The Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation thanked its donors recently through a tribute to giving. Donors were thanked for their philanthropic support of programs and services at CMH, notably, the CMH-Oregon Health and Science University Knight Cancer Collaborative, which will open in early October.
The guests were entertained by Richard Steele, magician and mentalist. The evening was capped off by the presentation of four awards—including two new awards. The new Columbia Award was presented to Michael Autio, the immediate past board chairman of the foundation. He has been actively involved with the foundation and the hospital for over 22 years.
CMH Board Chairwoman Constance Waisanen presented Dr. William Armington with the first Cadeusus Award, which recognizes a physician or provider who has gone above and beyond to advance philanthropy at CMH, and in the community.
The Terry Award, named in honor of Terry Finklein, who served as the hospital’s CEO for over 20 years, recognizes a volunteer leader who has gone above and beyond to advance philanthropy at the hospital and in the community. Last year’s recipient, Michael Autio, presented the award to Willis Van Dusen, longtime mayor of Astoria and a community leader who has raised millions of dollars for programs throughout Clatsop County, including leading the fundraising effort for the new cancer center, which raised $3 million.
The President’s Award, named for CMH’s current president and CEO, Erik Thorsen, recognizes a hospital employee. The 2017 recipient was Randy McClelland, director of CMH’s strategic initiatives department. McClelland was recognized for his work in coordinating the artwork in the new CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative.
“Everyone at CMH truly values our partners who help make the best healthcare possible accessible,” Penny Cowden, executive director of CMH Foundation, said. “It’s a privilege to be able to take an evening to just say ‘thanks.’”
CMH Foundation tribute honors and thanks donors