Providing access to healing and improving health care were some of the themes at the annual Spring for Health Luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH.
Despite the rain and gloom outside, the ballroom at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle was ablaze with the spring hues of lively orange and deep fuchsia. Guests of the 2015 Spring for Health Luncheon drifted up the grand lobby staircase and into the foyer, where they were treated to free onsite health screenings by advanced Bastyr University students, before sitting down for a delicious lunch.
And though the surroundings were elegant, the purpose was down to earth: it was time to raise funds and show support for uncompensated care at the University’s teaching clinics. Serving the community is central to Bastyr’s integrated approach to healing, and proceeds of this annual event go toward defraying the cost for underserved and low-income patients at Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle and Bastyr University Clinic in San Diego.
Dr. Church received warm greetings and well-wishes as he welcomed guests to his last Spring for Health event as president of the University, and attendees watched a video featuring Patricia Teltoft, a patient and supporter who experienced first-hand the kind of transformational healing made possible by the providers at Bastyr Center for Natural Health.
In her eye-opening keynote speech, Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH, discussed how women and men are not simply biologically distinctive, but in fact different down to the most basic cellular and molecular levels. Dr. Johnson shared some dramatic examples of the ways in which women experience disease differently than men — and the crucial implications of these findings for medical research and health care in general. Dr. Johnson received a standing ovation for her rousing message that improving the health of women is critical to the quality and integrity of science and medicine.
The luncheon was once again emceed by former KING-TV anchor Jean Enersen, a strong supporter of Bastyr University. Corporate support was provided by Acupuncture in the Park, Barlean’s Organic Oils, U.S. Bank, Carlson Laboratories, Choice Organic Teas, Bragg Live Foods, Health Concerns and HealthPoint. In addition, a record number of 11 companies sponsored the event at the bronze level.
If you would like to support uncompensated care services at Bastyr’s teaching clinics, please donate online or call 425.602.3355.