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The spring issue of the Foundation in Focus is now available. This issue includes the Confluence Health Foundation’s annual impact report that highlights the transformative and touching work our generous

Fall 2023 Foundation in Focus Newsletter – Check It Out!

In this issue, hear from outgoing Executive Trustee of the Confluence Health Foundation, Abel Noah, who reflects on his career and shares plans for his retirement. Also inside this issue,

Summer News: July Foundation in Focus Now Available

This issue features our 2023 scholarship cohort, a soon-to-be third grader who is already an expert in generosity, and an article about a very special ten-year anniversary.

Read All About It! April Foundation in Focus Quarterly Newsletter

This issue features stories about one of the most resourceful and compassionate departments at Central Washington Hospital, Confluence Health Clinical Research Department’s plan to advance health equity, and how a

January Issue of Foundation in Focus is Now Available

This issue highlights the Foundation’s impact in 2022, celebrates the 5th year of the Miracle Milk for Babies Program, and features a new clinic-to-community collaboration targeting cancer screening. Check it

October Issue of the Foundation in Focus – Featuring Groundbreaking News!

We’re pleased to present the latest issue of the Foundation in Focus. This month, we share some groundbreaking news, congratulate Karen McCart on a major milestone, and recap a community

25th Annual Armada Golf Classic: What a day!

The 25th Annual Armada Golf Classic benefitting the Confluence Health Foundation took place at Desert Canyon Golf Resort on September 12, 2022. This is the first golf tournament hosted by

Free Adaptive Bike Event for Moses Lake Has Been Cancelled

Though we have to cancel the adaptive cycling event this year, we hope to plan future events in the region. We’re looking for partners in the Moses Lake area that

Reconnecting with Our Communities

The impact of delayed medical care can create significant downstream problems for individuals, their families, and the broader society. Recent reports indicate that nearly 40 percent of adult patients have

July Issue of Foundation in Focus – Hot Off the Press!

The newest issue of the Foundation in Focus quarterly newsletter is now available. Click here to read all about what we’ve been up to the past three months.

Don’t Forget! The Spirit of A. Z. Wells” Celebration is Just Around the Corner

There’s only two weeks until the “Spirit of A.Z Wells” Celebration, and tickets are expected to sell out. Buy your tickets today! We’ve planned an intimate evening featuring delicious local

Healing Garden Update

The healing garden at Central Washington Hospital is in full bloom! The garden looks particularly splendid this month. The established dogwoods and rhododendrons were pruned last summer to revive their

May 7th Adaptive Cycling Event a Success!

The Confluence Health Foundation hosted partner, Outdoors for All, for a free adaptive cycling event open to the public on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee.

Día Del Niño Community Health Fair – A Huge Success!

By Bindu Nayak M.D. Endocrinologist and Co-Chair of Confluence Health’s Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (HEDI) Council On Saturday April 30th, Confluence Health partnered with the community-based organization, Parque Padrinos,


Read April’s issue of Foundation in Focus, our first quarterly newsletter of 2022!

The Confluence Health Foundation Teams Up with Wenatchee Valley College to Promote Local Educational Opportunities

In March, the Confluence Health Foundation’s Karen McCart teamed up with Wenatchee Valley College faculty Meleah Butruille and Dean of Allied Health, Jenny Capelo, to promote local healthcare degree programs

Foundation Mini Grant Helps Nurse Navigators Provide Remote Care

The Confluence Health Foundation is pleased to announce that Central Washington Hospital Heart Failure Clinic’s program, Cardiology Cares, has received seed funding that will kickstart the program for the next

Our Pediatric Patients Get a Helping Paw Thanks to the Lion’s Club

Being admitted to the hospital can be a difficult experience for all patients. There’s a lot of uncertainty and fear that can go along with being in a strange place

Scholarship Applications Now Available

The Confluence Health Foundation 2022 scholarship application is now available! The Foundation has several scholarship opportunities that are open to employees, children of employees, and members of the local community

2022 Confluence Health Foundation Board Updates

The new year brings some changes to the Confluence Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees roster. Carol Wardell and Ted Fukuzawa have rotated off the board after many years of exemplary

Scholarships are in the Air!

It only takes a few sunny days in January for people to start talking about spring. Never mind that there’s still several inches of snow covering the ground – spring

We’re Trying Something New!

It’s been about eight months since the Foundation launched the ‘Help Us Heal’ garden appeal. The goal of the effort was to revitalize a small courtyard at Central Washington Hospital

Happy New Year!

