PRINEVILLE, OR -- A one-million dollar donation will help Crook County high school students pursue a career in healthcare. The Pioneer Memorial Hospital Residual Board and Prineville Hospital Foundation (PHF) are working to create a scholarship with some of the money earned from the sale of the old hospital facility. The scholarship will be available to Crook County High School graduates and GED recipients, as well as adults interested in pursuing a career in a healthcare-related field.
In addition to the scholarship, the Foundation voted to donate their remaining funds – totaling $3.5 million – to the expansion of the St. Charles Family Care clinic in Prineville. In a statement, PHF President Bobbi Brooks said, "Prineville Hospital Foundation is proud to have been the steward of this community's donations since the founding of Prineville's hospital. Delivery of these funds now for expansion of our current hospital is the culmination of many months of deliberation and debate amongst the PHF board members over best ouse of the gifts entrusted to us." He also thanked local medical providers, St. Charles Health System and the Pioneer Memorial Hospital Residual Board for its partnership.
Another half a million dollars will be used to recruit and retain medical providers at the Prineville clinic.