Rudi Pauly to receive Spirit of A.Z. Wells Award

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Rudi-PaulyWENATCHEE — In a time when nonprofits often go in search of help, community volunteer Rudi Pauly is a bright anomaly. After more than 60 years of service, she’s not only a strong advocate for community involvement; her relentless smile and boundless enthusiasm make it sound like fun.

“I always learn something from being on a board; like how the hospital functions or the Literacy Council or museum,” said Pauly, this year’s recipient of the “Spirit of A.Z. Wells” Award given annually by the Central Washington Hospital Foundation.

“You meet new people too. That’s always interesting to me because I like people. It’s such a wonderful way to be part of this vibrant community. Wenatchee is getting better as the years go by. Everybody should be helping this community grow, and grow with it by learning all the different facets that make it so vibrant.”

Pauly played a big role in making this community glow through CREST and Allied Arts. She worked on everything from cleaning up Wenatchee’s once-polluted riverfront to serving on a multitude of boards, including Central Washington Hospital Foundation, the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation, Douglas County Planning Commission, Chelan-Douglas Family Planning, Eastmont School Board, Art on the Avenues and the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee.

Pauly will be recognized for her community contributions Nov. 14 during the Central Washington Hospital Foundation’s 23rd annual gala presentation of the Spirit of A.Z. Wells Award for Community Service. Tickets are available by calling the foundation office at 665-6030.

Luck certainly played a hand in getting Pauly to Wenatchee. She was born Ruth Caroline Schram in Norfolk, Neb., the youngest of three daughters to John and Frieda Schram, descendants of German immigrant farmers. Her father gave the petite, vivacious Rudi her nickname — a German variation on rootie toot toot.

Rudi’s parents were active in their Lutheran church and always stayed informed. “It’s funny because they were Republicans, and I’m a Democrat now, as are my sisters, but we learned a lot from our parents. They stressed responsibility and voting and paying attention to what was going on, nationally and internationally.”

Her life changed dramatically in 1943, when recruiters from Boeing came to Sioux City looking for men to manage the company’s war-time production lines. Her father had always wanted to move to the West Coast, she said. “They made him an offer with a higher salary and paying for his move. Three months later we were in Seattle.”

When she graduated from Roosevelt High School, Rudi initially enrolled at Seattle University, where she met business major Jim Pauly her very first day. The couple would marry three years later, but not before Rudi transferred to the University of Washington. Her UW roommate was Kay Girard, whose boyfriend and future husband, Norm Hamilton, urged Jim Pauly to move to Wenatchee to work for his family’s business, Hamilton Fruit.

The Pauly family — which would later include sons Mark, Doug and Steve — moved to Wenatchee in 1953.

Rudi mixed her time as a mother, homemaker and hostess with community service. Her inspiration and mentor was Joan VanDivort, who worked avidly to clean up the Columbia River and create parks along the river through a variety of groups, including Allied Arts and the Columbia River environmental Study Team (CREST).

“Basically the riverfront was a dump when we came to Wenatchee. The water had become so polluted from sewage that the first thing we were told was, ‘Don’t ever play around the river.’ There were no sewage treatment plants then in Wenatchee or East Wenatchee, which is hard to believe, but eventually our congressional delegation helped pass a federal funding bill and it was gradually cleaned up.”

Jim Pauly died in 2007, but his work at Northern Fruit Co. made it possible for all three of their sons to stay in the area. Mark manages the 100-acre Chelan Red Orchard near Manson, Doug serves as manager at Northern Fruit and Steve pursued his father’s passion for international marketing by opening his own fruit export business, Pauly Marketing.

Rudi herself isn’t much interested in slowing down. She serves on two boards now — Art on the Avenues and the Performing Arts Center — and gets in as much skiing as she possibly can and her mind is always busy with ideas for more community improvements.

“… Wenatchee is still so young and has so much more potential. … Community involvement is so important. It’s a way to enrich your life and community and feel like you’ve played a part in its enhancement.”

Source: Wenatchee World

Sponsor Partnership with Armada Corp.

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armada-groupCentral Washington Hospital Foundation announces new Sponsor Partnership with Armada Corp.

