CPMC Foundation hosts donor thank you dinner

Dinner attendees enjoy the  live musical entertainment at this years CPMC Society Dinner. Photo by Tracy McNew, The Montanian.


By Tracy McNew


The Cabinet Peaks Medical Center Foundation held their annual Society Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Ponderosa Room in Libby. The event recognized approximately 350 families who have donated over $500 to the Foundation and highlighted the good work that is done with donated funds.

The evening began with introductions and thank you speeches. Bruce Whitfield, CEO of CPMC told the crowd of about 80 people that the hospital was upgraded from 3 to 4 stars on the Center for Medicaid and Medicare services (CMS) website. Only two hospitals in the entire state of Montana have a better rating of five stars he said.
Kate Stephens, Executive Director of the CPMC Foundation said that their biggest accomplishment of the year was raising the $420,000 needed to purchase a 3D mammography machine- in just one year. She thanked large donors including Lincoln County Credit Union, Paint it Pink, Glacier Bank, First Montana Bank, the Whitfield’s and the Werner’s personally and then went on to thank everyone else in attendance for their generosity.

It is anticipated that the new 3D mammography machine will be up and running within the next few months.
The evening presentations included stories from various hospital departments that received smaller amounts of money that made big impacts on patient care. One new addition was an
ATP machine that is used for cleaning surgery equipment.
Kimberlee Rebo from the Acute Care department shared the story of a little boy who was very sick and admitted to the hospital dehydrated . Thanks to a new Ez-IO intraosseous vascular access system purchased by the CPMC Foundation, in less than ten minutes, they were able to gain IV access through the bone.
Rebo told The Montanian, “Acute Care is thankful for the opportunity to continue provide exceptional patient care by having a piece of equipment that has the potential to make a difference in the lives of every patient we serve. As a patient, the EZ-IO Access Device isn’t a device you want to be familiar with, but one that you will be thankful to have access to in a time of need. Thank you CPMC Foundation and supporters for allowing our facility to have this small but  necessary piece of equipment.”

Attendees enjoyed dinner and live music in addition to the feel good stories of CPMC’s staff to round out the evening.