What makes a great medical center? Philanthropy makes the difference between a very good medical center and an excellent one, according to former Virginia Mason Chairman Roger C. Lindeman, MD. That’s why Virginia Mason treasures its philanthropists and each year honors a cherished supporter with the Meurk Distinguished Service Award.
On Nov. 16, 2016, George Weyerhaeuser, his late wife Wendy, and George’s mother, Helen Hunt Walker Weyerhaeuser, received the award for more than 50 years of philanthropic support of patient services and research at Virginia Mason.
Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD, presented a beautiful glass lotus flower to George, saying, “George, you, Wendy, your mom and your family have nurtured and fostered so many opportunities for us during your years of involvement with Virginia Mason. We have the good fortune of seeing those opportunities flourish and thrive. This flower symbolizes the blossoming of all of your efforts and contributions.”
The Weyerhaeuser family was instrumental in supporting research at Virginia Mason since 1964, including the establishment of the immunology research program which has evolved into the renowned Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason. They have also given generously to transform patient services and the delivery of health care, making Virginia Mason one of the nation’s best health care facilities.
Besides giving to Virginia Mason, their philanthropic support goes to many organizations throughout the region, including Whitworth University, The Museum of Flight, United Way, Tacoma Art Museum, ArtsFund, Annie Wright Schools, Global Partnerships and the University of Washington.