I wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude for all who support Providence Newberg Medical Center’s Mission. This gratitude extends to all of those who are employed at or by the medical center, and to the hundreds of volunteers who help in the gift shop, translate for those needing care, and escort people through the medical center, and to the volunteer boards who help direct the work. As president of Providence Newberg Health Foundation, I want to express my greatest gratitude to those who give generously to the foundation. Without your financial support, we cannot do what I am going to describe below.
I have served on the board for approximately four years, and now I am embarking on a two-year leadership role as president. It is remarkable the amount of good that has been accomplished in the short time that I have been fully aware of the organization. Because of generous contributions, the foundation helps educate our health care workers through the Mike Olberding Education Fund. For more than 10 years, Integra has been a vital partner with us in raising more than $100,000 a year in our annual golf tournament, scheduled in 2015 on July 27.
On a regular basis, members of our clinical teams come to us with requests to help fund different projects. These items could be a computer picture screen that helps autistic children communicate their desires and truly gives them a voice for possibly the first time ever; or a pediatric simulation newborn with realistic newborn traits that provides lifelike clinical feedback – ideal for training for the specific needs of neonates; or blanket warmers to help people undergoing treatments that require a cold environment.
The foundation has also long held a partnership role with Faith in Action. Two years ago, we decided to cement that relationship by creating an endowment to fund staffing at Faith in Action. In 2014, Faith in Action reached out and helped more than 500 people. Once fully funded, this endowment will help assure us that this service can continue for the elderly and children at risk in our community, which are only going to grow in number. We have already raised more than half of the funds needed and are in sight of reaching our goal.
Again, I want to express my gratitude to all who give through work, volunteerism and especially financial support. I look forward to working with you as we strive to fulfill the Providence Mission: As people of Providence, we reveal God’s love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service.
Yours very truly,
John T. Bridges, president
Providence Newberg Health Foundation