A Heartfelt Thank You

February 28, 2019

With grateful hearts, the Fry Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors is ecstatic to announce that this year’s Festival of Hearts gala raised over $37,000!  This will allow them to purchase four Spacelabs QUB Heart Monitors for Boundary Community Hospital Emergency/Acute Care as well as the Fund-an-Item Blood Bank Refrigerator designated for use by the Hospital’s Laboratory.

The elegant atmosphere coupled with the delicious food prepared by the master chefs at the Kootenai River Inn made for a delightful event. Teresa and Brian Rae joined forces as emcee and auctioneer, extracting high amounts for the auction items while keeping the event fun and relaxed.  According to Teresa Rae, Vice President of Fry Healthcare Foundation, “We are pleased to be able to provide this special event at a time of year when people in Boundary County want to get together and celebrate. The dinner and auction format seems to be just right, and we are humbled by our community’s generosity.”

All of the auction items had a local connection including a Life Flight Network lifetime membership, flowers from SugarPlum Floral and BeeHaven Flower Farms, beef from Gardiner Prime Angus Ranch in Porthill, dining certificates from local restaurants, getaway packages to Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene, a Day on the Lake with Wendy and Steve Hawks, golf at Mirror Lake Golf Course, garlic from Allicin’s Ranch, and FLO-grown products from Cloud Eleven Mountain Farms.

The Dessert Dash was again a rousing success this year, doubling last year’s proceeds by raising a whopping $8,409!  “The Tower of Chocolate Cake donated by Kootenai River Inn went for $2,000, and two other desserts went for over $1,000 each.  Tables pool their resources to be able to pick first from the 15 spectacular desserts, and this single event has proven to be not only a money-maker for Fry, but also an event that attendees look forward to and strategize over,” provided Teresa Rae.  It is a fun way for everyone at the event to participate and share desserts, with many individuals leaving with yummy leftover boxes to enjoy at home.  A special thank you to the restaurants and individuals who created the beautiful and delicious dessert array.

During the event, many of the attendees raised their paddles as part of the Fund-an-Item bidding in order to raise money to purchase a Blood Bank Refrigerator for the Laboratory.  In a time-sensitive emergency, the Hospital needs to have a ready supply of blood, and this new refrigerator will have all of the latest temperature controls and alarms in order to allow the hospital to provide the best possible service in this area.

The Fry Healthcare Foundation and our community have raised $1.25 Million to benefit the hospital over the past 21 years. A heartfelt thank you to everyone in the community for your continued support of the Foundation and its fundraising efforts on behalf of Boundary Community Hospital.  Please join us at the next Fry Healthcare Foundation event which will be the Tenth Annual Golf Tournament at Mirror Lake Golf Course on September 6, 2019.  Again, thank you to all who donated and attended this great event!

Fry Healthcare Foundation Tenth Annual Golf Tournament

Swing! For the community. It was a beautiful day to play golf at the Fry Healthcare Foundation’s  10th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, September 7th.

Garry Reed and Jerry Jimenez played to a victory on the beautiful fairways and greens at Mirror Lake Golf Course.

(L to R) Jerry Jimenez and Garry Reed

Fry Healthcare Foundation Board Member Kevin Callos and Boundary Community Hospital CEO, Craig Johnson came in second place with their friends Ed and Jeff Sample finishing in third place.

(L to R) Jeff Sample, Ed Sample, Craig Johnson, and Kevin Callos

Longest Drive for Men was Jamie Porter, and Longest Drive for Women was Blanche Studer.  Carrick Renaley had the Most Accurate Drive and Elaine Morgan sank the Longest Putt.

The highlight of the event was when Craig Johnson made a Hole In One on the 2nd hole! Too bad it wasn’t Boundary Tractor’s Hole-in-One prize that was on the 8th Hole.

Sponsors and donors for the tournament included Kootenai Health, Automated Accounts Inc., Idaho Forest Group, Yellowstone Insurance Exchange, Gardiner Prime Angus Ranch, Elaine Morgan, Edward Jones Investments, Craig and Donna Johnson, Boundary Community Hospital Board of Trustees, Pace-Kerby & Co., P1FCU, Medicine Man Pharmacy, Bonners Ferry Living Local, News BF, BF Redi-Mix, The Dressing Room, and Riverside Auto Center.

