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Ketchikan Medical Center Foundation
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the relationship between PeaceHealth and Ketchikan Medical Center (KMC)?

Actually, we are one and the same. In 1922, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace came to Ketchikan to open the Little Flower Hospital on Bawden Street to provide health care to the community. In 1963, the City of Ketchikan constructed the new Ketchikan General Hospital, now known as PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, and asked the sisters to continue to provide hospital care in the community.

Over the years, the number of sisters available to provide direct health care decreased, and in 1976 the health care ministries of the Western Province of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace were consolidated into PeaceHealth. PeaceHealth now operates seven hospitals, one nursing home, a chemical dependency program serving multiple locations, medical laboratories, physician clinics and other services. PeaceHealth facilities and services are located in five regions located in Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Below is a table highlighting the major hospitals in each PeaceHealth region.

Region

Hospital Name

City, State

Southeast Alaska Region

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center

Ketchikan, Alaska

Whatcom Region

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center

Bellingham, Washington

Lower Columbia Region

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center

Longview, Washington

​Lower Columbia Region ​PeaceHeatlh Southwest
Medical Center
​Va​ncouver, Washington

Oregon Region

Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District

Eugene, Oregon

Oregon Region 

Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend

Springfield, Oregon

Oregon Region 

Cottage Grove Community Hospital

Cottage Grove, Oregon

Siuslaw Region

Peace Harbor Hospital

Florence, Oregon

What is the relationship between PeaceHealth Ketchikan and the City of Ketchikan?

The city of Ketchikan owns the hospital building and land on which the hospital and associated parking sits. PeaceHealth provides the operations, capital equipment and minor tenant improvements required to deliver hospital and long-term care in Ketchikan. The city is responsible for major capital improvements on existing and new land and facilities. Much of the large construction projects are funded through a one percent hospital sales tax.

The city has traditionally funded major hospital construction projects, including expansion of the Emergency Department in 1988, construction of the new acute care wing and parking structure in 2000, and renovation of the New Horizons Transitional Care Unit in 2004.

What services are provided by PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center?

PeaceHealth Southeast Alaska Region includes a hospital, transitional care and skilled nursing, home health, seven medical office clinics, a range of support services and a staff of over 450 employees.

View a listing of services (pdf) provided and supported by PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center and PeaceHealth. 

Why should we continue to be part of PeaceHealth? Doesn’t this just cost us a lot of money?

Actually, Ketchikan and Southeast Alaska benefit greatly by being part of PeaceHealth, a larger system that offers many cost savings and the opportunity to cost effectively purchase supplies, get new technology and offer higher levels of service. A small, relatively remote, rural hospital on its own could not afford to purchase or deliver the current level of technology and services provided at PeaceHealth Ketchikan today.Just a few of the services available in Ketchikan today because we are part of the PeaceHealth system include:

  • Bar Code Medication Administration. PeaceHealth Ketchikan is the first hospital in the state to use BCMA to decrease medication errors to our patients.
  • Telepathology. PeaceHealth Ketchikan is the first hospital in the country to use this new technology. Analysis and diagnoses of cancer and other diseases can be made more quickly via telepathology than the standard method of shipping samples to labs.
  • Pixis. This pharmacy system allows us to securely streamline the stocking and distribution of medicines for hospital patients.
  • Digital imaging records for Radiology, CT, MRI. State-of-the-art technology for radiology records. Allows images to be stored and transported on CDs and shared with specialists outside of Ketchikan via electronic means within moments of completing the procedures.
  • Computerized health record. Allows physicians and all health care providers to have immediate and up to date patient record information. PeaceHealth has been a leader in implementing this nationwide health care directive.
  • P-tel / telemedicine. Provides educational and medical consultation opportunities for physicians, health care providers and staff. Allows immediate visual sharing of medical information with specialists within PeaceHealth and across the country, and is essential to PeaceHealth Ketchikan’s ability to provide a certified cancer program.
  • Shared overhead services to reduce cost (for example, group purchasing, payroll functions, billing, etc.)

What is PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center Foundation and why do we need one?

The Foundation was established to more formally solicit and recognize gifts, grants and contributions to support the hospital and PeaceHealth services in Southeast Alaska region. Established in 2004, the Foundation exists to acquire and recognize charitable gifts and bequests that assist PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center in fulfilling its mission, adhering to its core values and providing exceptional medicine and compassionate care to Southeast Alaska.

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) organization, tax-exempt, non-profit entity.

So if I donate, where will my money go?

Every dollar donated goes to the donor’s designated use. The expenses associated with operating the Foundation are paid for through a separate cost center of the Hospital, thereby ensuring that every dollar will go in full toward its designated donation. In addition, any money raised by the Foundation must be expended for PeaceHealth of Southeast Alaska services, programs, equipment or facility improvements – and therefore remains in Ketchikan and Southeast Alaska.

Who decides how the Foundation should spend the money?

Donors have a right to direct how their gift is used. In many cases, donors defer this decision to those who may have a better sense of where the need is currently the greatest. The Foundation has a voluntary 11-person Board of Directors who meet quarterly to review the business of the Foundation. Following consultation with the CEO and Executive Team of PeaceHealth SE Alaska, the Foundation Board determines how to apply undesignated funds and which projects are most appropriate for fund raising.

The Foundation’s current fundraising effort, the Campaign for Excellence, helps the hospital invest in the state-of-the-art technology necessary to provide evidenced based, exception care right here at home. By investing in new technology we will increase the range of services locally.

If I donate to the Foundation, who will have access to my name and information about my donation?

As a donor you have many rights, including the choice of whether you want your donation to remain anonymous or have your name visually recognized along with other donors. Learn more in our Donor Bill of Rights. (pdf)

Why should I donate to you?

Philanthropy is a very personal decision. Whether or not you choose to donate to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center Foundation or to other organizations is a choice that you will make given your own heart for giving, needs and circumstances. We believe your gifts through the Foundation are an investment in future health of our community and region.

Testimonials

Here are a few statements from some of our donors when asked why they chose to donate to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center Foundation.

“Until recently I didn’t realize that I could donate toward health care in our community. With government funds getting less and less, I want to make sure that my family and I have good quality care here at home. I just always assumed it would be there – now I know a bit more and realize that I need to be more involved to make sure that it is.”

“I can’t believe the quality and caliber of health care technology we have in Ketchikan. For years I had to travel south to a well-known cancer center for annual CT Scans. With the new 16-slice CT Scanner, I had my scans done here in Ketchikan – and they were available for my oncologist down south that same day. This means a lot to me – and to my family.”

“I want to do more to thank the nurses for all that they did to help my family. This way, every time they see our name on the list, they’ll know how much we appreciated their care and kindness.”

“With my donation I can become part of something bigger than myself. My donation alone won’t buy a new ultrasound machine. But together with others' we can make it happen.”

  

Contact

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center Foundation
3100 Tongass Avenue
Ketchikan, AK 99901

Penny Pedersen
Executive Director
Phone: (907) 228-8300 Ext. 7035 
Fax: (907) 228-8511
Email     
 
Cheryl Olsen
Operations Coordinator
Phone: (907) 228-8300 Ext. 7037
Email
 
Karen Wolfred 
Grant and Special Projects
Phone: (310) 702-6994
Email  ​

Office Hours:

Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.​​​ 

 

 
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