The Canchola Family Room Opens at Tucson Medical Center: A Comforting Space to Honor Beloved Father Jose

New dads, grandparents, siblings and relatives have a new comfortable space at Tucson Medical Center’s Mother Baby Unit, thanks to the sons and daughters of Jose and Carmen Canchola.

“I think about all our families - relieved about Mom’s safe delivery and basking in the joy of the new addition - and how they’ll now have this wonderful place, thanks to the generosity of the Canchola family who wanted to honor their late father,” said Michael Duran, Vice President and Chief Development Officer for the Tucson Medical Center Foundation.

The new space, which will be dedicated July 14, 2012, will carry a plaque that honors the gift from Jose and Carmen Canchola and family.

“We think about how much our Dad loved us and how excited he was when a new child or grandchild was born,” said Roger Canchola, son of Jose Canchola and President & CEO, Arcos De Oro. “Childbirth is all about families and it seemed natural that this be the site to honor our father.”

The new space is tastefully decorated in warm tones, with expansive windows that offer guests a view of a beautifully landscaped courtyard, shaded by magnolia trees and decorated with sculpture. The room not only provides a comfortable space for family members to give Mom some private time in those new precious hours, but is aesthetically focused on creating a healing environment.

Roger Canchola said it was important to honor his father’s long-time support of health care services in Southern Arizona.

“Our legacy from our father is that he inspired others to be generous with their resources and their time,” Canchola said. “It’s our goal that we keep this spirit of giving alive and well and encourage others to share.”

Until his passing in 2008, Jose Canchola set the standard in Southern Arizona for helping others and creating healthy communities. His long-term interest in improving health care led to his interest in supporting TMC services and site. Founding the company, The Canchola Group, Inc., Canchola developed McDonald’s franchises across the Southwest, known for their distinctive quality customer service, hospitality and fresh, fast food.

Jose Canchola was the first Hispanic member of the New York Stock Exchange. In addition to eight McDonald’s Restaurants, he fulfilled a life-long dream of being involved in professional baseball and became a co-owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks. His sons continue the McDonald’s franchises and remain active owners with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

One of his best known community events was an annual Christmas party in Nogales where more than 50,000 kids have been helped over the years. His work with McDonald’s led him to co-found the Ronald McDonald House in Tucson. Interested in supporting higher education, Canchola worked through the University of Arizona to set up scholarships for journalism and business students.

Canchola received many awards for his philanthropic and business activities, including the Crystal Apple Achievement Award and the Hispanic Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award.

His interest in civics led him to serve as Mayor of Nogales, Arizona, from 1993 to 1994. He served on many local and national civic and business boards, including the Tucson Airport Authority and Tucson Electric Power Company. In 2002, President Bush appointed Canchola to the National Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.

Arcos De Oro, Inc. was founded by Roger Canchola son of prominent business man Jose Canchola. With five operating McDonalds locations across the Southern Arizona region the company franchise is committed to providing quality customer service and outstanding dining experience. To learn more about Arcos de Oro, Inc. please visit http://www.mcarizona.com/18787/