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Spring 2013

Campaign Update Swedish Medical Center


million in support of The Campaign for Swedish $1.5 million per month. For six consecutive years. On

how our two most recent successful events, Destination

average, this is how generously the community has sup-

Swedish and Celebrate Swedish, have helped expand and

ported our vision of improving care and treatment options

create important new programs at Swedish. Destination

for patients throughout our region.

Swedish, held in February, raised nearly $500,000 to expand our RN Residency Program. Celebrate Swedish,

I am pleased to announce that our patients, friends, employees and physicians have contributed over $112 million to support patient care throughout the Swedish system. With just over seven months

“This incredible response from the community — more than 50,000 people in all —

held on April 27th, generated over $2.6 million to support the creation of the new Lytle Center for Pregnancy & Newborns and $700,000

remaining in The Campaign for

is a testament to the

Swedish, the community continues

outstanding care provided

to respond with generous gifts to

by each and ever y

of the Campaign — known as “The

support the important work each of

employee at Swedish.”

Campaign Homestretch” — we will

you do on a daily basis. This incredible response from

Don Theophilus

for charity care. During the final seven months

continue to seek gifts to support a wide-range of programs and prior-

the community — more than 50,000 people in all — is a

ities throughout Swedish. We hope you take great pride

testament to the outstanding care provided by each and

in knowing that the care you provide to patients and

every employee at Swedish. Because we recognize that the

their families continues to generate important philan-

success of the Campaign is tied directly to the exceptional

thropic support that will be reinvested in the health of

care provided at the bedside, the Swedish Foundation is

our community.

launching an innovative new Honor Your Caregiver program that will allow grateful patients to celebrate anyone at Swedish who has made a difference in their care and healing. You can read more about this exciting new program on the final page of this issue of Campaign Update.

Don Theophilus Executive Director, Swedish Foundation

In addition, you will also be able to learn more about 1

Photo by Bella Baby

As the Fund-A-Need project for Celebrate Swedish, $2.6 million was raised to help make The Lytle Center for Pregnancy & Newborns a reality.

Celebrate Swedish: Helping to get families off to the best possible start On April 27, 2013, more than 800 guests and numerous

the first days and months of a new baby’s life. In addition, the

volunteers joined together at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel for

Lytle Center will serve as a warm and welcoming community

Celebrate Swedish 2013. Chaired by Foundation Board mem-

gathering place, offering educational programs, fitness acti-

bers Sarah Everitt, Jessica Hughes and Tracy Morris, guests

vities and support groups to new families.

enjoyed an evening of silent and live auc-

Thanks to generous support from cor-

tions, dinner, dancing and entertainment.

porate and community donors, Celebrate

Swedish’s largest annual fundraising event,

Swedish 2013 raised $2.6 million for The

the gala raises funds to support Swedish’s

Lytle Center for Pregnancy & Newborns,

charity care program and a Fund-A-Need

and $700,000 for charity care, which offers

project selected each year. The Fund-A-Need project for Cele-

Celebrate Swedish Committee Co-chairs: (from left) Sarah Everitt, Tracy Morris, Jessica Hughes.

free or discounted hospital services for people who cannot afford care. Special

brate Swedish 2013 was the new Lytle Center for Pregnancy &

thanks to Chuck and Karen Lytle, Dr. Charles and Lisa

Newborns, a unique community resource soon to be opened

Simonyi, Pediatrix/Obstetrix, and Mark and Sarah Everitt,

at Swedish/First Hill. This 5,000 square-foot space will pro-

whose generous leadership gifts have helped to make The

vide an array of care and support services that enable Swedish

Lytle Center for Pregnancy & Newborns a reality.

