Whitman grad to lead Providence St. Mary Foundation

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WALLA WALLA -- Chris Garratt has joined Providence St. Mary Medical Center as the executive director of the Providence St. Mary Foundation.

The foundation raises donations and manages funds for patient needs at the hospital. In January it became a separate nonprofit entity. Among its projects is fundraising for the $10 million intensive care unit under construction on Level 4 of St. Mary.

The ICU, which will be completed later this year, advances care for the most critically ill and injured people in the area.

Garratt is a native of the Northwest, growing up in Tacoma and graduating from Whitman College. While he is new to health care, his background in hotel sales and marketing brings a renewed focus to increasing major gifts and revenue, said Kathleen Obenland, director of public affairs at the medical center.

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