Donor generosity benefits Milwaukie community

March 01, 2010

Providence Milwaukie Hospital Foundation Chair John Wyatt, left, with Chief Executive Theron Park.

Thanks to Providence Milwaukie Foundation donors, the capacity for endoscopic procedures performed at Providence Milwaukie Hospital has tripled.

The newly expanded Endoscopy Services Department features two dedicated procedure rooms with six recovery beds in a spacious and comfortable setting. The expansion was made possible by the support of Providence Milwaukie Foundation donors, who raised $500,000 for the project.

The foundation hosted a reception in January to thank the many donors who made the campaign a success. A blessing ceremony was held immediately before the reception.

More than 80 donors and special guests celebrated the opening and acknowledged campaign champions who shepherded the project to completion.

Scott Browning, M.D., gastroenterologist with The Colon and Rectal Clinic; Anne Wang, M.D., gastroenterologist with The Oregon Clinic; Keith Hyde, Providence Milwaukie Hospital assistant administrator; and Lori Lindsay, R.N., surgical services nurse manager, received tokens of appreciation from foundation board president John W. Wyatt, senior vice-president with KeyBank commercial banking.

Theron Park, chief executive of Providence Milwaukie Hospital, expressed gratitude to the board members for their support in reaching the campaign goal of $500,000, and he thanked the donors who generously contributed to this achievement.

Endoscopy is a potentially life-saving procedure that can detect and treat colon cancer. Colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Oregon, has a 90 percent cure rate when detected early.