Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation Announces $50K Major Campaign Gift
The Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation is pleased to announce a major donation to its capital campaign to build future patient housing for cancer patients and others traveling to Great Falls for treatment.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT), a longtime partner of the Great Falls Clinic in providing quality, cost-effective health care, will donate $50,000 to the campaign. The Foundation hopes to begin construction on the housing project next year. For many years, there has been a great need in the Great Falls community for patient housing while receiving outpatient treatment from the Great Falls Clinic.
”An inviting and comfortable home away from home where patients and their families can rest between treatments is an important part of making a full recovery,” said John Doran, divisional vice president of external affairs and chief of staff at BCBSMT. “We are proud to partner with Great Falls Clinic to provide this unique opportunity to patients and their families receiving care at the Clinic.”
BCBSMT is Montana’s largest and longest-standing health insurer with nearly 500 Montana-based employees. Nearly 125 employees work at the health insurer’s provider service center in Great Falls.
The Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), announced its plans for future patient housing last June. The Great Falls Clinic sees an average of 650 surgical and 400 cancer care patients per month, with approximately 42 percent of those patients traveling from out of town. Helping those patients and families from around Montana, seeking treatment at the Great Falls Clinic was part of the vision of the Foundation. Patient care and comfort is of the utmost importance to the Foundation, and patient housing is now their top priority.
“Our patients are our number one priority and helping to relieve some of the financial burden of medical care, as well as, housing and travel costs associated with out-of-town visits is important,” said Samantha Shinaberger, Foundation Manager, Secretary/Treasurer. “The housing facility will reduce the amount of stress placed on our patients seeking medical care. Knowing their housing and travel is taken care of for the duration of their treatment is meaningful to them,” she added.
The patient housing facility will feature 12 patient guest rooms, including double queen rooms and single king rooms to accommodate large and small families. The rooms will be handicap- accessible and patient-friendly. To accommodate all lengths of patient treatments, all rooms will have a kitchenette and other hotel amenities. Along with patient rooms, the facility will feature an entry atrium displaying a donor recognition tree, a self-serve kitchen and dining area, family gathering areas, a laundry room, and an exterior gathering area with a fire pit.
“The community of Great Falls and surrounding areas would benefit greatly from the proposed housing project, especially knowing they are helping some very ill, financially burdened patients. In some patient cancer cases, a course of radiotherapy may take as long as eight weeks to complete, with treatments given daily,” said Vicki Newmiller, CEO of the Great Falls Clinic and board member of the GFC Legacy Foundation. “Without patient housing available for these patients, they would be required to stay in a hotel, sometimes far away from their treatment center, which only adds to their financial burden,” added Newmiller.
The Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation, started in 2016, was created to help patients seeking treatment at the Great Falls Clinic. The Foundation’s mission is to bring hope and healing to Great Falls and surrounding communities, by providing the best access to healthcare possible. The Foundation seeks to achieve its mission of hope and healing through funding approaches that will result in: providing affordable housing and travel options for patients and families in need, increasing the level of care for all patients, promoting patient health and wellness, expanding opportunities beyond just housing and travel assistance that will bring hope and healing to the Great Falls community.
For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.gfclegacy.org or call (406) 771-3107.
CONTACT: Samantha Shinaberger | Great Falls Clinic Hospital
Foundation | Secretary & Treasurer
T: (406) 771-3107