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Thank you for being in our Employee Giving Photo Today!
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Look for your smiling face in the Friday, august 31 edition of the Idaho Mountain Express. They are reporting on our incredible employee generosity!

2012 Employee Giving Campaign Results
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Together, we have reached a whopping 67% employee participationwhat incredible teamwork and generosity. Thank you The 2012 Employee Giving Campaign, June 20 - July 20, had an unprecedented 14 departments, plus Senior Managers, and Operations Council, reach 100% participation.

Giving by SLWR Dept.



Administration (HR, Int. Ther.)









Clinical Nutrition & Diabetes



Courier Services






EchoVascular / Resp.






Emergency Department






Hailey Clinic/ Family Practice Assoc. (FPA)



House Keeping



Information Technology















Medical Records



Med/Surg Nursing



Medical Imaging



Mother/Baby Unit



Nutrition Services



PACU & Surgical Services



Patient Resources



Performance Improvement






Physician Services - Clinic



Plant Operations



Sun Valley Sports Med. (SVSP)









Senior Managers



Operations Council



SLWR Everyone



*Note: FPA & Hailey Clinic; and PACU & Surgical Services are combined statistics.


Employee Giving Prizes:


Prizes for Departments that reached 100% giving. The prizes acknowledge the order in which the departments successfully achieved 100% participation.

  • Purse Winner: Administration
  • 1st: Courier Services, Education
  • 2nd: Performance Improvement, IT
  • 3rd: Clinical Nutrition & Diabetes, Plant Operations
  • 4th: Patient Resources, Food & Nutrition Services
  • Longest Stride (dept. with the most improved giving percentage): Food & Nutrition Services
  • Longest Stride, Colt (dept. with the most new donors): Hailey Clinic/FPA
  • Top Nursing Department: Med/Surg
  • Hailey prize: Sheryl Laureano, Katrina Plassmeyer
  • Prize drawing winners of the 1 month of front lot parking: Edgar Blair, Linda Hillman, Molly Fox, Kandis Pedersen-Romero, Amber McMurdo, Tina Murphy, Teresa Garen, Jazmin Gutierrez, Maria Regaldo, Celina Monjaras, Susie Werner, Susan Fiscus 
  • Prize drawing winner of Cody will perform your job for a day: Lisa Inman
Thank you for letting us come to your staff meetings!
Friday, July 06, 2012

Thank you SLWR departments for allowing Leigh Barer and Megan Thomas to present the SLWR Foundation's Employee Giving Campaign at your staff meetings. It has been a treat to get to spend some time visiting with each of you!

Employee Giving Video
Friday, July 06, 2012

Thank you to all who helped make a great video!

Check it out at:, homepage, lower left


Employee Giving -- The race is on!
Friday, July 06, 2012

Thank you and congratulations to everyone for starting the 2012 Employee Giving Campaign with gusto! Congrats to the departments that have reached 100% participation:
Courier Services
Performance Improvement
Plant & Maintenance

Your gift makes a difference!
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Employee Giving Campaign Cookie Kick-Off!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Please join the St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation for the 2012 Employee Giving Campaign Cookie Kick-Off!St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation will provide Perry’s famous chocolate chip cookies and prizes to help fuel your spirit of generosity.


  • WED., JUNE 20, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ SLWR Café/Patio area
  • THURS., JUNE 21, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Hailey Clinic Break Room

PRIZES: All employees who turn in a giving form to the Foundation by 5 p.m. Friday, June 22 will be automatically entered to win one of three prizes of the day. You may download a form from the Employee Giving section of the Intranet at:

All Employee Giving donors for FY2012 (Oct. 1, 2011 – Sept. 30, 2012) will be entered to win fun, must-have end of campaign prizes.

Employee Giving Prizes: Purse Winner, Second, Third & Fourth Department to Reach 100% Giving; Longest Stride (dept. with the most improved giving percentage); Colt (dept. with the most new donors).

RACE: The race is on…the wall! Look for department progress on the SLWR Employee Giving Derby Poster (generously created by our very own Jonathan Edwards, RN, ED) in the SLWR Café and Hailey Employee Break Room.

We look forward to seeing you!

Thank You St. Luke's Wood River Fellow Employees!
Friday, June 01, 2012

Thank you to all who have taken time out of your day to participate in the Employee Giving video the Foundation is producing! It will be ready in time for the June 20 kick-off of the 2012 Employee Giving Campaign. Your time is greatly appreciated and we can't wait to show it to you! 

Congratulations SLWR team for making SLWR an award-winning hospital!
Friday, June 01, 2012

Avatar International, an industry leader in healthcare quality improvement services today recognized its award winning hospital partners in 2011. These awards are based on the results of the hospital’s 2011 patient surveys.

