Critical Care Endowment
Just like a tiny acorn grows into a mighty oak with deep roots, gifts to endowment funds provide stable support for our programs and services. Trinity Health Foundation is excited to announce the creation of a new endowment that will impact health and wellness - the Dr. Jeffrey and Janelle Verhey Critical
Care Endowment Fund. The Fund will be primarily utilized to contribute to the ongoing improvement and success of Critical Care programs at Trinity Health, supporting things like specialized staff training and development; acquisition of critical care equipment; acquisition of critical care medical air
transport equipment for NorthStar CriticAir; and other acquisitions that are vital to the operation of the Critical Care services provided by Trinity Health.
Trinity Health Foundation wishes to express its deepest appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Jeffrey Verhey and Janelle Verhey for their generosity, interest, and commitment in establishing this endowment fund. If you are interested in contributing to this endowment, or any of the other endowment or restricted funds within Trinity Health Foundation, please contact the foundation office.
Sponsorship of iCan Bike Program
Brought to Minot by the Anne Carlsen Center, the iCan Bike program teaches individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle and become lifelong independent riders. This achievement creates a gateway of opportunity, helping them gain assurance and self-reliance in many other aspects of their lives. Approximately 50 children with disabilities and their families from Minot and the surrounding area, benefit from this program.
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Scholarship
A scholarship fund has been established by the Trinity Health Foundation to assist patients with attending cardiopulmonary rehabilitation sessions. “The purpose of the scholarships is to provide twelve sessions of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation for patients who cannot meet the financial requirement for rehabilitation,” said Heidi Zaderaka, manager of Trinity’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program. To qualify, a patient goes through a screening process to see if they meet the criteria. According to Zaderaka, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation is helpful for patients who have suffered a heart event, such as a heart attack, bypass or valve surgery; who have had stents placed; who have COPD or other chronic lung diseases; or who have had heart or lung transplants, and/or congestive heart failure. With twelve sessions of cardiopulmonary rehab, “we will provide patients with the education needed to help modify their risk factors and give them the tools needed to be successful in making appropriate lifestyle changes.”
Care Packages for Diabetes Patients
Trinity Health’s Center for Diabetes Education serves more than 1,900 patients and touches the lives of countless family members. These care packages will assist our current efforts by providing patients and their families with tools that will enhance the necessary lifestyle changes, soften the initial financial burden, ease the discomfort of diabetes, and boost their confidence by increasing their knowledge base. There are 4 unique packages based on the type of diabetes one has: Gestational, Type 2, Type 1 Adults and Type 1 Pediatrics.
Fuel Vouchers to CancerCare Patients and Fuel the Fight
In January 2017, Trinity CancerCare Center partnered with the North Dakota Cancer Coalition and the North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control to survey patients regarding barriers they encounter when seeking oncology services. In addition to the fear of the treatment process, the distance traveled and the travel costs related to receiving treatment were highly reported as barriers. It was specifically noted that 47% of the patients surveyed traveled roundtrip distances of 51 miles or greater, and of those, 17% traveled 200 miles or more roundtrip. Travel expenses can add up quickly for patients with a diagnosis of cancer. Multiple trips to different appointments or daily radiation and infusion treatments can become very costly.
Representatives from Trinity CancerCare Center and the Trinity Health Foundation discussed assistance opportunities specifically for these patients, and decided that a fuel voucher program be created to assist patients who demonstrated financial need. The fuel voucher program was instituted in October 2017, and a total of 170 vouchers have been provided to patients. These vouchers can be utilized at the Dakota Square Tesoro by patients receiving active oncology related treatment for up to $50 in fuel purchases. Patients have access to four $50 vouchers annually for a total assistance of up to $200. “This voucher program is very exciting because it allows us to provide direct financial support for those patients,” said Shane Jordan, Director of Trinity CancerCare Center. “Many of these patients are traveling daily to the center, and it is wonderful in that we help them with this specific expense,” he added. As an outgrowth of this effort, Fuel the Fight was initiated.
The Fuel the Fight initiative was conceived in the spring of 2018 by Michelle Phillips, Hess Corporation; Candace Brekke; Ackerman-Estvold, and Kaylee Bourquin, First International Bank & Trust; to assist patients commuting long distances for their treatments. The concept originated as a group project the trio completed as part of the Women’s Leadership Program through the Center for Technology and Business. Working with local and surrounding area businesses along with private donations, these women raised $11,040, in-kind and cash value, in the span of one month. This is a tremendous resource for patients traveling to and from the Trinity CancerCare Center.
Cancer Survivorship Banquet
Trinity Health Foundation was pleased to partner with the Trinity CancerCare Center and the Relay for Life Committee by helping to sponsor the Cancer Survivor Banquet at the Grand Hotel in Minot on National Cancer Survivors Day®. This day is an annual celebration of life that is held in hundreds of communities nationwide, and around the world, on the first Sunday in June. National Cancer Survivors Day provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way. It is also a day to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship.