Kootenai | Kootenai Health | Issue 4, 2023

20 By Britt Towery In 1983, a group of visionary community leaders recognized the need for a charitable foundation to directly support our community hospital. Little did they realize how much they would accomplish for the growing health care needs of northern Idaho over the next 40 years. of Philanthropy Celebrating 35 Fabulous Festivals! The Festival of Trees has raised nearly $9 million that enhance patient care are only possible because of our community’s generous donations to the Kootenai Health Foundation,” said Jon Ness, CEO of Kootenai Health. “Just as important as the financial component, however, is the opportunity to partner with people who are as passionate as we are about creating access to high-quality health care in our community. The difference we make when we work together is life-changing.” Working for and with the community As a not-for-profit hospital, philanthropic investments are critical to help the medical center meet its mission. The Foundation’s purpose is to steward donors’ investments and provide financial resources to Kootenai Health to impact patient care through the Over the course of the past four decades, the Kootenai Health Foundation has generated nearly $39 million in philanthropic support for the hospital. Major investments and projects include Cancer Centers in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls, the Health Resource Center, the McGrane Center for Rehabilitation, the Heart Center, the emergency department expansion, the east wing hospital expansion, Neonatal and Children’s Services expansions, Critical Care expansion, the Walden House for patient and family hospitality, and the Cancer Patient Support Fund. “Many projects By Britt Towery The saying “It takes a village” rings true when looking back on the decades of support from local businesses, community members and hospital employees for The Festival of Trees events. Organized by the Kootenai Health Foundation, the annual, multiday fundraising event has raised almost $9 million for Kootenai Health. An event of this size and scale can only be accomplished with the passion, dedication and commitment of community members behind the scenes. The Festival Executive Committee is a group of dedicated volunteers that lead the event planning, while a multitude of other volunteers act as tree decorators, event staff, tree delivery angels and more to create a special occasion. 40 Years Kootenai Health Foundation celebrates four decades of community partnership and heartfelt generosity