to provide comprehensive care to mothers and their new-

Thank you to everyone who donated their time and re-

borns that begins during pregnancy and continues through

sources to make Celebrate Swedish a success! 2

The inaugural Destination Swedish a huge success The inaugural Destination Swedish luncheon was held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel on Monday, February 11th, with Foundation Board member Lorna Kneeland and her husband, Jim, and Campaign Leadership Council member Jan Sinegal and her husband, Jim, serving as co-chairs. Thanks to generous giving from the 600 guests in attendance, event sponsors, and other donors, nearly $500,000 was raised for the RN Residency Program at Swedish. The RN Residency Program draws on — and improves on — current best practices for training recent RN graduates. The goal of the program is to retain newly hired RNs and help them become the skilled and dedicated career nurses for which Swedish is known. It achieves this goal by providing them with mentoring and specialized training

e g n a h c Help a life. Campaign gifts improve and expand patient care programs All philanthropic gifts generated in support of Swedish count towards The Campaign for Swedish. Below are several recent gifts that are making Swedish both “the best place to receive care” and the “best place to work.”

$185,000 from Nancy and David Auth, PhD to benefit SHVI and SSF David and Nancy Auth made a gift of $185,000 to support the development of cardiovascular emerging technology and to further clinical education at the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute and the Seattle Science Foundation.

$39,000 from glassybaby supports cancer patients glassybaby, maker of hand-made glass votives, made a gift of nearly $39,000 to support Swedish’s Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. This donation was funded through their December sales at their Bellevue store. The oncology social work team at Swedish uses this fund in special cases where money is needed to help meet non-medical needs and expenses of Swedish patients and their families. during their first two years of clinical care, much like the training physicians receive during their residencies. The funds raised at Destination Swedish will help meet the estimated $1 million cost of creating a dedicated, stateof-the-art Learning Center for the program. This completely remodeled space, to be located at the Cherry Hill campus, will include classroom space and a Nursing Simulation Lab. The 2014 event is scheduled for Tuesday, February 11 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. We hope you will join us!

Scott Swerland and Seattle SunTan Scott Swerland, CEO of Seattle SunTan and Desert SunTan and Board member of The Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research made a gift of more than $30,000 to the Rivkin Center and The Campaign for Swedish at the end of 2012. Inspired by Babs Fisher who lost her fight against ovarian cancer in 2004, Scott chairs the annual Rivkin Center auction procurement committee and donates his marketing expertise to the organization. He also actively engages his staff in lively competitions that give back through the Rivkin Center.

Foundation launches Honor Your Caregiver program

Peter Nora, M.D.



Medical Staff




Yates, RNC, BSN


Environmental Services

Family Childbirth Center

an institution, is to make a gift to the Swedish Medical

Every Swedish employee is impacting a patient’s care,

Center Foundation.

and so many of us choose to be at Swedish to make

In gratitude and celebration of Swedish caregivers,

a difference in patients’ lives. Whether you help patients with their billing questions,

who have inspired more than 50,000 philanthropic

make their meals, prepare their medication,

gifts over the last seven years, the Foundation has

diagnose their ailment, or are at the bedside admin-

launched an Honor Your Caregiver program,

istering medicine, you help shape that patient’s

for patients to channel their appreciation. Caregivers will be recognized among their peers

experience with Swedish.

for the important role they played in making our patients’

And patients are grateful. As they heal physically, part

experiences better.

of their emotional healing is to say ‘thank you’ to the care-

Thank you to all Swedish caregivers for making such

givers that made a significant impact on their health. The

a significant difference in our patients’ lives!

best way for a patient to thank a caregiver, or Swedish as

Campaign Update Swedish Medical Center

Swedish Campaign Leadership Council

Campaign Update is published quarterly for the employees of Swedish Medical Center by the Swedish Medical Center Foundation. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please contact Randy Mann, Senior Director Campaign, at 206-386-6791.

Kirby McDonald, co-chair David Sabey, co-chair Janet True, co-chair


Lucius Andrew III Nancy J. Auer, M.D. Lida Buckner Deborah Crabbe Anne Gittinger Wayne Gittinger Cheryl Gossman

Rod Hochman, M.D. Marcel Loh Charles Lytle Karen Lytle Howard Maron, M.D. John N. Nordstrom Janet Sinegal John H. Vassall II, M.D.

Campaign Update - Spring 2013  

Spring 2013 issue of the Campaign Update from the Swedish Medical Center Foundation.

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