Niemi retiring from CMH Foundation

Janet NiemiExecutive director of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation

ASTORIA — Janet Niemi, executive director of the CMH Foundation, will retire at the end of 2015, Columbia Memorial Hospital CEO Erik Thorsen announced last month.

“Janet, her staff and the Foundation Board have had a tremendous impact on the services Columbia Memorial Hospital offers to this community,” Thorsen said. “She will be missed, but her hard work will live on as CMH continues to grow and expand services.”

Niemi has been with the foundation for nearly 15 years. Under her direction, the CMH Foundation has raised over $3 million in charitable donations to benefit projects at the hospital. Some of these projects include the Healing Garden, a patient and family lounge, an obstetrical surgical suite, a trauma system upgrade, a digital mammography unit, the Cardiac Rehab Center, the Infusion Center, the Tranquility Garden, the Surgical Services Expansion, and the CMH/OHSU Cancer Care Center.

The foundation is conducting a $3 million capital campaign to raise funds to expand CMH’s cancer treatment services to include radiation therapy as part of the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative.

Niemi has led the campaign since its start in July 2012. To date, over $1.5 million has been committed toward the project.

A search is under way for Niemi’s replacement. The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy employment notice says, “Columbia Memorial Hospital, located in the beautiful and historic coastal town of Astoria, Oregon, seeks a forward-thinking and enthusiastic Foundation Executive Director to join our team. … This position serves as the chief executive of the Foundation with the authority and responsibility to operate the corporation in all of its activities. In this position, the Executive Director will develop and coordinate a complete philanthropy advancement program including a major gifts solicitation program for specific projects (grants), a planned giving program and special events. A major focus of this position is the successful involvement of key community leaders in the fund development efforts and in various other aspects of the life of the Foundation.”

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