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NVH Foundation receives $150,000 for 3D mammogram technology campaign

The North Valley Hospital Foundation is honored to announce a gift of $150,000 made by the Broussard family to the fundraising efforts to bring 3D Mammography™ to North Valley Hospital. Jerome, his wife Beth, and daughters Sarah and Rebecca committed to the lead gift for the $500,000 campaign to purchase a Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) unit for the North Valley Hospital Imaging Department. This unit will provide 3D Mammography™, which improves the accuracy of breast cancer screenings and a reduction in false positive tests, for women and men throughout the service area. In addition to their generous financial gift, the Broussards have agreed to lead the campaign as fundraising efforts continue.

“We would like to recognize the Broussard family for their continued leadership and generosity in providing philanthropic support to health related projects in the Flathead Valley,” stated Alan Satterlee, Executive Director of the North Valley Hospital Foundation. “The Broussards have helped to create a culture of giving in our community, which has impacted many sectors, including healthcare.”

The gift from the Broussard family has successfully initiated the ambitious campaign to ensure more men and women have access to better breast cancer screening technology. The Broussard family supports many breast cancer related causes through Halt Cancer at X, a charity started by Sarah Broussard in 2012. Halt Cancer at X, which is associated with The Event at Rebecca Farm, funds both local projects and national cancer research and has granted approximately $400,000 to date. This year, The Event at Rebecca Farm will be held July 19-23, 2017, and it is one of the largest equestrian triathlons in North America.

The project to upgrade imaging services at North Valley Hospital is a unique partnership involving affiliate hospital Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s Bass Breast Center as well as Northwest Imaging, a private group of radiologists. This public non-profit/private partnership, funded by the philanthropic community, is an efficient way to continue to deliver the best patient centered care possible to rural northwest Montana.

The North Valley Hospital Foundation has set up a committee of volunteers to assist in leading the campaign efforts, and is still actively recruiting committee member volunteers. This committee meets twice a month to organize events and coordinate efforts with employees, the hospital, and the community. The North Valley Hospital Foundation has also been selected to participate in the Whitefish Community Foundation’s Great Fish Community Challenge, which kicks off on July 20, 2017. The NVH Foundation hopes to raise the remaining $300,000 for the DBT campaign through the Great Fish Community Challenge to have 3D Imaging™ equipment in place at North Valley Hospital by the end of 2017. Gifts made to the Great Fish Community Challenge and earmarked for the North Valley Hospital Foundation will go directly to the project.

“I hope that our community of employees, associated physicians, and other healthcare workers in Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Kalispell, and Eureka can help make this project a reality,” said Christina Thomas, CEO of North Valley Hospital. “This will be a wonderful benefit to our entire service area, and we hope there will be strong support for this project. It’s great to know there is leadership in giving that will be followed up by a wide segment of the community giving to the best of their ability, through financial gifts or volunteering for this campaign.”

For more information about donating or volunteering for the campaign committee, visit the NVH Foundation online or call Pam Ellis, North Valley Hospital Foundation Executive Assistant, at (406) 863-3630 or Alan Satterlee, North Valley Hospital Foundation Executive Director, at (406) 863-3560 or email foundation@nvhosp.org.