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Building a Healthy Community

Building a Healthy Community

The Fry Healthcare Foundation is once again hosting its annual Festival of Hearts fundraiser, a memorable event that brings the community together in support of health-care services in our area. Now in its third year, the Festival of Hearts will take place on Saturday, February 9, at the Kootenai River Inn in Bonners Ferry.

Each year, the goal of the event is to raise funds to assist Boundary Community Hospital in purchasing new equipment, thereby building upon the already exceptional care patients receive.

According to Lauren Kuczka, marketing director for Boundary Community Hospital, the proceeds from this year’s event will go toward completing the purchase of the Spacelabs QUB Cardiac Monitors for the hospital’s acute care and emergency departments.

There will also be an Open Your Heart paddle raiser during the event, the proceeds of which will be used for a blood bank refrigerator for the clinical medical laboratory. “Open Your Heart donations will be accepted at the Community Relations office at the hospital leading up to the event,” said Kuczka.

Reflections of Body Sense

This Valentine gala features a four-course dinner, including wine, prepared by the Kootenai River Inn’s celebrated chefs. There will also be the popular dessert dash where tables compete to select a dessert from an array of locally made sweet confections.

The live auction items are sure to entice the crowd as they bid on things such as a lifetime membership for Life Flight Network, romantic getaway packages, golf packages and a beef quarter from Gardiner Prime Angus in Porthill, just to name a few. And of course, it would not be a Valentine event without jewelry!

In 2018, the Fry Healthcare Foundation, through the Festival of Hearts and the annual Golf Tournament, raised money to purchase two Stryker gurneys for the emergency and surgery departments, an Accuvein Vein Visualization Instrument, three Vital Signs Monitors, a sliding door refrigerator for the laboratory and chairs for the exam rooms and lobby for Boundary Community Clinics.

Thank you to the community and Fry Healthcare Foundation for making a difference in the lives of many!

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