At Memorial I have served on the executive management team, grown community health improvement, community engagement, communications and marketing, and a number of cause-related programs including Memorial’s Gift Shop, primarily staffed by volunteers. At the core of this work I was the first director and ultimately served as the CEO of the Foundation. This integrated approach has built and sustained an excellent community relationship for Memorial Hospital. I am excited to continue as a Trustee of Children’s Village and in an emeritus role with the Foundation Board.
In the weeks approaching the end of my 27th year with The Memorial Foundation, I have often visited the monument at the front door of the hospital. I marvel at the words “They saw the need, and rose to the challenge.” These words so aptly describe the spirit of the founders of Memorial who raised all of the money to build it. How similar this is to the leaders who later rose to the challenge of solutions for children with special healthcare needs and built Children’s Village and implored the creation of North Star Lodge; Passport to Health, YouthWorks; Healthy Yakima initiatives like diabetes education and A.C.T!, the childhood obesity prevention program, and the end-of-life initiative Compass Care and Cottage in the Meadow. The words on the monument perfectly describe the work of the Foundation, through whom philanthropists small and large join together to meet the great challenges in our community with care and concern for each other. Our Foundation can be proud of its core competencies of community engagement and mobilization.
On the face of the granite, the words “Wherein is enshrined the living heart and spirit of a charitable and generous people” gives us pause to remember Memorial Family of Services’ leadership. The new Foundation leadership team structure (Ed Flynn, Erin Black and Lynda Sissom) is in place and I am confident they will take the Foundation forward in beautiful fashion.
I have always believed I worked for YOU—the community donor. You give to us to help make us better, and I have loved my partnership with you. I leave you in the good hands of the very dedicated Foundation team to carry on the good work which you have helped to build.