The Spirit of Generosity
The St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation has a singular commitment to achieving excellence in health care for the community of the greater Wood River region. By securing enduring philanthropic support, the Foundation works to advance innovative programs and services that fundamentally improve the health care experiences of those served by the St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center.
The Foundation aims to embody the remarkable spirit of generosity implicit in the Wood River Valley. Through gifts big and small, those targeted to specific programs or those intended for the long term sustainability of services, the St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation seeks to not only provide a level of health care services exceeding that which is expected of communities our size, but, in fact, to be the finest community hospital in America.
We believe that philanthropic gifts are an investment in our community. The Foundation’s efforts are harnessed so that your investment ultimately serves to strengthen the health and well being of our community.
The Foundation’s History
The St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, a 110,000 square-foot, state of the art medical facility serving approximately 21,000 residents of the greater Blaine County area, is a testament to the value of community philanthropic efforts.
In the mid-1990s, the Wood River Valley community committed to building a new hospital that would not only consolidate existing services in the valley, but also would enable more advanced and comprehensive health care services for all residents. To that end, in 1997, the Foundation began a countywide campaign to raise funds for the construction and equipping of a new facility to be owned and operated by the St. Luke’s Health System, headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Within 20 months, the emergent foundation had raised more than $20 million. These donations, coupled with a $15.5 million investment by St. Luke’s made the vision a reality. The St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, a not-for-profit organization, opened its doors in November 2000 with no debt financing or taxpayer assistance.
Since the hospital’s opening, the Foundation has greatly expanded its efforts to develop community investment in the hospital and the services it provides. Our focus continues to be on enhancing patient care, whether through advancing technological capabilities, developing innovative health and wellness programs, or enabling a greater scope of medical services to our community members.