Blue Cross Foundation contributes to NIC community campaign

Blue Cross of Idaho showed its commitment to education recently through a $5,000 gift to the NIC Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams Community Campaign in support of technology and equipment needs for the NIC Health and Sciences Building.
“We recognize the important role nurses play in the delivery of quality health care and are pleased to support North Idaho College's nursing program with this donation,” said Ray Flachbart, chairman of the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Inc. “The current nursing shortage is fueling increases in health care costs. By making funds available for the new Health and Sciences Building, the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health will help increase the number of associate degree nurses and licenses practical nurses that North Idaho College can train.”
The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health was established by the Blue Cross of Idaho Board of Directors for the purpose of promoting better health and wellness across the state. Contributing to the Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams Community Campaign, which is poised to raise a minimum of $2 million toward student scholarships as well as technology and equipment needs for the new Health and Sciences Building, fit with the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation's mission to support health improvement initiatives throughout the state.
“Since its inception in 2001, our foundation has been involved in programs that positively impact the health and wellness of all Idaho residents,” Flachbart said. “Supporting the NIC nursing program is an excellent fit with our mission.”
The gift will go toward funding state-of-the-art technology and equipment needs for NIC's new Health and Sciences Building, scheduled to open this September. The two-story building will increase NIC's classroom capacity by 25 percent and will include 10 general use classrooms, eight labs, a theater-style auditorium with seating for 100, a smaller auditorium with seating for 60 and two video broadcast classrooms.
The campaign has raised more than $1.9 million to date.

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

Posted: Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005

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