Legacy closing in on fundraising goal for Unity Center
Recent commitments of $7 million have placed Legacy within striking distance of our $40 million fundraising goal for the Unity Center for Behavioral Health
With commitments of $3 million from FamilyCare Health and $2 million each from Health Share of Oregon and CareOregon, Legacy’s Office of Philanthropy has now raised nearly $38 million—95 percent of the goal.
Unity is a collaboration among four health care systems – Adventist Health, Legacy Health, Kaiser Permanente and OHSU – to create the area’s first comprehensive emergency psychiatric care center.
Now under construction on the Holladay Park campus, the center is projected to open in January 2017.
The project’s construction cost is estimated at $50 million. Legacy has donated $10 million in real estate and is leading the public fundraising campaign.
"Hope, recovery, and resilience"
In addition to the three recent gifts, donations and commitments have come from government entities, coordinated care organizations, business leaders and private donors, including $20 million from the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust. Individuals in the community have contributed more than 70 percent of the funding for this project.
"These generous gifts ensure the success of our collective effort to provide the right care at the right time for people facing a mental health crisis,” said Maureen Bradley, senior vice president and chief development officer of Legacy's Office of Philanthropy.
Currently, both Oregon and Washington rank in the bottom five in the U.S. for the prevalence of mental health illness compared to the availability of care, according to Mental Health America. “Soon there will be a place for this fragile population – where no one is left untreated,” said Legacy CEO and president George J. Brown, M.D. “By pooling the resources of four health care systems, Unity will offer hope, recovery and resilience to individuals in crisis.”
Welcoming environment, coordinated care
With treatment customized to the individual’s needs, the facility will combine emergency and short-term inpatient services using a “living room” concept, by creating a welcoming, calm environment to reduce agitation. To help coordinate continued support for patients after discharge, Unity will also house organizations that provide community behavioral health services.
To learn more about supporting the Unity Center for Behavioral Health, contact Legacy’s of Philanthropy at 503-415-4700 or visit www.unityhealthcenter.org