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Hospital Foundation Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Kicks-Off Annual Fundraising Efforts

Foundation news | Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Contact: Patrick Flynn

The Grande Ronde Hospital Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary at its annual Rooftop Social on June 27th in the rooftop gardens at Grande Ronde Hospital. The Foundation took the opportunity to announce to the crowd of attendees the patient care projects the Foundation would be backing.

During the keynote presentation, Foundation Manager Patrick Flynn announced that fundraising efforts would go toward the purchase of two new hemodialysis machines to be used in the Intensive Care Unit for patients who are admitted to the hospital in need of dialysis treatments. Currently, dialysis patients must be transferred to another regional facility to receive the necessary care. Purchases such as these assist the Hospital in fulfilling its vision of being able to provide care locally so patients do not have to travel out of the Grande Ronde Valley for their health care. Other equipment purchases include: “The Torch”, a high-intensity ultraviolet light array that is used to disinfect patient areas to prevent hospital acquired infections; additional telemedicine “robots”, allowing patients and providers to connect remotely and securely with specialty providers for services not hosted at GRH and for patients to have access to this expertise without having to travel out of the valley; lastly, the Foundation will be purchasing a new EKG unit for the Elgin Clinic.

The Foundation also recognized the most recent recipients of its new Challenge Coin award. the coin is awarded to donors who achieve a long history of giving, volunteer or other efforts that go “above and beyond” for the Foundation, or other special circumstances. The Foundation recognized Tim and June Wilson, Hon. Eric and Meg Valentine, Bob and Ann Hulden, and Dr. Michael and Kathy Hetrick.

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