Friday, September 28, 2007

St. Luke?s honors former board member

Express Staff Writer

The St. Luke's Wood River Foundation Board of Directors posthumously honored Shirley Renick with the 2007 Nancy Cord Vision of Philanthropy Award on Friday, Sept. 14.

Renick, who died last winter, was a Sun Valley resident who personified the true meaning of philanthropy. She was a passionate supporter of St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center, was a foundation board member and a pet therapy volunteer.

Her leadership helped the hospital to pursue its funding goals.

"She would be delighted to know the tremendous progress the hospital is making toward our bold vision to be 'America's Finest Community Hospital,'" St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center CEO Bruce Jensen said.

Since the hospital opened in 2000, the St. Luke's Wood River Foundation has granted more than $5 million for equipment, projects and programs.

"The quality and range of services offered at St. Luke's Wood River is unusual for a community of our size," Jensen said.

Each year, the foundation honors a philanthropic leader who demonstrates remarkable qualities in leadership, philanthropy and humanitarianism. The award is named for Nancy Cord, a Sun Valley resident and foundation emeritus council member, for her unwavering commitment to the hospital and the community.

Renick's legacy lives on through the enormous generosity of her family and friends, who give to the foundation in her honor.

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