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Mary Ellen Scholarship / Dirne Foundation

Through the Dirne Foundation, we are able to help those people in our community who do not have the financial means to pay for their medical, dental, or behavioral services. Your donations help make healthcare access a reality for those in our local community.


The Mary Ellen Scholarship covers direct patient costs to eliminate barriers that may prevent access to preventive early-detection screenings, treatment, or care.  This scholarship is funded through your donations, fundraisers, small grant writing and community support. 


100% of your donation goes toward providing care for our underinsured and uninsured, who often struggle to make ends meet. Heritage Health currently serves 30,000+ residents of Kootenai, Shoshone and Benewah counties.

If you have questions about the Dirne Foundation, making or designating a donation, or anything else related to the Foundation’s work and mission, please email Pam Houser,

or call us at 208-620-5250. 

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