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St. Luke’s McCall Auxiliary Awards $186,500 in Grants

Linda Klind-Arbach, Community Care Clinic; Bill Thomas, Community Medical Fund; Lewann Ball, Community Children's Medical Fund; George Pool, McCall Senior Citizens Center; Freida Gabbert, Heartland Hunger Resource Center; Nancy Bush, Behavioral Health Clinic; Holly Thrash, Auxiliary Grant Committee Chair.
January 26, 2015


McCall, Idaho (January 26, 2015) –St. Luke’s McCall’s Auxiliary has awarded $186,500 in grants to local organizations.

Grants were awarded as follows: • The Community Care Clinic, which provides free medical care for those without financial means, received $25,000. • The Community Medical Fund, which helps adults in need of dental, psychiatric, and medical care, received $25,000. • The Community Children’s Medical Fund, which helps families with children in need of dental, psychiatric, and medical care, received $16,000. • The Psychiatric Patient Assistance Program at St. Luke’s McCall Behavioral Health Clinic, which assists patients without the means to pay, received $12,000. • The McCall Senior Citizens Center Meals on Wheels program received $5,020. • Heartland Hunger Resource Center, which assists families in need of food and household goods such as toilet paper and diapers, received $2,000.

St. Luke’s McCall received $99,500 for new equipment for surgical services and laboratory.

The grants are entirely funded through proceeds from the St. Luke’s McCall Auxiliary Thrift Shop.

“It is a gratifying time for the Auxiliary to be able to help purchase items needed to better serve the patients in our hospital and help support programs that are working to improve the health of our community members,” said Pat Rader, auxiliary president.

Since 2002, the Auxiliary has awarded $2,077,751 to local community organizations and the hospital through the community grant program.

“We are very grateful for the support our Thrift Shop receives, in donations and receipts, which allows us to continue this vital program,” Rader said.

St. Luke’s McCall plans to use the grant money to purchase two new colonoscopy scopes and a new microscope equipped with a digital camera that will allow real-time consultations between St. Luke’s McCall’s laboratory staff members and medical technologists and pathologists at other locations. The grant also will be used to replace coagulation testing equipment. Coagulation testing is critical in trauma, cardiac, and obstetrics, as well as anticoagulant therapy monitoring.

All local non-profit organizations with a health-related mission are eligible to apply for the grants. Applications are due in September, with funds awarded in January. For more information call Holly Thrash, St. Luke’s McCall Auxiliary grant chair, at 347-3404.