Profiles of Giving
"I feel like part of the Virginia Mason family,” explains Jeff Kirby. “They care about me and I care about them. When you care about family, you want to help them however you can.”
Jeff’s gratitude for his care inspires him to support Virginia Mason’s vision to be the Quality Leader and transform health care. Jeff attends numerous fundraising events, raising his paddle at the auctions to support patient care and research. “I feel inspired by the outstanding care I receive to give back to help others. I’m fortunate to come to Virginia Mason and to be able to support these efforts.”
Jeff is owner and chair of Puget Sound Security.
Bank of America
It’s our privilege to work with Virginia Mason,” says Senior Relationship Manager Kerrin Gibbons at Bank of America. “I’ve seen firsthand the quality of care, community outreach and education Virginia Mason provides to the citizens in our region — distinguishing itself as a proven leader in quality patient care and innovation.”
For nearly 50 years, Virginia Mason and Bank of America have enjoyed a business relationship. Bank of America has been a member of the Corporate Partner Program at Virginia Mason for the last 13 years.
Kerrin has personally experienced the individualized service and quality care Virginia Mason delivers. “Virginia Mason was there for my sister when she was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. She has received top-of-the-line treatment and the emotional care and support needed for her fight.”
"It gives me satisfaction to give something back because Virginia Mason gave me four more years with my husband, Farrell,” says Susan Brown. “I am grateful for every minute I got. He had pancreatic cancer and Dr. Vincent Picozzi, the nurses and staff took such great care of him.”
Susan serves on several Virginia Mason committees, helps at fundraising events and volunteers weekly at the Emergency Department. “I definitely get my recommended 10,000 walking steps helping stock warm blankets, making up temporary beds and giving people directions,” she notes.
Susan also makes donations throughout the year and has made an estate gift to support the advancement of pancreatic cancer treatment and the homeless program at Bailey-Boushay House.
For 12 years, Jeff and Jennifer Richards have volunteered for the Boeing Classic Golf Tournament. Currently, he is a course marshal and she is chair of events. They enjoy being involved in professional golf and contributing to a great cause — Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI). “It feels good to support research for people with autoimmune diseases. I’m so impressed with the major strides Virginia Mason and BRI have made during the 16 years my wife has worked at Virginia Mason. We couldn’t be prouder of what they do.”
Soon their kids will be old enough to volunteer at the Boeing Classic. “We want them to learn the meaning of giving, too.”
Jeff is sales manager at Hamburg Süd and Jennifer is an executive director, Human Resources at Virginia Mason.
Karlie Wipperling was 12 years old when her neighbor whispered that her good friend had died of AIDS. “It was so sad that she was ashamed of the reason her friend had died,” she says. “When I joined Virginia Mason in 2012, I learned about Bailey-Boushay House (BBH) providing residential care for people with AIDS. I thought this is what my neighbor’s friend needed. I knew I had to support this organization. I feel proud to contribute in a small way to the amazing work that is done every day at BBH.”
Karlie is director of Nephrology and Transplant at Virginia Mason.
Pam and Jay Green
When Pam and Jay Green learned that Bailey-Boushay House (BBH) desperately needed support to help about 100 homeless clients, they were ready to contribute. “We are concerned about the homeless in our community and we’re strong supporters of BBH. The leadership has a unique approach to homelessness, which Pam and I believe is particularly effective,” Jay says. “We knew our contribution would be well spent. We are delighted that our gift will be used to build new laundry facilities at BBH so homeless clients can leave with clean, dry clothing.”
Pam and Jay are long-time Virginia Mason Board members. Jay is president of the Joshua Green Foundation and chairman of the Joshua Green Corporation.