Gritman Foundation’s Janie Nirk Challenge raises $120,000 for diagnostic imaging equipment


MOSCOW— The Gritman Medical Center Foundation Janie Nirk Challenge came to a conclusion, raising $120,000 to purchase the latest echocardiogram technology that will directly improve patient care.

“This machine will enhance our ability to provide exceptional care in the region through essential cardiology services and give us the ability to perform strain imaging for cancer patients,” said Scott Nelson, Gritman’s Director of Diagnostic Imaging.

The Janie Nirk Challenge kicked off in October 2018 when long-time Gritman volunteer and philanthropist, Janie Nirk, pledged to match the first $60,000 donated to purchase the GE Vivid echocardiogram machine. The six-month challenge was completed early thanks to 143 additional donors and a generous $32,200 capstone personal donation from Ed and Beatriz Schweitzer.

“People like Janie are constantly inspiring us and we were up for the challenge,” said Beatriz Schweitzer.

The equipment will be purchased and available for clinical use this spring.

The Gritman Foundation extends its gratitude to each one of you who donated, participated in, and spread the word about this challenge. Your efforts truly show what it means to be a community. Thank you for your continued support of Gritman Medical Center.