You make the impossible possible. What a remarkable year 2018 was for Providence Foundations of Oregon - all because of you! Thank you for your support, your gifts and your commitment throughout the year.
Because of you, thousands of patients are able to receive the most advanced treatments, scientific discoveries are made every day, and services grow to meet the needs of our patients and their families. None of this would be possible without you.
We truly feel blessed every day for your friendship, support and commitment to Providence and those we serve. Thank you for making a difference, and we look forward to serving with you in 2019.
Laurie Kelley | President & Chief Development Officer, Providence Foundations of Oregon
A new leader and a new Mission statement
Providence in Oregon named Lisa Vance as its new chief executive in July after a national search. Lisa has been with Providence for 32 years, including 27 years in Oregon.
Joanne Warner, chair of Providence's Oregon Community Ministry Board, described Lisa as "a great listener and consensus builder with a transparent and inclusive style."
Also announced in 2018 were a new Mission, Values, Vision and Promise for Providence St. Joseph Health.
Saying goodbye to Elsie
Elsie Franz Finley passed away in August at age 97.
She will be forever remembered as a pioneering business woman, loving wife and sister, friend, community leader and philanthropist. She generously gave her time, talents and resources to the community she loved. Providence was blessed to have been one of Elsie’s favorite organizations and the place she trusted with her health care.
Elsie and her late brother Robert W. Franz were a major philanthropic and visionary force within Providence for more than 30 years.
A remarkable year for Providence Cancer Institute
Providence Cancer Institute is proud to be a global leader in immunotherapy research and treatment. You make leading-edge clinical trials possible - philanthropy funds more than 70 percent of research at Providence Cancer Institute.
And in 2018, you stepped up in remarkable ways to support our fight to finish cancer:
- In January, we completed the Center of Hope giving initiative. Nearly $66 million was raised to support cancer research, cancer care, nursing/caregiver education, equipment and programming for clinical and research teams, expanded building and space needs, and support groups and programs.
- The 20th annual Creating Hope Dinner raised an astonishing $965,025 for immunotherapy research that brings hope to patients and their families. See photos from the night here.
- The 11th floor of our Robert W. Franz Cancer Center at Providence Portland Medical Center opened in October. Because of your generosity, we were able to expand and consolidate our outpatient cancer services and enhance care for the 5,000 oncology patients we see every year. See photos from the 11th floor blessing and take a virtual tour of the space.
- The 2018 Providence Hood to Coast Relay was a huge success, raising a record $850,000 for cancer research and services.
- Both Providence Seaside Hospital and Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital received 3D mammography machines, thanks to you. 3D mammography provides enhanced image quality compared to traditional 2D mammography and can detect cancer sooner, helping save lives.
- Our own Dr. Walter Urba was principal investigator in the clinical trial that helped develop the immunotherapy drug used in research that was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine to Dr. James Allison and Dr. Takasu Honjo.
Providence Heart Institute completes $50 million campaign
Providence Heart Institute is the top provider of cardiac care in Oregon. And your generous gifts helped it reach new heights by bringing the We Love That! campaign to a successful conclusion in 2018. The more than $50 million you gave will help ensure that people with heart failure receive the medical expertise and compassionate care they need for as long as they need it.
Other major achievements in 2018 include:
- Providence Heart Institute continues to care for more cardiac patients than any other healthcare provider in Oregon.
- Since August 2018, Providence Heart Institute has cared for more than 400 heart failure patients from OHSU, including patients in the university's transplant and ventricular assist device (VAD) programs. We could do that only because of you. For several years donors have helped grow our Center for Advanced Heart Failure into the largest and only board-certified heart failure program between Seattle and San Francisco. When OHSU announced in August that it was suspending transplant and VAD programs, Providence worked with OHSU to transition those patients to Providence Heart Institute - ensuring a seamless transition for these vulnerable patients.
Patricia Peterson recently gave Providence Heart Institute $1 million to improve the way diseases affecting heart valves are treated. In recognition, Providence Heart Institute named its heart valve center after Mrs. Peterson and her husband of 64 years, Ron. The newly-renamed Ronald and Patricia Peterson Heart Valve Center has emerged as a leader in replacing failing aortic valves without open heart surgery.
