Thank you for your support in 2020!
Dear Providence friends and supporters,
As we look back at all the challenges presented by 2020, one thing is certain—our patients and community are fortunate and blessed to have your support.
Fighting COVID-19 is expensive. You—our gracious donors—rose swiftly to the occasion. Whether making direct or in-kind gifts, our donors and community partners continue to lead the fight against COVID with compassion and generosity.
You also continued supporting our life-saving and leading-edge work in cancer research and treatment, cardiac care, behavioral health, and so much more.
Thank you for making all of this possible.
Best wishes to you and your family as we enter this new year. We're honored to continue working with you to support the patients and communities we serve.
Kelly S. Buechler | Chief Philanthropy Officer, Providence Foundations of Oregon
Your gifts made a significant impact on our COVID response.
Providence has received $3.3 million thus far to fight COVID. Here are some of the ways we are using these important gifts.
- In November, the FDA granted Providence Cancer Institute researchers approval for a clinical trial of a vaccine to protect against COVID. Our vaccine research will contribute to the overall research efforts of COVID. We also hope our research will help inform future cancer vaccines and treatments.
- More Providence patients with severe breathing conditions, including COVID, are getting needed care from additional ECMO machines.
- Providence lab workers can process up to 1,500 COVID tests every day, thanks to new analyzing equipment.
- COVID research at Providence is underway to better understand the virus and to learn how it affects different groups of people.
- Pregnant women, families and children with special health care needs are benefiting from new in-home resources provided by Providence.
- Improved telehealth technology has enabled Providence doctors and nurses to visit thousands of patients virtually, in the safety of their homes.
- Behavioral health care is more accessible for Providence patients than ever before.
Nancy Lematta makes significant gifts
Long-time Providence Foundations board member and donor Nancy Lematta made another $2 million gift to Providence in early December 2020. After donating $2 million earlier in 2020 to support COVID-19 research and response at Providence, Nancy said she was moved to give again to help other programs in need of support.
“I trust Providence wholeheartedly. I’ve been cared for here, my late husband received his cancer treatment here, and I am proud to serve on the board,” said Nancy. “I am blessed with the ability to give, and I know Providence will use my gift to help advance care throughout Oregon.”
We are so grateful for Nancy's leadership and generosity — read more about the programs Nancy's donations will support and why she was moved to make these gifts.
Heart transplant program successfully launches
Heart transplants are underway at Providence Heart Institute. Since July, seven transplants have been done, and up to 12 are projected during the program's first year. Phil and Penny Knight generously donated $75 million to develop the heart transplant program and to support cardiac services and innovation at Providence.
We are very grateful to the Knights and to our many generous donors. Your gifts provide new hope for our patients with heart failure.
Providence launches national registry for Blacks with MS
Stanley Cohan, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of Providence Multiple Sclerosis Center, has developed and launched a first-of-its-kind effort to identify Black people who have multiple sclerosis. The National African American MS Registry is enrolling Black patients with MS from across the U.S. to help identify barriers facing these patients. The center is part of Providence Brain and Spine Institute.
Providence Heart Institute researcher publishes COVID-19 study in JAMA
Providence Heart Institute cardiologist Ty Gluckman, M.D., made national headlines when he authored a study citing a substantial decrease in heart attack hospitalizations and a higher risk of related deaths during COVID. Experts worry patients are delaying care due to COVID fears. The study was published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) – Cardiology.
Providence Cancer Institute continues groundbreaking research and patient care
- Thanks to generous friends of Providence Cancer Institute, our annual Creating Hope fundraiser raised more than $625,000 for people with cancer by supporting scientific discoveries. Philanthropy funds more than 70% of research at Providence Cancer Institute.
- R. Bryan Bell, M.D., D.D.S., FACS, was awarded fellowship ad hominem to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Scotland. The fellowship is the most prestigious designation a surgeon can receive from the college, which is the oldest surgical organization in the world.
- Providence Cancer Institute researchers attended (virtually) the 35th annual meeting of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer, where scientists from around the world convened. In addition to contributing to 15 conference posters, the Providence team received several notable awards:
- Inaugural Steven A. Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D., Scholar Award: Eric Tran, Ph.D.
- Award for Extraordinary Service to the Society: Bernie Fox, Ph.D.
- SITC Team Science Award: Earle A. Chiles Research Institute
- Panelist for radiation and immunotherapy session: Kristina Young, M.D.
- Don Smith became the first patient at Providence to receive cancer treatment using the brand new MR-Linac. Purchase of the MR-Linac was made possible by the generous bequest gift from Elsie Franz Finley, and uses MRI-guided radiation for pin-point accuracy to maximize tumor eradication and minimize damage to normal tissue. Providence is the first facility in the Pacific Northwest to offer this level of care to patients.