Armada Corp., a local and regional debt recovery firm with 65 years of debt collection expertise, has partnered with Central Washington Hospital Foundation with a five year Title Sponsorship agreement totaling $100,000 to help support both the Foundation’s Annual Golf Tournament and Spirit of A. Z. Wells Gala.

“The healthcare services provided through Confluence Health are some of the best in the country. This partnership with Central Washington Hospital Foundation is a great opportunity to give back to the community in which we live and work” commented Albert Rookard, Vice President for Armada Corp.

In 1987, Armada Corp. began expanding its services to establish a local presence in communities throughout the region with six offices in four western states.   They provide professional collection service supporting both the business community and consumers utilizing the latest technology and communication tools.

Abel Noah, Executive Director for the Foundation, is especially excited with this new partnership because Armada Corp. is locally based in East Wenatchee and has an excellent reputation of business integrity and community service.

Congratulations to the 2014 Scholarship Recipients!

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2014-Scholarship-RecipientsThe Foundation is pleased to announce that over $44,000 was recently granted to the following scholarship recipients. And this year, the Foundation was proud to able to accept applications from ALL employees under Confluence Health. Since 1989, the Foundation has awarded more than $733,000 in scholarship funds. Central Washington Hospital Foundation programs, such as scholarships and Helping Our Peers in Emergencies (H.O.P.E.), are made possible by our many generous donors/employees of CWH, WVH and CH.

Jean Wood Nursing


Andrea Santa Cruz

Margaret Weed Mentoring Scholarship

  • Scott Rice

Dennis Key Memorial Scholarship

  • Oneida Duran

The Dennis Key Memorial Scholarship was established several years ago in memory of our former Human Resources Director. The scholarship assists with financial support to continue education in the healthcare profession.

Wenatchee Valley Street Rod Scholarship

  • Denise Gyselinck
  • Rebecca Mattson
  • Meghan Theriault

Since 2001, the Wenatchee Valley Street Rods Club, a guild of the Foundation, has donated nearly $130,000 to the Hospital using proceeds from the Apple Run Car Show. The guild disbanded in 2013, but is still able to award scholarships from funds previously raised.

Dianne Kasnic Prinz

  • Meghan Theriault

This scholarship is given in memory of Dr. Prinz, a scientist and NASA researcher. Meghan is the eighth recipient of this award established in 2004 to assist a registered nurse enrolled in a BSN program.

Career Assistance

  • Jennifer Sousley

This scholarship was established this year, by Don and Tracey Kasnic, to give financial assistance to a current employee wanting to continue their education in a non-nursing healthcare field.

Central Washington Hospital Foundation Scholarship Recipients:

  • Angelica Acuna
  • Glenn Adams
  • Oneida Duran
  • Katherine Ferguson
  • Kai Folke
  • Jessica Giles
  • Enrique Gonzalez
  • Denise Gyselinck
  • Devon Machado
  • Narcili Madrigal
  • Julia Maksimenko
  • Jenessa Marlow
  • Deborah Martin
  • Rebecca Mattson
  • Chelsea May
  • Ashley Mayfield
  • Caitlin Orange
  • Heather Scott
  • Jennifer Sousley
  • Michelle Stoneburner
  • Meghan Theriault
  • Jorge Torres
  • Vita Velichko
  • Amalia Zapata

Certification Recipients:

  • Brent Kaufman
  • Barbara Bourgeois
  • Rachel Smith
  • Nicholas Jackson
  • Jennifer Middleton
  • Kathy Wesley
  • Patricia Garcia
  • Erica Reinfeld
  • Teri McIntyre
  • Lana Guffy
  • Michelle Murphy

Sue and Mark Neel

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Pictured (l to r) Don Atkin, Director of Perioperative Services; Rick Canning, Executive Vice President of Inpatient Services; Sue and Mark Neel
Pictured (l to r) Don Atkin, Director of Perioperative Services; Rick Canning, Executive Vice President of Inpatient Services; Sue and Mark Neel

Sue and Mark Neel

We would like to thank Sue and Mark Neel for their gracious generosity by purchasing a new Blood Temperature Management System for Central Washington Hospital’s Cardiology and Surgery Departments.
The Neels made this purchase on behalf of their family members Lonnie Vee and Frank V. Taylor and Marguerite and Vernon Neel.  Lonnie Vee was a former nurse, and her daughter Marguerite was a longtime  volunteer in the Hospital’s records dept.



