PULLMAN, WA – The Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation Board appointed Wayne Druffel as Vice President of the Foundation Board on January 17, 2024. Druffel, his brothers, and son Kurt, own Norm Druffel & Sons, one of the largest wheat and grain producers in Whitman County. With more than a decade-long history of philanthropic support and volunteer service to the hospital, Druffel brings significant experience to this role.
“I'm excited to work to help the hospital during its expansion," Druffel said about his recent appointment. "I want to make sure the hospital continues to grow and serve the Pullman community and the surrounding areas."
As co-chair of The Next Era of Excellence fundraising campaign, Druffel was pivotal in raising over $7.5 million for Pullman Regional Hospital. Additionally, he helped raise over $1 million for the COVID-19 Emergency Fund.
In 2015, the Druffel family established an endowment in honor of Norm and Jessie Druffel, which benefits the hospital's Orthopedic Center of Excellence and the Regional High School Athletic Training Program. Serving in his newly appointed role was another great way Druffel felt would help "continue the legacy Norm and Jessie Druffel started years ago."
Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation looks forward to the positive impact Druffel will bring as Vice President of the Foundation Board. "We're so excited to have Wayne leading the board," said Linda Infranco, executive director of the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation. "His energy, enthusiasm, and thoughtfulness around the hospital's projects and priorities will help us accomplish great things."
About the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation
The Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation Board of Directors is governed by volunteers, committed to continuing the hospital’s excellence in care and service. The Foundation Board is led by President Karlene Beaumont, Vice President Wayne Druffel and Treasurer Adrian Green. Directors are eligible for two consecutive three-year terms.
The Foundation supports Pullman Regional Hospital’s annual priority projects, as well as long-term programs including the Family Medicine Residency Program, a partnership with WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and the Regional High School Athletic Training Program, a partnership with local high schools. Unlike many charities, the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation does not charge an administrative fee, which means 100% of donations support projects and programs. The Foundation accepts various gift types, including cash, 5-year pledges, endowments and planned gifts, in partnership with the Planned Giving Advisory Council, chaired by Jeff Feuerstein.
To learn more about the Foundation Board and the Foundation’s fundraising activities, visit pullmanregional.org/foundation or contact Linda Infranco, Executive Director, at (509) 332-2043.
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