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Kalispell Regional Healthcare mourns the loss of President Velinda Stevens
With profound sadness, the Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) Board of Trustees Chairman, Curtis Lund, announced today that KRH President Velinda Stevens passed away at 3:50 a.m. on January 22 after a prolonged battle with cancer.
“We’ve lost a visionary leader, and the people of Montana have lost one of their most passionate healthcare advocates,” said Lund, “Those of us who had the good fortune of knowing and working with Velinda will miss our treasured friend and inspiring mentor. She leaves behind an incredible legacy that will impact this community and this organization for years to come.”
KRH is a thriving healthcare system and a significant part of the community. The KRH Board of Trustees and the KRH Senior Leadership Team are confident that the transition of leadership will have minimal disturbance to the operations of the organization and will not disrupt patient care. The KRH Board Policy defines a plan for the transition process in the case of an immediate vacancy of the President’s position. While the Board of Trustees conducts a formal search for her successor, Lund will assume many of her responsibilities as Interim CEO. Members of the KRH Senior Leadership Team will take on additional responsibilities as well and work together with Lund to lead the organization through the transition.
Stevens’s family has established The Velinda Stevens Endowment for Women and Children through the Kalispell Regional Healthcare Foundation to support, in perpetuity, her vision for the expansion of these services. The A.L.E.R.T. program was also very important to Stevens. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to either the endowment or the A.L.E.R.T. program.
“We are grateful for the outpouring of support from the Kalispell Regional Healthcare family and from those across the State of Montana,” said a family representative. “Velinda loved this community, and it’s humbling to know how much this community loved her in return. Thank you for respecting our privacy at this time as we cope with her loss.”
A celebration of Stevens’s life will be held in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, her family appreciates those who wish to share memories, favorite stories, and condolences. Cards and letters can be sent to:
“This is a difficult time for all of us at KRH, and no words that can adequately express our grief over her loss. She dedicated her heart and soul to this organization and to the health of all Montanans,” said Lund, “The best way we can honor her memory is to commit ourselves to the mission of Kalispell Regional Healthcare, which she loved so very much.”
North Valley Hospital Partners with Columbia Falls School District 6 to Open School Based Health Clinic
North Valley Hospital School Based Health Clinic began providing a full range of services to Columbia Falls high school students on Tuesday, September 20th. Healthcare providers from North Valley Professional Center and North Valley Behavioral Health are working with the Columbia Falls High School nurse to provide health care services on site at the high school.
The School-Based Health Clinic (SBHC) is a health center based in the school that provides students and staff with medical, wellness, and health education services. School-based health centers work to improve the health of students, increase access to healthcare and decrease time lost from school by providing healthcare in the school. More information.