The Memorial Foundation was recently honored with the Washington State Hospital Association’s 2012 Health Leadership Award. The award was given in recognition of the Foundation’s development of Cottage in the Meadow, the new inpatient hospice care center. Serving seven counties in Central Washington, Cottage in the Meadow is the only inpatient facility in the region dedicated to hospice and respite care services for terminally ill patients and their families. The project had significant grassroots community support, with more than 6,500 donors contributing over $5.1 million to build the facility, without any state or federal funding.
Scott Bond, president of the Washington State Hospital Association, said, “The work of The Memorial Foundation is inspiring. They have rallied the community around an important cause and created a special place for patients and families.”
This is WSHA’s 20th year of formally recognizing health care organizations in Washington that identify and respond to a community health need. The award recognizes organizations that have gone outside their four walls to identify and serve broad community health needs in an exemplary manner. The Memorial Foundation project was selected for recognition by the WSHA’s Governing Boards Committee, made up of hospital trustees and commissioners from across the state.