Wishing our donors, sponsors, friends, and colleagues a safe, healthy, happy, and productive 2022!

Make Your Year-End Gift, Today!

As 2021 draws to a close, we ask you to consider a year-end gift to the Confluence Health Foundation. Your gift will be used to support the local, independent healthcare

American Cancer Society Funds Transportation Grant, Back to Screening Grant

Living in North Central Washington is a privilege. The open spaces, diversity of landscapes, and natural beauty are unique treasures that we all share as residents of this region. However,

2021 Recap: Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going

How is it already December? It’s usually around this time of year that the Foundation staff scratch their heads and contemplate how quickly time has flown. Even though it catches

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year at Expressions Gift Shop

Ornaments, lights, santas, and mice, The gift shop is bursting with everything nice. Stop in and see, what’s under the tree, The deals are so great it’s practically free! Next

Dr. Rutherford Receives WSHA’s Highest Honor

This month, Confluence Health CEO, Dr. Peter Rutherford, was presented with the Washington State Hospital Association’s (WSHA) Joe Hopkins Memorial Award, a distinguished honor recognizing individuals whose lifework has profoundly

Sage Coffee House and the Power of the Tip Jar

As if their delicious sandwiches and coffee isn’t enough of a reason to love Sage Coffee House and Bistro in Quincy. Sage’s owner, Charlene Sherman, is at it again. Each

2021 Golf Tournament Sponsors Embody Philanthropy

Regretfully, the 24th Annual Confluence Health Foundation Armada Golf Classic was cancelled this past September. The decision was made to forgo the event for the second year in a row

GLP Attorneys Doubles Down on Their Commitment to Reach Out and Read

We are thrilled to welcome GLP Attorneys back as a sustaining donor of Confluence Health’s Reach Out and Read programs. This year, they doubled their contribution to the program, which

The Gift Shop Has Something for Everybody

Expressions Gift Shop is a charming retail oasis that caters to staff, patients, and visitors at Central Washington Hospital. Gift Shop Manager, Adele Haley, is on a mission to get

Care Management & the Foundation Team Up to Help Patients

The Confluence Health Foundation funds programs that provide comfort and compassion to patients in times of need. One of these programs is the Care Management Department’s Clothing Closet at Central

Your Local Cancer Care Campaign Reaches $3.5 Million Goal

­Your Local Cancer Care capital campaign has reached its goal of raising $3.5 million to bring a radiation treatment facility to Moses Lake, the Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation and the

Healing Garden Progress

Things are really shaping up in the new healing garden at Central Washington Hospital! It’s been nearly two months since Young Bucks began pulling the English Ivy and dying shrubs

Madrinas de Salud Highlighted in Seattle Times

Gifts to the Foundation make a difference! Donors that supported the Confluence Health Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund can see their gift in action. That’s because their donation helped launch the

The Confluence Health Foundation Gets a New Home

The Foundation has left the cozy charm of the Chelan Street bungalow for a bright and spacious new office. We didn’t have to go very far; just one building north

Confluence Publishes 2020 Nursing Annual Report

Confluence Health recently published the 2020 Nursing Annual Report. The report highlights nurse-driven innovation and achievement throughout the organization, including the ways in which nurses met the rapidly evolving challenges

Join Us! Adaptive Cycling Event

Join our friends from Confluence Health’s Rehab Department and Outdoors for All for an adaptive cycling event at Pybus Public Market on Saturday, July 17. The event, sponsored by Wenatchee

Big News! We’re Turning Dirt on the Garden Project

For the last month, the Confluence Health Foundation has been collecting donations for the Help Us Heal garden project. The goal is to transform a small outdoor courtyard in Central

Donation from Coordinated Care Supports Vaccine Equity Work

We feel lucky to have partners like Coordinated Care. This month, they provided a $10,000 grant to help support our Vaccine Equity Initiative, which is driven by local leader, Teresa

Big News! 2021 Scholarship Awardees Announced

Each year, it is the Confluence Health Foundation’s privilege to award academic scholarships to local students pursuing a degree that will support their career in the healthcare field. * This

Final Round of Hugs for Healthcare Heroes Distributed at Confluence Health: Thank You, Community!

