Your Donations at Work
Donations to the Foundation are used to support and enhance patient care and to provide needed services to the community. To keep pace with advancing technologies and provide patients with the best diagnostic treatment services, Asante Ashland Community Hospital must continue to replace equipment, train staff and develop programs.
Projects with Long-Term Community Benefit
Cardiac Care: $37,669
A bequest from the Elmer C. Biegel Family Memorial Foundation helped purchase a new echocardiogram bed and two state-of-the-art EKG machines. The echocardiogram bed’s enhanced design is more comfortable for patients and puts them at ease while aiding in staff’s efficiency to get high-quality images of the heart. The two new EKG machines offer quick results for critical care in the hospital’s emergency department and intensive care unit. In addition, contributions to our Patrons Campaign and Lights for Life supported the renovation of existing space in the Emergency Department to create an Electrocardiogram (EKG) Room within the unit. The dedicated room fully equipped for an EKG decreases testing wait times, and enables patients to receive treatment more quickly, which can lead to improved patient outcomes.
Thanks to a generous bequest from the estate of Geraldine Oeser, seed money from the Auxiliary, and contributions from individuals and the faith community we completed a long-awaited Chapel. The Chapel is a non-denominational space within the hospital that people of all faith traditions can use for sanctuary and reflection.
DEXA Scanner: $72,868
Contributions from our Patrons Campaign and Lights for Life supported the purchase of a new DEXA Scanner for Imaging Services. The new technology has increased our ability to diagnose and treat osteoporosis, bone disease and fracture risk.
Equipment for the Family Birth Center: $152,646
Contributions from our Patrons Campaign, Lights for Life and earnings from donor designated estate gifts helped purchase new equipment for our Family Birth Center. New equipment includes a neonatal monitor, fetal monitor, Bili Blanket, minor procedure light, updated medical air delivery system and newborn bassinets.
Evans Family Comfort Room: $67,977
A donation received as part of the bequest from Ruth Tucker Evans led to the creation of a space for patients who are near the end of life and not able to leave the hospital. Soothing colors and lighting, a beautiful headwall, a hand-made quilt on the bed, a nook for family photos, and comfortable seating for loved ones gathering to say good-bye make this room very special. The project also appealed to Margie Lininger, a devoted member of the Foundation Board, whose husband Gregg Lininger passed away at the hospital. Margie asked friends and family to donate to the project in Gregg’s honor.
Family Birth Center: $83,288
The long-awaited refresh of our Family Birth Center was completed thanks to a grant from the Gwladys and John Zurlo Charitable Foundation and individual contributions. The space was renovated to include a second water birth tub, shower, updated furnishings, paint, and flooring.
Nursing Scholarships: $556,609
Since 2002 242 scholarships have been awarded to 187 nursing students enrolled at Rogue Community College and Oregon Health Science University (Ashland Campus) with financial support through the William G. and Ruth T. Evans Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund.
School Nurse Program: $536,000
Since 2005 we have partnered with the Ashland and Phoenix-Talent elementary and middle schools to fund the School Nurse Program. The funding is made possible through grants from the Reed and Carolee Walker Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, the Sharkey Family Foundation, Shop n’ Kart, and the Ashland Food Co-op.
Contributions to our Patrons Campaign and Lights for Life helped purchased telehealth technology for our Intensive Care Unit. Telehealth enables our hospitalists to consult with specialists at Rogue Regional Medical Center regarding our most critically ill patients, which will enables those patients to remain at Asante Ashland and avoid being transferred.
Women’s Health Initiative: $91,559
Contributions to our Patrons Campaign and Lights for Life supported our Women’s Health Initiative to help purchase new equipment for breast reconstruction and gynecological surgeries, and Breast Tomography equipment for Women’s Imaging. In addition, thanks to donor designated gifts and a grant from Soroptimist International of Ashland the Women’s Care Fund was established to provide healthcare services for underinsured women.