- We celebrated the opening of Basecamp Cardiac Prevention + Wellness at Providence Portland Medical Center (see photos), which includes the brand new Hal Lesser Cardiac Rehabilitation Center. Thanks to all of you who made possible this exciting new space for our cardiac patients!
- There were guests bedecked in black and white attire, twinkling lights under large white tents at Providence Park's soccer field, and inspirational stories from Providence Heart Institute experts and patients. Our first-ever Black and White Ball (see photos) was a success, thanks to you! The event raised more than $725,000 to support Providence Heart Institute.
Providence Newberg breaks ground on new facility
At its annual Hearts of Gold Event (see photos), Providence Newberg Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees announced Elevating Care, Close to Home: A Campaign for Providence Newberg.
- This campaign seeks to raise $1 million to expand cancer support services and cardiac rehabilitation at Providence Newberg Medical Center.
- Construction on a new three-story, 60,000-square-foot facility began in August (see photos of groundbeaking and blessing) and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
Providence Seaside Hospital completes campaign
Because of you, Providence Seaside Hospital Foundation completed fundraising for Beyond 911: A Campaign to Expand Emergency Care at Providence Seaside.
- The new Emergency Department will be twice as large as the current facility. The expansion includes more treatment areas, trauma bays, and private patient rooms while also adding the latest technology and a new reception area - reducing stressful waiting times and improving outcomes for patients.
- Construction is scheduled to begin in February.
Supporting Providence Brain and Spine Institute
Brainwaves, a hands-on evening of discovery in neuroscience, was held at OMSI and supported Providence Brain and Spine Institute's groundbreaking research and innovative new treatments. (See photos.)
Angela Johnson shared her harrowing story of a brain tumor and epilepsy caused by cerebral cavernous malformation. After surgery, everything went well for a few years, then seizures began again and depression came with them. “Your support helps patients like me and so many others get the mental health support they need for the depression, anxiety, confusion and memory loss that accompanies epilepsy,” said Angela. “Thank you.”
Newberg girl thinks of others
When she was 4, Viviana was a patient in the Emergency Department at Providence Newberg Medical Center.
She was scared and confused. But when a nurse brought her a stuffed animal to cuddle, her fear eased making the experience less frightening.
She wanted other children to have a toy to help them. Over the summer gathered 35 stuffed toys from local businesses, family and friends.
Now 6, Viviana and her mom delivered the toys in September.
Generosity across Oregon
Your gifts made a remarkable difference for the patients and communities we serve across the state. And thank you to everyone who attended one (or many!) of our dozens events. We hope you will join us in 2019!
Providence Community Health Foundation - Southern Oregon
- Free Play Smart heart screenings for youth ages 12 and 18 are now available in Southern Oregon. Screenings are offered at local schools and in conjunction with annual sports physicals. Your generosity will help prevent sudden cardiac arrest in young people.
- Thanks to you a new surgical robot was added to the operating room at Providence Medford Mecial Center. The da Vinci XI is the only one of its kind in Southern Oregon. The machine uses a minimally-invasive approach resulting in less pain and scarring for patients. It will provide quicker recoveries for procedures such as hysterectomies and abdominal surgeries.
Providence Milwaukie Foundation
- Elsie Franz Finley made the largest donation in the history of Providence Milwaukie Foundation - a $1.5 million estate gift - to help train future physicians in family medicine by establishing The Robert W. Franz and Elsie Franz Finley Endowed Chair for Family Medicine Residency.
- You gave a record $280,000 at Partners in Health to support the Robert W. Franz and Elsie Franz Finley Endowed Chair in Family Medicine Residency at Providence Milwaukie Hospital. (See photos.)
Providence Willamette Falls Medical Foundation
- You gave $94,000 at Gala at the Falls to support 3D mammography at Canby Women's Imaging and Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center. (See photos.)
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation
- You gave more than $93,000 at Hood River Hearts of Gold to help bring 3D mammography to Providence Hood River Hospital and honored Robin Henson, M.D., and Coco Yackley. (See photos.)
Providence Newberg Health Foundation
- You gave more than $100,000 at Newberg Hearts of Gold to support Providence Newberg Foundation's Elevating Care, Close to Home campaign. (See photos.)