- Christopher J. “Topher” Darus, M.D., joined Providence Cancer Institute in October as the medical director of our newly-opened gynecologic cancer program. Dr. Darus was interviewed on AM Northwest to explain about gynecological cancers, risk factors, symptoms to watch for, and the latest in treatments – including our work with immunotherapy.
- Thanks to MJ Murdock Charitable Trust and several generous donors, we have begun to equip our new Rapid Precision Immuno-Oncology program with three essential pieces of technology. This equipment suite is just the start of what will become an incredible opportunity for creating personalized cancer treatment.
Featured corporate partner
We are proud to highlight Albertsons Safeway as our featured partner for their generous and steadfast support throughout such a challenging year.
Albertsons Companies Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative has helped mitigate hunger in hard-hit Oregon communities throughout 2020. Local Safeway and Albertsons stores, in partnership with the Albertsons Companies Foundation and Providence Foundations of Oregon, have provided a series of key grant-funded programs to address the immediate nutrition needs of thousands of Oregonians. The programs are critical resources for individuals facing challenges brought on by the COVID pandemic and the catastrophic Oregon wildfires.
Thanks to the Marginalized Communities grant program, Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center is distributing food and other basic-needs items to individuals experiencing houselessness or housing insecurity across Clackamas County. Albertsons Companies Foundation also provided funds to stock the Community Teaching Kitchen Food Pantry at Providence Milwaukie Hospital, conduct food distribution services, and expand an emergency food security program to reach houseless populations in Yamhill County.
In addition to these grants, Safeway Foundation was the presenting sponsor for all three Festival of Trees throughout Oregon and provided generous in-kind support to our caregivers across Oregon.
Combined, Albertsons Safeway has given more than $200,000 this year in addition to thousands of dollars’ in in-kind donations. We are so grateful for their support and partnership.
Providence cares for kids
Providence Child Center celebrates 75th anniversary
It was 75 years ago – in 1945 – that Providence Child Center began caring for the youngest, most vulnerable members of our communities. The center began as an orphanage and today provides a broad range of services for children and families. This Catholic Sentinel story includes archival photos and interviews with current and former child center directors, as well as a family that relies on the expertise provided by the Center for Medically Fragile Children.
Supporting children with special health care needs
This year's Safeway Providence Festival of Trees in Portland raised more than $1 million to support children with special health care needs. See below for three powerful stories of how your support makes a difference for these children and their families.
Generosity across Oregon
Your gifts make a remarkable difference for the patients and communities we serve across the state.
Providence Benedictine Nursing Center Foundation
- A Tree of Remembrance was lit with hundreds of lights representing loved ones who have touched our lives and how, in remembering them, they continue to bring light to our world. This year, there were more than 130 names dedicated. Through your generosity, we raised more than $44,000 to care for those in our community who are elderly and vulnerable – more than was raised in any of the last three years.
- Thanks to donor support, the therapy garden at Providence Benedictine Nursing Center is a showpiece that blesses our patients, residents, visiting families and employees. We added new plants and flowers, painted the exterior of the building that fronts the garden, cleared drains, repaired the irrigation system, removed overgrown vegetation, pruned tree limbs to let in more light and added dry creeks made of river rock. Because of you, we can continue to make improvements to our therapy garden, and everyone can enjoy the healing beauty and experience a sense of renewal.
Providence Community Health Foundation - Southern Oregon
- Donors helped Providence Medford Medical Center provide critical support for caregivers during the COVID pandemic and the southern Oregon wildfires. Gifts helped fund hotel stays for caregivers who were displaced by the fires and also with the purchase of 15 RVs for caregivers who needed temporary housing after losing their homes.
- Donor support also funded childcare for caregivers during school closures as well awarded 12 caregivers scholarships to continue their education and career goals. Watch the videos below to see how your gifts made a big difference.
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation
- Thanks to you, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation was able to support our partners in the Hood River dental community. Many dental practices had to temporarily close due to the pandemic. To reopen, most practices needed staff members “fit tested” to wear an N95 mask. Our supporters were able to cover costs for about 100 dental providers to be “fit tested” so they could welcome back patients for services.
- The generosity of the Hood River community broke records when they came together for the annual Hearts of Gold award dinner in February (prior to COVID restrictions going into place).The 2020 Hearts of Gold award went to the Hood River County Christmas Project, and donors gave $100,000 to benefit Providence Sunshine Club, a life-enhancing resource for Columbia Gorge families living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Providence Milwaukie Foundation
- Thanks to your support of the Community Teaching Kitchen, we had the agility to adjust the food delivery process making a difference for many of our neighbors and friends during the COVID crisis. We increased our food banking operations, registered dietitians conducted nutrition visits by phone, and the Family Market (healthy food pantry) remained open with expanded access to include patients, volunteers and Providence caregivers in need.
