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Volunteer Support Helps Fuel Van from Baker City

By Dr. David C. Pate, News and Community
May 7, 2014

St. Luke's benefactors might not know it, but they've helped save cancer patients hundreds of thousands of hours of drive time over the past couple of years. Their support has helped keep our van shuttling between St. Luke's Fruitland and Baker City, Ore., even in the worst weather.

In all, MSTI Site Administrator Brad Holland estimates that the van, which operates Monday through Friday and has only been canceled three days due to weather since it began the run in July 2012, has saved dozens of patients about 2,000, 150-mile round trips. Up to a half-dozen patients catch the van at St. Luke's Baker City location each weekday for treatments in Fruitland.


About The Author

David C. Pate, M.D., J.D., is president and CEO of St. Luke's Health System, based in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Pate joined the System in 2009. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.