Partners in our new facility
"We realized that we would have to rely on support from community members, ranches, businesses, foundations, corporations, and service organizations, to help us achieve our goal, a large order for a small community."
The Board of Trustees set the Capital Campaign Goal at $2.5 M, which was to be secured within 2 years. The financial success of the campaign would qualify the hospital for a $9.5M USDA loan to build a new 29,368 sq. ft. hospital and medical center. This would be the first time the Ruby Valley Hospital Foundation managed a Capital Campaign. Given this short time frame and goal, tremendous leadership and dedication would be required from start to finish.
- Thanks go out to our Capital Campaign Committee: John Benedict, Dan Doornbos, Dave Marsh, Les Gilman, Dale Giem, Dr. Terry Todd, and Ken Walsh; our past and present Foundation Board of Directors; our talented consulting staff: Chase Rose/Bannack Group and Nondi Harrington and especially to our countless, tireless, unnamed volunteers.
We officially launched our Capital Campaign at a community “Kick Off” celebration on October 4, 2015. Just ten months later, on August 4, 2016 we had reached our $2.5 M goal, and on October 26, 2016 we held an official groundbreaking ceremony on the site for the new facility. A community celebration followed at the Hamilton Ranch Round Barn. Our 2017 Annual Event was held on August 23, again at the Hamilton Ranch Round Barn. The event was sold out in early May.
- During the evening festivities, Coralene Walsh gave the Foundation a $100,000 gift in memory of her husband, Bob Walsh. That gift put the Capital Campaign total over $3M. This remarkable achievement would not have been possible without the incredible generosity and support of our community.
- Our first Capital Campaign donors were Drs. Doug and Ellie Reedy, Dr. Terry and Julienne Todd and the Rumsfeld Family Foundation.
- The Ruby Valley Hospital Employees supported our effort by signing up for the employee payroll deduction program. In the fall of 2015 the Ruby Valley Hospital Auxiliary in Sheridan, which is also a support organization for the hospital, donated $75,000 for the gift shop/lobby and entry way.
- The Walsh Family gave us our first major gift of $250,000, to sponsor the Emergency Department.
- In November 2015, an out-of-state landowner made a challenge match of $250,000 with the understanding that these funds would be given to the Foundation if the Foundation generated another $250,000 by January 2016. Again, our community met the challenge and we were able to receive the $250,000!
- As time went on additional major gifts started to come to fruition. In February 2016, we received our largest major campaign gift of $500,000 from Jim Kennedy – The Trails End Foundation to sponsor the Physical Therapy Department.
Additionally, our facility project has been fortunate enough to have been recognized as a worthy recipient of competitive funding from 3 major, nationally ranked, external foundations.
- The Harry and Leona Helmsley Trust based in New York and South Dakota, awarded us a $400,000 grant to purchase a new 32 slice CT scanner, which will be installed in the new facility.
- The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust based in Vancouver, Washington awarded us $184,000 to purchase radiology equipment for the new facility.
- A private Montana-based foundation awarded us $50,000 to purchase the Blood Chemistry Analyzer for the Lab, which is currently in use.
Before the Capital Campaign, generous gifts and estate bequests allowed for acquisition of the 6 acres the new facility is being built on. $112,555 from the Estate of Eda Blair, wife of District Judge Frank Blair, Virginia City was received in 2008; and in 2010, $236,333 was received from the Estate of Frank & Dorothy Shaw of Cardwell. In September of 2017, we received our most generous bequest gift to date, $300,000 from the Jim and Helen Edwards Estate. The list of individuals, families, businesses, ranches, organizations, and anonymous donors continues to grow. Each donation is sincerely appreciated, and plays a huge part in the success of this Capital Campaign and for the future of our new hospital and medical center to provide for needs of the Ruby Valley for years to come.