As a result of strong community and foundation support, North Valley Hospital (NVH) has purchased and is currently installing the Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography™) machine in the imaging department at NVH. This project was made possible by donations from generous community members to the North Valley Hospital Foundation, which provided 100 percent of the funds needed for the 3D Mammography™ equipment at North Valley Hospital.
The funds were raised during a campaign that began in spring 2017 with a generous lead gift of $150,000 from the Jerome Broussard family. The Broussards, through the Event at Rebecca Farm and their own charity called Halt Cancer at X, are closely tied to breast cancer prevention and research. Their lead on the campaign initiated community support and provided the primary funding needed to engage the community in the project.
Throughout the summer, and in partnership with the Whitefish Community Foundation’s Great Fish Challenge, many generous donors contributed to help the NVH Foundation meet the initial fundraising goal of $500,000. More than $120,000 of this amount was raised through the Whitefish Community Foundation Great Fish Challenge, which also provided a matching $9,600 grant to the project.
Due to an increase in the cost of the equipment, the project goal was raised to $540,000 in autumn 2017. Additional donors stepped forward to help the NVH Foundation reach this new goal. The NVH Foundation Board of Directors contributed with 100 percent participation in funding the project. To culminate fundraising efforts, local financial institutions including Glacier Bank of Whitefish, First Interstate Bank of Whitefish and Whitefish Credit Union partnered to contribute the final $20,000 of needed funds for the project.
The project received broad support from Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) and was championed by Melissa Hulvat, MD, FACS, of the Bass Breast Center at Kalispell Regional Medical Center (KRMC) and radiologist Amanda Beer, MD. This collaboration between Kalispell Regional Healthcare facilities including KRMC and NVH in addition to a private group of radiologists at Northwest Imaging and the KRH and NVH Foundations and administrative teams enabled the project to be realized and provide high level care and service to the local community.