Benefit Raises Funding For Family-Centered Care and Innovation within Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
The EvergreenHealth Foundation raised $1.2 million at this year’s 12th annual gala to support families served by EvergreenHealth’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with expanded space and innovative technology to care for critically ill and extremely premature infants during their vital first hour of life.
More than 700 community leaders, leading physicians, and local executives joined together at the “Essence of the Sea” gala held at King County’s Marymoor Park on Saturday, April 27, with the goal of raising charitable donations to fund Family Maternity Services and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit renovations that will ensure a higher level of patient-centered care.
The gala revealed EvergreenHealth’s “The Golden Hour Project” – a campaign to support the care given to premature newborns in their vital first hour of life within the hospital’s nationally recognized neonatal intensive care unit. The event proceeds will support the remodel and renovation of additional space needed to coordinate care at delivery for critically ill newborns and their families. This new area known as the Infant Stabilization Room will be adjacent to the delivery room so that families can remain closer to their infant in a setting that promotes absolute safety, coupled with compassionate care.
“The generosity and compassion of this community shines and inspires this evening,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte at this year’s event. “We are deeply humbled by the incredible support we receive from our community, and with it we will continue to deliver on our promise to provide breakthrough clinical care and distinguished service across all of our care practices. We give our endless thanks to the donors, friends, physicians, and volunteers of EvergreenHealth that have shown their support not only tonight, but each and every day.”
This year the EvergreenHealth Foundation was also honored to present The Lee Johnson Family with the annual Spirit of Giving award, as part of EvergreenHealth’s ongoing commitment to recognize those whose selfless contributions are crucial to the health and well-being within the community. Lee Johnson’s legacy and the charitable philosophy embraced by the family business, Lee Johnson Chevrolet, is responsible for generations of philanthropic giving.
The annual black-tie gala is EvergreenHealth’s most significant fundraiser for programs and departments across the organization. Last year’s gala raised $1.1 million to benefit EvergreenHealth’s Breast Health Center, helping it to secure advanced 3D screening and diagnostic technology onboard its mobile mammography coach. Next year’s event will take place on April 26, 2014.
To learn more about the EvergreenHealth Foundation and see how its work touches the community, visit www.evergreenhealth.com/foundation.