November 10, 2010 -
In an effort to reduce obesity and to provide for healthier lifestyles on the North Olympic Peninsula, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe has committed a major gift to the OMC Foundation of $150,000 over a three-year term.
A significant focus of the gift is to address the prevalence of childhood obesity on the Peninsula. By raising awareness among the general population and establishing a program to educate community schools and families, Olympic Medical Center and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe will work together to ensure that the children of the community have the support they need to make healthy lifestyle and nutrition choices.
This gift also contributes to other Olympic Medical programs, including cancer care, cardiac services, diabetes and nutrition.
“The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe has been one of the most generous organizations on the Peninsula, said Bruce Skinner, Executive Director, Olympic Medical Center Foundation. “They have given countless donations to every sector of the community. Once again they are showing that they care about the community they live in.”
“The Jamestown Tribe has always been very generous to the OMC Foundation and, by extension, Olympic Medical Center,” said Eric Lewis, CEO, Olympic Medical Center. “This type of partnership makes a huge difference for our community and will ultimately improve the health of both children and adults who live here. We are very grateful to the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe for its support of wellness and disease prevention.”
The Tribe has long been known for its excellence and investment in health care quality. It currently operates the Jamestown Family Health Clinic in Sequim with 10 medical providers, and provides primary care and OB/GYN services to the general public, including Medicare and Medicaid patients.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting project,” says Liz Mueller, Tribal Vice Chair. “Obesity is a leading cause of disease and unhealthy lifestyles in this country.”
“In particular we want to focus on children,” said Ron Allen, Tribal Chairman. “If children grow up with proper nutritional and exercise habits, they will lead healthier, more productive lives.”
With the funding, the hospital is planning several children’s health promotions through its Diabetes Education and Nutrition Services Department, and a community lecture series on obesity.
As part of its donation, the Tribe will continue to be a major sponsor of community events, including the Red, Set, Go Heart Luncheon, the Harvest of Hope dinner, Festival of Trees, Team OMC, the Duck Derby and Hollywood Nights.
They will also be the sponsor of a new event – the Jamestown Community Family Wellness Walk – and will become a sponsor of other OMC wellness events.
“The Jamestown Tribe has always been very proactive,” said Skinner. “Not only are they funding educational programs, but they also are providing the opportunity for everyone to practice what they learn, through events like the Wellness Walk and OMC’s other fitness events.”