17th Annual Caring & Sharing... Thanksgiving Weekend...

 "A Mini-Cassia Christmas"

The Minidoka Health Care Foundation has selected “A Mini-Cassia Christmas” as the theme for the 2015 event.

The Caring and Sharing Christmas Tree Festival is scheduled Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, Nov. 27 through Monday, Nov. 30 at the Rupert Civic Center.

The four-day festival celebrates the joys of the holiday season and raises money for The Minidoka Health Care Foundation. Each year the foundation supports health related causes in the community with funds raised from the festival.

This unique event features over 150 spectacular Christmas trees, Christmas wreaths and many other beautiful specialty items to help kick off the holiday season all donated by the generosity of the members of Mini-Cassia.  Non-stop entertainment, a Teddy Bear Breakfast and visits with Santa, a Gala Opening luncheon, and Senior Social surround the festival with the sights and sounds of a traditional Christmas City, USA.

Held in the Rupert Civic Center, thousands of visitors to the admission free event enjoy repeat visits and long stays as they view the wonders, listen to the top entertainment, and mingle with neighbors in a magical atmosphere.

Beginning its 17th year the festival has grown and raised over $425,000 in its short history to help the foundation provide for a variety of health related needs in the community. The Foundation has assisted the Mini-Cassia Child Protection Team, the Mini-Cassia Women’s Shelter, the Veterans Association, Minidoka Senior Center, Wee Links and Pomerelle Ski Patrol as well as assisted many students in health related careers with scholarships just to name a few. The foundation supports Minidoka Memorial Hospital with equipment and program funding as well. These awards, program grants and assistance in purchases of medical equipment would not be possible without the continuous support of the people in this wonderful community.

We are currently seeking donation for trees, wreaths and decorative items for the festival, as well as volunteers to assist with all aspects of the event, entertainment groups to perform and sponsorship donations to help with event costs.

If you like to have fun, see old friends, meet new people, or volunteer to a worthy cause, Caring and Sharing Christmas Tree Festival is the place to be.  And remember, admission is always free.

Contact Tammy Hanks at 436-0481 Ext 124 for more information.  See you at the Rupert Civic Auditorium November 27th through November 30th.

Caring and Sharing Entertainment 2015

Friday, November 27th

3:30               Students of Leslie Crafton

4:40               Wilson Jr. Musical Theatre

5:00               Lyn Brisbin

5:30               Amber Tribe

6:00               Lori Wilson and Family

7:30               Katrina Tanner


Saturday, November 28th

12:00              Students of Leslie Crafton

12:30              Dance Project

1:00               Students of Leslie Crafton

1:30               Lance Barfuss

2:00               Troubadours

3:00               Ned Carter

3:30               Makyla Barras

4:00               Lillian Desind

4:30               Pam McHan and Friends


Sunday, November 29th

1:30 Peggy Gulbransen

2:00 Linda Croft

2:30 Brian Duncan and the St. Nicholas Choir


Monday, November 30th

9:30               West Minico Orchestra

10:00            Minico Orchestra

10:30            St. Nicholas School

11:00            East and West Minico Bands

12:00            Spartan Dance Force

12:30            Acequia Elementary

1:00              Rupert Elementary                                                                                             

1:30               East Minico Orchestra

3:00               Students of Chris Hepworth

4:00               Audrey Neibaur and students

4:30               Trendsetters

5:00               Reflections

5:30               Sarah Condie

6:00               Harmony Kids

6:30               Leonard Family

7:00               Dance Force

7:30               Fab Feet Cloggers


Minidoka Healthcare Foundation recently held their Annual Employee Campaign with 2 days of games, refreshments and prizes for all employees to participate in and have the opportunity to re-sign up for payroll deduction to donate to the cause. Last year employees at the hospital donated over $21,000. The money was distributed throughout the hospital to different departments through “wish requests”. This is always a great event for staff at MMH and a huge success.


2015 Employee Hospital Campaign Funds Distributed

A committee of MMH employees granted over $21,000 to departments and community events in the 2015 MMH Employee Campaign. Each year the employees of MMH are asked to donate a few dollars per pay period to this fund. 2015 collected $22,000.00. Recipients this year include:

  • Accounting - Office chairs and scanners
  • Administration - City of Rupert Operation Facelift; paint and supplies
  • Admissions- Zebra priner for wristbands and scanners
  • Ambulance -BP cuffs, stethescopes, and pulse oximiter
  • Business Office - Laser printer 
  • Compliance - Case Manager / Compliance Officer books for reference
  • Countryside Care & Rehab - Recliners for residents, popcorn machine
  • Home Health - Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet
  • Housekeeping - NilFisk Vacuums
  • Human Resources - Bookshelf Library 
  • IT -Cart to transport equipment, laser printer
  • Lab - Tube cool cube, boxed liquid storage racks, wall mounted container holders, lab coats
  • Marketing - Bike helmets, book shelf library
  • Med/Surg - Patient lounge chairs, patient infusion chair
  • Medical Records - Metal shelving for storage room
  • Pharmacy - Laser priner trays, medication refrigeration
  • Radiology - Positioning sponges, computer, monitor and scanner for PACS workstation
  • Respiratory - Color printer
  • Rural Clinic - Circumsion Set
  • Surgery - Chair and stool replacement



MMH’s 15th Annual Ride for Safety event was held on the front lawn of Minidoka Memorial Hospital on Friday July 3rd, 2015. The event gave children in the community the opportunity to decorate their bikes and ride in the Rupert 4th of July parade showing off their newly decorated bike and helmet. This year, as a community project, The Minico High School football team donated their time to help with the bike safety event. Right around 20 boys from the football team put together over 250 bags of decorations for the event and an additional 20 football players came and donated their time to participate in the event at MMH. They inspected bikes; fitted kids for helmets, and helped decorate the kids decorate their bikes for the parade. This year over 140 bikes were decorated and helmets given to children to provide safety while riding their bikes this summer. Over 40 kids participated in riding their bikes in the parade this year. Minidoka Memorial Hospital has provided and distributed over 1800 helmets in the last 15 years. The money to purchase the helmets comes directly from the employees at MMH through the hospitals employee campaign. Thank you to everyone in the Mini-Cassia area for once again making this another successful event. This event wouldn't be near as successful without the help of hospital employees, MHS football team, volunteers, and parents and children that showed up to support another great year of bike safety!  We look forward to seeing you all again next year.


Bike DecoratingMMH Employee  Bike Helmet


Minidoka Memorial Hospital will be offering monthly Heartsaver CPR classes for $25.00 each, we also will have monthly First Aid classes for $25.00 and teach other AHA courses as the need arises. Healthcare Provider CPR is offered quarterly. click here for more information