Foundation contributes record $540K to Olympic Medical Center

The OMC Foundation presented $540,000 to Olympic Medical Center at the OMC Commissioner’s meeting on Dec. 8, the most that it has given to OMC in its 37-year history, foundation representatives say.

The large gift was because of successful events the foundation has staged this year as well as gifts from an anonymous donor of $154,000 and a $150,000 contribution from George and Barbara Brown.

Foundation Executive Director Bruce Skinner said that the foundation has given more than $1 million to OMC this year, the first time to reach the seven-figure mark.

“We have been very fortunate to be the benefactor of many generous citizens in Clallam County,” executive committee member Karen Rogers said.

The donation will go towards the following:

• $310,000 to help fund the OMC Cancer Center’s new Radiation Linear Accelerator

• $15,000 for purchase of computer treatment planning at the cancer center

• $30,000 for the cancer center’s Patient Navigator program that benefits low income patients

• $125,000 to purchase state-of-the-art imaging technology for OMC facilities in Sequim and Port Angeles

• $30,000 for employee education

• $30,000 for EKG machines for the OMC Heart Center

The new linear accelerator will ensure that the Cancer Center will remain a state of the art facility, foundation representatives said. In 2011, the cancer center installed equipment that was the first of its kind in Washington state, and only the fourth install in the country, they said.

Because of an increase in patient volume, it was necessary to purchase the new equipment, which will complement the original linear accelerator with enhanced technology and software.

Persons who are interested in more information or in making a donation to the OMC Foundation can call the foundation office at 360-417-7144, or by emailing Skinner at

Interested people can also mail donations to: OMC Foundation, 1015 Georgiana St., Port Angeles WA 98382.

“We hope that many local people will become a part of our fundraising efforts,” Skinner said.