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Popular Areas of Support

Philanthropic support enables us to provide care to those who cannot afford care, purchase much-needed equipment, launch innovative medical programs, perform cutting-edge research, and build state-of-the-art facilities. By donating to Swedish Medical Center, you can express your gratitude while helping Swedish continue its work of supporting and advancing compassionate care.

You can feel confident about your donation to Swedish Medical Center, because 100% of every gift will go to the program or project YOU choose. There are hundreds of current projects and programs across all of our campuses that would benefit from your support. Here are just a few of our most popular:

Where the Need is Greatest

Giving an unrestricted donation allows Swedish to respond to opportunities as they arise. These gifts help Swedish maintain excellent patient services, support life enhancing research and developing exciting new programs like the stroke telemedicine program, which enables neurologists to consult virtually with hospitals and emergency departments across the region.

Swedish Cancer Institute

By donating to the Cancer Institute, you can join the fight against cancer in a meaningful way. Your participation plays a crucial role in providing essential programs with the technology, equipment and resources needed to turn the latest medical research into outstanding clinical care.

Kaplan Cancer Research

Dr. Hank Kaplan is a beloved oncologist and Researcher at Swedish Medical Center. The Kaplan research group is focused on treatment for breast cancer and hematological malignancies.

Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research

The mission of the Rivkin Center is to save lives and reduce suffering through improved treatment, early detection, and prevention of ovarian cancer. All money raised by the Rivkin center goes toward supporting this important mission.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

One of only a few Level III nurseries in the region equipped with state-of-the-art technology to care for the most premature or sick newborns.

Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute

The region’s leading cardiovascular care center, with the broadest range of expertise treating the most complex conditions.

Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment

Gifts to this fund will directly support Ivy Center, a world-class research facility that collaborates with the nation’s leading cancer researchers and conducts clinical trials on promising new brain cancer treatments.

Cancer Patient Assistance

Through this program, Swedish and our community of generous donors supports our patients and their families during the cancer treatment process, easing their financial burden with additional funding for emergencies and critical bills.

Charity Care

As one of the top providers of charity care in our region, Swedish offers free or discounted hospital services to those who cannot afford care – many of whom are under-insured or have no insurance at all. Gifts directed to this fund ensure we are able to continue this important community service.

Multiple Sclerosis Center at Swedish

The largest and most comprehensive center in the region committed to offering innovation in care and clinical treatment programs for those affected by MS.

True Family Women’s Cancer Center

The most advanced facility in the Puget Sound devoted exclusively to treating women impacted by cancer.

Questions about these or other funds at Swedish? Please contact the Foundation at foundation@swedish.org or 206-386-2738.



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