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May 3, 2018
Port Ludlow Woman Donates Nearly $1 Million to Harrison Medical Center Foundation
Legacy of lifelong advocate for healthy communities will help expand access to high quality health care on the Peninsula
Bremerton, Washington - Claudine Roesler, longtime Port Ludlow resident and community benefactor, continues her commitment to high-quality health care with a generous gift of nearly $1 million to the Harrison Foundation. Mrs. Roesler’s gift will allow providers and staff at CHI Franciscan’s Harrison Medical Center, where she was a patient for many years, to deliver enhanced services in the new Cancer Center, which is part of Harrison Medical Center’s ongoing acute care expansion.
“It was an honor to be Claudine’s doctor and to get to know her personally,” said Dr. Malcolm Winter of Harrison HealthPartners Hematology & Oncology Bremerton. “Her passion for the health of her neighbors and our community inspired all of us who treated her. Now, her dedication to helping others will live on through the care we provide each day.”
The Harrison Foundation will honor Mrs. Roesler’s philanthropy with the Ross and Claudine Roesler Resource Center. An extension of the Cancer Center, the Resource Center will offer patients and their families expanded, free-of-charge services to supplement their cancer care. These services include financial guidance counseling and social work benefits, plus mind-body wellness treatments like massage, aromatherapy, and yoga.
“We could not be more grateful to Mrs. Roesler for her generous gift,” said Beau Bakken, Harrison Foundation board president. “Legacies like Mrs. Roesler’s enable us to create a welcoming and caring environment for all patients and families. It will help us provide the best possible care.”
In addition to enhancing health care through the Harrison Foundation, Mrs. Roesler made equally generous gifts to the Chimacum School District and Port Townsend’s Jefferson Healthcare Hospital. Her brother-in-law, Dr. Thomas Roesler, is managing her legacy.
“My hope is to share Claudine’s story of a lifetime commitment to community service,” said Dr. Roesler. “She was a remarkable woman who is missed dearly. I can think of no better way to carry on her memory, and the memory of my brother, than through these gifts.”
The Harrison Foundation supports CHI Franciscan providers and staff who provide exceptional care, and works to ensure the future of that care. This year, the Harrison Medical Center Foundation is working with local residents and communities in support of the acute care expansion project. The not-for-profit organization will reinvest every dollar in building a world-class institution and providing accessible health care to the entire Kitsap community. Those interested in making a gift or learning more can do so online with the Harrison Foundation.
The state-of-the-art expansion, scheduled to open in 2020, is a $484 million investment to bring state-of-the-art medical technology and a new acute care center to the Peninsula. With doctors, nurses, surgeons and specialists all in one place, it will provide unprecedented coordinated care for patients.
About CHI Franciscan Health
CHI Franciscan Health is a nonprofit health system based in Tacoma, Washington, with $2.45 billion in total revenue and a team of more than 12,000 doctors, nurses and staff that provide expert, compassionate medical care at eight acute care hospitals and over 200 primary and specialty care clinics in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties. This includes St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton and Silverdale; Highline Medical Center, Burien; and Regional Hospital, Burien. Started in 1891 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, today CHI Franciscan Health is one of the largest health systems in Washington state. The system is comprised of more than 1,200 hospital beds and over 4,000 credentialed providers offering cardiovascular care, cancer care, orthopedics and sports medicine, neurosciences, women’s care and other health care services. CHI Franciscan’s mission focuses on creating healthier communities, including caring for the poor and underserved. In our 2017 fiscal year, the organization provided $188 million in community benefit, including $20 million in charity care. Follow CHI Franciscan on Facebook facebook.com/FranciscanHealth, Twitter @FHSHealth and Instagram @franciscanhealth.