The Kootenai Health Foundation received two gifts totaling $400,000 in support of Kootenai Health’s east expansion. Kootenai Imaging, a local radiology group, contributed $300,000 to support and name the employee garden. John “Jack” Yuditsky, his wife Helen, and their son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Mary Kay Yuditsky, donated $100,000 to benefit the Family Birth Center waiting area.
“Employees need a place where they can decompress during the work day,” Albert Martinez, M.D., radiologist with Kootenai Imaging, said. “Our practice feels the garden will provide a nice option for a break.”
Much like the public Healing Garden outside the main lobby, the private Employee Garden provides physicians, nurses and staff a natural, outdoor setting to retreat and aid in stress reduction and restoration.
The restorative feeling of the gardens is carried throughout the expansion, including the visitor waiting areas. The Yuditsky family hopes the lobby of the Family Birth Center will provide a calming, positive experience for those who may be waiting during a potentially stressful or exciting time.
“We’re excited to support the new Family Birth Center,” Robert Yuditsky said. “It will have a positive impact on the comfort, convenience and spectrum of care offered to families and visitors as they welcome a precious new life into our region.”
Kootenai Imaging is a joint venture with Kootenai Health and has been dedicated to providing the highest quality diagnostic medical imaging services to patients in northern Idaho for over 30 years. The Kootenai Imaging physicians have been longstanding supporters of the Kootenai Health Foundation and regularly participate in Foundation events. Kootenai Imaging radiologist Albert Martinez, M.D. serves on the Foundation board.
The Yuditsky family has a long history of working with the Kootenai Health Foundation. Jack began his involvement with the Foundation in 1988, which led him to serve on the Foundation board from 2002-2008. Robert began his involvement with the Foundation in 2002 when his father joined the board, and he served on the board from 2008-2014, with his last year serving as Chairman. Both have been faithful supporters of the Foundation for decades.
Kootenai’s expansion is nearing completion and expects to start admitting patients on March 15. To learn more about the Kootenai Health expansion, visit kh.org/expansion, to learn more about the Kootenai Health Foundation and ways to get involved visit kh.org/foundation or call (208) 625-4438.