Dr. Guy Hudson’s relationship with philanthropy is a tale of two eras. Early in his career as a pediatric urologic surgeon, he saw support from the community through a lens-specific to his practice: a grateful parent would thank him for treating their child by sending a donation that he would more often than not put toward a new piece of surgical equipment. It was practical, reactive, a well-appreciated means to an immediate end. That lens has broadened considerably, though, since he became Swedish’s CEO three years ago.
When Celia Bowker closes her eyes, she sees a mom alone in her home with a newborn baby and no help. Celia’s a visual thinker—a painter and sculptor, as well as a mother with two grown daughters—so the image of an exhausted woman trying to soothe her distressed baby is clear in her mind.
After a month of sleepless nights and worrying, Todd Holmdahl was in an exam room, waiting to find out if he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). With his wife Anne at his side, he braced himself for the test results. Todd had done enough research to know just how much ALS could take from him: his career, his independence and eventually his life. When Michael Elliott, M.D., confirmed Todd did not have ALS, his reaction was immediate.
Six months after Dolly Lefever had her left hip replaced, she climbed Mount Rainier. Six months after she had the other hip replaced, she scaled Mount Tasman, the second highest peak in New Zealand. “I looked at those procedures as solutions to my problem,” Dolly says. “I fully intended to continue my lifestyle, just slightly modified.”
Kathy and Richard Miyauchi are guided in life by a simple question. As Richard sat at his son Michael’s bedside in 2004, the teenager asked him, “How are you helping others? It is great that you give your money to help others, but how do you give of your hands and your heart”
It was supposed to be a run-of-the-mill annual appointment. Check the vitals, discuss any changes in symptoms and boom, done. But within minutes of arriving at his doctor’s office last January, Craig Pape was being loaded into the back of an ambulance bound for the emergency department at Swedish Cherry Hill.
When Sandeep Sachdeva, M.D., made his first gift to support our patient care, he was surprised to notice he felt more connected to Swedish. As a physician, he was already giving his time and energy to provide his patients with excellent health care. But as a philanthropic supporter he became more invested in the larger picture.
When Mike Sack and his husband, novelist John Saul, moved into their new apartment on Seattle’s First Hill, they joked about the benefits of living next-door to Swedish. “We’d say it was a great place to grow old together,” remembers Mike, chuckling. Little did they understand just how much Mike would one day rely on the care they found right across the street.