2013 CWH Foundation Scholarships Awarded

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The Central Washington Hospital Foundation is proud to present the 2013 Scholarship recipients. Since 1989 over $687,000 has been awarded to more than 300 individuals through the Foundation Scholarship program.

Brianna Jarbeau

Brianna Jarbeau

Our Jean Wood Nursing Scholarship was awarded to Brianna Jarbeau. Brianna was raised in the Wenatchee Valley and is a nursing student at Wenatchee Valley College, following in the footsteps of her grandmother. She has been inspired by her experiences training with nurses from Central Washington Hospital and the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center. She is on track to achieve her goal of becoming a registered nurse. We congratulate Brianna on her achievements.

Nina Nguyen was awarded the Margaret Weed Mentoring Scholarship. Nina is also a student at Wenatchee Valley College and very grateful for this financial support to help her pursue a career in nursing.

Central Washington Hospital’s Denise Gyselinck and Melissa Scott were awarded the Dennis Key Scholarship. Denise was also awarded the Wenatchee Valley Street Rod Scholarship along with fellow employees Jessie Cook and Chelsea May.

Employees Amy Eckert and Russ DeJong were the well deserving recipients of the Dianne Kasnic Prinz Scholarship and are on their way to receiving their BSNs.

Employee Grants were awarded to Jessie Cook, Amy Eckert, Kai Folke, Enrique Gonzalez, Denise Gyselinck, Lacey Leonard, Chelsea May, Ryan May, Kira Meyerson and Melissa Scott.

The Foundation applauds the achievements of all of our scholarship recipients and on behalf of the Scholarship Committee, thank you scholarship recipients for your dedication and desire to continue your education to enhance our healthcare industry. You are our future!

2013 Scholarships Awarded

Back row, standing from left to right: Kira Meyerson, Amy Eckert, Enrique Gonzalez, Ryan May, Kai Folke, Lacey Leonard, Denise Gyselinck Front row, sitting from left to right: Nina Nguyen, Jessie Cook, Chelsea May, Brianna Jarbeau
Not shown: Russ DeJong, Melissa Scott

RSVP: Spirit of AZ Wells Gala

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Carl-Betty-CampbellPhilanthropist Carl Campbell and his wife Betty (1922-2010) have been chosen as the recipients of the 22nd annual Central Washington Hospital Foundation “Spirit of A.Z. Wells” Gala. The “Spirit of A.Z. Wells” Award is presented annually in recognition of those who have provided significant support and leadership to Central Washington Hospital or other charitable health-related institutions in North Central Washington. Named after philanthropists and community leaders Alfred Z. and Emogene Wells, the award was established in 1992 to pay tribute to those who selflessly share their gifts of time, talent, and treasure.

Carl and Betty certainly fit that bill. They have been side by side in their support of healthcare in our region for over 60 years.  Because of this generous couple, residents in five counties experience a quality of health care that is extraordinary.  Born and raised in Yakima, Carl and his wife Betty arrived in the Wenatchee area in 1953. Together they oversaw construction of Parkside Sanitarium.  The Parkside facility grew very quickly and expanded into retirement communities in nearby towns.  The business has now evolved into Triple C Convalescent Centers, a locally-based company with facilities in 21 states, including Colonial Vista Retirement and Assisted Living in Wenatchee.  Their vision and labor have made possible the extension of medical, social and cultural services in an environment of warmth and compassion that challenges, uplifts and encourages human beings.

In 1982, Carl followed his love of flying and aircraft to establish Executive Flight, a charter and maintenance service, at Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee.  It has been one of the joys of Carl’s life.

Carl and Betty generously contributed to many local non-profits, civic organizations and other community efforts and their quiet dedication has been the reason for many improvements of healthcare in our region. Sadly, Betty passed away in 2010.  At 91years young, Carl continues their legacy of philanthropy, entrepreneurship and service to the Wenatchee Valley. He is a private man who has always had the ultimate goal to serve other people.

The Central Washington Hospital Foundation and its board are privileged to recognize Carl and Betty Campbell for their philanthropy to our community. Our Gala honoring Carl and Betty will be held on Friday, November 8, 2013 in the Hangar at Executive Flight. There will be a fabulous sit down dinner, fine wines from a local winery and music from our treasure of talent in the Valley. It will be an event to remember.