- Like the superheroes they are, Providence Milwaukie Foundation's generous, loyal donors raised more than $175,000 at this year's superhero-themed Partners in Health virtual event. All proceeds benefit the Community Teaching Kitchen at Providence Milwaukie Hospital. Watch the entire program and a special Community Teaching Kitchen patient feature.
Providence Newberg Health Foundation
- Providence Newberg Foundation's Hearts of Gold event featured a panel of Providence experts discussing how COVID is impacting behavioral and mental health in Yamhill County and the real solutions they are bringing to our community. Because of you, nearly $70,000 was raised to support critically important behavioral health services at Providence Newberg Medical Center. Watch the entire program and a special video featuring the BOB program:
Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation
- Thanks to generous donors, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center expanded its intensive care unit and opened 16 more critical care rooms. More than 50% of Washington County residents seek care at Providence St. Vincent. The hospital is the area’s main referral center for advanced cardiac and neurologic care. In 2019, more than 4,000 adults with critical conditions received care here. The new rooms will allow us to to care for 33% more patients each year, eliminating wait times and delays for incoming patients that currently result from lack of critical care beds.
Providence Seaside Hospital Foundation
- Thanks to generous north coast donors, the Emergency Department at Providence Seaside has been expanded. Patients now benefit from large, private treatment rooms, a more spacious triage and waiting area, and more. Your $1.5 million in donations helped fund the total $5.7 million project, which will support emergency care in the community for years to come.
Providence Willamette Falls Medical Foundation
Providence Willamette Falls Medical Foundation raised $1.2 million for the Carol D. Suzuki Cancer Center, which will bring world-class cancer care miles closer to patients in Clackamas County. The new center is dedicated in loving memory to Carol D. Suzuki. Carol courageously battled cancer for two and half years with family by her side, a role model of love, purpose and joy. The funds raised are part of the $3 million Bridges to Hope Campaign.
- Thanks to grant funds from Albertsons, Providence Willamette Medical Falls Foundation partnered with Providence's Better Outcomes Thru Bridges (BOB) program to provide hygiene supplies, food items, gloves, hand warmers, Albertsons gift cards, and food supplies for people experiencing houselessness.
- As terrible wildfires spread across Oregon in September, it was a special moment when the National Guard arrived at Providence Willamette Falls late at night to help transfer patients to other facilities. Chief Executive Russ Reinhard said there was a sudden feeling of “giddiness” among caregivers when the guard’s big trucks rolled up to the hospital and about 30 uniformed members got out to enter the hospital lobby. Watch how these compassionate heroes transferred some of our most vulnerable patients.
Events go virtual
Safeway Providence Festival of Trees
With a theme of "Home for the Holidays," the three festivals across the state combined raised more than $1.4 million.
Portland's Festival of Trees was re-imagined this year with two brand-new events: a virtual gala and a TV Christmas special (which was seen by an estimated 50,000 viewers on KATU Channel 2). Though we missed gathering with you in person, this year's Festival brought together Providence donors, friends and our community in new ways. Your generosity helped raise more than $1 million for children with special health care needs in Oregon.
Portland Virtual Gala
Home for the Holidays TV special
Medford’s Festival of Trees hosted a virtual gala, displayed festival trees in downtown windows, and produced its first-ever TV Christmas special raising $326,000 to support programs and services that benefit the southern Oregon community.
Seaside’s Festival of Trees displayed festival trees in the windows of Seaside Convention Center, passed out craft bags to community children and hosted a virtual gala, raising $83,000 to expand Providence cardiac services on the north coast.
Medford Virtual Gala
Seaside Virtual Gala
Live From Providence Park
Due to the pandemic, the annual Black & White Ball, which benefits Providence Heart Institute, was transformed into a live TV event direct from Providence Park. “Live From Providence Park” brought together Timbers and Thorns athletes, cardiac experts, Providence donors and our community in a new way. Watch the entire program here.
More than 30,000 viewers tuned into the show and donated more than $400,000 to support The FIT Project, a free Providence heart disease prevention and wellness program. The FIT Project helps families develop a lifestyle training program through a sustainable approach to wellness, fitness and nutrition education. Learn more about The FIT Project and meet some of its families in the videos below.
Your support gives hope
Thank you so much for your ongoing support of Providence Foundations of Oregon. Your gifts truly make a difference for our patients and the communities we serve.
If you'd like to help give hope this year, please click here.