Swedish receives gift to reinvest in the Lytle Center for Pregnancy and Newborns at Swedish First Hill and to support the Swedish Robotic Surgery Fellowship

May 15, 2018

Generous donation will enhance one-stop care for new and expectant families and will help educate the next generation of urologic surgeons

Swedish is pleased to share that Board member and longtime supporter, Chuck Lytle and his wife Karen, donated $600,000 to continue their philanthropic support for the Lytle Center for Pregnancy and Newborns at Swedish First Hill and the Swedish Robotic Surgery Fellowship under the direction of James R. Porter, M.D., to help educate the next generation of urologic surgeons.

The Lytles are longtime Eastside residents and prominent community philanthropists who provided the initial major gift to launch the Lytle Center in 2012. They are also founders of Lytle Enterprises and Leisure Care and have a long history of giving their time, energy, and financial support to nonprofit agencies.

“It's really all about giving back to the community. We've been very successful and very lucky and so we feel it’s our obligation to give back when the community's been good to us,” shared Karen Lytle. “It’s truly a privilege, a responsibility, and a joy to give back to the communities where we live and work.”

The Lytle Center provides resources for expectant moms, newborns, babies and their families and this gift will strengthen this community resource that works to make the journey of becoming a parent less stressful. In addition to offering a variety of products, gifts and necessities, the center provides education and support services for mothers and their newborns, from pregnancy through the first few months of a new baby’s life. Services also include a clinic for new moms and well-baby check-ups a few days after birth to make sure everything is going smoothly.

“We originally invested in the Lytle Center because there was an obvious need for it in the greater Seattle area,” said Karen Lytle. “Our five grandkids were born at Swedish and it was an idea that just clicked with us – sometimes the right thing comes along that you really want to support.”

 “We want to continue supporting this amazing community asset,” said Chuck Lytle. "What the Lytle Center does is important to us and we want as many people as possible to benefit from it.”

In addition to the Lytle Center, a portion of the Lytle gift will support Dr. Porter’s Robotic Surgery Fellowship. This position is a one-year training experience in robotic surgery for fellows to learn and acquire the necessary skills to care for a variety of patients and their unique needs. The annual year-long fellowship is funded entirely through philanthropic donations from donors like the Lytles. 

“Professional fellowships exist for the specific purpose of introducing a new generation of professionals to established leaders in their fields,” said Chuck Lytle. “We really believe in the great work of Dr. Porter’s urology fellowship program and wanted to support it.” 

“As patient needs outpace available resources, the philanthropic support of our community helps to sustain our mission to improve the health and well-being of our community,” said Jay Vogelsang, president and chief development officer of the Swedish Medical Center Foundation. “Leadership gifts like the one from the Lytles ensure Swedish’s innovative health care is available as a resource to our community today, and in the future.”

The Lytle Center is located on the Swedish First Hill campus. For more information about the services and hours of operation, visit www.swedish.org/lytle.