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Philanthropy Day honors Foundation Donors


November 09, 2017
Thursday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - At the first Philanthropy Day Luncheon held Monday, November 6, Ketchikan Medical Center Foundation Director Matt Eisenhower said, "We are always looking for ways to say thank you.”

“There are so many giving people in our community we wanted to have an opportunity to thank them publicly for their generosity.”

The luncheon at the Sunny Point Conference Room was to thank donors and to especially highlight the recent gift from the Brindle family that honors Cornelia “Pinky” Brindle who died after a five-year struggle with cancer in 2008.

Alec Brindle Jr, Alec Brindle Sr and Matt Eisenhower, Foundation Director
Photo courtesy PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center

The Brindles, represented at the luncheon by Pinky’s husband Alec Brindle Sr and her son Alec Brindle Jr, unveiled a Legacy Panel that will be mounted near the main lobby at the Medical Center. The family donated $100,000 for a Cancer Resource Room to provide support and information to cancer patients and their families.

An oncology nurse will be a Cancer Care Coordinator for patients and family to help with travel coordination, infusion schedules, appointments, and supplies.

Dan and Karen Eichner also attended the luncheon. Their family are also Legacy donors. They funded the Ken Eichner Healing Garden adjacent to the Ketchikan Medical Center café. The nearly completed garden overlooks the Narrows and will provide a quiet, lovely outdoor area for patients, their families, and staff.

jpg Dan and Karen Eicher

Dan and Karen Eicher
Photo courtesy PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center

The other Legacy Donors who have given $100,000 or more are First Bank, Boyer Towing, the Waterfall Foundation, and the Berto and Branco Families.

The Foundation reached a milestone last spring when donations to the endowment fund reached $1 million. The fund will generate between $50,000 to $75,000 annually. “Our Diabetes Education department will be funded for the next two years with proceeds from the endowment fund,” said Eisenhower.

The Luncheon also honored the Ambassadors of Peace & Health for Ketchikan who have given more than $10,000 and the Dove Club, Sustainers of our Mission who have given every year for the last five years.

“The motto of Philanthropy Day is ‘Change the world with a giving heart”’ said Eisenhower. “We plan to have a Philanthropy Day Luncheon every year. It’s inspiring to see so many who support our mission and we want to honor all those people and their ‘giving hearts’.”

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, is a Level IV Trauma Center for an area roughly twice the size of Massachusetts. Key services include general and orthopedic surgery, and primary, women’s health, pediatric, and behavioral health clinics. The Medical Center also has a 29-bed Transitional Care Unit.



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PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center

Based in Vancouver, Wash., PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth.


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