This year’s beneficiary of Gala proceeds is our Comfort Giving Circle through Central Washington Hospital’s Homecare Services. This incredible program will enhance the quality of life for our hospice patients on service by providing complementary therapy services (massage, pet, music and cosmetology) in their home. These therapies are proven to diminish symptoms such as pain or anxiety and provide a calming therapeutic presence and are not covered by insurance.


A Successful Golf Tournament!

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Golf-Tournament-201316th Annual Central Washington Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament

The weather was absolutely perfect for the 16th Annual CWH Foundation Golf Tournament which was held at the Wenatchee Golf & Country Club on Monday, September 9th. Sponsored by Chapman Financial Services for the eighth consecutive year, the tournament was a huge success with over $40,000 being raised to support the purchase of new cardiac monitors for the Hospital’s Special Care Nursery Unit. The Foundation gratefully thanks all the sponsors and players for their participation and generous support.

A special thanks to the volunteers and staff who assisted with registration and tournament logistics:

  • Cathy Thomas, Foundation and Administration
  • Debbie Martin, Marketing
  • Sandy Northrup, Foundation Board
  • Dan Jess, Chapman Financial
  • Nancy Schettenhelm, Foundation Board
  • Kim Miller, Purchasing
  • Karen McCart, Foundation and HR
  • Joni Cartwright, Foundation
  • Jack Powers, Retired HR Director
  • Anne Wagg, Administration & NW Action Photo
  • Delcie Mott, Education services
  • Ceci Wood, Volunteer Services

Congratulations to the Tournament winners:

  • 1st Place Low Gross: representing Ridgeline Graphics: Chris McDarment, Erik Holmberg, Craig Robertson, John Berry
  • 2nd Place Low Gross: representing Kibble Prentiss: Gary Baldridge, Rex Lund, Jack Powers, Richard Lawley
  • 1st Place Low Net: representing Grace Stone Consulting: Brenda Rinehart, Scott Sherwood, Derek Bergan, Brad Bozette
  • 2nd Place Low Net: representing WA Trust Bank: Steve Clive, Gwen Sparks, Tim Dilley, Sean Patton


  • 1st: Shawn Narancich, Ferguson Wellman
  • 2nd: Richard Lawley, Confluence Health


  • Men: John Berry
  • Women: Karen Wasylyshyn


  • Men: Frank Kuntz
  • Women: Jean Horan
  • Age 60+: Mike Dowell


  • Men: John Doyle, 35 ½ feet
  • Women: Mary Darlington, 14feet 4 inches

PRIZE: 2013 Buick Encore to the first hole-in-one. No winner this year.

  • Men: Gary Smitz
  • Women: No Winner

Golf-Tournament-Sponsors-2013A Special Thank You to our Generous Sponsors:

  • Amerinet Health Resource Eagle Sponsor
  • Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Eagle Sponsor
  • Banner Bank Longest Drive Sponsor
  • CDI Engineers Par Sponsor
  • Chapman Financial Services, Inc Premier Sponsor
  • Colonial Vista Communities Par Sponsor
  • Core Medical Imaging Birdie Sponsor
  • Davis Arneil Law firm Birdie Sponsor
  • Design Alliance, P.C. Birdie Sponsor
  • Ferguson Wellman Capital Mgmt Birdie Sponsor
  • Fidelity Investments Eagle Sponsor
  • Grace Stone Professionals Eagle Sponsor
  • Health Alliance Birdie Sponsor
  • HDR Architecture, Inc. Par Sponsor
  • Inside Design Carpet One Birdie Sponsor
  • Kaufman Hall Mgmt Solutions Birdie Sponsor
  • Key Bank Closest to the Pin (Women)
  • Kibble Prentice Birdie Sponsor
  • Mercer Birdie Sponsor
  • Moss Adams Birdie Sponsor
  • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Closest to the Pin (Men)
  • NW MedStar Par Sponsor
  • Premera Blue Cross Eagle Sponsor
  • Ridgeline Graphics Par Sponsor
  • Sangster Motors Hole-in-One Car
  • Washington Trust Bank Par Sponsor
  • Weinstein Beverage Company Birdie Sponsor
  • Wenatchee Valley Medical Center Lunch Sponsor
  • Wurts & Associates Par Sponsor

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