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$2 million in lead gifts launch Harrison’s nursing campaign - 7/11/2008

Four gifts totaling $2 million have provided a healthy jump start for Harrison new $8-million nursing campaign, Great Nurses for a Great Community. At its annual celebration of donors, held Thursday at the home of Gail and Scott Bosch, Harrison’s president and CEO announced the gifts of $1 million by Dr. John Stanley; $500,000 by Dr. Paul and Jean McCullough; and $250,000 each by Tim and Shirley Ryan, and Dr. Keith and Kathleen Hallman.

“We are bolstered by these incredible gestures of generosity,” said Bosch. “What began as a series of conversations has quickly gained momentum, demonstrating a commitment to Harrison Medical Center as a valued community asset. Truly, we are honored.”

Kathleen Hallman and Tim Ryan, along with Harrison cardiac surgeon Dr. Chris King, are co-chairs of the campaign that will support the recruitment and retention of nurses to ensure continuous safe, high-quality patient care for the community throughout Harrison’s multiple and expanding locations. The campaign addresses a critical issue as hospitals around the country confront a growing nurse shortage, fueled by the imminent retirement of the Baby Boomer generation.

Growing nursing shortage

Fifty percent of the nation’s current nurse workforce is expected to retire in the next 10 to 15 years. At Harrison, approximately 20 percent of the workforce is eligible for retirement by 2012. With the current shortage and the anticipated exodus due to retirements, hospitals are becoming even more reliant on new nurse graduates to fill their vacant positions.

“Great care begins with great caregivers-it’s that simple,” explained Bosch. “We want to ensure that we are doing everything we can to attract and keep the very best nurses in our community and for our community.”

Nursing residency program

The Great Nurses for a Great Community campaign will fund a residency program at Harrison to support new nurses-and those re-entering the profession-in their transition to the complex environment of an acute medical center. Nursing education will support expert caregivers at the bedside and the professional advancement of career nurses to obtain specialty care certifications and advanced degrees.

The nursing initiative is an addition to numerous efforts that center on Harrison’s people-those on the front line and behind the scenes-as the critical component for delivering exceptional medical care. These efforts are soon to be complemented by Harrison’s facilities expansion and renovation, as well as the acquisition of medical technology, all of which are part of Harrison’s commitment to provide the region with the most advanced medical care, close to home.

“As a not-for-profit organization, every decision and action we make support our mission to serve our communities,” said Bosch. “It is both our responsibility and privilege to be able to keep open our doors to all, including those without the resources to pay. Last year, Harrison and our physicians provided more than $25 million in uncompensated care to the community.”

Harrison’s investment in the future

Over the next few years, Harrison’s volunteer board of directors is considering more than $225 million in technology investments and facilities enhancement to meet our region’s growing healthcare needs. Through its Foundation, the medical center is inviting the community’s support.

“People don’t often think of Harrison as a charitable organization,” said Stephanie Cline, executive director for the Foundation. “However, when you look at the best hospitals in our region and around the country, charitable giving has always made the difference between good care and the very best. Patient fees cover essential services, but they don’t provide all the resources needed to advance our capabilities in order to provide the services our community needs and deserves to have locally.”

In addition to the $8 million campaign goal, campaign leaders also hope to raise an additional $8 to $10 million in future gifts through wills and estate planning.

For more information about the Great Nurses for a Great Community campaign, contact Stephanie Cline, executive director, Harrison Medical Center Foundation at 360-792-6761.

About the lead donors

John Stanley, MD, is a retired family practice physician who served as Harrison’s Chief of Medical Staff from 1974 to 1975. In addition to having a need for smart estate planning, Dr. Stanley has two granddaughters who have both gone through nursing school. Their experience has underscored for Dr. Stanley the value of education and related incentives for attracting and keeping nurses, inspiring him to be a part of similar effort locally.

Jean and Paul McCullough, MD. Dr McCullough is a retired orthopedic surgeon and a member of Harrison’s medical staff. While an active physician, he established an endowed fund to support continuing education for nurses and surgical technicians who assist with orthopedic surgery or who provide care for orthopedic patients. He continues to be an advocate for nurses and their vital role in the delivery of healthcare in the community, with a special interest in supporting nurses who acquire advanced practice degrees nurses to meet future primary care needs.

Tim and Shirley Ryan, owners of Tim Ryan Construction, have long been supporters of nursing education, having made previous gifts to both Seattle University and Olympic College nursing programs. Shirley has served on the Harrison Foundation’s board, and the Ryan family has been long-time supporters of the medical center.

Kathy and Keith Hallman, MD. Dr. Hallman is a physician currently on Harrison’s medical staff and served as Chief of Medical Staff from 1990 to 1991. Kathy is a retired registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience in a variety of areas of nursing. Both have long been active in their support of Harrison. In addition to serving as a campaign co-chair, Kathy is a current member of the Harrison Foundation board. She is a passionate advocate for nursing and nursing education, including serving on the Dean’s Advisory Board for Seattle University’s College of Nursing.

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