October 11, 2021

Newly Renamed Mary Schwartz Summit (formerly The Summit at First Hill) in Honor of Donation from Schwartz Family

Kline Galland has officially changed the name of The Summit at First Hill to the Mary Schwartz Summit, in honor of a $5 million donation from local philanthropists Gary and Karen Schwartz.

The family’s generous gift will help Kline Galland deal with rising healthcare costs, cover the cost of uncompensated reimbursements within Medicare and Medicaid payments, and address nursing and healthcare worker shortages.

“Karen and I have a strong connection to Kline Galland, and it feels tremendous to give back to an organization that has done so much for us over the years.” said Gary Schwartz. “We’re committed to the future of Kline Galland and hope others in the community will also be inspired to lend their support in caring for our elders.”

The support from the Schwartz family will also help Kline Galland continue meeting the unique healthcare needs of the community’s aging population. In 2020, 14.6% of the population in King County was over 65 years old. By 2030, the percentage of people over 65 years old is estimated to rise to 18.3%. The concern for the growing aging population is exacerbated by the fact that 25 senior care facilities in the King County area have closed in the past few years.

“Now more than ever, we need to strengthen the organizations that are committed to honoring our mothers and fathers,” said Jack Almo, Board Chair of Kline Galland. “Gary and Karen’s foresight into the future of Kline Galland’s work is a transformative gift that will impact generations to come.”

The newly renamed Mary Schwartz Summit is a senior-care community that offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Support and is the only Jewish retirement community in Washington state.