When it comes to innovative healthcare, Swedish Medical Center is well-known in western Washington.
“Many people don’t realize that Swedish is a nonprofit healthcare organization and much of our patient care enhancements, new technologies and innovations in care are funded through philanthropy and private donations,” said Tracy Ostrem, chief development officer at Swedish and president of the Swedish Medical Center Foundation. “It spans the entire organization on the impact it has on patients.”
Two strategic priorities for Swedish are the Paul G. Allen Research Center at Swedish Cancer Institute and the Swedish Staffing Transfer and Operations Center.
The Paul G. Allen Research Center is working towards significant breakthroughs in targeted, personalized therapies for cancer that will improve outcomes for patients in Seattle and across the region.
The Swedish Staffing Transfer and Operations Center was created because of the need to enhance technologies to support patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. This helps ensure every patient receives the right care at the right time and in the right place.
Because of generous donors, patient Vivek, who had a massive heart attack while at a company retreat, was able to receive life-saving care at the Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute.
“We feel very blessed he was with us at Swedish, so we were able to save his life,” Ostrem said. “After two months, he was up and around and out of the hospital, and that’s how we like our stories to end.”
You can give to Swedish through a one-time gift of cash or stock, a recurring monthly gift or include the medical center on your will or estate plans.
“I think what’s really been inspiring throughout the pandemic, is people just realized the importance of their health and the way this pandemic is affecting us,” Ostrem said. “We’ve had a tremendous increase and response in people including Swedish in their estate plans.”