Steven Packer, President and CEO of Montage Health, to explore what I might do, and he said that eye surgery requires specialized equipment and technology that has to be brought into the standard surgical suite to accommodate these delicate procedures. I thought it would be great to fund a permanent eye operatory suite.

Marv Silverman, Montage Health Foundation donor

The new ocular suite, a beautiful, well-lit space with a glass focal wall, new eye-exam chairs, and advanced equipment for the new eye-procedure room, will accommodate the more-than 800 eye procedures administered at Community Hospital each year. A Steris sound and camera system introduces image-sharing technology that enables the surgeon to consult with other practitioners, and allow the pathology department to assess the surgical site for recommendations on further treatment.

Outpatient Surgery CenterMarv Silverman’s gift also provides cutting-edge medical equipment for procedures, including a new Zeiss eye microscope, Leicha ENT microscope, and Olympus automatic endoscope processers, as well as a LensX laser used in cataract surgery.

Marv Silverman’s significant gift to Montage Health Foundation not only supports the construction of a dedicated high-tech eye-procedure suite; it was also a catalyst for a remodel of Community Hospital’s entire Outpatient Surgery Center.

In complement to the new, state-of-the-art Ocular Suite, the Outpatient Surgery Center is undergoing renovation to enhance patient experience and care. Three larger operating rooms and two larger procedure rooms, remodeled to include private surgical bays, are undergoing improved infection-prevention measures via enhanced Steris lights, booms, and clean-suite technology. The spacious environment, which accommodates a more streamlined patient experience, from check-in to discharge, has been renovated to provide a beautiful and calming environment conducive to healing and wellbeing.

Many mornings, Marv Silverman, who calls himself “an enthusiastic golfer,” can be seen swinging a club on coastal greens. “Other than corrective lens and the standard cataract surgery, I’ve been pretty lucky,” he says. “I’m grateful I can still see well enough to get out and hit golf balls.”

Tour the newly remodeled Outpatient Surgery Center

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