The Swedish Medical Center Foundation announced Dec. 11 that it received a gift valued at $10.1 million from the estate of Robert and Jean Reid that will support advanced cancer and cardiac care at Swedish.
The gift — the largest made during the current $100,000,000 Campaign for Swedish — will establish The Robert and Jean Reid Family Innovative Therapeutics & Research Unit at the Swedish Cancer Institute. The Reid Family Research Unit’s goal will be to complement the institute’s integrated care with personalized medicine that has the potential to transform detection, diagnosis, treatments and ultimately patient outcomes. The Reid’s gift will also fund the highest priorities of the Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute.
“The impact of the Reids’ generosity will be felt far into the future at Swedish,” says Don Theophilus, president of the Swedish Medical Center Foundation. This gift brings the current total for the campaign to more than $128 million.
Robert and Jean Reid were tremendous philanthropists in the Puget Sound region, supporting nursing and children’s health programs, among others. The Reids had previously contributed over $500,000 to The Campaign for Swedish before making this estate gift. Robert Reid passed away in 2011 from congestive heart failure and Jean Reid passed away in 2012 from cancer. Their estate will create the Robert and Jean Reid Family Foundation, which will provide substantial annual distributions to Swedish over many years.