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Southwest Medical Center Foundation


Southwest Medical Center tower in Vancouver, Washington

Our mission and values

Mother Joseph, a Canadian nun, began caring for the sick in 1858 in Vancouver. She founded what we know today as PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. And she knew how to fundraise!

She'd send the young nuns out to the local mining camps to raise the $1 per day required for patients at her tiny hospital. The money raised ensured that every patient who needed care got it.

Things haven't changed in that regard. Our Foundation and our Medical Center are committed to exceptional medicine and extraordinary care for every person.

But we need your help to care for everyone, regardless of ability to pay, and to have the very best facilities and the newest equipment and best staff and physicians for everyone coming to PeaceHealth Southwest for care.

About the foundation

The PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation is a privately chartered nonprofit corporation, founded in 1983 with the sole purpose of attracting, managing and disbursing charitable gifts made for the benefit of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who has fiduciary and legal responsibility for its operations. The Board of Directors, which is made up of donors and friends of the Medical Center, assists the Foundation in carrying out its fundraising, gift processing, investment and disbursement responsibilities.

The Foundation raises funds according to strategic priorities set by the Medical Center. Since 1983, the Foundation has raised over $100 million to ensure the finest medical care for the residents of Southwest Washington. Projects benefiting from private funds include the Firstenburg Tower, the Holtzman Twins Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Kearney Breast Center, the Thomas and Sandra Young Neurosciences Center, and many others. The Medical Center provides the Foundation's budget so all funds raised can directly benefit patients and improve the health and welfare of local residents.

How we use your gifts

Your generosity allows us to sustain medical programs and services that benefit hundreds of community members each and every day.

Our donors help:

  • Provide care for vulnerable patient populations that include low-income, uninsured and underinsured men, women, children and babies. This is what exceptional medicine and extraordinary care for every person is all about.
  • Provide the highest quality medical care in terms of the latest equipment, best facilities and medical staff for everyone.

Every gift is a treasure. Every dollar counts. Thank you.

Ways to give

Give online

Your support of the foundation helps to ensure our continued ability to care for patients in this time of unprecedented need.

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Honor excellent care

You can choose to honor a special physician, nurse, or caregiver who made a positive impact on your patient experience or that of a loved one.

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Planned giving

When you include PeaceHealth Foundations in your estate plan, your generosity supports good health, prevention and community well-being. 

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Front cover of 2020-21 Foundation Gratitude Report

Your impact

Browse the 2020-21 PeaceHealth Gratitude Report and subscribe to foundation emails.

Meet our team

Karen Santangelo, Chief Development Officer

Karen Santangelo

Chief Development Officer, Columbia Network
ksantangelo@peacehealth.org
Tara Haas, Foundation Assistant

Tara Haas

Foundation Assistant
thaas2@peacehealth.org
Rachel Beck, Development Officer

Rachel Beck

Development Officer
rbeck@peacehealth.org
Mike Madison, Development Officer

Mike Madison

Development Officer
mmadison@peacehealth.org
Logan Rhind, Development Officer

Logan Rhind

Development Officer
lrhind@peacehealth.org
Lauren Anderson, Assistant Development Officer

Lauren Anderson

Assistant Development Officer
landerson13@peacehealth.org
Sherry McCarthy, Assistant Development Officer

Sherry McCarthy

Assistant Development Officer
smccarthy2@peacehealth.org
Catrina Webber, Events Specialist

Catrina Webber

Events Specialist
cwebber@peacehealth.org

Board of directors

Officers

Ron Prill, President, Community Volunteer

Ron Prill

President, Community Volunteer
Candace Young, Ph.D., Vice President, Clinical Psychologist

Candace Young, Ph.D.

Vice President, Clinical Psychologist
Rick Takach, Secretary, Vesta Hospitality

Rick Takach

Secretary, Vesta Hospitality
Greg Seifert, Treasurer, Community Volunteer

Greg Seifert

Treasurer, Community Volunteer
Tom Young, Past President, Blakemore Holdings, Inc.

Tom Young

Past President, Blakemore Holdings, Inc.

Directors

Brett Bryant, Director Emeritus, Midwest Trust Company

Brett Bryant

Director Emeritus, Midwest Trust Company
Joan Cavanagh, Community Volunteer

Joan Cavanagh

Community Volunteer
Kathy Corwin, Corwin Beverage Company

Kathy Corwin

Corwin Beverage Company
Leslie Durst, Community Volunteer

Leslie Durst

Community Volunteer
Stan Freidberg, M.D., Director Emeritus, Retired Cardiologist

Stan Freidberg, M.D.

Director Emeritus, Retired Cardiologist
Sean Gregory, Chief Executive, Columbia Network

Sean Gregory

Chief Executive, Columbia Network

Sean has more than 16 years of proven healthcare executive leadership experience, which includes an impressive track record of developing and implementing strategy, creating growth opportunities and delivering results. He has consistently demonstrated success in working within large faith-based healthcare systems to grow hospital services and improve patient experience. Prior to joining PeaceHealth, he served as CEO of Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center in Florida.

T. Randall Grove, Director Emeritus, Landerholm, P.S.

T. Randall Grove

Director Emeritus, Landerholm, P.S.
Jo Marie Hansen, Community Volunteer

Jo Marie Hansen

Community Volunteer
T. David Hayes, M.D., Retired Orthopedic Surgeon

T. David Hayes, M.D.

Retired Orthopedic Surgeon
Dorothy Jackson, Director Emeritus, Community Volunteer

Dorothy Jackson

Director Emeritus, Community Volunteer
Connie Kearney, Director Emeritus, Community Volunteer

Connie Kearney

Director Emeritus, Community Volunteer
Janet Keeney, Community Volunteer

Janet Keeney

Community Volunteer
Patty Keller, Community Volunteer

Patty Keller

Community Volunteer
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Keith Knight

Christenson Electric
Greg Kubicek, Holt Group

Greg Kubicek

Holt Group
Ray Maly, Community Volunteer

Ray Maly

Community Volunteer
Mark Martel, Martel Wealth Advisors

Mark Martel

Martel Wealth Advisors
Jim Martin, Director Emeritus, Retired, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Jim Martin

Director Emeritus, Retired, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Dan Monaghan, CPA, Greear Kramer Monaghan

Dan Monaghan, CPA

Greear Kramer Monaghan
David Nierenberg, Nierenberg Investment Management Co.

David Nierenberg

Nierenberg Investment Management Co.
Risa Olsen, Community Volunteer

Risa Olsen

Community Volunteer
Sandford Plant, M.D., Retired Medical Director of Hospice

Sandford Plant, M.D.

Retired Medical Director of Hospice
David Ruiz, M.D., Family Medicine of Southwest Washington

David Ruiz, M.D.

Family Medicine of Southwest Washington
Sally Schaefer, Director Emeritus, Community Volunteer

Sally Schaefer

Director Emeritus, Community Volunteer
Janis Wyatt, Director Emeritus, Community Volunteer

Janis Wyatt

Director Emeritus, Community Volunteer