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Waterfall Foundation donates $25K to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center


August 20, 2017
Sunday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - At the first event in the annual fishing derby at the Waterfall Resort, Ketchikan Medical Center's new Chief Administrative Officer ended his first week on the job with a pleasant task. Ed Freysinger accepted a $25,000 check from the Waterfall Foundation at their dinner on August 11th.

“Foundations and community leaders play a pivotal role to help address unmet needs” said Ed, “Their contributions make a difference.”

The Waterfall Foundation is a Legacy Donor to the PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center (KMC) Foundation. They have given the medical center almost $200,000 in the last dozen years. Their initial gift significantly contributed to the Women's Diagnostic Imaging Suite and their donation to the Infusion Suite insured its completion. Waterfall Foundation's support for the Baby Box initiative that promotes safe sleep for newborns notably advanced that project.

“We are, as always, deeply grateful to the Waterfall Foundation,” said Matt Eisenhower, the Executive Director of the KMC Foundation. “Their generosity has been key to ensuring we provide the finest healthcare possible for people, especially women and children, in Southern Southeast Alaska.”

Led by Executive Director Eileen VanWhye, the Waterfall Foundation has almost a quarter-century of philanthropy in Alaska. They have been strong supporters of projects that impact women's and children's health including the Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska in Fairbanks and through funding projects at the Wrangell Medical Center Foundation as well as the KMC Foundation.

Former Alaska First Lady Nancy Murkowski is the Waterfall Foundation Chair. She and her husband Frank, who is also a former Alaska Senator, are from Ketchikan and they made the First City their home for many years. They are the parents of both Eileen VanWhye and current Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski.

“I want to thank the Murkowski and VanWhye families and the Waterfall Foundation for their work and dedication,” said Freysinger. “They continue to find ways to serve those in need in our communities.”  


Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews



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PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center

PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.



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