This Year's Project: Community HealthCare & Hospice
About Our Organization
Community Hospital Health Foundation was chartered in 1985 as a 501 (c) 3 for the purpose of supporting healthcare for the region.
Our Mission Statement has remained the same: "To generate funds to secure the future of Community Hospital by stimulating public awareness and support".
The foundation solicits support through an annual appeal, special events, campaigns for capital projects and one to one individual asks. Funds generated are directed to programs and services provide by Community Hospital. Additionally a scholarship program is facilitated by the foundation offering approximately $30,000 to students pursuing healthcare careers annually.
Jessica Bortner, Executive Director
Dannette Kloepping, Administrative Assistant & Fund Manager
Current Project: Community HealthCare & Hospice
Funds raised during Big Give McCook will be dedicated to Community HealthCare & Hospice. Your donor gifts have the opportunity to be matched through Big Give McCook and the Health Foundation to further support our caregivers providing in-home care.
Seventeen nurses, three nurse aids and support staff organize and provide home health and hospice in-home care. On weekdays, caregivers leave in different directions to provide care in seven counties in southwest Nebraska. Visits are made in the evenings, weekends and holidays as needed. Patients are assessed, baths are given, medications are administered and organized, dressings are changed, education and support are provided. Care is also provided by physical, occupational and speech therapists, dieticians, and social workers.
The need for home health and hospice care is increasing in our communities. The population is aging and additional health assistance is needed to manage serious, complex illnesses. Risk of contracting COVID-19 and influenza are additional concerns to our community members who are already compromised. Many nursing homes are under tremendous financial distress and several have closed, this is adding additional anxiety to community members and healthcare services.
The community demand and benefit of this service is high, sadly, so is the cost of providing the service in such a rural area. Please support our caregivers and help this service be available for your friends and family needing in-home care. Donations can be made to Community Hospital Health Foundation for Community HealthCare & Hospice.
Heart to Heart CampaignThe Myatt & Genevieve Volentine Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center, built in 2007, doubled the previous therapy space. The extra space allowed Community Hospital to bring in more cardiologists, pulmonologists, perform more diagnostic tests and expand cardiopulmonary rehabilitation services. These services have exceeded expectations and have once again outgrown the space.
Community Hospital Health Foundation’s Heart to Heart Campaign is raising funds to support a new 3,420 square foot cardiopulmonary rehabilitation center. The nearly doubled space will include a spacious gym with natural light from large east-facing windows. A central nurses station, diagnostic testing room, waiting area, restroom and support offices will be included. New to the center will be a walking track and patient education room.
Patients with heart and/or lung disease have found cardiopulmonary rehabilitation to be a place they can exercise with support and continue to improve their health. Knowing there are trained medical professionals close creates a sense of security. With dedicated staff our program encourages physical rehabilitation and fosters lifestyle changes through active monitoring, education, and emotional support.
Patient participation in Phase 3 or the maintenance program has increased more than 368 percent over the past 10 years. For a minimal monthly fee, Phase 3 patients workout 2-3 times a week at the center. The cost is kept low to encourage participation.
The cost of the new cardiopulmonary rehabilitation center is $1.8 million. It is part of the $21.2 million building project that will also expand the Medical Specialists Center, McCook Clinic, pharmacy, laboratory, kitchen, and mobile testing services.