2017 Scholarship Recipients

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2017 Scholarship Award Recipients
Front row l to r – Mylee Huber – WVH, Kelsey Cibicki – CH, Ada Gutierrez – CWH, Josephine Story – WVH, Angelica Acuna, Kimberly Gullett – CWH
Back Row l to r – Rebecca Davenport – CWH, Amy Dueman – CH, Julie Kalkowski – CH, Angela Jeske – WVH, Stephanie Perez-Chavez – WVH, Trisha Johnson – CH, Juliauna Largent – WVH, Erin Pulse – WVH, Inna Velichko – WVH, Katherine Repp- CWH, Deb Andre’ – WVH
Not pictured – Anahi Avelar – CWH, Lucia Avila-Romero – WVH, Jeremy Coble – CWH, Mary Eggers – CWH, Maria Equiua – CWH, Rosie Hartmann – CH, Mellissa Kampling – CWH, Carolina Marquez – CWH, Rebecca Mattson – CH, Monica Montano – CWH, Maribel Morales – CH, Daniel Oleynik – CWH, Inna Oleynik – CWH, Vanessa Urquilla

Scholarship Recipients based outside the Wenatchee area
l to r – Rebecca Staudenmaier-Adams – CH, Amber Keller – WVH, Cassandra Noble – WVH

Congratulations to the 2017 Scholarship Recipients
Since 1985, Confluence Health Foundation has awarded more than $986,000 in scholarship funds. Foundation programs like this are made possible by our many generous donors. The Foundation is pleased to announce that 34 scholarship recipients were awarded over $50,000. In addition, there is over $6,000 available for certification reimbursement on a first come, first served bases. (Application here 2017-18 Certification Application) Combined, that is over $56,000 that the Foundation has available to help employees further their education.

Jean Wood Nursing – Angelica Acuna
The Jean Wood Scholarship was established through a gift from the Wood estate in 2002 to provide one year of tuition to a nursing student.  Jean Wood was a nurse for over 30 years.  Her career started in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant.  After discharge, she continued her nursing career as a RN at St. Anthony’s Hospital and Rosewood Hospital and retired when Rosewood became Central Washington Hospital.

Margaret Weed Mentoring Scholarship – Lucia Avila-Romero
Originally established in 2003, the purpose of the Mentoring Scholarship is to encourage professional nursing development which ultimately translates into empowered practice and excellence in patient care. In 2006, the scholarship was renamed in memory of Margaret Weed, a teacher and Foundation Board member, who served as a mentor to many of her students.

Wenatchee Valley Street Rod Scholarship – Mary Eggers, Angela Jeske, Katherine Repp
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 – Rebecca Davenport
This scholarship is given in memory of Dr. Prinz, a scientist and NASA researcher. This award was established in 2004 to assist a registered nurse enrolled in a BSN program.

Career Assistance – Julie Kalkowski         
This scholarship was established in 2014, by Don and Tracey Kasnic, to give financial assistance to a current employee wanting to continue their education in a non-nursing healthcare field.
Confluence Health Foundation Employee Scholarship Recipients:

Deb Andre’ Mylee Huber  Cassandra Noble
Anahi Avelar Angela Jeski Daniel Oleynik
Kelsey Cibicki Trisha Johnson Inna Oleynik
Jeremy Coble Mellissa Kampling Stephanie Perez-Chavez
Amy Dueman Amber Keller Erin Pulse
Mary Eggers Juliauna Largent Katherine Repp
Maria Equiua Carolina Marquez Rebecca Staudenmaier-Adams
Kimberly Gullett Rebecca Mattson Josephine Story
Ada Gutierrez Monica Montano Vanessa Urquilla
Rosie Hartmann Maribel Morales Inna Velichko


Sage Coffee House & Bistro

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Charlene, at Sage Coffee House & Bistro, located outside of Quincy, had different fund raising events throughout the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Her coffee stand raised over $1,000 for our Compassionate Care Fund for Breast Care follow up.

A big thank you to Charlene and her customers!

Recap of the 25th Annual Spirit of A.Z. Wells Gala

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2016 A.Z. Wells Award recipient, Jim Wade

The Silver Anniversary of the Spirit of A.Z. Wells award, honoring Jim Wade, was a huge success. Silver and black decorated the room, as centerpieces with white roses and lit apples accented the tables. The Confluence Jazz Trio serenaded us during the social hour. Chef Leonard Silva had an impressive menu with apple garnish and flat iron pork as the main entrée. Approximately 330 guests were in attendance, which included 21 Sponsors.  As a bonus, Former Foundation Director, Parker McCreary, and current Foundation VP, Executive Trustee, Abel Noah, recognize 16 of the previous award recipients during the evening. Terry Sorom, 2007 recipient, emceed our first “Raise your Paddle” which helped the net proceeds for the evening reach approximately $70,000. This will go to the Wade Family Literacy Endowment.

