Kootenai | Kootenai Health | Issue 3, 2022

4 Securing a Healthy Future “Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” —Jim Rohn Following the COVID-19 pandemic, many hospitals and health care organizations are still working to recover from the financial impact of reduced surgical volumes, exorbitant fees to hire traveling nurses and the ongoing challenge of staff members leaving health care altogether. Never has the need for—and potential impact of—local philanthropy been greater. Over the next two years, the Kootenai Health Foundation will be raising support for the expansion of the Kootenai Health Heart Center. This expansion will add a second electrophysiology lab for heart rhythm disorders, a second cardiac catheterization lab and nine new patient rooms. This project provides a meaningful opportunity to make enhanced local, state-of-the-art cardiac care services a reality. I am pleased to announce that Cara Nielsen is joining the Foundation to lead this work as its new president, following Julie Holt’s well-deserved retirement. Youcanmakeadifference As a community-owned hospital, every dollar earned here is reinvested in continuing and improving health care in our community. But we cannot do it alone. It was through the generosity of Foundation donors that we were able to purchase a much-needed second da Vinci surgical robot, cranial navigation, a KINEVO microscope for neurosurgery and, coming soon, a new unit specially designed for the care of geriatric patients. In 2019, Kootenai Health was also proud to celebrate the Community Cancer Fund’s opening of the hospitality center on the Kootenai Health campus. With half of the center being home to a Ronald McDonald House and the other half being home to Kootenai Health’s own Walden House, the center annually serves hundreds of families in need of free or affordable lodging while receiving care at Kootenai Health. Whether you have a heart to help cardiac patients, seniors, cancer patients or nurses working to enhance their skills, your support really does make a difference. Knowing those services will be available in the future, should you or a loved one need them, truly creates an opportunity to receive more than you give. Wishing you good health, Jon Ness, CEO Kootenai Health 2003 Kootenai Health Way Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814 KH.org (208) 625-4000 Kootenai Hospital District Board of Trustees Katie Brodie, Chair Robert Colvin, Vice Chair Teri Farr, Secretary and Treasurer Dave Bobbitt, Trustee Cindy Clark, Trustee Thomas deTar, M.D., Trustee Liz Godbehere, Trustee Steve Matheson, Trustee Robert McFarland, M.D., Trustee Administration Jon Ness, Chief Executive Officer Pam Bauer, President, Kootenai Care Network Karen Cabell, D.O., Chief Physician Executive Kelly Espinoza, Chief Nursing Officer Jeremy Evans, Chief Operating Officer Daniel Klocko, Executive Vice President of Human Resources Cara Nielsen, Kootenai Health Foundation President Ryan Smith, Chief Information Officer Kim Webb, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer John Weinsheim, Executive Vice President of Kootenai Clinic Executive Regional Editor Kim Anderson Regional Editor Kristina Orrego Cover photo Jerome Pollos Published as a courtesy of Kootenai Health four times a year. Models may be used in photos and illustrations. If you have any concerns or questions about specific content that may affect your health, please contact your health care provider. Kootenai Health complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Translation assistance services, free of charge, are available to you. Please call (877) 746-4674. Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al (877) 746-4674. Ako govorite srpsko-hrvatski, usluge jezicke pomoci dostupne su vam besplatno. Nazovite (877) 746-4674. 2022 © Coffey Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Health Tolli Willhite, Kootenai Health Community Relations Coordinator, Morning Glory