The Garvey family joins UW Medicine and the legislature in a vital investment
Brain health is key to overall health, but here’s the struggle: About half the people on the planet, maybe more, will someday experience a brain disorder. “At some point, almost every family is affected by a brain health problem such as depression, Alzheimer’s disease or addiction,” says Lynn Garvey. “These diseases are so common and so devastating, and we wanted to do something to help.” And that’s exactly what she and her husband, Mike Garvey, decided to do.
Inspired, in part, by the Washington State Legislature’s recent investment in a new UW Medicine Behavioral Health Teaching Facility — which will care for people with long-term needs — the couple funded the Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions at UW Medicine, which will translate research into treatments to improve brain health for patients here and around the world. The new facility and the Garvey Institute will join a third recent addition at UW Medicine: the crisis-focused care provided by the UW Medicine Behavioral Health Institute at Harborview Medical Center. Three new, effective programs; three big ways to change people’s lives. “The Garvey Institute will work to make those treatments available to more people,” says Mike Garvey. “I really can’t think of a better investment than that, and I hope that other investors will join us.”