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inspire Summer 2020

PREPARING SAFE AREAS FOR COVID-19 CARE Last March PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, like much of the world, was forced to pivot operations in the face of a fearsome new enemy – the novel coronavirus. As the nightly news warned us of overcrowded hospitals in Italy and New York, we too prepared for a possible surge.

Caregivers rose to the challenge of quickly creating a COVID-19 special care unit.

With the support of a multidisciplinary leadership team, our ICU Nurse Manager Cedar Anderson enlisted caregivers to transform the Intensive Care unit into PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center’s official COVID-19 unit. In a short period of time they increased our intensive care space from 24 beds to 43 beds using alternative spaces with temporary walls and barriers. Shortly thereafter, your contributions to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund helped us construct more permanently separated spaces to care for COVID-19 patients. Thankfully, as of this writing, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center has never had more than 11 COVID-19 positive inpatients on any given day. However, since Whatcom County is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases we are again preparing for a possible surge. The good news is that we have had time to learn, adapt and prepare for a second wave.

Temporary walls were constructed to prepare for a possible surge.

You have helped us to create safe, dedicated spaces to care for COVID-19 patients that are physically separated from other areas of the hospital. We have access to rapid testing, a reliable supply of medications, and adequate supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) to care for everyone who comes to us. In short, with your help, WE ARE SAFE, OPEN AND READY to care for our community. Thank you!

Today COVID-19 patients are cohorted in more permanently separated spaces.

Roseanna Bell Chief Nursing Officer

Special Edition: Your COVID-19 gifts at work!


Foundation Board President Chmelik Sitkin and Davis PS

Mike Perry

Foundation Board Vice President Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Donna Inglis

Foundation Board Secretary Community Volunteer

Katie Jansen

Foundation Board Treasurer JIJ Corporation

Lynnette Jensen

Foundation Board Past President Community Volunteer

Michael Bayless Barkley Company

Brad Bearden, OD

Optometric Physicians NW

Brad DeHaan

Community Volunteer

Grant Dykstra

Whatcom Educational Credit Union

Amy Esary

Community Food Co-op Bellingham

Andrew Heinz

Barron Smith Daugert, PLLC

John Huntley

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund For hospitals like ours, managing a pandemic requires proper space, supplies, equipment, testing, training and staffing. In March of this year PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation launched the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to enable our community to help with some of these needs. The response from community members like you has been phenomenal, and we are so grateful! So far you have enabled us to construct additional ICU beds to prepare for patient surges, provided iPads to help families keep in touch with loved ones during restricted visitation, and contributed to our community’s unified response to the COVID-19 outbreak at Shuksan Healthcare Center. Every dollar contributed stays within Whatcom County. Janet and David McCrea, McCrea Foundation, generously gave a $10,000 gift to the fund. “The healthcare providers at PeaceHealth St. Joseph put their personal well-being at risk every day to protect the community, especially in a healthcare crisis,” David McCrea shared. “Janet and I feel an obligation to show the providers that the community recognizes their efforts and that the community is there for them when they need our support. The best way to defeat COVID-19 is to come together as a community with each individual doing their part to the best of their ability.”

Mills Electric Company

John MacGregor, MD

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Cardiovascular Center

Sharon Rutherford RN, BSN, CEN, MSHA

PeaceHealth United General Medical Center

Charles Prosper

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center

Marcus Schumacher Enfield Farms

Jason Stoane, MD, MBA, FSCCT Mt. Baker Imaging

Shaun Sullivan, MD

Bellingham Anesthesia Associates

Bob Tull

Community Volunteer

Lori Venners LVI Design

Michelle VanDellen, CPA Moss Adams, LLP

Scott Whitman

Whitman Holdings, LLC

Anna Williams

The COVID-19 Caregiver Heroes Fund Launched in April, our PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation COVID-19 Caregiver Heroes Fund recognizes that our local caregivers are heroes who make many sacrifices to care for our community during this pandemic. The fund provides financial assistance to caregivers, based on need, who have experienced direct economic hardship as a result of COVID-19. As of July 12, PeaceHealth St. Joseph caregivers have accessed nearly $60,000 in financial assistance. For caregivers like Sarah, our Caregiver Heroes Fund has made a real impact. After losing her regular childcare because of COVID-19, single mom Sarah struggled to find affordable care for her young daughter. Donations from caring neighbors like you helped offset the cost of daycare so that Sarah could continue caring for patients.

