President's Message

Dear friends, 

shepard_steve2016 was a busy year at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. And donors played a big part in many of the successes.

I am proud to assume the role of Board of Trustees President this year. As a long time board member and donor, I have witnessed the outstanding care and high-quality programs at St. Vincent first-hand.

Some highlights from 2016 include:

  • Play Smart screened its 10,000th teen for early cardiovascular health. Play Smart is funded 100% by donors.
  • Construction began on the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute’s Basecamp: Center for Prevention and Wellness. Made possible in part through donor support, the center opens in February 2017.
  • Continued support of Child Life Specialists. Child Life Specialists help children cope with the stress of illness, injury, disability and hospitalization. They also offer support when a child’s family member is a hospital patient.
  • Providence Brain and Spine Institute received clearance to begin laboratory research into how Relaxin affects Multiple Sclerosis. This research is fully funded by donors.

Without you, many of the programs now in place would not be possible.

Your gifts help us bring that extra margin of excellence to the hospital, such as the iMRI and digital operating suite. Your dollars help test and pilot new ideas like the Child Life Specialists and the older adult nutrition security project. All of these have a significant impact on our patients and our community and we couldn’t do it without you.

I am excited to see what’s in store for 2017. I hope you will join me in supporting the Foundation and help us continue in the tradition of the Sisters of Providence of bringing the best medical care to all in the community, especially the poor and vulnerable.

Thank you,

Steve Shepard
President, Council of Trustees
Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation