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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.