Several area medical centers support NIC campaign

North Idaho College plays a vital role in producing health care technicians in various fields throughout the region. Two northern Idaho health care organizations recognized NIC's role in helping to provide quality health care in the community by producing highly-trained health care workers through the college's health and sciences programs and showed their support by contributing to the NIC Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams Community Campaign. The campaign intends to raise a minimum of $2 million to provide new student scholarships and fund technology and equipment in the new NIC Health and Sciences Building. “The community understands this need,” said NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson. “The facility is really of little use unless it's filled with technology and equipment suitable to the high-quality programs it will house.” North Idaho Medical Care Center agreed. The organization, which is owned by eight area physicians, operates four clinics in Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Hayden and Rathdrum, providing patients with immediate, family, worker and sports care for nearly two decades. The group decided to contribute $25,000 to name a classroom in the new facility. “We really do utilize a lot of students from NIC's nursing and other heath services programs,” said North Idaho Medical Care Center Director of Marketing and Public Relations KJ Torgerson. “And we wanted to support those students.” The North Idaho Eye Institute recognized the importance of supporting NIC students as well, according to Administrator Karen Sines. The North Idaho Eye Institute, which is a combination of two longtime Coeur d'Alene ophthalmology practices that merged in 1999, comprises five ophthalmologist-surgeons whose mission is to provide compassionate and exceptional ophthalmology services to patients. The institute contributed $25,000 to the NIC community campaign to name a classroom in the Health and Sciences Building. “We have a very community-minded and community-spirited group of doctors,” Sines said. “We utilize the students that come out of the heath programs at the college, so we certainly recognize the value of NIC and want to support the college both organizationally and individually.” The NIC Health and Sciences Building is scheduled to open in September. More than $1.4 million has been raised in the NIC Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams campaign to date.

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NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson, (208) 769-5978

Posted: Friday, Jan. 14, 2005

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