We were thrilled to be able to honor an additional 183 Healthcare Heroes last week for a grand total of 917 Hugs in a Mug distributed at Confluence Health since

Foundation Publishes Recommendations Report: Healthcare and Homelessness in the Wenatchee Valley

The Confluence Health Foundation has published a report that describes the rationale for supporting internal and external investments in resources that target the unique needs of patients experiencing homelessness. Included

New Issue of Your Local Cancer Care Newsletter

The latest version of the Your Local Cancer Care newsletter highlights donor, Vicki Groff, who understands firsthand the benefits of having a local radiation treatment facility. Read her powerful story

Your Donations at Work!

Check out the latest Wenatchee World article about H2A workers and vaccinations. Donations to the Confluence Health Foundation for COVID-19 response efforts helped make this important work possible. Thank you,

Foundation Funds Sentimag Localization Systems

The Confluence Health Foundation is pleased to announce that donor funding is purchasing new equipment that will revolutionize breast cancer care at Confluence Health. In February, the Confluence Health Foundation

Confluence Health Foundation Uses COVID-19 Donations to Promote Vaccine Equity

The Confluence Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees has approved funding for a new vaccination effort at Confluence Health that will improve the access and uptake of the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines

Hugs for Healthcare Heroes Honors Another Group of Confluence Employees

The Hugs for Healthcare Heroes Committee passed out a second round of Hugs in a Mug at Confluence Health on Tuesday, March 2. This time, mugs were delivered to additional

Scholarships Now Available

This year, the Confluence Health Foundation has over $100,000 available to fund scholarships for Confluence Health employees and family members, as well as members of the broader community. The intent

First Edition of 2021 Your Local Cancer Care Newsletter Highlights Healthcare Access Issues

The first edition of the Your Local Cancer Care Newsletter features a story about the Shank family of Moses Lake.  Dorian Shank, a mother, donor, and breast cancer survivor, often

Scholarship Cycle Opens March 1st with New Opportunity for Students

The 2021 Confluence Health Foundation scholarship application will be available starting March 1st. This year, we are proud to offer a new scholarship opportunity named after our loyal donors, Barb

Reach Out & Read Program Provides Over 3,700 Books to Kids in 2020

Exposure to language and reading through books is a key source of early learning. Books provide cognitive, emotional, and social benefits and create a launchpad for success. In fact, there

Foundation Purchases Innovative Heart Pumps for Central Washington Hospital

Thanks to our donors, we were able to purchase three new Impella heart pumps that will be stationed at Central Washington Hospital. Impella heart pumps are used when a patient

Community Foundation of NCW Honors Healthcare Heroes at Central Washington Hospital

This week, frontline staff at Central Washington Hospital received a big hug from the community—figuratively speaking, of course! Hugs for Healthcare Heroes is a grassroots effort started by Mandi Burton-Carter,

Latest Edition of Your Local Cancer Care Newsletter

Check out the final 2020 edition of the Your Local Cancer Care Newsletter! View Now

Make Your Year-End Gift, Today!

There are only a few days left in 2020, and we urge you to support the Confluence Health Foundation through a year-end gift. There are certainly brighter days ahead, but

Foundation Nets a Big Win

The 23rd Annual Armada Golf Classic was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that didn’t stop our amazing sponsors from rallying behind our cause! Proceeds from the

Coordinated Care Donation Kickstarts New Respite and Recovery Fund for Patients Experiencing Homelessness

We are very excited to report a new partnership with Coordinated Care. With their support, the Confluence Health Foundation has launched a new Respite and Recovery Fund for Patients Experiencing

Seattle Times Highlights Tax Incentive for Charitable Gifts Made in 2020

The CARES Act includes a tax incentive for donors that utilize the standardize deduction. Check it out!    

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving, we’d like to express our gratitude for our colleagues at Confluence Health, who have fearlessly faced the challenges of 2020 so our region can continue to have access

Check Out the Latest ‘Your Local Cancer Care’ Newsletter

The latest ‘Your Local Cancer Care’ newsletter features Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation Board Member, Cynthia Dano. As a cancer survivor, Cynthia understands the significance of having high-quality cancer care close

Tribute Wine Still Available

This fall, Martin-Scott Winery announced the release a 2019 Tribute Rosé of Sangiovese honoring co-founder, Judi Scott. In addition to her role at the winery, Judi was a dedicated Central

Mary Ellen Miller Endowment Funds Help Bring Renown Speaker to Confluence

There is a growing body of literature that explains how stress, anxiety, and burnout can contribute to a hostile work environment. These factors tend to converge in the healthcare sector

