​Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation celebrates 50th Anniversary


Founded in 1962 by five visionary community leaders—N.B. Giustina, Foster Anderson, Harry Rubenstein, Sister Bernadine and Sister Theodore Marie—Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation has since contributed more than $91 million to improve health care for patients in Eugene, Springfield and surrounding areas.

Throughout its history, the Foundation—through the generosity of donors—has stepped forward to help Sacred Heart Medical Center stay on the forefront of advanced medicine and provide healing care to thousands of patients in our community.

The Foundation has played a key role in funding every major expansion at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

These include:

  • A new five-story hospital wing in the 1960s
  • New hospital buildings in the 1970s and 1980s, including the current six-story patient tower at Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District
  • Campaigns to vastly expand key services, including the hospital’s cardiac program
  • Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, which opened in 2008 as one of the most technologically-advanced hospitals in the nation; $40 million of its cost was offset by donations from our community

The Sacred Heart Hospital Guild, founded in 1950 and made up entirely of volunteers, has donated more than $2.87 million over the years. These donations have purchased the latest in medical equipment in almost every area of patient care.

Within the Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network has raised almost $17 million since 1987 to fund education and equipment for the caregivers that treat our smallest and most vulnerable patients—infants and children treated in our Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care units. The Foundation also helps Sacred Heart fulfill its role as a citizen of Lane County, funding other organizations that partner with the hospital to improve community health.  

At the core of the Foundation are its donors and volunteer board of directors, who work side-by-side with staff, raising the funds that have helped make Sacred Heart one of the largest and most respected medical centers on the west coast.  

“We have always operated Sacred Heart under the philosophy that it is a community hospital, and this campaign has shown that the community regards it as theirs.”

The quote above could have been said by PeaceHealth President Alan Yordy at the opening of Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend—but it wasn’t. It was Administrator Sister Theodore Marie in 1963, celebrating the Foundation’s first big success: exceeding its goal of raising $834,000 to support construction of a new south wing with 133 additional beds. That project made Sacred Heart the state’s largest hospital outside of Portland.