Community Support and Involvement
As a community-based hospital, North Valley Hospital believes in supporting and partnering with area service organizations and first responders to help strengthen the health and well-being of those we have the honor of serving. Complementing our mission, "To be the center of healing for the communities we serve," we gave approximately $431,000 in tangible and in-kind support during fiscal year 2016 to a wide variety of organizations and causes, including an athletic trainer in the Whitefish school district, United Way, Special Olympics, local police and fire fundraising events, and many others. Helping patients with transportation to get needed medical care, we support Wings Cancer Support Group, the A.L.E.R.T. helicopter and the Flathead County Agency on Aging/Eagle Transit program.
North Valley Hospital serves a widening area from the Canadian border throughout the Flathead Valley and beyond. We believe in being a good community partner, a model of wellness and a leader in responding to community needs. Our staff is encouraged to participate themselves and donate their time and resources to make our community a better place to live. Some of their endeavors include volunteering as clinical or lay professionals at the Shepherd’s Hand Free Clinic, Best Beginnings Community Council for Early Childhood Development, leading teams for Relay for Life, offering medical and educational services to local schools and businesses, and serving on civic boards.
North Valley Hospital contributed more than $25.5 million in fiscal year 2016 to the health of the community through its charity care; other uncompensated health care; contractual discounts; and community health care education, support and funding. The hospital and its outreach clinics are also the one of the largest full-time employers in the Whitefish area with nearly 400 employees. According to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, for every job at North Valley Hospital, another 0.63 jobs are supported in the county. Additionally, for every dollar in wages and benefits paid to hospital employees, another $0.54 in wages and benefits are created in other local jobs. Therefore, our employee base with a $24.9 million payroll supports 252 other jobs in the Flathead County, worth $13.5 million in local wages and benefits.