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: $80,171
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.
In addition, the Elmer C. Biegel Family Memorial Foundation helped purchase a Neoprobe has for our Surgical Services Department. A Neoprobe is a hand-held device used during breast cancer surgery to detect the sentinel lymph node. By finding and removing this note, we can check for cancer in the entire bundle of lymph nodes found under the arm.
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.
Evans Family Comfort Room: $67,977
A donation received as part of the bequest from Ruth 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.
Healthcare Innovation: $591,270
Innovations in healthcare have been happening for centuries. Think of how our lives have changed with all the advances made in the medical field. The Innovation Fund was created in 2018 and funded by donations from our community to position Asante Ashland to adopt new technologies and approaches to care when opportunity strikes.
Holistic Patient Care: $37,050
Asante Ashland recognizes the importance of providing care to the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Thanks to individual contributions and grant funds we offer complementary therapies, spiritual support and other special touches to create a more comfortable, relaxing and healing experience. Services such as massage therapy, music therapy, aromatherapy, Reiki, and pet therapy are offered at no charge to our patients.
Nursing Scholarships: $668,678
Since 2002 276 scholarships have been awarded to 213 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.
Resiliency Program: $132,569
A visit to the hospital can be stressful. To help reduce anxiety and create a more healing experience for our patients. Thanks to donations to the Patrons Campaign and Lights for Life, Asante Ashland has established the Resiliency Program, which helps staff and physicians receive specialized training which provides a deeper understanding of the value of “trauma-informed care”.
Additionally, the Intensive Care Unit will be updated to create a more comforting atmosphere for patients in need of one-to-one care. A private, calming “safe room” will be created for patients experiencing heightened levels of emotional or psychological stress.
School Nurse Program: $602,915
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 by individual donations and grants from the Ashland Food Co-op, the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe of Indians Foundation, the Reed and Carolee Walker Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, the Sharkey Family Foundation, Shop n’ Kart, and Soroptimist International of Ashland.
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 enable 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.