St. Luke’s Wood River was awarded Avatar International’s Overall Best Performer award. This national award is presented to the top facilities in Avatar’s national database with the highest overall combined score for Inpatient, Outpatient, Emergency Department, and Ambulatory Surgery. The award represents the top 5% in Avatar’s National Database, which includes over 400 hospitals.  <<More>>

Congrats Jonathan Edwards!
Friday, June 01, 2012

A hearty congratulations to Jonathan Edwards, SLWR Emergency Department Nurse for receiving the 2012 Carl A. Gray Memorial Award!

“Jonathan exemplifies compassion and has an exceptional nursing practice. We are truly fortunate to have such high caliber nurses at St. Luke’s Wood River,” said Megan Thomas, St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation Chief Development Officer.  

Each year the entire hospital staff may nominate a nurse, who exemplifies excellence in their nursing practice. The nursing staff then votes on the colleague, whom they believe is most deserving of the recognition. The Gray Family established the annual award in the Foundation to honor Carl A. Gray, who was an avid Sun Valley Ski Club member.

Awards were also given for distinction in specific areas of nursing. These honorees included Amy Downing for Exemplary Professional Practice; Correy Shanahan for Transformational Leadership; Regina Swindle for Empirical Quality Outcomes; Hazel Thorne for Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements; and Donna Wright for Structural Empowerment.

Edwards was nominated for the award along with 16 of his peers. The 2012 nominees included Downing, Shanahan, Swindle, Thorne, Wright, Angela Brady, Leslie Chapman, Lynne Wade, Susan DeChevrieux, Kristine Brock, Jenny Stireman, Kerry Renner, Cassi Samway, Karen Stevens, Connie Connell, and Jennifer Houser.

Visit the Foundation today Noon- 2 p.m.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
For SLWR Employees - May 10: Stop in at the Foundation for Healthcare Week Noon -- 2:00 p.m. today. Like-Us on Facebook an enter to win...See ya real soon!
2012 Health Week is underway
Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Breakfast servers JoDee Alverson, director of accreditation and Karen Morrison, learning services manager, enjoying their shift Monday moring, May 7 during the 2012 Health Week Managers Breakfast.

L-to-r: HR Assistant Koree Hawkes, SLWR CEO Cody Langbehn, Director of Accreditation JoDee Alverson and Surgical Services Manager Jayne Elgee, RN.

L-to-r:St. Luke's Wood River Employee Representative/Recruiter Stefanie Ward with Jo Dee.

A fun and tasty way to start the day!

Thank you St. Luke's Magic Valley Foundation
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thank you to St. Luke's Magic Valley Foundation for hosting St. Luke's Wood River and others yesterday during our collaborative all Foundations meeting!

St. Luke's Wood River ED Doc Brent Russell makes alien landing at Dollar
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Idaho Mountain Express photo by Willy Cook.
Courtesy of Idaho Mountain Express, April 11, 2012

Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, an alien (Brent Russell, MD) and a toucan were among the notables, thrill seekers and random adventurers who came out for the third annual pond skim competition in Sun Valley on Easter Sunday, part of Dollar Mountain’s final hurrah of the season. The pond skim event was organized and judged by the Sun Valley Ski Patrol. The idea was conceived by patrolman Sean Glaccum, who served as the announcer and head lifeguard for the day’s activities. Glaccum reported that there were more than 200 participants in the event. “We were ecstatic with the turnout,” said Sun Valley Resort spokesman Jack Sibbach. “It was a great community event. And, it brought people up from Boise and Twin [Falls] to participate and watch it. Everybody got in the spirit. A fun time was had by all.” Sun Valley’s primary ski mountain, Bald Mountain, is scheduled to close after skiing next Sunday, April 15. Express photo by Willy Cook

Dr. Burke starts his morning at SLWR
Friday, April 06, 2012

L-to-r: Dr. P. Scott McLean, Jr. with Dr. Thomas Burke and Dr. Kathryn Woods

Dr. Thomas Burke was kind enough to to visit with SLWR professional and medical staff following the previous night's screening of Between the Earth and Sky at the Sun Valley Film Festival.

SV Film Fest brings screens Between the Earth and Sky on training South Sudan's first class of med students.
Monday, March 12, 2012


Thursday, March 15 @ 5:30 p.m. Screening of the film, Between the Earth and Sky, at the Sun Valley Opera House. $10 admission. The film features Dr. Thomas Burke, who is training South Sudan's first class of medical students. He will speak on healing the New Republic of South Sudan -- the country's first medical students. The Foundation is sponsoring the screening of the film at the Sun Valley Film Festival.

