Founded in 2013, Jefferson Healthcare Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose purpose is to enhance the excellence of our region's medical services through charitable contributions that support the projects and programs of Jefferson Healthcare. Through the generosity of donors, sponsors, and grantors, we help patients heal in our own community, and not have to travel hours for care when they are ill and at their most vulnerable.
As a small rural hospital, Jefferson Healthcare has limited funds for capital needs and other special expenses. The Foundation exists to address these needs, and with your support, we continue to increase access to advanced medical treatments, state of the art medical technology, and the best in preventative medical care at Jefferson Healthcare.
Generous giving is transforming Jefferson Healthcare from a good system into an extraordinary one. In recent years, donors to Jefferson Healthcare Foundation empowered the purchase of a 3-D mammography machine and a nuclear camera. Please join us with your financial support today—to provide additional life-saving equipment and give more patients the opportunity to receive their care in Jefferson County.
Anne Burton is the Controller at Jefferson Healthcare, overseeing accounting, accounts payable, payroll, revenue cycle integrity, and “other duties as assigned.” She joined Jefferson Healthcare in March 2016, after years with UW Medicine as the Finance Manager, and as the Interim Director of Finance for the UW Neighborhood Clinics. Prior to that, Anne sold mainframe and COBOL development software to banking, healthcare, and financial institutions nationwide and then anesthesia to veterinarians in the Pacific Northwest. Anne grew up in Gig Harbor, went to Utah where she attended university, and now lives in Port Ludlow. She is an active member of the sailing community, and has friends, family, and connections with healthcare professionals on both sides of the Puget Sound.
Joyce Cardinal, RN, CNO, MBA, has been a registered nurse since 1968, and has worked as a pediatric nurse in critical care units in California, Oregon, and Washington.Joyce served as the Chief Nursing Officer and Quality Director at Skagit Valley Hospital and as the Chief Nursing Officer at Jefferson Healthcare.Joyce knows first hand the impact of having advanced medical technology and tools available for care. She is a strong advocate for improving the patient care experience through quality and safety.
Marie Dressler, RN, was born, raised, and educated in England, where she became a registered nurse and certified nurse midwife. Residing in Jefferson County since 1981, Marie was employed for 26 years by the hospital district, working as a registered nurse and primarily providing direct patient care to mothers and babies in the Family Birth Center. After taking early retirement in 2008, she continues to contribute to the health and well-being of Jefferson County residents as a hospital commissioner. She is a dedicated patient advocate throughout her career.
Jeinell Harper, RN and Certified Oncology Nurse, is the Director of the Oncology Clinic and the Medical Short Stay Department at Jefferson Healthcare. Over her 35-year career, she maintains a passion for bedside nursing. Having been born and raised in Jefferson County, she is committed to the highest quality of care so that patients can stay home to receive their treatments and have their medical needs met locally in the community.
Shary Irwin grew up in San Diego and went on to race sail boats on San Francisco Bay for a decade. She worked for several sail lofts and opened her own sail repair business. In the early 1980s, Shary moved to Jefferson County and became a volunteer firefighter/ EMT and was elected as Fire Commissioner. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse at Jefferson Healthcare for 25 years until retiring in 2013. She is delighted to continue to be a part of the Jefferson Healthcare team through her philanthropic work with the Foundation.
Kelly Liske is First Federal's Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer. She is responsible for direction and management of commercial, mortgage, and consumer lending; commercial and consumer deposit products; and non-deposit investments.Kelly advances the Foundation through her deep knowledge of our region and its culture, from individuals to local businesses and nonprofit organizations. She resides in Port Hadlock with her husband and children and is active in the community.
Florida Rue, RN, BSN, Surgical First Assistant, retired from Jefferson Healthcare in May 2015 after 28 years as Director of Surgical Services. Florida relocated to Jefferson County from Pueblo, Colorado where she worked as an Operating Room nurse on a heart team. Working in the operating room has given her keen awareness of the need for advanced surgical and medical technology. Florida is a strong advocate for quality and safe patient care.
Lanny Turay has been in the healthcare system in pharmacy management for over 40 years. Prior to coming to Jefferson Healthcare as Director of Pharmacy in 2014, he worked as a Pharmacy Director at Ballard Community Hospital and Swedish Medical Center and served on the Ballard Foundation board for 9 years. Lanny greatly enjoys working and living in Port Townsend with his wife, Lisa. He is an avid sailor and is also involved in Port Townsend’s music community.
Brian Vervynck began his career in healthcare in 1975 following his service as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. Brian began his college work at the University of Washington and graduated from Western Washington University. He also completed an executive graduate program from UCLA. Over the last forty-plus years, he has held a variety of senior management positions with leading and start-up companies in healthcare products and healthcare medical management. These organizations developed and operated wellness programs, case management programs, chronic condition management programs, and utilization review as well as predictive analytics. Brian has also served on a variety of healthcare and community related boards and committees.
Jefferson Healthcare Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the excellence of our region’s medical services through charitable contributions and community involvement. Our tax ID number is 46-2991924.