Life Flight Network sponsored the Great Golf Ball Drop, which was won by Janet Lukehart.  The grand prize was a pair of kayaks, paddles and life vests from Far North Outfitters.

Kevin Callos helping to load the Kayaks for Janet Lukehart, NPC

The funds raised at this year’s tournament will be used to purchase two Vital Signs Monitors for Boundary Community Hospital Emergency and Acute Care. Over the past twenty years, the Fry Healthcare Foundation and our community have raised over $1.2 Million to benefit the hospital. We are very grateful for your continued support that ultimately benefits everyone who relies on Boundary Community Hospital for emergency and routine care.

Craig Johnson made a Hole-in-One at the 2018 Tournament

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Fry Healthcare Foundation:  208-267-6912
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Festival of Hearts 2018 a Success

The Fry Healthcare Foundation Festival of Hearts was a resounding success raising more than $40,000 to benefit Boundary Community Hospital. The majority of funds raised during the event will be used to purchase two Stryker Gurneys for Outpatient Surgery and the Emergency Department.

During the event, many of the attendees raised their paddles so the Hospital can purchase an Accuvein Vein Visualization Instrument. A representative from Accuvein demonstrated the instrument to the attendees by walking around to all of the tables and showing everyone how this instrument uses infrared technology, similar to a bar code scanner, to highlight veins for IV starts and blood draws.

The event sold out quickly this year with sponsors snapping up over half the tickets and tables. The atmosphere was elegant and the food prepared by the master chefs at Kootenai River Inn was delightful. Ken Yount did a great job as the auctioneer, extracting high amounts for the auction items while keeping the event fun and relaxed. According to Teresa Rae, Vice President of Fry Healthcare Foundation, “We are pleased to be able to provide this special event at a time of year when the folks in Boundary County want to get together and celebrate. The dinner and auction format is just right and we are so glad everyone is so generous.”

The Dessert Dash returned this year and was a rousing success. “One table pooled their resources to bid $1,005 to be able to pick first from the 15 spectacular desserts,” according to Teresa Rae. It is a fun way for everyone at the event to participate and share the desserts with many take home boxes providing an extra amount to share. A special thank you to the restaurants and individuals who created the beautiful and delicious dessert array.

The Fry Healthcare Foundation and our community have raised $1.2 Million to benefit the hospital over the past 21 years. A heartfelt thank you to everyone in the community for your continued support of the Foundation and its fundraising efforts on behalf of Boundary Community Hospital. The next event for Fry Healthcare Foundation will be the Tenth Annual Golf Tournament at Mirror Lake Golf Course on September 7, 2018.

2017 Golf Tournament Results

Fry Healthcare Foundation’s 9th Annual Golf Tournament

It was wet but Josh Figgins and Matt Odd played through the rain to win the Fry Healthcare Foundation’s 9th Annual Golf Tournament held on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Mirror Lake Golf Course in Bonners Ferry.

Winners-Figgins-and-Odd-webThe players “Tee’d” off to a shotgun start at noon and played 18 holes of golf, sometimes in monsoon conditions. Travis Delaney and Scott Rynearson captured second place with third place taken by Dick Staples and Dave Anderson. Longest Drive for Men was Travis Delaney, and Longest Drive for Women was Wendy Hawks.  Bill Gutnecht made the Longest Putt and Jamie Porter was Closest to the Pin. No one managed to make a Hole-in-One on hole #8 which was sponsored by Boundary Tractor, although several made it to the green.

Sponsors for the tournament included Idaho Forest Group, Yellowstone Insurance Exchange, Gardiner Prime Angus Ranch, Blanche Studer and Elaine Morgan, Edward Jones Investments, Craig and Donna Johnson, J. B.’s Tire and Automotive, Fousts Inc. Logging Contractors, E-Enterprises, and Riverside Auto Center.

Auburn Crest Hospice, Janice Claridge and Rick Lozoya, Selkirk Press, Bonners Ferry Living Local, Super 1 Foods, Ralph Lotspieck, Boundary Electric and Dixon Golf provided donations and prizes.

Life Flight Network and Pro-X Home Center donated a Traeger Grill that was awarded to Cathy Thaxton, the winner of the Great Golf Ball Drop.

