Saint John's Magazine Winter 2015

December 10, 2015
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Letter from the Foundation

A new year is an opportune time for new beginnings, and for us the new year will bring the formalization of an alliance we are particularly pleased to announce. We are merging the fundraising efforts of the John Wayne Cancer Institute with Saint John’s Health Center Foundation in order to better serve donors who are interested in supporting both clinical care and cancer research advances. We’ve been working together for years but will be formally tying the knot. We’re also happy to introduce the two vice-presidents who are overseeing philanthropic activities for the Institute and Saint John’s: Michael Avila and John D. Miller.

We are blessed with a positive atmosphere that’s attracting new trustees, and we continue to build relationships with our physician partners. One key to the strength of these connections is that we offer opportunities for patients who are grateful to express their gratitude by making a charitable gift. In this issue you can read about a grateful young ER patient as well as two hardworking trustees who epitomize this spirit.

In the first quarter of the upcoming year, we hope to move into our new Foundation office; we’re renovating the U.S. Bank building on the corner of 23rd Street and Santa Monica Boulevard adjacent to the Health Center campus. We’re looking forward to the expanded meeting space in the new building, as well as the proximity to the Institute and the Health Center.

Dr. Robertson’s tenure as Foundation chair is coming to a close at year’s end, and we feel honored to have worked together to serve the Foundation for two years as we went through a period of tremendous transition. With our trustees and key physician partners working hand in hand, we’ve weathered the storm of uncertainty and are now enjoying the benefits of a financially strong new sponsor, Providence Health & Services.

All of these positive changes are in keeping with the Foundation’s commitment to continued growth, which will expand its ability to support both the John Wayne Cancer Institute and Saint John’s Health Center, and offer a myriad of ways for our community to benefit as well.

Our trustees and generous donors make this new year— and the future—bright. Thank you for your generous support and loyalty.

John M. Robertson, MD
Chair, Saint John's Health Center
Foundation Board of Trustees

Robert O. Klein
President and CEO,
Saint John's Health Center Foundation

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