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Ashland Hospital Gets Big Donation

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Ashland Community Hospital Foundation received its biggest donation in history.

A former nurse passed away at age 96 in January and left the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation $2.2 million. Foundation officials say this is the largest donation it has ever received since it started in 1977.

Ruth Evans was a nurse in Pennsylvania before moving to the Rogue Valley. Evans outlined how the money should be used in her bequest. Part of the money will go toward nursing scholarships for students attending SOU, RCC, and OHSU who intend to work in the Rogue Valley after graduating.

Right now the foundation awards about ten scholarships a year for about $1,000 each. Next year, foundation officials hope to hand out 20 scholarships for $5,000 each. The rest of the money will go to the Ashland Community Hospital’s Hospice Program. Providing services to families during the final days of life.

The foundation is already starting to actually receive the funding. It will continue to come in and the amount of scholarships will increase in 2014.