2007 President's Report to Leadership and Supporters
Group Health Foundation
The coming year will mark the 25th anniversary of the Group Health Community Foundation. The Foundation amplifies Group Health's work to provide excellent patient care, nationally recognized cutting-edge research and a commitment to serve the most vulnerable members of our community.
Group Health's strength comes from vibrant relationships with members, staff, volunteers and community partners. The Foundation builds and nurtures these relationships in a way that no other part of Group Health can. We create opportunities for those already invested in Group Health to step up and become donors a very personal and generous way to contribute to everything Group Health stands for and achieves.
Our donors believe in Group Health. They believe that we provide the best patient care and they believe that our model of coordinated care presents a solution to one of the most profound challenges of our century. Their dollars follow their beliefs. There is no stronger endorsement. Every year we welcome more donors and we acknowledge more gifts and larger investments in our mission.
This report provides an overview of the Foundation's work in 2007. As we work to connect our donors with meaningful ways to invest in the work of Group Health, we also keep our sights on furthering Group Health's strategic objectives in four key areas:
We are grateful and proud of the support we received in 2007. We look forward to serving our patients, staff, donors, volunteers and communities in 2008.
Enhancing Patient Care
The focus of the Foundation's strategic planning work in 2007 was to align with Group Health's strategic vision. This means finding new ways to support patient care and supporting innovative efforts to deliver better care at a lower cost.
Better care at a lower cost
The Partnership for Innovation is a new initiative set to launch in 2008. It was developed in collaboration with the Foundation, the Center for Health Studies and the Group Health care delivery system. The partners will identify tools and processes that will deliver better patient care at lower cost. The Foundation's goal is to direct $300,000 to the Partnership for Innovation in 2008 and hopefully, more in the future as new donors invest in the initiative.
Creating Opportunities to Invest in the Values of Group Health
Vibrant relationships set us apart as a leading provider of care. People believe in Group Health because of our mission and values. Through philanthropy, the Foundation creates opportunities for donors to invest in these values and a model that "serves the greatest number" with affordable, excellent care.
Listening to our donors
As part of the Foundation's strategic planning process in 2007, we conducted more than 60 interviews with key donors and community leaders. We engaged these individuals in direct conversations about the Foundation's vision and goals. These interviews helped us identify three areas that donors see as the most inspiring opportunities for investment programs and services that enhance patient care, patient health education and uncompensated care for Group Health members in need. Funding opportunities within these areas will be our philanthropic focus for the future.
Extraordinary gifts build fundraising momentum
Donors who step up to make major gifts often do so to recognize their long-term affiliation with Group Health. In 2007 we received gifts from major donors who have been committed to our mission for as many as six decades.
The Gift of Health Gala
The Gala is Group Health's signature fundraiser. On Sept. 29, 520 people gathered in the Seattle Sheraton to support Group Health's programs to improve the health of children and teens. The Gala set a new fundraising record this year-our generous donors contributed more than $550,000.
Sharing the Group Health Story
Closing the coverage gap for kids
In 2006, Group Health made a $1 million gift to the Foundation to help the 73,000 uninsured kids in our state get coverage. In September, Scott Armstrong was joined in Spokane by children's advocates from across Washington state to announce eight Foundation grants totaling $1 million aimed at closing the coverage gap. More than 40 community leaders and members of the media were present for the announcement and panel discussion. The event raised statewide visibility for the issue and showcased Group Health's commitment to closing the coverage gap.
Demonstrating our medical leadership
Three years ago Group Health patient Michael Smith was diagnosed with a rare and often misdiagnosed condition that strikes the abdominal cavity. Pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) is a condition involving a tumor that spreads throughout the abdomen and can be deadly. Only 300 Americans are diagnosed with this rare disease nationwide. With Group Health doctors overseeing his care every step of the way, Michael made a full recovery.
In gratitude to his medical team, led by Dr. Thomas Ylvisaker, Michael and his wife Sandy made a gift to the Foundation to raise awareness and educate the medical community about PMP. The Smith's gift funded a presentation led by the leading national expert on PMP helping to train more than 150 doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of this complex disease.
Creating Better Health in Our Communities
The Foundation supports community-based programs that promote healthier lives for children and teens.
Improving oral health
Increasing access to care
Promoting healthy lifestyles for kids
School-based health centers
Foundation donors support Group Health's four school-based health centers. Group Health operates four health centers in Seattle-area schools, each staffed by a nurse practitioner, mental health counselor, health educator, and clinic coordinator. These school-based health centers play an essential role in providing primary care and mental-health counseling to young people who often avoid doctors for reasons of cost, accessibility, or fear.
School-based health centers meet the needs of young people by addressing their health issues in a familiar setting that does not require them to miss school to be seen. Follow-up can be assured as teens no longer need to rely on their parents to shuttle them to and from appointments. Last year, Group Health provided care to over 2,000 students in schools, many of whom would not have received care otherwise.
Highlighting Group Health's Role as a Community Leader
The Foundation led the effort to nominate Group Health for Philanthropic Corporation of the Year for 2007. The statewide award, sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, recognizes organizations and individuals with an outstanding dedication to philanthropy. The Foundation gathered nominations from Group Health's most committed community partners including King County Executive Ron Sims, Children's Hospital, The Boeing Corporation, Washington Dental Service, Cascade Bicycle Club, United Way of King County, and The Pacific Science Center.
At a special awards ceremony to mark National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 16, 2007, Scott Armstrong accepted the Philanthropic Corporation of the Year award in front of 1,200 community leaders from across the state.
2007 Financial Snapshot
As of Oct. 31, 2007