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 challenge was set to run through April but 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.