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Walla Walla philanthropists Dr. Richard Simon, Deberah Simon, Susan Monahan and Mark Brucks anchored the donations for the new COVID-19 rapid-testing Cepheid device which will be in operation at St. Mary's Medical Center next week.

WALLA WALLA—The Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla is happy to announce that the Cepheid platform for rapid testing has arrived at the hospital.

The Cepheid can produce a COVID-19 test result in 45 minutes. The equipment now is undergoing approximately a week of validation testing, then will be put into use. Initially, it will be limited to patients at the hospital due to continuing national shortages of testing supplies. As more test kits become available, they will be able to expand the availability of rapid testing.

Fundraising for the equipment was anchored by a $50,000 donation from Dr. Richard Simon, Sleep Center/former General Internist and HIV expert, and Deberah Simon, senior lecturer in chemistry at Whitman College. That followed with a match from Susan Monahan and Mark Brucks. Additional private and public donations funded the remainder of the equipment.

The hospital extends their deepest thanks to the donors and community partners who funded the purchase of this equipment through the Providence St. Mary Foundation.


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