Community Volunteer


Thank you to all who’ve generously supported the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund or COVID-19 Caregiver Heroes Fund! You have helped us rise to the challenge by meeting a wide range of needs for our ongoing COVID-19 response during this unprecedented time. Anyone wishing to make a gift to support either of these funds may return a check in the enclosed envelope or visit our website at peacehealth.org/ foundation and click the “donate today” button.

Thank You to Our COVID-19 Donors! PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation is extremely grateful for the amazing community support we have received throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. These generous individuals and organizations made cash or in-kind contributions between March 1 and July 31, 2020 to help patients and caregivers dealing with the crisis. $10,000+


McCrea Foundation, Inc Amy C. Wolsdorf

Anonymous Alpine Institute Linda Anderson Beth Andres Applebee’s Wendee Archer Avenue Catering Wendy Bell Bellingham Bells Bellingham Makerspace Bellingham Pediatric Dentistry Jeanne Bogert Jacquie Bresadola Cody Calhoun Carper Business Automation Cascade Pizza Donna Charbaneau Cinnabon Coconut Kenny’s Dane Cooper-Schick Costco Country Financial Barbara Dacosta Delores Deangelo Michelle Decker Dewey Griffin Subaru Diane Cooper Schick Dominos Kathy Dugan Edaleen Dairy Edison Cafe Cynthia Edmonds Marina Engels Faith Baptist Church Ferndale Feed the Front Lines Firehouse Subs Fourth Corner Neurosurgery Sue Fox-Golombek Gilmore’s North Star Upholstery Inc. Pamela Granston Guud Bowls Sandy Hanstead Harbor Freight Tools Sylvia Hayden Hempler’s Foods Avani Henna Julia Herron

Greg Clayton Carol and Dennis Comeau Ann and Robert Cooper Robert Crider $2,500+ Susan Diemont-Conwell George Mills Judy Doyle Marya and Brian Griffin $1,000+ John P Groves Anonymous Joan Hawley Baabaa and Daddy-O Ben Herring Lisa and Bob Bailey Mary and J.C. Hickman Cordata Presbyterian Church Courtney Jenkins Colleen and Donald Dan and Jan Jurgensen Johnson Rebecca and Scott Kellow Michael Langey Patrick Kirby Rush Family Judy A. Lancaster Jane Verner Jesus Larranga Dr. Josie Lee $500+ Deborah M. Loober, CPA Anonymous and Jane Burns Ann McQuade and Charles Kathryn Longfellow Ariz, MD Patrick Magorrian Erin Baumgart, ARNP and Hank Baumgart Dodi Mason Bellingham Women with Thomas McMaster Wings Stan and JoEllen Moldoff Arlene and Jim Blunck Amber Oelschlager Jim and Shaaron Coleman Kevin Park Grant and Tara Dykstra Gordon and Diane Plotts Julia Fitts Judith and George Plucinski Tom and Nancy Kenney Nettie L. Post Gina Knight and Elena Dianne Rappaport Averiyanova Gerrie and James Raymond Bev and Dan Mayhew Elizabeth R. Reid Charlotte and Robert Mary Reinhart Rehpohl DeAnn and Richard Roames TRICO Office Interiors Penny and William Roberts Anna Williams Barbara and Paul Rodak Molly and Paul Schwabe UP TO $499 Crissy and Callie Sharpe Anonymous Mary Solum Jerry Anderson Patricia and Nicholas Jake Baird Stigliani Stephen Barrett Sandra M Straka Betty M. Basham Susan and Christopher Albert Bauer Szewczyk Patricia Blake Jay D. Teachman Katelynn Bourque Michael Vanderpol Mary Alice Brimmer Roberta and William Winter, Sara Brooke Benjamin MD Katherine and Andrew WoW Hair Salon Sumas Butcher Drew Zogby Hanmei Chen