2020 “Spirit of A.Z. Wells” Award

The Foundation will be announcing the recipient(s) of the 2020 “Spirit of A.Z. Wells” award soon.  Watch for this announcement in our local media and on our website, Named after

GLP Attorneys Helps Support Reach Out & Read Programs at Confluence Health Clinics

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It Does.” –William James The Foundation is very grateful for a donation from GLP Attorneys that will help us fund Reach

Confluence Health Foundation Hosts Virtual Healthcare & Homelessness Symposium

This October, the Confluence Health Foundation is bringing together healthcare leadership and community partners for the Healthcare and Homelessness Symposium: Understanding the Intersection of Housing and Health in the Wenatchee

Sage Coffee House & Bistro in Quincy Joins the Fight Against Cancer

We are always inspired by local business owners that use their passion as a means for change in their local community. In the case of Charlene Sherman, owner of Sage

Wine Sales Will Benefit the Confluence Health Foundation & Honor a Dear Friend

Martin-Scott Winery has announced the release a 2019 Tribute Rosé of Sangiovese honoring co-founder, Judi Scott. For many Confluence Health employees, that name may sound familiar. Judi was a dedicated

Surg Tech Scholarships Helps Us “Grow Our Own”

“Growing your own” typically conjures images of amateur gardeners tenderly cultivating their own backyard produce, but the term takes on a new meaning when we apply it to healthcare in

Congratulations Marcela Covarrubias!

Marcela Covarrubias has been named one of this year’s 30 Under 35! Marcela joined the Confluence Health Foundation Board of Trustees at the beginning of 2020. A Wenatchee local, Marcela

Certification Scholarships Now Available

Did you know the Confluence Health Foundation has funding for CWH, CH, and WVH employee certifications available? That’s right! The Foundation can reimburse up to 80 percent of many national

Local Winery Pays Tribute to Former Confluence Health Employee, Winemaker

Mike Scott, owner of Martin-Scott Winery, has announced he will release a 2019 Tribute Rosé of Sangiovese honoring his late wife, Judi Scott. For many Confluence Health employees, that name

23rd Annual Armada Golf Classic Has Been Canceled

Since late June, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has been growing in North Central Washington. As of July 31st, there were more active cases of COVID-19 in our

Expression’s Gift Shop Has a New Operating Schedule

In March, Confluence Health leadership responded to the threat of COVID-19 by taking a series of precautions that included limiting the number of visitors in healthcare facilities and suspending volunteer

Confluence Health Foundation Awards Scholarships to 31 Community Members

Wenatchee, WA July 23, 2020 Each year the Confluence Health Foundation awards scholarships to deserving members of our community to help them achieve their academic and professional goals. These scholarships

New Edition of Your Local Cancer Care Newsletter

Your Local Cancer Care campaign is focused on its mission to bring a new radiation treatment center to Moses Lake. Check out the latest edition of the newsletter here!

That’s a Wrap! Thank you NCW!

Nearly three months ago, we asked the community to donate any personal protective equipment (PPE) they had available to help protect frontline healthcare workers and local caregivers. PPE is a

Now is the time to make the world a better place

Over the past few months, the Foundation has been focused on COVID-19 response efforts in the community. We remain committed to providing Confluence Health with ongoing support so that they

5,000 Mask Challenge Update

Earlier this month, Confluence Health put a request out to our community for 5,000 handmade masks. These masks will be used by patients, physicians, nurses, and other staff as Confluence

Foundation Board Member Launches New Business

Congratulation’s to Foundation Board Secretary Rick Deich! Rick recently opened his own branch of Charles Schwab in Wenatchee: Best wishes to Rick on his new endeavor.

The Nate Weakley Project Joins the Fight

What’s better than seeing one of your favorite local bands perform? How about seeing them perform and supporting local COVID-19 response efforts at the same time? The Confluence Health Foundation

Confluence Health Foundation in the Headlines

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Confluence Health Foundation has been featured in several Wenatchee World articles this past week. Check it out! Cryptocurrency company donates 22,560 masks

The Foundation Welcomes Four New Board Members

We are proud to recognize the newest members of the Confluence Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The Foundation aims to engage energetic members of the community that will work towards

Proud and Hopeful

Although the Confluence Health Foundation team is social distancing and working remotely whenever possible, it’s still easy to see the widespread heroics of our community. Whether it is essential workers

“Spirits for You, Spirits for Safety” fundraising drive

The Confluence Health Foundation is so fortunate to be the recipient of Blue Spirits Distilling’s “Spirits for You, Spirits for Safety” fundraising drive. The Leavenworth-based business is providing a $10

PPE Donations Update

We are touched by the generosity of local businesses and private donors who have contributed personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Confluence Health Foundation. In one week, we received over

Expressions Gift Shop Volunteer Spotlight: Loretta Fischer

First and Last Name: Loretta Fischer How long have you volunteered for the gift shop? 5 years What is your connection to the Wenatchee Valley? I was born in Iowa

COVID-19: How Can You Help?

