Hospitals' grant writer received state recognition
Pam McBride, grants coordinator for St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics was recently named as one of Idaho’s ‘Women of the Year’ by the Idaho Business Review.  Others recognized include a former Idaho Supreme Court Justice, an Assistant US Attorney, the executive director of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation and others.  The awards dinner is this Thursday, March 13 in Boise. Pam McBride, Grants Coordinator, St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals, is being recognized as one of Idaho’s ‘Women of the Year.’ 
McBride has generated over $4 million in grants and appropriations for both hospitals since being hired five years ago.  Her successful grants include a USDA grant to help purchase hardware and software for electronic medical records; Homeland Security grants to purchase equipment and to prepare for mass casualty incidents; a Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant to provide free wellness exams for uninsured and underinsured residents of Idaho County; telecommunications grants to help subsidize electronic transmission of radiology images and a Murdock Charitable Trust grant which provided $170,000 to digitize X-ray images.
 “This recognition is really a wonderful honor and I am flattered I was selected,” said McBride.  “My involvement with CVHC started when I was Director of the Clearwater Memorial Library.  We partnered on a $500 grant for prenatal information from the March of Dimes.  We were excited when MOD voluntarily doubled that to $1000.  But now I often write proposals and administer grants of up to $500,000.”
She has also coordinated the receipt of two federal appropriations which were used to expand the Emergency Room at Clearwater Valley Hospital.  
“It’s very gratifying to work with two hospitals that, in addition to being solid businesses, consistently do the right thing for the patients we have the welcome responsibility of serving,” said McBride  “Working for mission driven organizations makes my job worthwhile.  Working with a team of caring individuals makes my job enjoyable.”


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