Search The Blog
Media Relations Manager
Media Relations Coordinator
Tacoma General names wing after W.W. "Bill" Philip
In honor of his service to the community, MultiCare Health System has renamed the L wing of Tacoma General Hospital after longtime community and business leader W.W. “Bill” Philip. It will now be called the Philip Pavilion.
Philip has served on the MultiCare Board of Directors since 1964 and helped grow Tacoma General, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and MultiCare’s network of health care services through his leadership and his dedication. His philanthropic support of Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital has been significant and has provided vital resources to the children’s hospital over the years that he has been associated with MultiCare.
“Mr. Philip has been a great champion for MultiCare, Mary Bridge and the children in our community for decades,” said MultiCare CEO Diane Cecchettini. “He has a heart of gold, and the courage of a lion, and it is hard to imagine that we will ever again have such a remarkable leader to help us navigate through this complex health care environment.”
The Philip Pavilion will be symbolized on hospital wayfinding signs by the Bonsai tree. And that’s for two reasons. First, Philip has an extensive collection of Bonsai Trees throughout his yard. Second, the years of patience, care and nurturing it takes to grow a Bonsai Tree to significant size and stature is very similar to the years of care that he has taken to build MultiCare Health System to the health care organization it is today, Cecchettini said. The Philip Pavilion houses the surgical wing and the Tacoma General Heart Hospital.
Also, the Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation renamed its individual hero award in honor of Philip. It’s now called the W.W. Philip Lifetime Legacy Award.
Philip is truly a cornerstone of our community. He is a Stadium High School and University of Washington alum who returned to his hometown community to make a difference. He has built successful businesses - including Columbia Bank - that contribute to the stability of our economy. He was instrumental in lobbying for and helping to build the University of Washington Tacoma.
Philip’s involvement with Mary Bridge started when he needed to take his young daughter, Kelly, to the emergency room and found the emergency room closed. Over the years he and his wife, Dorothy, have generously supported the Emergency Services Campaign, the campaign for Mary Bridge, which built the new Health Center, The Karen Lynch Endowment for Family Centered Care, Courage Classic and Mary Bridge Festival of Trees.
Posted on Jan 7, 2010 in