EvergreenHealth Honors Halvorson Family with 2017 Community Service Award - Archived

Kirkland, Wash. – The EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners is proud to recognize the Elling and Barbara Halvorson family for their exemplary commitment to serving the community with the EvergreenHealth 2017 Community Service Award.

The Halvorsons have been dedicated public servants to EvergreenHealth and its surrounding community for many years, and the award honors their profound impact on enhancing the health and well-being of those served by the health system and beyond.

“Through their generosity and genuine care for our community, the Halvorsons have left an indelible mark on countless individuals across our community and within our organization,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. “We are so inspired by their contributions, which have supported EvergreenHealth in realizing our vision to become an inclusive community health system that is the most trusted source for health care solutions.”

The Halvorsons are enthusiastic supporters of the EvergreenHealth Foundation and their contributions have supported funding for several significant projects, including the construction of EvergreenHealth’s nondenominational chapel, the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Center and, most notably, development of the health system’s cancer center, which bears their name.

Since moving to Washington in 1955, the Halvorsons have continually invested their time and resources into being dedicated corporate citizens. Over six decades, they have led 15 different companies in industries ranging from construction and aviation to entertainment. In each endeavor, they prioritized finding creative ways to protect the environment while maintaining a strong business climate.

Among their many personal and professional accomplishments, the Halvorsons were also recognized with the Spirit of Giving Award by the EvergreenHealth Foundation in 2008.

Each year, EvergreenHealth's Community Service Award recognizes local individuals or organizations who have had a profound impact on enhancing the community's health. Since 1998, honorees have included dedicated volunteers, health care activists and physicians who demonstrate recognizable service and commitment to EvergreenHealth, exemplify leadership in the community and help EvergreenHealth to achieve its mission and impart its values to the community.

This year’s award was presented to the Halvorsons on March 20 at the Board of Commissioners’ public meeting.

For more information on the EvergreenHealth Community Service Award, visit


About EvergreenHealth
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 1,000 physicians provide clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care and home care and hospice services. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland, a network of 12 primary care practices, two urgent care centers, over two dozen specialty care practices and 24/7 emergency care at its Kirkland, Monroe, and Redmond campuses. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 74-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Overlake Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated Eastside Health Network and the Puget Sound High Value Network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.

In 2017, EvergreenHealth achieved its ninth designation in the last 10 years (2009-2012, and 2014-2018) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, and it was again named one of Healthgrades 2018 America’s 100 Best Hospitals placing it among the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance. EvergreenHealth was also named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ in the “Large Community Hospitals” category for outstanding achievements in patient care, operational efficiency and financial strength, two years in a row. For more information, visit


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