August 1, 2016: Remember NVH Foundation in the Great Fish Challenge to support behavioral health services for area school students!

Through September 16th, you can help support North Valley Hospital Foundation’s efforts to raise money that will benefit behavioral health services for local children. The Great Fish Community Challenge is a three month long fundraising program designed to help local non-profits programs and services.

North Valley Hospital’s focus for the 2016 Great Fish Challenge is Adolescent Behavioral Health.
• One of the three significant health needs in our community, as identified through the 2016 joint Community Health Needs Assessment, is addressing the growing problem of mental health issues including those of adolescents.
• Funds raised will help to improve access and affordability of mental health services to families of adolescents in need of behavioral healthcare with a focus on those who do not have insurance or are in financial need.
• Telemedicine technologies will be used to facilitate faster access of behavioral healthcare in times of need for at-risk school-age children in North Valley Hospital’s service areas.
• Funds may also be used to create awareness of mental health services to the community, students and parents.

Our Great Fish Challenge focus complements a grant from the Montana State Healthcare Foundation which funded telemedicine equipment for the schools and North Valley Behavioral Health providers. This grant also provides support to train the school staff on how to use the equipment and collaborate with the North Valley Hospital Behavioral Health team to best serve the student. Our Great Fish Challenge donations go one step farther by providing financial support for our youth who otherwise would go untreated.

Every dollar helps us get closer to receiving up to $15,000 in a match grant awarded by the Whitefish Community Foundation.

You can donate online here OR with a check by picking up a campaign brochure at the North Valley Hospital Foundation office and mailed to Whitefish Community Foundation. To learn more about the challenge you can visit www.greatfishchallenge.org.

Thank you for supporting North Valley Hospital Foundation and the the Great Fish Challenge!

June 9, 2015: Remember NVH Foundation in the Great Fish Challenge to support the Birth Center Expansion!

Starting June 9th and running through September 18th, you can help support the Building for Generations campaign to raise $1MM for the North Valley Hospital Birth Center Expansion. The Great Fish Community Challenge is a three month long fundraising program designed to help local non-profits programs and services.

Every dollar helps us get closer to receiving up to $15,000 in a match grant awarded by the Whitefish Community Foundation.

You can donate online at http://greatfishchallenge.org/nonprofits/north-valley-hospital-foundation/ OR with a check by picking up a campaign brochure at the North Valley Hospital Foundation office and mailed to Whitefish Community Foundation. To learn more about the challenge you can visit www.greatfishchallenge.org.

Thank you for supporting North Valley Hospital Foundation and the Building for Generations campaign!

June 1, 2015: Foundation Scholarship awarded to three local High School seniors

North Valley Hospital Foundation recently awarded  three $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are entering a healthcare area of study. Jared LaRoque, Columbia Falls High School; Madison Burnham, Whitefish High School; and Bailey Kipp, Lincoln County High School. For more information about the winners, including their major of study click HERE. Congratulations to all of our local graduating seniors!

For more information call the Foundation office at 406-863-3630.

 

February 10, 2015: North Valley Hospital Foundation Opens Capital Campaign for Birth Center Expansion

When nearly 500 babies are born each year in a facility built to comfortably deliver 250, it becomes a time to expand. That’s why the North Valley Hospital Foundation is ramping up its capital campaign, Building for Generations, to raise the last $500,000 needed for the construction their Birth Center expansion plus an additional $500,000 for equipment and staff training for a total goal of $1MM.

The Birth Center project calls for 2730 square feet of new space and extensive renovation of approximately 1045 square feet of existing space in the hospital. The construction will provide for the addition or room conversion to create three new labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum (LDRP) rooms to make a total of five LDRP and two postpartum rooms. These combination “LDRP” rooms allow mothers to stay in the same room from start of labor through discharge making it more comfortable for her and her family. Currently, 30% of mothers who deliver in The Birth Center experience their postpartum care in general inpatient rooms due to lack of available rooms in The Birth Center. The size of the nursery will be increased to care for babies needing special attention. Other changes include a larger nurses’ station to accommodate multiple providers and staff, a larger family waiting area, and a new lactation room to assist new mothers.

“Our plan is to break ground this spring, weather permitting, and complete the project before the holidays,” said Michelle Drager, Executive Director of the North Valley Hospital Foundation. “Today, $500,000 is needed to reach our goal of $1.5MM for the expansion so we have decided to reach out to the community with this challenge. Above that, an additional $500,000 is needed for equipment and training. It would be reassuring to know we had 100% of the funding committed before breaking ground, but if it doesn’t happen, we’ll move forward with the construction in the anticipation that our goal will be realized by the time construction is complete. ” Drager explained that all contributions, regardless of the size, are appreciated. To help visualize how donations could be put to good use, she provided some examples as to how contributions of any amount can help:

  • $20 could pay for some new nursery bedding.
  • $500 could pay for a portable monitor.
  •  $3,000 could pay for an infant bassinet.
  • $14,000 could pay for a labor and delivery bed.

The campaign has been in progress since late 2012 when Building for Generations was initiated to focus on the comprehensive plan for meeting the current and future healthcare needs of the communities served by North Valley Hospital. The Flathead County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) was underway at the time to understand the area’s health needs so the results were incorporated into the hospital’s plans to better serve the community.

The first project completed in the campaign was the addition of a fourth operating room for North Valley Hospital to accommodate their growing surgical needs while maintaining access for emergency C-sections. The expansion broke ground on April 15, 2013 and was completed 6 months later at a cost of $1.76MM.

For more information on the Building for Generations campaign, please contact Michelle Drager at 406-863- 3560 or mdrager@nvhosp.org.

 

NVH Foundation Kicks Off “Legacy of Caring” Campaign

North Valley Hospital Foundation kicks off its Legacy of Caring campaign which focuses on building North Valley Hospital’s Planned Giving and Endowment programs to help fund future expansion of healthcare services for the communities it serves. The campaign was announced to a group of North Valley Hospital Foundation Board Members, donors and community representatives on August 27th at a private event held in Whitefish.

“Our goal is to raise $2 million within five years, but we are striving to meet that goal in just two years,” stated Karin Olsen, Executive Director of the Foundation. “We hope to take advantage of the Montana Endowment Tax Credit which allows credits against individual and corporation income tax for qualifying gifts to Montana permanent endowments providing for planned gifts and outright gifts. It is currently scheduled to expire on December 31, 2013 so we hope our donors will take advantage of this benefit for themselves and the Hospital Foundation while it is still available.”

This is the first campaign to raise funds for the hospital since the capital campaign was launched in 2004 to support the construction of the new hospital at the junction of Highways 93 and 40. The hospital opened in its new location in March 2007.

The Legacy of Caring campaign is co-chaired by North Valley Hospital Foundation Board Members, Jake Heckathorn and Luther Campbell. Together they will spearhead the process of raising private funds to help the hospital respond to changing demographics and economic conditions and maintain affordable health care in the communities served by North Valley Hospital and its outreach clinics. Philanthropy allows the hospital, a non-profit organization, to serve those who cannot afford healthcare, as well as build local programs and services that would not otherwise be possible. Endowment funds help to offset declining reimbursements and provide funding into perpetuity through the interest earned on those funds.

For more information on the Legacy of Caring campaign, creative ways you can contribute, or the North Valley Hospital Foundation, contact The Foundation Office at 406-863-3630 or foundation@nvhosp.org .