Given the small size of our community and the specialization of pediatric services, it has proven difficult to sustain a full-time, general pediatrician in the Wood River Valley. In order to make pediatric services available, the medical center is providing startup support to fund a pediatrician who practices one day a week at St. Luke’s Family Medicine in Hailey. Ultimately, it is hoped that investing in a regular presence for pediatrics will lead to a full-time, self-sustaining pediatrician. In addition, the hospital plans to bring pediatric subspecialists to the community on a regular basis to provide specialized care for children.
As with many of the extraordinary medical services available in our community—paramedic level emergency response, board certified ER physicians, state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities—philanthropy plays a key role in making pediatric services available.
To ensure the long-term sustainability of pediatric services, the St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation is working to raise a $1 million endowment. We are undertaking this challenge in partnership with generous community philanthropy and a commitment from the hospital.