KMR recognized for donation to Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital
A year after touring an empty space within Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital, donors and hospital staff gathered to celebrate the opening of a 3,450-square-foot pediatric center that promises to give children and their families in Southwest Washington greater access to desperately needed care.
The new center will serve Legacy’s Child Abuse Assessment Team as well as other pediatric needs. A $250,000 challenge grant from KMR Group Foundation spearheaded the $350,000 project. Kate Jones and Marty Rifkin, KMR Co-Founders and longtime CAAT supporters, were impressed with the project’s outcome.
“Last year when we toured the empty space with Lisa Lyons, she was able to describe exactly where everything was going to go and how it was going to help the children,” Marty Rifkin told the small group gathered for the dedication. “That’s exactly how this turned out. Thanks to everyone here, we were able to get this essential care to the children of our community, ending their commute to Portland or even farther.”
Bryce Helgerson, Legacy’s president, said families are already reaping the benefits. One mother, who previously hadn’t watched her child during his sessions for fear of inhibiting his improvements, was able to observe him through a new two-way mirror in one of the treatment rooms.
“She was moved to tears as she watched her child get the care that is helping him improve every day,” Helgerson said.