This Year's Project: Leading Our Region To A Healthier Future
About Our Organization
Community Hospital Health Foundation helps to secure the future of Community Hospital by raising funds and promoting public awareness and support. Community Hospital Health Foundation was chartered as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 1985, to engage the philanthropic community in supporting Community Hospital.
Community Hospital Health Foundation continues to raise funds to do capital improvements, purchase equipment, help with patient assistance and provide education and training to staff. We continue to help raise dollars to fill financial gaps in low volume or weak revenue services that our patients need.
Your gift ensures that Community Hospital can continue to provide quality healthcare, right here, close to home.
Jessica Bortner, Executive Director
Dannette Kloepping, Administrative Assistant & Fund Manager
Current Project: Leading Our Region To A Healthier Future
The pandemic has shown us just how quickly healthcare can change. The importance and awareness of having a quality, local hospital has been heightened. Community Hospital’s mission is to lead our region to a healthier future, but we need your continued help.
Your Community Hospital is a modern facility with state of the art equipment and programs including telemedicine and cancer care services. Your Community Hospital is able to provide home health and hospice services to seven counties in southwest Nebraska. Your Community Hospital welcomes over 40 visiting specialists to McCook on a monthly basis. Your Community Hospital continues to recruit high quality medical providers. This is possible because you support Community Hospital. Your support is needed now through donations to Community Hospital Health Foundation.
A financial contribution is your opportunity to share what is important to you and to protect quality, local healthcare through your investment. With your support, Community Hospital will continue to be here ready to take care of you and cultivate healthy communities through progressive and proactive care. Help us lead our region to a healthier future.
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.