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BSU Coach Petersen Donates $100,000 to St. Luke's MSTI

Dr. Thomas Beck, medical director of St. Luke's MSTI, accepts two checks from Boise State Coach Chris Petersen and his wife Barb during the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award banquet on Saturday, March 19. (Photo courtesy of BSU)
By Ken Dey, News and Community
March 22, 2011

- Generous Donation by Boise State Coach Kicks off $2.5 Million Pediatric Oncology Department Expansion -

BOISE, Idaho – St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) received a surprise $100,000 donation Saturday, March 19, during the presentation of the 2010 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award.

Boise State University Head Football Coach Chris Petersen received the prestigious award at a sold-out banquet at the Boise Centre on the Grove. Petersen then announced he was donating the $10,000 that accompanies the award, and adding a personal $90,000 donation on behalf of his family to St. Luke’s MSTI for a total of $100,000.

“I don’t know where to begin to express our gratitude to Coach Petersen and his family for this heartfelt donation,” said Dr. Thomas Beck, St. Luke’s MSTI Medical Director. “This donation will go a long way toward helping us better serve pediatric patients treated by St. Luke’s MSTI and St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital.”

St. Luke’s pediatric oncology program, operated in partnership between St. Luke’s MSTI and St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, has been caring for children and young adults for 35 years. St. Luke’s pediatric oncology program and hemophilia center are unique in Idaho and see more than 200 new patients each year.  Because there is a growing demand for these specialized services, St. Luke’s recently announced plans for a $2.5 million expansion that will:

  • Triple the square footage of our current space.
  • Create a larger chemo infusion area.
  • Add exam rooms and a second lab.
  • Expand the waiting and play areas for families, patients, and friends.
  • Add more space for vital support staff, such as Child Life and Social Work specialists.
“Coach Petersen’s donation along with the support for the project from our community now brings us to 25 percent of the total needed for the project and will allow us to start the first phases of this expansion,” Beck said.

To find out more about MSTI Pediatrics, and how to donate to this project, visit

About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.