Hospice of North Idaho receives support from Kootenai Health

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Hospice of North Idaho has received a contribution of $150,000 from Kootenai Health.

The gift will support the cost of extending the nonprofit hospice’s inpatient unit, the Schneidmiller House, said a news release.

A $20,000 portion of the gift will help support the Wine Taste annual fundraiser for three years, with Kootenai Health as Presenting Sponsor.

“With this donation, Hospice of North Idaho and Kootenai Health are ensuring that our community receives the best care, at the right time, in the right place,” said Kim Ransier, Hospice of North Idaho executive director.

The expansion will add seven rooms with about 5,000 square feet to Schneidmiller House, Idaho’s only inpatient hospice. It is required to meet the current and future needs for end-of-life care in North Idaho.

“Currently, the Schneidmiller House offers 14 private rooms and operates at an 85 percent capacity on average, meaning that the unit is in high demand. Additionally, population growth statistics forecast an astounding 30.8 percent growth increase from 2016 through 2026 in population age 65 and over,” said the release.

“Kootenai Health and Hospice of North Idaho have a long history of working together. We are both nonprofit organizations with a common goal of ensuring people in northern Idaho can receive the care they need, close to home,” said Kim Anderson, spokesperson for Kootenai Health. “We understand the need these new rooms will fill for families in our community, and we are proud to be able to support Hospice of North Idaho in this way.”

While over 90 percent of days of care are provided in patient homes, Hospice of North Idaho offers the Schneidmiller House to patients in emergent conditions.

“These patients are often fragile, under stress, and experiencing complicated medical challenges that only specialized hospice clinicians can address,” said Schneidmiller House Director Cindy Reed, RN, CHPN.

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