We want to thank the following sponsors: Title – Armada Corp; Premier – Wenatchee Valley Medical Group; 25th Silver Anniversary – Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward, PS; Banquet Sponsor – Davis Arneil Law Firm, LLP; Corporate – Moss Adams; Decoration – Shirley McArthur; 25th Silver Anniversary Wine Gift Sponsor – Mike & Karen Wade; Table – Peggi Ann & Charles Amstutz, Don & Bonnie Brawley, Colonial Vista, Cashmere Valley Bank, Columbia Fruit, Cordell, Neher & Company, Ed Farrar, Gebbers Farms, Health Alliance, Keith & Lisa Goehner; Laura Mounter Real Estate & Co.; Life Flight Network; Molina Healthcare and Bill & Nancy Schettenhelm.

25th Annual Spirit of A.Z. Wells Award

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Jim Wade

Jim Wade

By Geraldine Warner

Wenatchee philanthropist and tree fruit leader Jim Wade will receive a special birthday honor this year. The Confluence Health Foundation will present him with the Spirit of A.Z. Wells Award for Community Service during its 25th annual Gala on November 11, the day after his 90th birthday.
Jim, who has always been more comfortable giving than receiving, is characteristically modest about the recognition.
“I feel that it’s nice that people think I deserve it, but what have I done that’s different from anyone else?” he asks. “I haven’t done anything special. I’ve just done what I thought was right.”
Many local organizations, families, and individuals have benefited over the years from Jim doing what he felt was right. For example, it’s thanks to Jim and his family that each baby born in Wenatchee receives a book to take home from the hospital. It’s also because of Jim’s generosity that Wenatchee boasts the finest children’s library in north central Washington.

Jim’s father Isham Fielding Wade (known as Ike) grew up in Tennessee, one of nine children. Ike’s older brother James Mark “J.M.” moved to Wenatchee in 1913 and went into partnership with A.Z. Wells, who ran a hardware store and had a large orchard north of Chelan. Wells managed the hardware side of the business and Wade ran the fruit packing and sales operation.
In 1919, after serving with the U.S. Army in World War I, Ike Wade joined his brother in Washington State. He attended the University of Washington, where he met his future wife Doris, and then worked for Wells and Wade. Ike and Doris’s daughter Peggy was born in 1925 and Jim was born in 1926.
When A.Z. Wells and J.M. Wade ended their partnership in 1937, J.M. formed J.M. Wade Fruit Company. Wells continued to operate his business under the name Wells and Wade, Inc., although the Wade family has not been involved since that date.

Columbia Fruit Packers
Ike worked for J.M. Fruit Company until 1946, when he and other employees established their own business called Columbia Fruit Packers in a rented warehouse.
Jim began his marketing career at the age of 10 when he sold candy to packing house workers during the busy cherry season. Later, he worked in the Columbia Fruit packing house during school vacations.
In 1944, during his senior year of high school, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He spent a year at Washington State College in Pullman waiting to be called up and competed on the college ski team. He was inducted into the Air Force in 1945 and did basic training at Wichita Falls, Texas, with the goal of being an aviation cadet. However, because the war was ending, he was sent to photography school in Denver and discharged shortly afterwards.
He attended the University of Washington and completed his education at Wenatchee Valley College, where he was on the ski-racing team. In 1949, Jim married Camille Jones, a former school classmate and also an avid skier. Her parents, Irwin and Elma Jones, owned the Jones and Jones Funeral Home in Wenatchee.
After college, Jim worked for a year for the Washington State Department of Agriculture as a fruit inspector. He then sold spray materials for Niagara Chemical Company in Wenatchee for a year before his father invited him to join Columbia Fruit Packers as sales manager.
Columbia Fruit Packers had become one of the leading cherry packers in Wenatchee, packing about a third of the Wenatchee area crop, but was still renting warehouse space. The company also shipped apples, but most of the apples the company sold were packed by other companies.
In 1964, Jim acquired property at North Miller Street, where Columbia Fruit Packers established its own packing facility. The company later expanded to Olds Station and consolidated its operations there. In the 1970s and 1980s, the company expanded its orchard holdings in central Washington.

In 1989, Jim founded Columbia Marketing International with Glady Bellamy and Nick Buak, who were formerly with Beebe Orchard Company, and invited McDougall and Sons to be a partner. The new company quickly became one of the leading tree-fruit marketers in the state.
Jim and Camille raised three children, Mark Wade, Mike Wade, and Susan Heinicke. Mike is general manager of Columbia Fruit Packers, but Jim is still president and goes to the office several days a week.
While building the business, Jim also served on the boards of numerous fruit industry organizations including: Washington State Fruit Commission, Cherry Growers and Industries Foundation, Washington Cherry Marketing Commission, International Apple Institute (now U.S. Apple Association), Northwest Horticultural Council, Washington Apple Commission, and Washington Apple Education Foundation. He was named the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Citizen of the Year in 1995 and was Grand Marshal of the festival in 2007.
Ken Severn, retired president of the Washington State Fruit Commission, said Jim had a marvelous talent of recognizing what the organization needed to accomplish for the good of the industry and uniting the board members to make it happen.

Jim has also been quietly but effectively working in the community. He was a founding director and stockholder in Wenatchee Mountain, Inc., which developed the Mission Ridge ski area in 1966. He was named director emeritus in 1990 after 27 years on the board. He worked with the youth ski racing programs for more than three decades.
He has been a Rotarian for more than 60 years and served on the boards of AAA in Seattle, the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle, and Wenatchee Savings and Loan. He has contributed to the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center and been a long-time supporter of the YMCA, the Salvation Army, and the Boy Scouts. He helped raise the money for the scouts to buy the Scout-A-Vista camp near Mission Ridge four years ago. Columbia Fruit continues to sponsor a concert at the Performing Arts Center each year.

When Jim’s mother Doris underwent dialysis treatment at Central Washington Hospital for two years before she died in 1992, she became very close to the nurses in the dialysis unit and learned that they had to pay for their own training in Seattle. The family set up the Wade Dialysis Fund to pay their expenses.
Jim’s wife Camille was a voracious reader who felt strongly about the value of children having access to books. After the hospital stopped offering dialysis treatment and the fund was no longer needed, the family renamed it the Wade Family Literacy Fund. Thanks to Jim and his family, each newborn baby receives its first book and every child who is a patient receives an age appropriate book of their very own to take home from the hospital. Proceeds from this year’s annual gala will go towards that fund.

Camille was a member of the Zetetic Book Club. After she passed away in 2011, Valerie Valaas, a fellow book club member, told Jim there was space in the basement of the Wenatchee library that could be converted into a children’s library. Jim went to talk to Dan Howard, director of the North Central Regional Library, and decided to fund the project in memory of Camille. Howard said the library was considering refurbishing the building and particularly the children’s area when Jim approached him. “We’d thought we might begin a long-term fund-development process,” Howard recalled. But a $300,000 donation from Jim covered most of the cost, allowing the project to go ahead much sooner than expected.
“We thought we’d be raising money for many years,” Howard said. “It was very lucky for us and the community, as his funds allowed us to build a modern, beautiful, and inspirational children’s area. We would not have been able to do it without Mr. Wade’s incredible generosity.” The 4,000-square-foot area is designed to evoke the mountains and apple orchards of the Wenatchee region. Howard said it is a symbol of the community’s commitment to children, education, reading, and books. “And we owe that to Mr. Wade.”


24th Spirit of A.Z. Wells Gala recap

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The annual Gala, which pays tribute those who selflessly share their time, talent and treasure for the betterment of Confluence Health and our community, had record attendance, Friday, November 13 as we honored Dr. Ed Farrar.  Proceeds for the evening will help establish a Financial Assistance Endowment Fund for Exoskeleton Therapy so anyone, regardless of their ability to pay, may have access to this cutting edge technology.  To donate to this fund, click here.

If you weren’t in attendance, you might want to check out this amazing video, created by our marketing department, of three different patient stories who use Exoskelton Therapy.  click here to view video.

Susan & 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

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.

Wade Family Literacy Endowment

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Presentation of the "First Book"

Presentation of the “First Book”

Jim Wade has established the Wade Family Literacy Endowment at Confluence Health Central Washington Hospital and Clinics.  The Endowment will provide the Baby’s First Book and Books for Young Readers.  This program will ensure that every family with a newborn will have that first book to start reading together and building early literacy.  Older children will also receive an age-appropriate book to have during their stay and to take home.  The books will be distributed through Central’s Mother/Baby and Pediatric Units.

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