Innovations Magazine Fall 2016

November 22, 2016

Strategic organizations find ways to evolve and become even more productive and influential. Today we can look at the John Wayne Cancer Institute and see several changes underway. With the assistance of Saint John’s Health Center Foundation, we have taken a significant step forward in securing our future by expanding our board of directors from five to 13.

This development marks a turning point in the Institute’s history. Our partners at the Foundation created a nominating committee and reviewed more than two dozen well-qualified board candidates. From that list, 13 were chosen based on their commitment, resources, energy and vision to take the John Wayne Cancer Institute into the future. The board members are joined by four special advisors. In this issue of Innovations, you can read about each new board member, and you’ll see why I’m so pleased to have them join our team.

I want to sincerely thank the Foundation board and staff for leading us in this important step in the Institute’s governance. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Strategic organizations also form tight partnerships, and we at the Institute embrace our flourishing relationship with Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Increasingly the Institute, Health Center and Foundation are working together to drive improvements on our campus. For example:

  • Several Foundation trustees now sit on the Institute board.
  • As chief executive of both the Health Center and Institute, Marcel Loh helps unite our agendas. Marcel was honored for his commitment to the Institute this month at the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies’ (ABCs) annual “The Talk of the Town” Gala.
  • Several Foundation trustees have begun hosting dinners where Institute doctors meet influential members of the community, explain their research and seek philanthropic support for their innovative and vital work.

These kinds of developments would not be possible without the large community of friends and supporters who believe in our cause. You, our donors, are essential to our mission and provide the core support to make our dream of a world without cancer a reality.

Patrick Wayne
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Patrick Wayne
Innovations Magazine