Update 2019 Summer Edition

Foundation News

The Ruby Valley Healthcare Foundation
The Grateful Patient Program

At one time or another, each of us will need to trust our lives or the life of a loved one to a person or a team of healthcare professionals. The Ruby Valley Healthcare Foundation’s Grateful Patient Program provides an opportunity for friends and family to say “Thank You” to a nurse, physician, housekeeper, receptionist, therapist, or maybe a patient and their family was touched by the kindness of an entire hospital department. Gifts of any amount may accompany a Grateful Patient award, but are not required to simply thank someone for making their visit and outcome a positive experience. If a grateful patient wishes to make a gift to the Ruby Valley Healthcare Foundation in honor of an employee or department, these funds will be used to purchase equipment or to support services and programs – every gift will make a difference. In the event a grateful patient or family simply wants to acknowledge a staff member or department a heart-felt thank you is all that is expected. Grateful Patient cards can be found in the hospital at the reception desk, the nurses’ station, or at the Ruby Valley Healthcare Foundation office in the Philanthropy Building - 120 South Main Street #103 in Sheridan.

NEW — Grateful Patient thank-you's can now be sent from this website. The online form allows you to simply say “Thank You” — or you can add a gift to your note. Visit the Grateful Patients page to participate.


Farewell to the Old Ruby Valley Hospital

The former Ruby Valley Hospital was built in 1964. For over 54 years it functioned as the primary medical provider for eight rural communities in a service area encompassing over 2,500 square miles.

Throughout the years, dedicated staff worked diligently to deliver quality care for our community members and visitors. Babies were born, surgeries were performed, broken limbs were set, and staff tended to a wide variety of wounds and diseases. On August 22, 2018 the new state-of-the-art Ruby Valley Medical Center opened after 5 years of rigorous fundraising and a decade of strategic planning. Today, the hospital and clinic staff are busy providing quality care to our community members and visitors.

In January 2019, the Ruby Valley Medical Center’s Board of Trustees decided to “scrape” the old hospital building. This decision was made after numerous Requests For Proposals to identify an economically feasible plan to re-purpose the building were unsuccessful. Demolition efforts started in March 2019, marking the transition of a new era for the Ruby Valley Hospital. The former Ruby Valley Medical Clinic, adjacent to the old hospital will not be demolished as the Hospital Board of Trustees has entered into an agreement to lease the clinic to the Sheridan Senior Center. Their new location is ideal and renovation and remodeling of the clinic also began in March.


Good Ways to Give and Planned Giving Suggestions

Ways to give are as many and varied as the people who give them. The Foundation provides a variety of giving opportunities from sponsorship/naming opportunities in the new facility, to planned giving opportunities, to in-kind donations. We also have a menu of suggestions that can provide substantial tax advantages to the donors and their heirs while supporting one of our community’s most vital resources, your hospital. Fundraising is way more art than science it is about building, cultivating, and sustaining relationships; it is a mission-driven passion. The needs of our healthcare organization are going to be on-going. The Ruby Valley Healthcare Foundation will be here today and tomorrow to sustain our hospital and help fund programs, services and medical equipment.

• Bequests of Gifts by Will
• Bonds, including Corporate, Municipal, and Government
• Charitable Trusts
• Checks, Cash, Visa and MasterCard
• Collectibles such as Coins, Stamps, and Art Work
• Gift Annuities
• Legacy Gift
• Life Insurance Policies and Annuities
• Mutual Fund Shares
• Oil Leases
• Real Estate/Property
• Retirement Accounts, IRA - 401(K)
• Revocable Trusts - Living Trusts
• Securities
• Stocks, Bonds, CDs & Municipals

A planned gift is any charitable contribution, immediate or deferred, that considers the donor’s personal tax, financial and estate planning circumstances. You can choose to make an impact through a gift by selecting one of the Planned Giving options as listed above.

Donors may restrict their gifts to one of the following:
Endowment Fund
Equipment and Technology Fund
General Fund
Grateful Patient Program
Memorial Fund
Naming Opportunities Fund


Naming Opportunities & Recognitions in the New Ruby Valley Medical Center

Thank You to Everyone Who Already Sponsored a Naming Opportunity. Visit our Partners page to see our Lead Donors. By clicking the button halfway down the page you can access the entire list—or click here for direct access.

Newest Gifts:

Clinic - $625,000
Ruby Valley Healthcare Foundation

Nutrition Center - $10,000
Mary Tolson, R.N. and the Tolson Family

Clinic Waiting Area - $3,000
Parks Family - In Loving Memory of Frank Higgins

Thank you to our donors who purchased recognition/memorial benches.
Thank you to Langlas & Associates for providing a beautiful walking path on our campus.
Conference Room – in Honor of Les Gilman and Family

The Following Naming Opportunities are Still Available:

Department/Area Gift

Laboratory 200,000

Nurse’s Station 75,000

Bereavement Room 50,000

Exam Treatment Rooms (4 available) 35,000

Observation Treatment Rooms (2 available) 35,000

In-Patient Rooms (4 available) 35,000

Clinic Exam Rooms (7 available) 35,000

1 Prime X Big Wheel Stretcher 9,871

1 Prime X Big Wheel Stretcher 9,871

Please contact the Foundation at (406) 842-5700 if you have any questions on Naming Opportunities. See the list of available naming opportunities here.


Electronic Digital Donor Wall

The Ruby Valley Healthcare Foundation’s state-of-the-art electronic donor wall is located in the main lobby of the hospital. It is truly a work of art and is designed to continuously showcase pictures and information on hospital and foundation activities, donors, events, programs and services. Babies born in the old hospital are also displayed! The wall was donated by Foundation Board member, Nigel Pashley in memory of his parents, Thomas and Joan Pashley. Special thank you to Del Bieroth for beautifully framing the message boards, and thank you to Sue Marxer and Shane Overcast for your technology skills!

Real Estate Donation

On May 30, 2018 the Ruby Valley Healthcare Foundation received two gifts of real estate from an anonymous donor. Gifts included the Rod and Rifle on Mill Street and the old Bank Building on Main Street in Sheridan. In August 2018 the Rod and Rifle sold via an on-line auction. In January 2019, The Ruby Valley Healthcare Foundation transferred ownership of the Bank Building to the Ruby Valley Hospital District. The Hospital took possession of the building in late March 2019. The main level of the building will serve as the new location for the Hospital Auxiliary’s Ruby Valley ReRuns store, and the 3 bedroom 2 bath apartments in the upstairs will be used for visiting healthcare personnel. Renovation and remodel work on the building started in mid-March 2019.

Arlene Barnosky Memorial Planter Box

A beautiful flower box (adjacent to the entrance of the hospital) was given in honor and memory of Arlene. Thank you to Buds & Blooms Garden Club and the Barnosky family for this wonderful gift.

Memorial Benches

All benches have been placed throughout the hospital campus and along the "Langlas Walking Path".

Bob Walsh Memorial Garden and Gazebo

In August 2017, the Foundation received a Capital Campaign gift from Coralene Walsh to create a Memorial Garden and Gazebo in memory of her husband, Bob Walsh. Coralene’s gift became a reality when the Amish constructed a beautiful hand crafted gazebo, which was placed on hand stamped concrete with Coralene’s favorite flowers, shrubs and a fountain to complement the area. The interior lighting was installed by Kenworthy Electric, another generous gift to the Foundation. The Memorial Garden and Gazebo is located next to the patient wing. The Bob Walsh Memorial Garden Gazebo is a popular spot for patients, families, hospital employees and visitors to relax and enjoy the view.

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