Former Mayor Loretta Spencer donates $100,000 for Smith Family Clinic

The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine’s triage room was named in honor of former Huntsville Mayor Loretta Spencer. Spencer made a generous $100,000 gift to the HudsonAlpha Foundation to support genomic medicine through the clinic.

The triage room is where the physician meets with new patients at the clinic.

Spencer served as the mayor of Huntsville from 1996 to 2008 and is actively involved in many local nonprofit organizations, including HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Spencer was the mayor when HudsonAlpha broke ground in 2005 and she has supported the Institute from the beginning.Spencer is excited that the Smith Family Clinic has added yet another unique dimension to Research Park.  She calls it Huntsville’s crowning glory.

“When she served as mayor, Loretta was really adamant about expanding the types of things going on in Huntsville,” said Rick Myers, president and science director of HudsonAlpha. “Loretta wanted to broaden the economic base of Huntsville by making it more diverse, and that’s what we’re trying to do with life sciences here at HudsonAlpha..”

Spencer chose the triage room because of her experiences with Huntsville’s ambulance service (HEMSI). “When I was mayor I wanted to see how everything worked, so I would sometimes ride with HEMSI on Friday nights,” said Spencer. “I learned then that triage is so very important. I’m honored to have my name on this room.”

“The way this gift will touch so many lives and positively impact so many children is something most people don’t really understand,” said Howard Jacob, executive vice president for genomic medicine at HudsonAlpha. “I want to thank Loretta on behalf of our patients and to thank her for making Huntsville a better place to live.”