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Providence donates $53,569 to Stevens County Ambulance

March 11, 2015

Mount Carmel Hospital Foundation joins Providence Health Care Foundation

Colville, WA—Providence Mount Carmel Hospital Foundation presented the Stevens County Ambulance Service with a check for $53,569.10 during a ceremony at the hospital March 10. Money was raised by the Mount Carmel Hospital Foundation will purchase of two defibrillators for the ambulance service.

“Stevens County Ambulance Service is often the only lifeline between our residents and emergency services at times when minutes count and emergency health care is needed,” said Ron Rehn, chief executive of Providence Health Care Stevens County, which includes NorthEast Washington Medical Group, Mount Carmel Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and DominiCare. “These new defibrillators mean lifesaving services will be readily available for our family, friends and neighbors in Stevens County” he adds.

Stevens County Ambulance Service is a voluntary service operated by the Stevens County Sheriff’s Department, serving northern Stevens and northern Ferry counties, with a population of 25,000 dispersed over 2,000 square miles. It serves as an emergency transport system for patients needing emergency care at Providence Mount Carmel Hospital in Colville and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chewelah.

The donation to the ambulance service is one of the last official gifts by the Providence Mount Carmel Hospital Foundation. Beginning next month, the foundation will join forces with the Providence Health Care Foundation, Eastern Washington, and its members will work together to support programs, services, education and equipment that impacts and saves lives in Stevens and Spokane counties.

The change comes at a time when the average age of foundation board members is over 60. "This transition will help us continue to raise funds for Mount Carmel and serve the health care needs of our communities,” says Mary Selecky, president of the Mount Carmel Hospital Foundation and former Washington State Secretary of Health. “Our foundation will continue as part of the Providence Health Care Foundation, and our community will continue to support the types of investments that help bring needed services to residents of our county,” she says.

“The contribution to the Stevens County Ambulance Service is just one example of the many times Colville residents have raised money to improve health care. In recent years, the foundation raised local funds to help build a new state of the art hospital in Colville,” adds Selecky. “We also raised funds to make sure we have digital mammography right here in town rather than depending on services in Spokane," she says.

Phil Stalp of Colville will join the Providence Health Care Foundation serving Stevens and Spokane counties.

For more information about the PHC Foundation, go to phc.org/giving, or call (509) 474-4917.

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About Providence Health Care

Providence Health Care is the Eastern Washington region of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit Catholic health care ministry committed to providing for the needs of the communities it serves – especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. The health system employs more than 76,000 people across five states – Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington. In Eastern Washington, the Providence Health Care network of services includes Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital and Providence Holy Family Hospital– both nationally recognized for quality care, as well as two critical access hospitals in Colville and Chewelah. Adding to a full continuum of services are Providence Medical Park in Spokane Valley (a comprehensive multi-specialty center), three urgent care centers, home health, assisted living, adult day health and skilled nursing care. Providence Medical Group of Eastern Washington includes more than 650 physicians and advanced practitioners. Its medical staff includes primary care providers, surgical subspecialists and medical specialists. For more information, visit www.phc.org.

About the Providence Health Care Foundation

Providence Health Care Foundation funds a wide range of initiatives within Providence hospitals and ministries in Spokane and Stevens Counties. This includes advanced medical equipment, cutting-edge research, facility upgrades and aid to the poor and vulnerable. In 2014 the foundation awarded 517 grants totaling more than $4 million to Providence ministries in our region. For more information on the foundation, visit www.phc.org/giving.