Your Donations at Work

Donations to Ashland Community Hospital Foundation are used to support and enhance the health of our community, including our local hospital.


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 Healthcare Innovation Fund was created in 2018 and funded by donations from our community to adopt new technologies and approaches to care when opportunity strikes.

Nursing Scholarships: $675,892

Since 2002, 305 scholarships have been awarded to 240 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.


Cardiac and Cancer Care: $80,171

A bequest from the Elmer C. Biegel Family Memorial Foundation helped purchase an echocardiogram bed and two state-of-the-art EKG machines. The two EKG machines offer quick results for critical care in the hospital’s emergency department and intensive care unit. Furthermore, 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.

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 node, providers can check for cancer in the entire bundle of lymph nodes found under the arm.

Chapel: $26,400

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.

Conference Room: $121,059

Renovated the Asante Ashland Conference Room thanks to an estate gift from Sidney and Barbara Field and other donor designated gifts.

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 technology increases the providers 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 the 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.

Resiliency Program: $128,000

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: $684,892

Since 2005 we have partnered with the Ashland and Phoenix-Talent School Districts 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 Indian Foundation, The Reed and Carolee Walker Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, The Sharkey Foundation, Shop’n Kart, and Soroptimist International of Ashland.

Telehealth: $52,615

Contributions to our Patrons Campaign and Lights for Life helped purchased telehealth technology for the Intensive Care Unit. Telehealth enables hospitalists to consult with specialists at Rogue Regional Medical Center regarding the most critically ill patients.

Ultraviolet Technology: $96,900

Donations to the Patrons Campaign were used to purchase two Optimum Enlight System devices, the latest in ultraviolet technology, for the sterilization of operating rooms and patient care.