In its 11-year history, the Wallowa Valley Health Care Foundation has gifted $664,945.79 worth of equipment to Wallowa Memorial Hospital and the Wallowa Valley Care Center. Gifts range in size from $98,905 for a MedTec II ambulance to $25 for an ultrasound device purchased the first year the benevolent organization was formed in 1992.
Debt service payments were also made by the foundation from 1996-1999 in the neighborhood of $31,000 annually to help pay for a $311,000 X-ray machine.
Other big ticket items include $67,563 for the MedTec I ambulance, $66,497.14 for a mammography X-ray machine and $65,706.05 for a house for visiting OHSU residents.
Money has been generated through investments of bonds and securities from a $650,000 balance, individual gifts funneled through the foundation and from proceeds from the popular annual dinner/auction event.