I was pleased to read the article recognizing the Cymbaluk family for the recent $5 million gift to Providence General Foundation (“‘Everyday people’ transofrm care at Providence Everett — again,” The Herald, Sept. 20). This is their second gift that’s made a remarkable impact on health care in our community.
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett has been at the heart of our community’s response to covid-19. Dedicated health care workers have endeavored exhaustively for the past 18 months to treat patients and save lives. We owe them a profound debt of gratitude. We’re also thankful to community members who, through their generosity, have enabled Providence Everett to respond so effectively. Their support helped Providence build state-of-the-art facilities, develop outstanding clinical programs, and attract world-class medical talent.
Among these community members are Marshall and Katherine Cymbaluk who, a decade ago, made a $5 million gift to support construction of a new medical tower. That tower is instrumental in the fight against covid-19 today. As chairman of the Providence General Foundation Board, a local business leader and Snohomish County resident, I am grateful to the Cymbaluks for their ongoing support and investment in our community.
Their philanthropy — and that of many others — has been a key reason Providence Everett is today one of our nation’s finest medical centers. Given the current health care landscape, most hospitals, including Providence, fulfill their mission with frighteningly thin operating margins. Community philanthropy provides the financial wherewithal to build advanced facilities and programs; and deliver world-class care. Indeed, philanthropy provides the margin of excellence our community deserves.