In 1963, Pat Grenfell (then Pat Lant) was a University of Washington student with plans to become a teacher. She was a few weeks of student teaching away from earning her degree when she came down with pneumonia.
“I realized just how sick I was,” Pat says. “If I missed more than a week of student teaching, I wouldn’t be able to graduate.”
Pat, who grew up in Bellingham, WA, didn’t have a doctor in Seattle. So she called her mom, who got in touch with her godmother — who recommended Virginia Mason. That was the first of many times Pat received exceptional care at Virginia Mason, which ultimately inspired her to become a steadfast donor.
“Virginia Mason said ‘come in immediately and we’ll take care of you,’” Pat says.
After a week in bed, Pat finished her student teaching, earned her degree and taught for many years.
Now, nearly 60 years later, Pat is still a Virginia Mason patient. Her daughter was born at our hospital. When Pat moved north to Skagit County, she opted to continue receiving care from Virginia Mason and commute to appointments. Years of expert and compassionate care inspire Pat’s donations to Virginia Mason and Bailey-Boushay House.
“I want to support organizations doing important work, and I’m committed to donating to causes that I believe in,” Pat says. “And that’s Virginia Mason.”