Whidbey General Hospital

Tour de Whidbey Sponsors Continue to Support Hospital

Many Tour de Whidbey sponsors supported the Hospital in 2012 despite the event's one year cancellation. Their message was “We love the Tour, but we participate because we support Whidbey General Hospital.”

“It has been gratifying to receive such a clear message of support for local health care and our community hospital,” says Whidbey General Hospital Foundation Executive Director Laura Blankenship.

In response to the outpouring of goodwill from sponsors, the Foundation identified equipment and projects that would directly impact patient care and created a wish list to share with local businesses and Hospital vendors. Their generosity made it possible for the Foundation to fund $50,000 worth of equipment and support for programs and projects.

WIB photo_for article bodyThe first to step up was Whidbey Island Bank, which committed $10,000 to purchase a blanket warming cabinet for the Medical Ambulatory Care (MAC)/Oncology clinic. Why a blanket warmer? Among the many services the clinic offers, it provides chemotherapy infusion for cancer patients. To a patient experiencing the chilling effects of some chemotherapy drugs, a warm blanket is an amazing gift that provides a level of comfort beyond the warmth itself. It also gives patients a spirit-lifting sense of being cared for. The bank’s support makes warm blankets easily accessible for the nursing staff to offer every patient. Whidbey Island Bank Vice President Mary Moore Bailey (above center), joins MAC Manager Renee Yanke and Lead Clerk Maria Reyes at the hospital to tour the clinic.

Medical Executive CommitteePhysicians, Physician Assistants and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners of Whidbey General’s Medical Staff also acted without delay, contributing $5,000 to the purchase of a Glidescope. Emergency Department physicians use Glidescopes to intervene in respiratory crises for adults and children. Leaders of the medical staff include (pictured from left) Drs. Haigh Fox, Gabriel Barrio, Steve Hunnell, Douglas Langrock and Bob Wagner.

Glidescope2TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Team Health-Northwest Emergency Physicians completed the Glidescope purchase by contributing $3,000 each. At left, TriWest Healthcare Alliance Service Area Director Rick Becker meets with Dr. Douglas McKee of Team Health for a Glidescope demonstration.


Seven other long-time sponsors committed $1,000 to $2,000 each to help purchase the following wish list items.

Cheryl Arndt_Larry DenenholzThe Audit & Adjustment Company, Foster Pepper and Piper Jaffray helped buy flat screen televisions for the eight Medical Ambulatory Care/Oncology clinic chemotherapy infusion stations. The televisions provide distraction and comfort for patients during long visits. At right, Audit & Adjustment Company Vice President Larry Denenholz presents a check to Whidbey General Patient Access Manager Cheryl Arndt.

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P & L General Contractors, Moss Adams and Parker Smith Feek supported the purchase of recliner chairs for three inpatient hospital rooms. These will give patients an alternative to their bed and a place for loved ones to rest during the long evening and night hours they sit vigil. Ron Wallin, owner of P & L General Contractors, is pictured at left.

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S B & C, Ltd. and Washington Casualty Company made possible the purchase of a portable ultrasound unit to support the therapeutic work of physical therapists in the Rehabilitation Services Department as they assist patients in their healing process. At right, S B & C, Ltd. Manager Brett Simbe meets with Whidbey General Patient Financial Services Director Beth Stout.

Eight other friends of the Hospital made gifts to support the following:

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Whidbey Vision Care made possible the purchase of an infant/child changing table for mothers of children in our inpatient Medical-Surgical unit. Pictured at left are owners Dr. Chris and Lyn Gaustad.

The concern with canceling the 2012 Tour de Whidbey was the loss of equipment funding for the Hospital. The generosity of the sponsors made the wish list campaign so successful the Foundation was able to fund a total $50,000 worth of equipment and support for programs and projects for the Hospital. This is a real testament to the steadfast support that exists for Whidbey General and high quality LOCAL care.




Valic Financial Advisors and Sodexo sponsored Nurse Appreciation Week activities. Laura Dick, the retirement plan advisor to Whidbey General employees, along with her regional supervisor and parent company, supported the recognition event with an assist from the Hospital’s cafeteria manager.

Northwest Healthcare Linen helped Whidbey General acquire a portable testing instrument for Home Health Care nurses. It provides coagulation levels in minutes with a finger prick.

PeaceHealth/St. Joseph Medical Center made possible the purchase of one tabletop freezer unit for the Emergency Department (ED) and another for the Medical Ambulatory Care/Oncology clinic. In the ED, the freezer holds popsicles, which are the perfect comfort for frightened children with high temperatures. The popsicles also help bring temperatures down. In the oncology clinic, the freezer is used to store hypothermia gloves/socks which bring relief to chemotherapy patients from painfully high temperatures in their feet and hands caused by the drugs they are receiving.

Philips Respironics and Core Medical Imaging supported the purchase of a portable cast saw for the removal of casts on adults and children who are admitted to our Emergency Department in need of further treatment.

Retail Lockbox made their contribution to a nursing staff scholarship fund to support advanced training and education.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors!
Look for the Tour de Whidbey to return September 21, 2013.