Foundation News

The Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation recently committed to raise $410,000 to build and equip a new Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at Skagit Valley Hospital.

Millions of people in the United State s are living with cardiovascular disease. How well they live, especially after a cardiovascular event or procedure, depends greatly on how active they become afterward.  Patients who are recovering from a variety of heart events including open-heart surgery, heart attack, stent replacement and heart failure are all candidates for the program.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a comprehensive exercise education and behavior modification program that improves the physical and emotional health of our patients with heart disease. A physician referral is required, and the program typically runs 34-36 sessions.

Skagit Regional Health’s Cardiac Rehab program originated in 1986 and in 2006, it was moved to its’ current location. At that time, the program was managing 96 patient visits per month. Today the program averages over 600 patients visits a month and the space has become cramped, dated and inefficient. Some of the equipment is antiquated and frequently requires repair.

Even with its’ limitations, the program is popular in the community as is evident by the frequent comment cards from patients. Words such as “compassion,” “excellence,” “outstanding care,” and “educational” are frequently used to describe the program. Unfortunately, we also receive comments regarding lack of space, antiquated equipment and limited parking.

With all this in mind, the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation has committed to relocating and building a new Cardiac Rehabilitation Center in the garden level of the east tower of Skagit Valley Hospital. The new Center will feature state of the art exercise equipment, cardiac monitoring systems, computer hardware and workstations.

About the Foundation
Established in 1988, the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation is a private, non-profit corporation that acts as the official gift-receiving agency for Skagit Valley Hospital. The sole mission of the Foundation and its 25-member board of directors is to raise, manage and distribute funds to assure the continued availability of quality health care services and programs through Skagit Valley Hospital.

The Foundation accepts gifts to support all hospital programs including cancer care, mental health care, kidney dialysis, wound care, critical care, the Family Birth Center, the Children’s Therapy Program, the Fine Art Program, Sunrise Inn (a hospitality house for patients and their families) and many other programs.

Charitable contributions help purchase medical equipment, support community education, provide staff training and help cancer patients needing financial assistance.

You can feel good about your gift knowing that:

  • Funds are carefully managed and allocated by respected community leaders.
  • The Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation is a fully qualified charity under IRS Section 501©3.
  • Since 1988, the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation has raised more than $13 million for projects and programs at Skagit Valley Hospital.

The Foundation has become a vital part of our health care community. More than $610,000 was raised in 2013 and $496,242 was granted to Skagit Valley Hospital in 2013. Please see our 2013 Annual Report.

Making a Donation
All gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible and can be made in memory or honor of a loved one. Donors may restrict use of the gift and direct a donation to a specific fund, as noted below.


You can donate online by clicking on the Network for Good link above, or you can download the donation form below and mail to us with cash, a check or credit card, or give us a call.

Download a Donation Form to mail in a donation.

How to contact us:
Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation
P.O. Box 1376
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
See a map and directions to our location.
Linda Frizzell, Executive Director, 360-814-2140
Wendy Ragusa, Development Coordinator/Festival of Trees, 360-814-5747
Becky Wells, Development Associate/ParTee Golf Tournament, 360-814-8376