Coronavirus represents an unprecedented challenge for all of us. Here are four ways that you can help reduce the impact of COVID-19 in North Central Washington. Stay Home and Social

Confluence Health Foundation Extends Scholarship Application Deadline

The Foundation admires the hard work and dedication of Confluence Health staff during these unprecedented times. Many of our staff members are experiencing higher-than-normal work volume in this rapidly changing

Expressions Gift Shop Closed

Expressions Gift shop, located in the lobby of Central Washington Hospital, is closed until further notice because of COVID-19 concerns.    

NCW Community to the Rescue

The willingness to respond to community needs, especially in times of crisis, has always been at the heart of our North Central Washington communities. The challenges presented by the growing

Reminder: Scholarship Deadline Approaching

Applications will be accepted until March 31st at 5PM. If you would like to apply for a 2020 scholarship, please review the eligibility criteria and complete application found here.

Introducing the New eBooks and Library Access for Patients (eLAP) Program!

At Confluence Health, patient safety and satisfaction are two of the highest priorities, and Confluence is continuously evolving to incorporate the most current best practices in healthcare at its facilities.

Save the Date – Armada Golf Classic

The sun is out, and the warm weather is on its way. Around this time of year, the Foundation starts gearing up for the Annual Armada Golf Classic at Desert

2020 Scholarship Application is Now Available

Each year, the Confluence Health Foundation gives away over $48,000 in scholarships to employees and community members. These scholarships help ensure North Central Washington continues to have access to a

New Oncology Grateful Patient Scholarship Available March 1st

The Confluence Health Foundation is excited to debut a new scholarship award called the “Oncology Grateful Patient Scholarship.” Children and grandchildren of current Confluence Health Oncology Department employees (CWH Medical

Expressions Gift Shop Volunteer Spotlight: Ms. Peg

Name: Peggy Dreisinger How long have you been volunteering at Expressions Gift Shop? Since 2017 What is your connection to the Wenatchee Valley? I started vacationing in Chelan in the

Adele Haley, Expressions Gift Shop Manager, Honored with Award at Apple Blossom Pageant

We are thrilled for the Foundation’s very own Adele Haley, and her husband Pat, who received the Lehman Johnson Award at this year’s Apple Blossom pageant. This award is given

Central Washington Hospital Donor Recognition Wall Updated

If you were at Central Washington Hospital last week, you might have noticed Foundation staff in the main lobby updating the donor wall. New plaques were added in honor of

Confluence Health Foundation’s Scholarships Applications Are Moving Online

Attention scholars! The Confluence Health Foundation will be moving the scholarship application process online. This means that scholarship applicants will be able to complete and submit their scholarship online and

Stop the Bleed Programing Teaches Community Members Life-Saving Techniques

We’ve all seen the action movies where a beloved supporting character is wounded, and the film’s protagonist cradles their friend as they take their last breath. While most of us

Moses Lake Cancer Treatment Center Capital Campaign Reaches $2 Million Mark

We are thrilled to report that our campaign reached an important milestone at the end of 2019. The Confluence Health Foundation and Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation have raised $2 million

Epic Funds Two Foundation Programs

The Foundation began 2020 with a generous donation from our healthcare partners, Epic. Epic’s contribution will help fund another year of two programs, including Reach Out and Read the new

Spirit of A.Z. Wells Gala Featured in Foothills Magazine

The 2019 Spirit of A.Z. Wells Gala honoring Carol Wardell is featured in the January-February 2020 edition of the local publication, Foothills. The photos captured a joyful event held in

2018 Scholarships

Applications are now available and will be accepted through March 30. Click the scholarship tab for the application and more information.

2017 “Spirit of A.Z. Wells” Recipient

Dr. David Parks has been selected as the recipient of Confluence Health Foundation’s 26th Annual “Spirit of A.Z. Wells” award.

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