Have you seen the classic movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”? Jimmy Stewart plays the main character, George Bailey. As the story unfolds, we learn that George is overwhelmed by responsibility and feels very dejected about his life. His guardian angel steps in to show George what life would have been without him, and the significant difference he made for those around him. While watching this movie recently, I started to think about what Virginia Mason would be like without you, our donors and friends.
Jeanne Jachim, Vice President, Virginia Mason, President, Virginia Mason Foundation
We received our very first gift as an organization in 1923. Since that time, there has been a steady, growing stream of generosity. Through the years, these gifts have funded so very many things, including: education for our physicians, residents, nurses and team members; clinical, laboratory and translational research; capital construction projects like Benaroya Research Institute, the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine, the Cancer Institute, the Jones Pavilion and regional medical centers; ongoing support of Bailey-Boushay House; educational fellowships for physicians and nurses; charity care and patient services and support; medical equipment; programs and lectureships like Nutrition and Fitness for Life, Separation and Loss, The John Walker, MD, Lectureship and The T. Evan Wyckoff Lectureship; and the list goes on and on. In addition, hundreds of candy stripers, volunteers and patient partners have given thousands of hours to support our patients through the years.
Just as George Bailey saw that those around him would have had a very different life if he were not part of it, so too would Virginia Mason be a very different organization without your partnership, investment and support. Regardless of the variety, type or size of gift, our patients and community benefit from your generosity every day.
In 2019, we received philanthropic support totaling $20.6 million, including more than 23,000 hours of volunteer time and energy. On behalf of our patients and their families, our team members, and our boards and community, thank you for your generosity and the highly beneficial impact of your giving!
Vice President, Virginia Mason President, Virginia Mason Foundation