White Salmon, Wash. – Skyline Foundation was recently awarded a $250,000 grant from Klickitat County Public Economic Development Authority in support of its Expanding on Excellence Capital Campaign. This grant will directly fund Skyline Hospital’s Emergency Department renovation and expansion project.
“We are deeply grateful for this extraordinary gift and the inspiration it provides for others to support this project and Skyline Hospital’s mission,” said Elizabeth Vaivoda, Skyline Foundation executive director. “This incredible gift to our community – along with our many other generous donations – will allow our physicians and clinicians to provide the highest quality of patient care in a state-of-the-art Emergency Department.”
A piece of the grant criteria was to identify the economic value of Skyline Hospital in the community. “Rural hospitals are one of the largest employers in a rural economy, and Skyline Hospital is no different, coming in sixth in Klickitat County by employing 160 individuals with an annual payroll of more than $11M,” said Robb Kimmes, Skyline Hospital chief executive officer. “The employment opportunities and the resulting wages, salaries and benefits from our community hospital are extremely important to the local economy.”
The Expanding on Excellence Capital Campaign is the hospital’s initiative to renovate and expand its Emergency Department, create a centralized lobby and relocate laboratory services. The campaign, launched in July 2017, is in response to Skyline’s due-diligence in identifying what the hospital needs to expand and revitalize services to attract its full market share, as well as continue providing quality care to people in Klickitat and Skamania counties.