Monday, May 13, 2013

Record Amount Raised at Annual “Spring for Health Luncheon”

$120,000 was raised to help pay for uncompensated medical care at the University's Seattle teaching clinic.

Victoria Sweet talks on stage at the Spring For Health Luncheon.
Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD giving her talk to guests at the Spring for Health Luncheon.

On May 7, 2013, more than 200 guests came out to help people in need at Bastyr University’s Annual Spring for Health Luncheon at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle, making history in the process. A record amount of $120,000 was raised to support Bastyr University and defray the cost of uncompensated care for low-income patients who visit the University’s teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle.

While we celebrate Bastyr University’s 35th year of existence and marvel at just how far we have come, the work of our teaching clinic remains the same: to make sure everyone has access to quality health care, regardless of their ability to pay. In 2012, Bastyr Center provided nearly $2 million worth of uncompensated care to medically underserved communities at its facility and at 20 community clinics serving Seattle/King County.

In addition to doing something good for the community, guests were treated to an enlightening and entertaining talk by Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD, author of God’s Hotel.  Dr. Sweet advocates for a “slow medicine,” an approach to medicine that builds in the inefficiencies of spending time with patients and teaches them prevention and how to heal themselves - a philosophy that parallels Bastyr Center’s.

The luncheon was once again emceed by respected KING-TV anchor Jean Enersen, a legend in local TV news and strong supporter of Bastyr University and Bastyr Center. Corporate support was provided by Barlean’s Organic Oils, La Vita Compounding Pharmacy and US Bank, among others.

If you would like to support uncompensated care services at Bastyr Center, please donate online or call 425.602.3355.

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