A former Harbor Regional Health East Campus building on North H Street in Aberdeen has been dedicated in honor of major hospital foundation benefactors Richard and Patricia Warren.
The Harbor Regional Health Community Hospital Foundation announced the dedication on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
From 2016-20, the estate of Richard and Patricia Warren created trust of just over $6.3 million for the foundation.
In 2002, the Warren family won $40 million (after taxes) in the Washington State lottery and looked for ways to share their windfall with the community; the foundation was one of the recipients.
Randy Ross, chairman of the then-Grays Harbor Community Hospital Foundation, said at the time, “We are humbled and grateful for the Warren’s gift and determined that their legacy will live on by helping the residents of Grays Harbor County. This gift will impact the entire community for many years as well as establish a strong base for the Foundation.”
Smart investments and stringent criteria for expending the funds have meant that the initial trust has grown, and the foundation is dedicated to being strong stewards of the Warrens’ initial investment in the community.
When the time came for the organization to rebrand, the Harbor Regional Health Community Hospital Foundation agreed to pay for the new outdoor signage at its facilities. Recognizing the benefit of the Warrens’ significant investment, it was decided to dedicate what was formerly called East Campus as the Richard and Patricia Warren Medical Service Building, the Warren Building for short.
In a ceremony to dedicate the building, Greater Grays Harbor Inc. and the foundation are hosting an event at 1006 North H St. on Dec. 1 at noon; the public is invited to attend the outdoor event.
“We hope you will join us in honoring the legacy and investment that Richard and Patricia Warren made in our community,” said Harbor Regional Health CEO Tom Jensen. “We are deeply grateful for their generous donation and are committed to using those funds to benefit our community for generations to come.”