Sandy Maloof, a retired Virginia Mason nurse, wrote us into her estate plans years ago. When the pandemic hit, she wanted to help ensure Virginia Mason would be strong for the future — so she doubled the size of her gift.
“You can't work at a place like Virginia Mason for all those years and not include them in your will," Sandy says.
Sandy was a Virginia Mason nurse from 1980 until 2009, working primarily in inpatient nursing and outpatient general internal medicine, including geriatric, diabetic and HIV care.
“Learning about research and ways to improve care at Grand Rounds presentations was a particular favorite,” she says. “I was always at the auditorium at 7:30 on Friday mornings because no matter what the topic, it was absolutely fascinating.”
Over her three decades at Virginia Mason, she saw first-hand how education and innovation impacted care — and she directed her gift to nursing education.
“When I started, a cholecystectomy required a week-long stay at the hospital, and when I left patients were leaving the next day,” she says. “And seeing care that puts the patient first become ingrained in Virginia Mason’s culture has led our teams to practice at the highest level possible.”
She hopes her gift can help the next generation of nurses continue to make care even better.
“I support Virginia Mason because I love the place and I love the people,” Sandy says. “And why not put your treasure where your heart is.”
If you’re interested in including Virginia Mason in your estate plans or would like to receive a free Estate Planning Guide, please contact Susan Clifford at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 583-2303 to learn more.