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Dr. C. David and Mrs. Mary Molina The Molina Family Meet our lead donors. 

Molina Family

About the Molina Family

The Molina Family Latino Gallery is named in recognition of the Smithsonian Latino Center’s lead donors. The five children of Dr. C. David Molina collectively donated $10 million to support the gallery. Dr. Molina was a health-care leader in California and founded the publicly traded Fortune 500 company Molina Healthcare Inc.

In the following video, the Molina siblings share some of their family memories and the values that inspired them to give back to the community by supporting the Molina Family Latino Gallery.

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About Dr. C. David Molina

C. David Molina, M.D., M.S. in public health, was born Sept. 7, 1926. He grew up in Arizona before attending San Diego State College where he met his wife, Mary, and they graduated together in 1951. He worked as a school teacher before attending medical school.

Molina received his medical degree from the California College of Medicine and then opened a private internal medicine practice. He developed Long Beach’s first Intensive Care Unit at Pacific Hospital in 1962, remaining there as director of ICU until 1976 and then director of the emergency department for 21 years.

Molina received his M.S. in public health with an emphasis in medical administration from UCLA in 1970. He then worked in the areas of HMO organization and administration in a consultant capacity with General Medical Centers Health Plan in Pomona, California.

In 1985, Molina created Molina Medical Centers and received a contract with the Department of Health Services under the new Primary Care Case Management (PCCM) program. Within five years, Molina Medical Centers became the largest PCCM contractor in the state, with 12 staff-model offices and 10,000 members. Molina Medical Centers received its Knox-Keene license in 1994—becoming the first PCCM in 10 years to make the transition from partial risk to full-risk contractor. Under his tenure as president and CEO, Molina Medical Centers grew to more than 105,000 members. Molina’s provider network included 29 staff-model offices with an additional 8,000 providers in eight counties.

Molina died Dec. 8, 1996. He and his wife, who died in 2012, are survived by their two adult sons and three daughters—Mario, John, Martha, Janet and Josephine, as well as their spouses and children.

His legacy remains through his children and the organization he founded—Molina Healthcare Inc., now a publicly traded Fortune 500 company. 

Dr. David C. Molina
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