Providence Benedictine Nursing Center Foundation
- Your gifts to the Providence Benedictine Nursing Center Foundation in 2018 supported programs such as spiritual care, therapy and the innovative Farm to Table program - which provides fresh and seasonal local produce to residents.
Providence cares for kids
Your gifts to Providence Children’s Health Foundation in 2018 supported programs and services that provide better health care for our youngest and most vulnerable patients.
- A special Silver Tea retirement event honored members of the Providence Child Center Foundation Guild. For 73 years, members of the guild devoted their lives to children - including those who were orphans, in foster care, or medically fragile residents of the center. (See photos.)
- Children with special needs in the Newberg area can now participate in hippotherapy thanks to you. Hippotherapy is a therapy treatment using horses. A specially trained occupational therapist uses the natural movement of the horse to give the sensory or neurological input each child will benefit from the most.
- Children in a mental health crisis often arrive with just the clothes they're wearing. They are scared and confused. Your support provides clothing, art and craft supplies, and books that help calm and comfort the children at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at Providence Willamette Falls.
We are so grateful to our incredible corporate partners that help us better serve our patients and the communities we serve. Below are just a few stories from the hundreds of businesses across the state that support the work we do.
- Safeway Foundations has been a longtime partner of Providence Foundations of Oregon, and we are so grateful for its continued support. In addition to being the title sponsor of our Festival of Trees events across the state, Safeway raised $427,553 at Portland and southwest Washington Safeway and Albertsons stores during May's annual "round up for cancer" campaign.
- Providence's most fragile patients received a $124,000 donation from Carr Subaru Beaverton and Subaru of America's annual "Share the Love" event - for a total of more than $400,000 since 2015. In recognition of all Carr Suburu does for our young people, we dedicated a resident room at the Center for Medically Fragile Children in the business's honor (see photos).
- Earlier this year, Consumer Cellular reached a major milestone of three million customers and decided to celebrate by giving a total of $3 million to its employees and to three charities, including Providence Cancer Institute. This generous gift of $500,000 will support cancer immunotherapy research.
- Human Bean gave nearly $45,000 to Providence hospitals across the state during its annual "Coffee for a Cure" event. Since 2008, Human Bean raised nearly $200,000 for cancer research and treatment at Providence. This year, Human Bean locations in Ashland, Beaverton, Canby, Central Point, Clackamas, Medford, Newberg, Portland, Seaside, Warrenton, Wilsonville and White City chose to donate 100 percent of proceeds on Coffee for a Cure day to support Providence.
- All year, patrons toss money up to the ceiling of Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub and with a little luck of the Irish, it sticks. Once a year, the ceiling is swept and more than $5,700 of this "green rain" was collected this year (see photos), which was matched by Kells. Carr Subaru then matched that amount, resulting in more than $22,000 to support the Center for Medically Fragile Children. The event has raised more than $292,000 since 1995.
Festival of Trees breaks records across Oregon
Our Safeway Providence Festival of Trees events reached new heights across the state - with Portland, Seaside and Southern Oregon all raising record amounts to support the patients and communities we serve.
Portland: More than $1.6 million was raised to support newborn services at Providence Children's Health Foundation, which will ensure healthier pregnancies and healthier babies and provide essential post-birth services in Oregon.
Seaside: More than $230,000 was raised for the Beyond 911 Campaign, which will help expand the Emergency Department to improve critical care at Providence Seaside Hospital.
Southern Oregon: 2018 was a record-breaking year with more than $615,000 raised at the Gala Dinner and Auction. Donors generously gave more than $95,000 for the BirthPlace during the special appeal. Other special services highlighted in 2018 included the Leila J. Eisenstein Breast Center, Swindells Resource Center and Providence Cardiac Services.
Your support gave hope
We are so grateful for your ongoing support of Providence Foundations of Oregon.
Your gifts truly make a difference for our patients and the communities we serve. Here are three stories from patients about how your generosity gives hope.
Research powered by philanthropy is uncovering new treatments for Joanne’s cancer, giving her hope and more time with her grandchildren.
Resources made possible by philanthropy provide Sophia – who has special needs – with the very best care, giving her mom hope for a healthy future.
Leading cardiac treatments supported by philanthropy are giving Dwayne hope and strengthening his heart so he can get back on the basketball court with his sons.