New Cascade Medical employee education fund gets $6,000 boost

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Cascade Medical Foundation has received a $6,000 Regional Impact Grant from the Community Foundation of NCW to support a new education fund designed to help Cascade Medical employees looking to further their education and improve job-related skills.

“We’re so grateful to the Community Foundation for supporting this new fund and helping enable us to invest in caregiver education for the staff at Cascade Medical,” CMF Board Chairperson Shannon Keller said. “When we grow the skills of our local caregivers, we know, in turn, this will benefit our entire community with even better and more skilled employees.”

The Mark Judy Memorial Caregiver Education fund was created in 2023 using funds initially donated to Cascade Medical Foundation in memory of the former Cascade Medical CEO and CMF Board Member, who died in March. Continuing Mark Judy’s legacy of inspiring others, the nonprofit board established the fund with the intent of offering CM staff annual scholarships to pay for education and training. Helping employees expand their skills and careers also benefits Cascade Medical and the community it serves.

The CMF Board applied for CFNCW’s Regional Improvement Grant in the hopes of growing the core fund, which will allow educational scholarships to be awarded annually in perpetuity.

“Mark believed in and urged countless employees over his decades of leadership to learn, to grow and to serve,” said Terri Judy, Mark’s wife and Cascade Medical Foundation board member. “He would be so honored to know this scholarship fund will help our local healthcare workers, who care so deeply for our community.”

Since it was founded in 1992 CMF has helped fund projects totaling more than $1.9 million, including a cardiac rehabilitation center (opening in January 2024), radiology equipment, a new ambulance and mobile health clinic.  

An education fund focused on CM employees is a new effort, and one that could help grow the organization’s workforce and enhance critical caregiving skills.

The first round of scholarships will be announced in late March.

The Community Foundation of NCW was established in 1986 with a mission to grow, protect and connect charitable gifts in support of strong communities throughout Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties. It currently manages $130 million in assets through more than 600 individual funds and has awarded more than $55 million in grants and scholarships.