Sponsoring Sun Valley Artist Series Benefit Concert for Mental Health
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

International superstar pianists Misha and Cipa Dichter
Misha and Cipa Dichter

6 p.m. Lecture, 7 p.m. Concert
Saturday, March 10
Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood

St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center and Foundation are joining Sun Valley Artist Series to present a Benefit Concert featuring international superstar pianists, Misha and Cipa Dichter.  This event will raise awareness for suicide prevention and the understanding of mental illness.  Ticket proceeds benefit the Wood River NAMI Chapter (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the Wood River Valley Crisis Hotline, and The Speedy Foundation—created in memory of Olympic silver-medalist skier, Jared “Speedy” Peterson.  An informative forty-five minute preconcert lecture will begin 6 p.m. with the concert to follow.

SLWRF Sponsoring March 8 Expedition Inspiration Open Forum on Breast Cancer Therapy
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The St. Luke's Wood River Foundation is proudly sponsoring the 2012 Open Forum by The Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research. This 16th Annual Laura Evans Memorial Breast Cancer Symposium Open Forum, titled Novel Opportunities for Breast Cancer Therapy,” is a free, public event. It shares the the latest in breast cancer therapy and will answer breast cancer-related questions; 5:00 - 7:00  p.m.; Thursday, March 8 in the Limelight Room, Sun Valley Inn.

“This Forum offered through Expedition Inspiration is a tremendous resource to the people of the Wood River Valley and beyond,” said St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation Chief Development Officer Megan Thomas. “Community generosity enables the Foundation to support programs, like this free Open Forum, that fundamentally improve health care experiences in our community.”

Dr. Mohammad Jawad, of Oscar-winning film, to address SLWR Staff
Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Dr. Mohammad Jawad
7:00 a.m., Friday, March 2
Baldy Room

SLWR Staff are invited to join us for a conversation with Academy Award winner Dr. Mohammad Jawad, a Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon and passionate humanitarian who treats acid burn victims in Pakistan.  The featured film about his victims of acid throwing in Pakistan, Saving Face won the 2012 Oscar for “Best Documentary, Short Subject."

7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2 -- Saving Face will be screened during the Family of Woman Film Festival 7 p.m. on Friday, March 2 at the Sun Valley Opera House.


St. Luke's Wood River Foundation wishes you health and wellness this February.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

We celebrate Heart Health Month in February and support immediate access to cardiac care  to reduce cardiac disease -- the No. 1 killer of men and women.

Community generosity has funded portable, bedside ultrasound for immediate, 24/7 emergent diagnostic imaging at the St. Luke’s Wood River Emergency Department (ED)

Generosity has also funded our state-of-the art cardiac stress test to improve the hospital’s ability to accurately diagnose heart disease in patients and provide more accurate data, resulting in better patient care.

St. Luke's Wood River Foundation thanks you for your generosity, which ensures that our board-certified emergency physicians are here for you each and every day.

Carl A. Gray Memorial Award for Nursing Excellence
Friday, February 10, 2012

Feb. 9, 2012: Nearly 20 St. Luke's Wood River nurses, Foundationstaff, and CEO Cody Langbehn joined Harvey and Marge Gray (center) to celebrate the impact that the Carl A. Gray Memorial Award for Nursing Excellence has had on nursing at St. Luke's Wood River. The award was established 1995 in honor of Harvey’s father Carl A. Gray, a passionate skier.

Wed., January 11 Brown Bag Talk: Concussions
Monday, January 09, 2012

WHAT:    Brown Bag Talk: Concussions
Concussions are a common head injury that can range from mild to life altering. Do you know how to determine if a bump on the head might be a concussion? Do you know safe protocol for treating a concussion? Frank Batcha, MD, family medecine, will give practical information on prevention, implications, and treatment and introduce information on the IMPACT concussion testing program.

WHEN:    12:15 – 1:15 pm
               Wed., Jan. 11

St. Luke’s Hailey Clinic, Carbonate Rooms

WHO:       Presented by St. Luke's Center For Community Health

All Brown Bag Talks are free and open to the public.  Bring your lunch and join us!

CONTACT: Erin Buell, Community Outreach Coordinator, St. Luke's Center For Community Health


Martha Reed Receives The Nancy Cord Vision of Philahtropy Award
Monday, January 09, 2012

Martha Reed and P. Scott McLean, Jr. , MD 12.26.11 Vision of Philanthropy Award
P. Scott McLean, Jr., MD presents fellow St. Luke's Wood River Foundation board member Martha Reed with The Nancy Cord Vision of Philanthropy Award on December 26, 2011. The award recognizes individuals who excel in the areas of humanitarianism, leadership and phlianthropy.

