Funding Priorities

Our community of donors – thousands of individuals, corporations and foundations – provide support to fund leading-edge research, acquire the latest technology, help those less fortunate, and achieve the high level of excellence that makes Providence St. Vincent stand apart. Although many of these funding priorities have sizable goals, we welcome donations of any amount, which will help us achieve these important priorities. Your gift demonstrates your belief in our work. Thank you!

The next generation of care

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Providence Heart Institute
Heart disease can strike anyone. In Oregon the facts are alarming: 1 in 5 Oregonians dies of heart disease. 63% of adults have at least one of three top heart disease risk factors. And the rates of high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis among youth and young adults are rising rapidly.

With our older population growing, Oregon faces a tidal wave of heart disease. To meet it we're raising $50 million to bring our state even more of the world's best and most innovative heart care. With your support we will meet our promise to CAREDISCOVER and INSPIRE.

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Living our mission

Child Life Specialists
$100,000 needed
Child Life Specialists are trained and certified professionals with expertise in helping children cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury, disability and hospitalization through play, preparation, education and opportunities for self-expression. Specialists provide support in pediatric surgery, pediatric acute care and neonatal intensive care. They also offer support when a child's parent is a hospital patient. A minimum of $100,000 a year is needed to ensure the sustainability of this program for our youngest and most vulnerable patients.

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My Little Waiting Room®
Annual support of $177,000
A lack of child care can pose a major obstacle for many families seeking and receiving timely and professional medical attention, which is why Providence St. Vincent partnered with two dedicated community volunteers to open My Little Waiting Room in 2010. Since that time, our professionally staffed service has helped more than 16,000 families during more than 23,000 child visits. Ongoing donor support for day-to-day operations of this important patient service is essential for continued success.

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Center for Health Care Ethics
Annual support of $575,000
The Ethics Center strives to promote clinical ethics through development and application of exemplary practices, particularly in the areas of clinical ethics consultation, ongoing staff education and cross-cultural competencies at the end of life. The Ethics Center's work has been recognized regularly, setting standards for health care ethics not only at St. Vincent, but also statewide, nationally and internationally. Due to its growing success, the Ethics Center team has been called upon more and more for support, increasing the need for staffing, services and foundation funding.

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Cancer Support Services
$285,000 needed
Want to meet some everyday heroes? Look no farther than the Ruth J. Spear Breast Center at Providence St. Vincent. Here you will find care counselors, patient navigators and "buddies" who walk with cancer patients, survivors and their families every step of the way. Your donations provide these vital services as well as funding for Transitions: An Appearance Center, where patients at St. Vincent can begin to feel like themselves again with help from the caring, certified staff.

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Research and education

Providence Cancer Center
$250,000 needed
For the past 20 years, researchers at Providence Cancer Center have been leading the way nationally and globally in the promising field of cancer immunotherapy. In the lab and at the bedside, Providence researchers are finding new ways to activate a patient's immune system to target and eradicate cancer cells while minimizing damage to normal tissue. With philanthropic support from inspired donors, scientists are working on effective immunotherapy discoveries, including:

  • Vaccines for breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, brain cancer and lung cancer
  • A novel approach to treat prostate or breast cancer using an OX40 antibody developed at Providence R. W. Franz Cancer Research Center
  • A potential new treatment for metastatic melanoma, pairing immunotherapy with high-dose radiation

More exciting discoveries can be made with your help!

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Providence Orthopedic Institute
$400,000 goal
Providence Orthopedic Institute is focused on helping people live life to the fullest. Remaining mobile and active is a concern for people of all ages. Muscle and skeletal conditions cost society more in money and disability than any other health concern. The total estimated costs to society for the care of these conditions can annually exceed hundreds of billions of dollars, according to the American Medical Association. POI works closely with more than 150 orthopedic physicians and surgeons to provide superior, evidence-based care. The Foundation provides philanthropic support toward the POI's focus of refining and replicating high standards of care, clinical research, tracking techniques aimed at improving outcomes for patients nationally through our registry, and educating the next generation of surgeons through our orthopedic residency program.

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Providence Brain and Spine Institute
$450,000 goal
Providence Brain and Spine Institute treats the most difficult afflictions of the human brain. Our donors support innovative opportunities for world-class doctors to advance leading-edge health and healing for our patients.

PBSI has implemented an ambitious three-year plan to establish our program as a Destination Center of Excellence. Our goal is to serve the region as a clinical leader and research hub through key initiatives like:

  • Telemedicine - Our Telestroke Network in 19 regional hospitals has resulted in a 400% increase in stroke consultations since 2010. Our success encourages expansion of this remote technology into rural and underserved communities in care areas like MS, ALS and neurosurgery.
  • Navigators - To ensure patients and families access the most beneficial care resources, our goal is to expand nurse navigators throughout PBSI. Nurse navigators provide personalized attention to each patient during treatment and recovery, help patients understand their disease process, empower patients to make informed treatment decisions, and monitor the patient's treatment progress.
  • Endowed Chairs and Research Funds - Research is a major PBSI focus. Endowed funds provide physicians with significant resources to pursue important research projects, bringing leading-edge care to our patients.

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For more detailed information, please call Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation at 503-216-2227.