Carie Hoover Judy Hopkinson Susan Horowitz Catherine Huang Humana Ruth Ijoelker Image 360 Christine and Natalie Imbau Katy Inhof Jalapenos Jimmy Johns Sally Jones Nancy Kellen Craig and Judy Keyes KFC June Kiefer Bryn Knapp Mary Knuckles Kulshan Middle School STEM Leaf and Ladle Riley Little Little Caesars Pizza Luxe Thai Restaurant Marathon Petroleum Corporation McDonalds Ashley McKale Andrew Molitor Chris Mover Beckie Nymoen Terie Ongna Rebecca Orloff and Joanna Shelton Ovn Pizza PACCAR Mark Peterson Caroline Pitts Pizza Hut Kathy Preszler Jessica Reed Erin Retim Riveters Collective Bellingham and Lynden Safeway Maura and David Schwartz Scotty Browns Restaurant Sensebellum Shell Gas Station Sikh Community Cindy Sink

Skagit Attitudes of Gratitude Skagit Burgers Smiles Dental Sedro Woolley Superfeet Surroundings Home, Gifts and Garden Helen Terpsma and Ruth Stadt Terramar Brewing The Little Oasis Kabob House The Personalize Shop Ciao Thyme Totally Chocolate Trader Joe’s Krystal Tramonto Tulip Town Color for Courage Campaign Tulips Cindy Urie Vitality Bowls Walmart WECU Donna Wendt Whatcom Truckers Wild Wonder Boutique Brenda Williams Woods Coffee Mari Wuellner

A Note to Our Supporters: We appreciate your generous donations to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation and we want to recognize everyone accordingly with 100 percent accuracy. If we have inadvertently made an error or missed your contribution, please contact us at 360-788-6866 or infofoundation@peacehealth.org with concerns or corrections.

SUPPORTING SHUKSAN HEALTHCARE CENTER DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS Sunday, March 22, was a difficult day for Shuksan Healthcare Center. After 32 residents of the care facility tested positive for COVID-19, Whatcom Unified Command reached out to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center to ask for help in caring for these residents to ensure the best possible outcomes. When PeaceHealth issued a call for caregivers to provide supplemental staffing assistance at Shuksan for at least four weeks, 60 clinicians volunteered. Ten providers were chosen for the temporary assignment. For safety, the caregivers agreed to only work at Shuksan Health Care Center during that month and to take a two-week paid furlough after their assignment was completed. Contributions to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund enabled PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center to provide three meals a day and snacks for Shuksan’s 38 patients and 20 caregivers from March 23 to April 18. The hospital donated two commercial microwave ovens to heat the food, which was prepared and served using disposable containers, utensils, and trays. Whatcom Transportation Authority transported the meals using approved protocols. Incident Commanders for Whatcom Unified Command praised the efforts: “This exemplifies why we came together to solve problems throughout the community to mitigate the impacts of this pandemic.”

Connecting Patients and Their Loved Ones During the Pandemic Thanks to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation donors, our patients who have been unable to receive visitors due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions have a new way of connecting virtually with their loved ones. Chaplain Nettie Post holds one of the 12 iPads purchased for the Spiritual Care Department using funding from our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. Nettie and ICU Tech Andy Fisher (left in photo) facilitated a particularly touching virtual visit between an elderly COVID-19 patient and more than a dozen family members who live in various parts of the United States. Nettie coordinated the video conference and watched from outside the room while Andy, in full personal protective equipment, hosted the call at the patient’s bedside. The patient, who was nearing the end of life, was alert and energetic as he engaged with his loved ones. A combination of laughter, shared stories and loving good-byes were offered over the iPad. The man died peacefully the next day, surrounded by our compassionate caregivers and secure in the knowledge his family was with him in spirit. A recovering COVID-19 patient who had been on a ventilator for two weeks was struggling to find the energy to get up and moving until an iPad visit with his wife and children restored his motivation. He fought hard and made a full recovery. Virtual visits like these have made a tremendous difference in the lives of our patients, their families, and even our caregivers who have had the honor of witnessing such profound interactions. Thank you for making this possible.

Chaplain Nettie Post holds one of the 12 iPads purchased for the Spritual Care Department using funding from our COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

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