The funds raised at this year’s tournament will be used to purchase a Nu-Step Recumbent Cross Trainer for the Rehabilitation Services Department at Boundary Community Hospital. According to Petra Timmermans, PT “The Nu-Step Trainer is wonderful for early rehabilitation of knee and hip surgeries because it allows for small movements, unlike a stationary bike where the knee and hip have to be able to flex over 90 degrees to make a full revolution. Patients are in total control of the movement and especially after surgery, it decreases the fear of pain. They are able to gradually increase the range of the movement at their own pace.”

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Over the past twenty years, the Fry Healthcare Foundation and our community have raised over $1.2 Million to benefit the hospital. We are very grateful for your continued support that ultimately benefits everyone who relies on Boundary Community Hospital for emergency and routine care.

 

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Fry Healthcare Foundation:  208-267-6912

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The Beat Goes On

The Beat Goes On

On May 1, the Spacelabs Cardiac Monitoring Central Station came online at Boundary Community Hospital.  Funded by the community through generous donations to the Fry Healthcare Foundation Festival of Hearts, the new Cardiac Monitoring system enables Boundary Community Hospital to monitor patients in the Emergency rooms and the Acute Care Hospital from one central location.  According to Paul Sogge, Spacelabs Healthcare Marketing Communications Manager, “Spacelabs Healthcare is proud to partner with Boundary Community Hospital to provide the latest in medical telemetry.  Spacelabs takes its name from the company’s origin in the early days of the U.S. Space Program. In 1969, Spacelabs medical telemetry monitored Neil Armstrong’s vitals on the moon. Today, the company’s technology is used by hospitals and care facilities around the world to watch over millions of patients every day. With the upgrade, Boundary County caregivers and patients will benefit from the latest telemetry system on the market.”

The hospital’s new Xhibit Central Station, with a high-resolution touchscreen display, will provide caregivers a detailed view of any patient on the network. Ambulatory patients will now be monitored with AriaTele telemetry transmitters, featuring full color screens to display heartrate, ECG, and SpO2 waveforms. Together, these solutions will deliver critical patient data across the hospital network, enabling better-informed decisions, increased efficiencies, and a safer environment for patients.

 

No one person can shine on this project and this install was no exception. According to James Miller, “This took a BCH team to pull off. After all the phone calls, e-mails, and tech questions, we are finally live with the telemetry and cardiac system. This is another great example of continually raising the standards of care at our community hospital. It is always important when taking care of people that we strive for nothing but the best.”

Boundary Community Hospital would like to thank the community for their support of the Hospital through the Fry Healthcare Foundation. This cardiac monitoring system is necessary, life-saving equipment that will benefit Boundary County and its residents for many years. ###

Stuffed Critters Donated to Boundary Community Hospital

Wanda Wilkerson (left) and Sean McCoy (center) from the hospital Emergency Department accept the stuffed critters from Fry Healthcare Foundation President, Carol Julian (right).

Wanda Wilkerson (left) and Sean McCoy (center) from the hospital Emergency Department accept the stuffed critters from Fry Healthcare Foundation President, Carol Julian (right).

The first set of stuffed critters donated to Boundary Community Hospital through the generosity of the Fry Healthcare Foundation Veryl Lindsay Memorial Fund arrived in the Emergency Department and Extended Care Facility. Wanda Wilkerson (left) and Sean McCoy (center) from the hospital Emergency Department accept the stuffed critters from Fry Healthcare Foundation President, Carol Julian (right).

“Thank you to everyone who donated in memory of Veryl Lindsay” says Carol Julian, President of Fry Healthcare Foundation. “Donations like this, which bring comfort to those in need, show how much our community cares for our friends and neighbors. We appreciate the help from Sugar Plum Floral in finding these lovable stuffed critters for the hospital.”

Established by the Lindsay family through the Fry Healthcare Foundation in memory of Veryl Lindsay, who worked as a Registered Nurse at Boundary Community Hospital from 1954-1986, the donated funds are used to purchase stuffed animals for Emergency Department patients or family members, children hospitalized for care, or dementia patients who need comfort. If you would like to donate in memory Veryl Lindsay, send your check to Fry Healthcare Foundation, 6640 Kaniksu Street, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805.

Mobile Ultrasound – Newest Tool in the Emergency Department

Dr. Stu Willis, Emergency Department Director, demonstrates the new Mobile Ultrasound purchased by Fry Healthcare Foundation for the Emergency Department at Boundary Community Hospital.

