Expanding Our Capacity to Care
This fall, Providence St. Peter Hospital will open a new critical care unit, the first expansion of new patient beds since 1984. Since that time, Thurston County has been one of the fastest growing counties in Washington, and in just the last 10 years has grown 22 percent. The expansion will create 21 new beds, each equipped to care for the most ill patients in the hospital. Dr. Patricia Gilmer, otolaryngologist with ENT Associates Southwest, and Providence St. Peter Foundation Board member, says “The new unit will increase everyone’s access to life-saving care. It’s essential to meeting the needs of our growing population.”
The expansion is made possible by many generous donors in the community. Twelve of the 21 suites have already been sponsored, which include gifts from Olympia Anesthesia Associates, Olympia Emergency Services, Olympia Sheet Metal, John and Sally Warjone and Providence employees.
One of the suites has been sponsored by pulmonologist Dr. Rex Bolin and his wife, Karen, along with family and friends. The suite is dedicated to the memory of their daughter, Tami Bolin who was diagnosed with ocular melanoma after her first year of medical school and passed away in December 2002.
Karen and Rex Bolin say, “We continue to struggle with how to make sense of what happened to Tami. We want to believe that her time with us will continue to benefit those in need of medical care – that is what she wanted to do with her life but she was unable to complete her mission. Our funding of a critical care suite will ensure that others continue to receive high quality care when they most need it.”
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