Providence Services made a generous donation to Chewelah’s 49 Degrees North Volunteer Ski Patrol—enough to enable them to buy a new Cascade Toboggan Rescue Sled. The donation was made possible through the Providence “Passion Project” program, which allows Providence employees to apply for funds to be used toward specific purchases within nonprofit and primarily volunteer organizations in their communities. Providence employees Sue Baker and Carol Shultz decided to apply for the grant when they realized the patrol needed at least two new sleds to be able to adequately provide rescue transportation services to the new area. The terrain near the top of Angel Peak cannot be reached from the Patrol’s base at the top of Chewelah Peak where usually there are a half dozen sleds ready for deployment. The new sled will allow patrollers at the top of Chair 6, Angel Peak, to reach an accident within a short time.
“It’s great that Providence makes these grants available to their employees and the community,” said Danial Baker, 49’s Volunteer Patrol Director. “We were able to purchase a new Cascade Toboggan, made in Sandpoint, and also other first aid-related gear that will be able to assist in the care and transport of those who may be hurt or need help on Angel Peak,” he said.
There are currently 96 members of the 49 ski patrol, 86 of whom are volunteers. Sue Baker works as an Occupational Therapist in the Rehabilitation Department, has patrolled for 34 years, 20 years at 49 Degrees North. Carol Shultz, who is an EMT and Certified Nursing Assistant, can be found working in the Emergency Department; she’s been patrolling at 49 Degrees North since 1998. “It’s no surprise these two patrollers asked for something so vital to improve patient care,” Danial Baker said. “Both women have a history of commitment to improving first aid skills of those around them; they are certified American Heart Association CPR instructors as well as certified first aid instructors for the National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care Program,” Baker said.
-Submitted by the 49° North Ski Patrol
In This Photo: Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital and Long Term Care Employees Sue Baker (right) and Carol Shultz surround the new Cascade Toboggan Rescue Sled that will be utilized at the top of 49 Degrees North’s new Angel Peak Chair.