Dr. Stu Willis, Emergency Department Director, demonstrates the new Mobile Ultrasound purchased by Fry Healthcare Foundation for the Emergency Department at Boundary Community Hospital.

Thank you to the Fry Healthcare Foundation and their Festival of Trees for raising the funds to add a Mobile Ultrasound Machine to the Emergency Department at Boundary Community Hospital.

“This is a welcome addition to our Emergency Department toolbox,” says Hospital CEO Craig Johnson.  “As a Critical Access Hospital, we need to stay current on technology that will save the lives of the people who depend on us to provide those services.”

According to Dr. Stu Willis, Emergency Department Director, “Ultrasound devices have shrunk to the point where they are now handheld and can be used in the emergency department for easier triage, faster interventions for acute events, and better monitoring. In time sensitive emergencies you need tools like this that can be brought to the patient for faster diagnoses. For example, we can immediately see if a lung has collapsed and address the situation quickly and efficiently. Our friends and neighbors in Boundary County will benefit from having this state-of-the-art equipment available, if needed.”

Ultrasound (or “Sonography”) is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to show what is inside your body.  Similar to sonar used in ocean research, the ultrasound emits sound waves which pass through the body, which is 90% water. The sound waves bounce off tissues and organs and an echo is sent back to high-speed computers which use the echo to create an image. This results in a very detailed examination, which aids the physician in a diagnosis. In addition, some information is displayed using color Doppler images and includes accurate blood flow measurements. This is called color-flow Doppler. An ultrasound examination is fast, with very little discomfort. No radiation or x-rays are necessary.

“The support and generosity of the community for the Fry Healthcare Foundation directly impacts the high quality of care provided by Boundary Community Hospital,” according to Fry Healthcare President, Carol Julian. “Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Festival of Trees such a success and giving us the opportunity to provide the hospital with this vital piece of equipment. The 2015 Festival of Trees raised over $40,000 which we are using to purchase the Mobile Ultrasound and other equipment for the Emergency and Rehabilitation Departments.”

Fry Healthcare Foundation’s 7th Annual Golf Tournament Draws Talent and Smiles

Big smiles and good times characterized the Fry Healthcare Foundation’s 7th Annual Golf Tournament on June 12, 2015.

Fifty-four players, one moose calf, and several families of geese worked their way around 18-holes of golf at Mirror Lake Golf Course. The funds raised at the Golf Tournament will go towards the purchase of a portable ultrasound for the emergency room at Boundary Community Hospital.

Sponsors for the Golf Tournament are Rick and Janice Lozoya, Kootenai Health, Yellowstone Insurance Exchange, Idaho Forest Group, Gardiner Prime Angus Beef, Potlatch Credit Union, Pace-Kerby & Co. Inc., Columbia Bank, Kootenai River Inn, and Riverside Auto Center.

Community Title Company, Harvest Foods, Edward Jones, Safeway, Auburn Crest Hospice, Festival of Sandpoint, Sugar Plum Floral, Boardwalk Boutique, Picturesque, StoneRidge Golf Community, Twin Lakes Village, Silverwood Theme Park, Larson’s Clothing, and Henry-Griffitts donated prizes, cash, and items.

A hole-in-one at hole #8 ensured the winning of a Yamaha Side by Side, 4-Wheeler valued at $14,000 donated by Boundary Tractor Co. One drive by Boundary Community Hospital Administrator, Craig Johnson came close, but, unfortunately, nobody made the winning hole-in-one.

Tournament Winners are Travis Hinthorn and Steve Nelson, First Flight, Dick and Mike Villeli, Second Flight; and Linda Hiatt and Karen English, Third Flight.

The Golf Ball Drop, with a total of 375 balls purchased, was a crowd-pleaser. LifeFlight Network, a medical transport company, donated a Visio 55-inch Smart TV as the prize for the golf ball that rolled into, or came closest to, hole #9. Lana Hersinger is this year’s lucky winner.

Fry Healthcare Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c )3 with an elected Board of Directors whose purpose is to raise funds for equipment for the local hospital, Boundary Community Hospital. The benefits to the community are huge as new state-of-the art medical equipment and enhancements to the hospital campus continue to be funded. Over one-million dollars has been raised in its 20-year history. Donations are always accepted and always well-spent.

Plan now to participate in next year’s Golf Tournament on Friday, June 10, 2016. The Tournament is open to all. For more information about Fry Healthcare Foundation call (208) 267-6912.

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