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Stories: Connie and Dick

Giving from an abundance of appreciation

Connie and Dick DelMissier have been married for 59 years. As they sit in their garden looking out on the Cascade Mountains, they reflect on their life together and appreciate those things that have helped them live through the ups and downs they experienced along the way.

While they have had the joy of living their entire lives in Seattle, when it gets right down to it, they enthusiastically credit Swedish for their long life together.

Connie was born at Swedish Cherry Hill and has been a longtime volunteer with the hospital and the Foundation. Twenty-seven years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her medical oncologist at Swedish, Henry G. (Hank) Kaplan, M.D., has been her primary care physician ever since.

Dick has also had his share of medical care. His cardiologists at the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute are treating his congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation.

“We couldn’t ask for better care,” says Connie. “I don’t think there is any place around that does it better. In fact, I wonder if we’d still be here if it wasn’t for our team of remarkable doctors and nurses at Swedish.”

A few years ago, Dick turned to the Swedish Neuroscience Institute when he had a stroke. As a result of that significant medical event, Connie and Dick decided to finalize their estate planning. Their son Peter nudged them a little, too, because he wanted to be certain that the family would be able to distribute his parents’ estate to the organizations which they are most passionate about.

Although Dick and Connie have generously given to Swedish for more than three decades and have been annual Summit Club members for many years, they became legacy partners last year when they made Swedish a beneficiary of their IRAs.

“Everyone we have come to know at Swedish is inspirational,” says Connie. “They truly want to provide the very best care. We know, however, that they can do even more if they have people like us helping them.”

Connie and Dick have asked Swedish to use their gift in the area of greatest need. It’s their way of saying “thank you” for the care they have received, as well as for the care others will be able to receive in the future.

Thanks to supporters like Connie, Dick—and you—our patients have access to extraordinary health care and hope for a healthy tomorrow. To learn more about how your gift by will can make a difference, contact Andrea King, VP of Philanthropic Services, at 206-386-3379 or Andrea.King@swedish.org