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Stories of gratitude and giving

Be inspired by stories of the donors who make a difference every day.

Kootenai Health Foundation is profoundly grateful for the support provided by donors who have made gifts to the foundation. Through their generosity, they create meaningful legacies for future generations. Here are some of their stories.

Invest in the People Who Invest in You - Kootenai Health Employee Scholarships 

Sarah Pierce is one of over 400 employees at Kootenai Hospital who have made a very personal donation. Her reason is fairly typical. 

“This is my family,” she says of the place she’s worked since 2001. “Kootenai Health has done so much for me—it just feels right to give back.”

Sarah began at the hospital as a critical care nurse in the ICU and as a Hospital Supervisor for 10 years before returning to school to advance her career. Sarah graduated from Gonzaga University in 2012 with a Masters in Anesthesia. As she has progressed through her career here at Kootenai Health many nurses, administrators, physicians and other employees helped supported her and her family. All three of her children attended Kootenai Kids and were cared for by the daycare staff.

 Kootenai Health Rehabilitation Services Receives New FES Bike from Generous Community Members 

The Coeur d’Alene man suffered a spinal cord injury after a fall during a recreational pickle ball game in December 2014. The accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. As part of his rehabilitation, Alan and his wife, Janette, have traveled to Spokane at least twice a week for more than a year for therapy on a Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) cycle. The cycling system allows patients to exercise the muscles of paralyzed limbs in order to build muscle strength and improve fitness.




 You gifts. Our technology. Shared Joy.

With funds from our amazing donors, the Foundation helped to purchase NICView cameras for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as part of the IMAGINE Campaign. The Nicview camera system is a state-of-the-art system that provides secure live stream video of your baby when you are not able to be there in person. By offering an access code that is specific to your infant, you may personally choose to allow siblings, relatives, and friends to view your new arrival from anywhere in the United States and around the world.  


 Partnerships Support Safe Kids Life Jacket Loaner Program in Kootenai County 

Safe Kids Kootenai County is aiming to reduce accidental drownings through a partnership with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, STCU and the Kootenai Health Foundation. Forty new youth life jackets were purchased to support and maintain two life jacket loaner stations at Third Street Boat Launch and Blackwell Island Boat Launch, two of the lake’s most active and busy launches. 



Investing In Clinical Excellence

Longtime Friends of the Foundation, Jack and Helen Yuditsky are paying it forward by investing in Kootenai’s future. With the tremendous support and investment of the steadfast donors, every year the Kootenai Health Foundation awards “Clinical Excellence” scholarships. The Foundation recently awarded over $7,500 in scholarships to seven Kootenai Health employees to assist them in continuing their education in the pursuit of advancing clinical excellence.



Virtuous Volunteers

Nearly 200 men and women strong, the volunteer members that make up the Kootenai Health Auxiliary stand as one of the Kootenai Health Foundation’s dearest and strongest partners. In 1983 the Auxiliary led the charge and donated a check for $20,000, the first gift in the history of the Foundation! Since that time the Auxiliary has supported a majority of the capital projects that have been instrumental in supporting the need for expanded facilities and services for patients at Kootenai Health.



Kootenai Health receives $45K grant

The future just got brighter for health care in northern Idaho thanks to Avista Utilities and the Avista Foundation! Recognizing Kootenai County's growing need for quality, local health services, the Avista Foundation awarded Kootenai Health a $45,000 grant for the medical center's expansion. Kootenai Health will receive $15,000 per year for the next three years.