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Waterfall Committee Awards $25,000 to the KGH Foundation


August 12, 2010

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Waterfall Committee, gave the Ketchikan General Hospital Foundation $25,000 at their annual dinner last Friday night. The Waterfall Committee was formed eighteen years ago by Nancy Murkowski to help meet the need for breast cancer screening in Alaska, particularly in rural areas.

"With the ongoing support of the Waterfall Committee, we reached this year's Gift of Healing goal," said Kendall Sawa, KGH Vice President for Patient Care Services, who chaired the campaign to fund a minimally invasive surgical suite. "Year after year, we are appreciative of the grants from the Waterfall Committee to our local and State communities towards technologies that benefit residents in the State of Alaska when it comes to cancer care, treatment, and diagnosis. Meeting this year's Gift of Healing target will better enable us to keep pace with new technologies that enable minimally invasive procedures, and enhanced diagnostic capabilities."

The Ketchikan General Hospital Foundation has received $80,000 from the Waterfall Committee since its first grant of $25,000 in 2005; that was the KGH Foundation's first campaign to help fund the Women's Diagnostic Imaging Suite. Since then the KGH Foundation has received two additional grants of $15,000 from the Waterfall Committee.

The Waterfall Committee has raised and distributed over $4,500,000 to health care facilities statewide. The annual fishing weekend and auction was August 7 and 8 at the Waterfall Resort on the west coast of Prince of Wales Island.


Source of News:

Ketchikan General Hospital

Ketchikan General Hospital is part of PeaceHealth, a Bellevue, Washington based not-for-profit health care system with medical centers and clinics in Alaska, Washington and Oregon that serves more than 57,000 patients annually. Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, Ketchikan General Hospital has provided medicine and care to residents of Southeast Alaska since 1923.


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