The MultiCare story began with our community — a community that saw a need for a hospital, raised money, built that hospital and never looked back.

Generosity allows MultiCare to go beyond what a traditional health care system can provide to deliver experiences that feel better.

In 2018, nearly 8,000 people helped build healthier communities through generous personal gifts, corporate sponsorships, fundraising events and other forms of giving. These donors contributed $31.6 million, including nearly $1 million from MultiCare employees. Our 3,119 volunteers donated nearly 192,554 hours of their time — a financial benefit of $4.6 million.

Here are some of the things that were made possible through philanthropic community partnerships in 2018:

  • The MultiCare Foundations launched MultiCare Inland Northwest Foundation to support MultiCare programs and services throughout the Inland Northwest region.
  • 138 new hospital beds were added in 2018 between MultiCare Covington Medical Center and MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital.
  • Donors provided funding to create the Substance Treatment and Recovery Training (START) Inpatient Unit at Good Samaritan for pregnant women struggling with addiction.
  • 170 cancer patients participated in clinical trials.
  • 275 children with special needs received customized equipment and technology through the Mary Bridge Good Samaritan Children’s Therapy Unit.
  • Robert Garcia was the first Mary Bridge Children’s patient to have corrective spinal surgery with robotics- based assistive technology purchased through a $1 million gift from the Mary Bridge Brigade.
  • 507 families stayed at Tree House while their child received care at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital or Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
  • 1,083 home visits were supported through Parenting Partnership, a donor-funded program that helps families of medically fragile babies after leaving the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
  • 345 mental health consultations with a psychologist were provided for cancer patients and their family members.
  • 420 suspected victims of child abuse received medical exams at the Child Abuse Intervention Department.
  • The Helping Hands fund removed barriers to care and healing for 8,375 MultiCare patients. Helping Hands provided 3,447 meal vouchers, 10,027 lifesaving prescriptions and 1,800 bus passes in 2018. The funding helped 18 cancer patients receive stable housing while undergoing treatment.

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