Founded in 2013, 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 – so that more patients can find the care they need right here at home, and not have to travel hours away when they are ill and at their most vulnerable. We know that people heal best with their families, loved ones, and support networks nearby.
Our purpose is to develop philanthropic funds through donations, grants, special events, capital campaigns, and planned giving– in support of the projects, programs, and people of our local hospital and clinics. As a small, rural, "critical access" hospital system, Jefferson Healthcare has limited funds for capital needs and other special expenses. Generous giving to the Foundation directly addresses these needs.
In recent years, donors to Jefferson Healthcare Foundation empowered the purchase of a 3-D mammography machine and a nuclear camera, reinvigorated the Cardiac Rehabilitation program, sponsored a new infant warmer for the Family Birth Center, and raised funds for echocardiography and charity care for heart patients at our annual Well Hearts Luncheon. In 2021, we also raised funds to replace the advanced life-saving defibrillators throughout the medical campus and to provide financial aid for childcare costs for Jefferson Healthcare employees, among other projects.
In 2023 we begin our biggest fundraising project to date, raising 2.5 million dollars for a Linear Accelerator for radiation oncology. The Jefferson Cancer Treatment Project will provide access to comprehensive, quality cancer care in Jefferson County. Although Jefferson Healthcare provides excellent cancer diagnosis, surgery, and chemotherapy, they cannot currently offer radiation oncology, a critical cancer treatment modality. Residents in our community and their families must travel significant distances for very brief visits to receive radiation treatment. These visits can take more than 2-3 hours round trip as residents must drive into neighboring counties, across the Hood Canal Bridge, and back. The Jefferson Cancer Treatment Project will change the quality of care for many people in our community. Please join us with your financial support today– to give more people the opportunity to receive their care in Jefferson County.
Our Executive Team
Marie Dressler, Registered Nurse, retired; Hospital Commissioner, Jefferson Healthcare
Adena Whitman,Foundation Treasurer
Lanny Turay,Director of Pharmacy, Jefferson Healthcare
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.