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Kalispel Tribe Donates $500,000 to Providence CICU Project

April 29, 2015

New feature will be named Kalispel Tribe Outdoor Courtyard


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    Joyce M. Cameron
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Spokane, WA—The Kalispel Tribe of Indians has pledged $500,000 in support of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) expansion and modernization project currently underway at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. The gift will be matched by Providence Health Care Foundation.

“We are absolutely thrilled with this generous gift from the Kalispel Tribe,” said Joyce M. Cameron, chief development officer for Providence Health Care Foundation. “The CICU project is of vital importance to the entire region and this donation will help ensure Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center remains at the forefront of cardiac care for generations to come.”

An important element of the project is an open-air courtyard on the roof, which will provide a welcome reprieve for patients who may be in the hospital for weeks at a time. This unique feature will be named the Kalispel Tribe Outdoor Courtyard, and will include indigenous plants as well as symbols and themes that reflect the Tribe’s history and values.

“We are truly honored to partner with Providence Health Care on the CICU project,” said Curt Holmes, director of public and government affairs for the Kalispel Tribal Economic Authority (KTEA). “Since time immemorial, the Kalispel Tribe has shared its resources with neighbors in need. We have and always will believe in the importance of taking care of each other. We’re proud to be an instrumental part of the cardiac project as we share many of the same values as Providence, including a commitment to the community, health and wellness, deep spirituality, pride in our history and respect for all people.”

Providence Health Care Foundation is in the midst of a communitywide fundraising campaign to support the CICU expansion. The project will improve access to critical care, increase the capacity of critical care beds and increase room size to accommodate modern equipment and care teams.

Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States. On average, Providence Sacred Heart provides specialized cardiac care for more than 5,000 cardiac patients of all ages every year. Providence is also the leading cardiac transplant center in Eastern Washington, with 13 transplants performed in 2014. The current CICU at Sacred heart hasn’t seen major upgrades since 1986.

The foundation will raise $2 million – 10 percent of the cost of the project. The balance will be paid for through capital budget. The first phase of the project will be completed in May, with the entire project scheduled for completion in April 2016.

About the Kalispel Tribe of Indians

Once one of the poorest Native American tribes in the United States, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians is now one of the top private employers in the Spokane region. The historically humble and hospitable tribe operates Northern Quest Resort & Casino, the region’s premier destination resort. Tribal health and social service programs, supported by the resort, have increased the quality and life expectancy for tribal members and surrounding communities near the tribe’s reservation along the Pend Oreille River. The tribe maintains a number of business enterprises, provides a total of 2,000 jobs, and has donated more than $7 million to regional non-profit organizations. Find out more about the Kalispel Tribe’s rich cultural history and their progression at kalispeltribe.com.

About Providence Health Care Foundation Eastern Washington

Gifts to Providence Health Care Foundation are used to support access to and delivery of world-class health care to families throughout the Inland Northwest, with special concern for the poor and vulnerable. In 2014 the foundation awarded 517 grants totaling more than $4 million to Providence ministries in our region. phc.org/giving