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Kootenai Health receives $45,000 grant from the Avista Foundation for the healthcare facility’s expansion program
Avista Foundation announces a single round of grants totaling $81,500 for 2015


Aug. 5, 2015: With a growing population nearing 150,000, Kootenai County, Idaho, is building on its well-deserved reputation as a great place to live, work and play. Area residents are looking for high quality healthcare, closer to home than the 45-minute drive to Spokane, and Kootenai Health is poised to meet the community’s needs. The Avista Foundation is proud to donate $45,000 over three years to Kootenai Health in support of its capital campaign for facility expansion.

“Kootenai’s greatest desire is to provide access to the highest levels of health care for patients, close to home,” said Shawn Bassham, president of Kootenai Health Foundation. “With this capital campaign, we’ll be able to offer services like a family birth center with a dedicated neonatal intensive care unit right here in our residents’ home town. We greatly appreciate Avista’s commitment to Kootenai County, and the health and well-being of its citizens.”
“At Avista, we are proud to call the Inland Northwest our home, and we know that one key to healthy communities is providing the quality and quantity of healthcare services that are needed for all of its citizens,” said Patty Shea, Avista regional business manager for northern Idaho. “The capital campaign to fund the expansion of facilities and programs will set Kootenai Health well on its way to achieving its vision of becoming a comprehensive regional medical center by 2020. Avista is proud to be a partner in this endeavor.”
Avista Foundation 2015 grants announced
The Avista Foundation will make just one distribution of grants in 2015. During this round, grant awards totaled $81,500 for programs in human care services, education, and economic and community vitality in Avista Utilities’ service territory in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, and in Juneau, Alaska, where Avista Corp. owns Alaska Electric Light and Power Company.
Kootenai Health Foundation
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
IMAGINE, the Capital Campaign for Kootenai Health – expansion of Kootenai Health facilities
The Idaho Foodbank
Lewiston, Idaho
A Fresh Approach to Feeding Idaho Families – new warehouse and demonstration kitchen for north central Idaho
Spokane Symphony
Spokane, Wash.
Program support
Spokane Valley Partners
Spokane Valley, Wash.
Facility upgrade projects, including demonstration kitchen, boiler and roof
Juneau Jazz & Classics
Juneau, Alaska
Education and community outreach programs
Christ Kitchen
Spokane, Wash.
Mobile Food Truck – job training program
Gizmo Coeur d’Alene
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Community Robotics Lab
Juneau Symphony
Juneau, Alaska
Youth Music Education Program
Josephine Community Libraries
Grants Pass, Ore.
21st Century Children’s Library
Northeast Community Center
Spokane, Wash.
Playground Structure serving Head Start and Early Head Start Students
First Territorial Capitol of Idaho
Lewiston, Idaho
First Territorial Capitol of Idaho Revitalization Project
LaCrosse Community Pride
Support for facility and programs enhancing economic and cultural vitality in LaCrosse Wash.

 About Avista Foundation
The Avista Foundation was established in 2002 with the objective of making a difference in our communities in a positive and sustainable way. Since its founding, the Avista Foundation has made grants totaling more than $3 million. The foundation focuses its giving in the areas of:
·         education – K-12 education particularly in the fields of science, math and technology; and higher education including scholarships,
·         vulnerable and limited income populations – providing assistance to those on limited incomes and support for initiatives to reduce poverty, and
·         economic and cultural vitality – supporting projects that help communities and citizens to grow and prosper.
Information on the Avista Foundation is available at www.avistafoundation.org . The Avista Foundation is a separate, non-profit organization established by Avista Corp. The foundation does not receive funding from Avista Utilities or AEL&P customers through rates.

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