Bank Matches Gift to Benefit Local Heart Care

9/9/2013

​Heritage Bank Market Executive Brett Bryant has made a $25,000 contribution to the Heart & Vascular Center at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, and Heritage is partnering with Bryant by making its own $25,000 gift to be Presenting Sponsorship of the upcoming The Beat Goes On - HeArts of Clark County fundraising effort. This $50,000 investment will help build and equip a new Surgical Theater in PeaceHealth Southwest’s Heart & Vascular Center.

Bryant’s own experience at the PeaceHealth Southwest Heart & Vascular Center was the catalyst for his gift. Ten years ago, his then 16 year-old daughter started experiencing chest pains. Brittanni was diagnosed with paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, a rapid heart rate. She was diagnosed, treated and made a full recovery.

“The opportunity to help with the new Surgical Theatre is particularly meaningful to both my family and my company, Heritage Bank. My daughter Brittanni was a cardiac patient in high school and the heart procedure performed by Peace Health gave her back a normal life full of athletics, college, marriage and now a successful career. We are eternally grateful for this remarkable care,” says Bryant. “As a company, Heritage Bank seeks opportunities to partner with organizations that really impact the quality of life in the communities we serve. Peace Health, and the new Surgical Theater, represents the gold standard for just such an organization.”

The new Surgical Theater, commonly called a Hybrid Cath Lab, will allow cardiac specialists to move quickly from catheter-based procedures to open-surgical procedures when necessary. Individuals who will be treated in this space include those with high blood pressure, diabetes-related heart disease and individuals involved in traumatic accidents involving the chest and/or abdomen.

“We are committed to continually furthering the quality and range of services we offer,” says Shaun Harper, MD, Medical Director of PeaceHealth Southwest’s Heart & Vascular Center. “The surgical theater will save lives by accommodating both minimally-invasive and open procedures in order to treat the most medically fragile heart and vascular patients. Building the Surgical Theater is the next step in patient care excellence.”

The Beat Goes On - HeArts of Clark County Gala caps a community-wide fundraising and educational effort to expand the life-saving heart and vascular capabilities of PeaceHealth Southwest’s Heart & Vascular Center. This unique fundraising campaign features 30 large fiberglass HeArts on display throughout southwest Washington through September 16. Each HeArt is beautifully designed by a local artist and sponsored by a generous business or individual. The endeavor culminates with a glamorous gala on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the PeaceHealth Shared Services Center, where the HeArts will be auctioned during a four-course dinner that features a cocktail hour and entertainment. Organized by the PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation, The Beat Goes On - HeArts of Clark County aims to raise $500,000 toward the Surgical Theater project.

For more information visit www.swmedicalcenter.org/hearts.

PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation

The PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation is the primary fundraising arm of the Medical Center and manages over $22 million for programs such as Family Medicine Southwest, Cardiac Care, Hospice, Cancer Care, Diabetes Education and Physical Rehab. The Foundation is a separately incorporated not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to support the work of the Medical Center as it benefits the community. Therefore, it shares the same goals, namely to increase access and affordability and to work towards prevention. It accomplishes this by working with generous businesses and individuals that want to make an impact on the medical center as a vital community resource.