Have you tried a Healing Touch treatment?
Thursday, December 08, 2011

Healing Touch is a healing therapy that is complementary with the hospital’s traditional western medicine. Last year, St. Luke's Wood River offered patients more than 2,500 Healing Touch Treatments to help relieve pain and suffering. For more about Integrative Medecine, click here.


Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 25, 2011

We are grateful for the generosity of our community, which enables SLWR to offer superior, patient-centered care. Thank you!

The Winter Ball is Saturday, December 10!
Monday, November 21, 2011

Call 208-727-8406 for Tickets ~ Valet Parking Provided ~ Black Tie Optional
$7,500 Visa Gift Card raffle; Music by High Street Band. Proceeds benefit expanding mental health services in the Wood River Valley.

Thank You Healing Touch Volunteers!
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

On Monday, November 7, Healing Touch Volunteers offered complimentary healing touch treatments to St. Luke's Wood River employees and medical staff. Here is just one of the many grateful comments.

Congratulations President's Award Recipient Karen Soracco
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

St. Luke's Wood River Foundation extends a hearty congratulations to Karen Soracco, Nursing Admin Manager, 10 yrs Emergency Department, Wood River

Recently, Karen graciously took on the additional responsibility of Manager of the Med/Surg/ICU department as well as the OB department. She manages with compassion and always treats her coworkers with great respect. Karen has been the driving force behind the development of St. Luke’s Wood River Sexual Assault Team. It has been her commitment to ensure that victims of a sexual crime are treated with respect, compassion and understanding of this life altering event. Karen’s vision, clinical expertise and compassion were instrumental in the offering of outpatient infusion services in the community.

Criteria: President’s Award recipients are selected each year from nominations submitted by coworkers, peers and managers. Each nomination begins with a detailed write-up describing why this person deserves to be recognized and how they exemplify our values. Two to four additional people write recommendations and finally the supervisor adds his or her comments.

Nominations are reviewed by a committee and the CEOs of each site. Their recommendations go to our System CEO, David C. Pate, MD, JD. After careful review and consideration, Dr. Pate selects those outstanding individuals he believes have truly gone above and beyond what they are expected to do in their jobs.

30-40+ nominations are received each year, all are examples of star performance and amazing achievements. The President’s Award is open to any employee in the Health System that has at least five years of service (except Administrators and above).




Wed., Oct. 19 Free Brown Bag Q&A with Dr. Tom Archie
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Center for Community Health presents Brown Bag Q&A with Dr. Tom Archie. Dr. Archie is once again offering to do this open forum Brown Bag talk.  He will address the medical issues of your choice drawing from his expertise in traditional western medicine, meridian-based acupuncture, and science-based functional medicine.

Bring your health and medical questions to this interactive Brown Bag talk. 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. , in Carbonate Rooms, St. Luke's Clinic, Hailey. Bring your health & medical ?s. 1450 Aviation Drive.

What is Picture of the Week?
Monday, October 17, 2011

Every week, on the homepage (lower left), you will find a new Foundation Picture of the Week, an image that depicts community  health. You are all encouraged to submit your 'picture of community health.' Just forward your photo to  with a description of why you think it is a picutre of community health. We will review and post select images weekly.

It's a beautiful take photos!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Did you know? St. Luke's Wood River's Women's Imaging Center has performed 5,254 digital mammograms and detected 28 cancers since opening in 2009 -- thanks to the generous support of of our donors!

St. Luke's Wood River Employees - Generosity in Action
Monday, October 10, 2011

St. Luke’s Wood River Employees have committed over $50,000 to further superior health care experiences in the Wood River Valley!

St. Luke's employee giving demonstrates St. Luke's values in action and builds upon the foundation of generosity that built our community medical center more than a decade ago and continues to fund lifesaving care and critical health initiatives.

  • In 2010 alone, the Circle of Friends employee assistance program distributed $22,608.57 to employees in need.
  • Since its inception, the Circle of Friends program has distributed $88,648.79 to employees in need of assistance.
  • Thank you for your incredible generosity!

    New Website is Live!
    Monday, October 10, 2011

    Our new website, designed to tell the story of generosity and to demonstrate your geneoristy in action,  is live and features:

    • Fresh videos and slide-shows
    • Fresh generosity stories throughout the site
    • Share Your St. Luke’s Wood River story opportunity
    • Submit your “Picture of community health” opportunity
    • Make-a-Gift online opportunity
    • Planned giving video
    • Art collection and donation form
    • Follow us on Twitter
    • Request a hospital tour opportunity
    • Poll, survey and QR code ability; and more.

    We want to hear from you! Please provide your feedback, share your St. Luke's Wood River story, or submit a picture of the week.


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