St. Luke's Foundation to change name on Jan. 1


BELLINGHAM - St. Luke's Foundation will have a new name in the new year, in part to better communicates its focus on health.

The organization will become Chuckanut Health Foundation as of Jan. 1.

The new name also reflects changes in the community, where younger adults and many newcomers no longer are familiar with the link between the foundation and the old St. Luke's General Hospital, according to a letter from the foundation about the change.

Established in 1983, the foundation has made more than $15 million in grants to health-related organizations.

In its early years, the foundation focused a great deal on emergency medical services. It also has made significant investments in the health care system including hospice and cancer care through PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.

More recently, its focus has broadened to the overall health and well-being of the people in the community in areas that include housing, nutrition, physical activity and access to services, according to Sue Sharpe, the foundation's executive director.

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