Swedish Medical Center Foundation Receives $10.1 Million Gift from The Robert and Jean Reid Family Foundation

December 11, 2013

By Swedish News

With its largest gift, the Campaign for Swedish surpasses $128 million

News Release


Contact: Clay Holtzman, Swedish, 206-386-2748, clay.holtzman@swedish.org

SEATTLE – Dec. 11, 2013 – The Swedish Medical Center Foundation announced today that it is receiving a gift of $10.1 million from the estate of Robert and Jean Reid that will support advanced cancer and cardiac care at Swedish. Funds from the gift will be distributed to the Swedish Foundation over many years through The Robert and Jean Reid Family Foundation.

The gift — the largest made during the $100 million Campaign for Swedish — will help to establish a core component of the Swedish Cancer Institute’s (SCI) Personalized Medicine Program: The Robert and Jean Reid Family Innovative Therapeutics & Research Unit. The Reid Family Innovative Therapeutics & Research Unit will aim to evolve cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment through advanced clinical research. For example, Swedish will test patient genes to better understand how a cancerous tumor might respond to a specific treatment. This is one step toward personalizing treatments and improving patients’ lives and outcomes.

“The new Reid Family Innovative Therapeutics & Research Unit will help position SCI as a national and international thought leader in personalized, molecular-based cancer prevention and therapy,” said Dr. Thomas Brown, executive director of the Swedish Cancer Institute.

Funds from The Robert and Jean Reid Family Foundation will also drive forward key priorities at the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute, focused on diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for a growing number of cardiovascular diseases and conditions. Both initiatives have a significant meaning for the Reid family. Robert Reid passed away in 2011 from congestive heart failure and Jean Reid passed away in 2012 from cancer.

Founders and owners of Reid Sand and Gravel, based in Bellevue, Wash., Robert and Jean Reid were tremendous philanthropists in the Puget Sound region, supporting nursing and children’s health programs, among others. The Reids contributed $500,000 to the Campaign for Swedish before making this estate gift.

“My dad was truly a leader in the greater Eastside community, starting in the 1950s,” James R. Reid. added. “He dedicated his life to his community and to the success of our neighborhood. He’s still known as one of the key players in the development boom which led to the Eastside we see today. Nothing made him happier than knowing that he could make a difference in the lives of those around him, and advancing medicine was a cause truly close to his heart.”

The Campaign for Swedish is the largest fundraising effort the nonprofit hospital has undertaken in its 103-year history. The campaign, which launched in 2007 and concludes on Dec. 31, 2013, has now raised $128.5 million for a variety of initiatives and programs at Swedish.

“Coming in as the new chief executive of Swedish, I am extremely impressed with the level of community support for the Campaign for Swedish. The impact of the Reid gift will allow us to continue providing the best healthcare possible to the communities we serve,” said Swedish Chief Executive Tony Armada.

To make a gift, visit www.campaignforswedish.org or call the Swedish Medical Center Foundation at 206.386.2738.

About the Campaign for Swedish

The Swedish Medical Center Foundation launched the Campaign for Swedish in January 2007 in conjunction with the Swedish Medical Center Foundation board and a 17-person volunteer Campaign Leadership Council lead by co-chairs Janet True, Kirby McDonald and Dave Sabey.

To date, the Campaign for Swedish:

  • Secured support from 62,539 donors
  • Raised $128.5 million
  • Launched or expanded 18 new patient care programs

More information can be found online at www.campaignforswedish.org.

About Swedish

Swedish has grown over the last 103 years to become the largest nonprofit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. In 2012, Swedish provided more than $130 million in community benefit in Western Washington. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter, or www.twitter.com/swedish.