Thank You, Dr. Carl Plonsky!
Q: What do you say when a beloved pediatrician with a lifetime of caring for children in our community simply gives you his practice?
A: Thank you, Dr. Carl Plonsky, for the gift of Union Avenue Pediatrics to Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation.
Dr. Plonsky is a specialist in both pediatrics and psychiatry, and is nationally recognized for his visionary approach to primary care for children that includes a focus on parenting and support for families. In addition to building his own practice and teaching at the University of Washington Medical School, Dr. Plonsky is an important partner and supporter of Mary Bridge. Before departments had their own staff, he provided care to newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and to children who were hospitalized at Mary Bridge. He also arranged for, and helped cover, the emergency room, 24/7.Dr. Plonsky will continue to care for children in his clinic. His gift ensures that his legacy of innovation and quality, as well as his partnership with Mary Bridge, will serve future generations of children.
Good Samaritan Foundation welcomes Monica Hurley as Executive Director
Monica Ricarte Hurley has been selected executive director of Good Samaritan Foundation and will be working closely with volunteer board members, staff and the community to support programs and services that benefit patients of MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital and the MultiCare clinics in East Pierce County.
Hurley graduated Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) with a Bachelor of Arts, Communications and Master of Arts, Education. She worked at the university from 1994 to 2008, eventually serving as Director of Development, Major Gifts. In 2009, she established a consulting firm named Philanthropy 1st, headquartered in Bonney Lake. As a consultant she has assisted clients with major fundraising campaigns, feasibility assessments, philanthropy reviews and board development. She continued to consult for the president’s office at PLU until 2014. Clientele included organizations headquartered in Oregon, California and Illinois, as well as Washington.
“I am honored to step into the strong foundation that the people of Puyallup, Sumner, Bonney Lake, Eatonville, Graham and other East Pierce County areas have built around health and healing in our community,” Hurley said regarding her new role. “I am particularly excited about the potential for continued community engagement and support around some of our distinguished programs at Good Samaritan, including the Children’s Therapy Unit, Cancer Center, Behavioral Health and Hospice.”
Mental Health Care for Older Adults
MultiCare Auburn Medical Center offers a unique and much-valued service -- an inpatient psychiatric unit that is designed and staffed to meet the unique physical and emotional needs of seniors who may be experiencing cognitive impairment, memory loss or dementia. Support for therapeutic programs such as creative arts, movement, sensory stimulation and music therapy comes from the South King Health Foundation's Where the Need Is Greatest fund.