Foundation launches campaign to bring 3D Mammography to Wamego Health Center


By Tina Rockhold
Development director, Wamego Hospital Foundation

On behalf of the board, we are excited to launch the fundraising campaign to upgrade to 3D mammography at Wamego Health Center! As noted last night, the benefits are numerous. Here is a quick recap:

  • 3D is the gold standard in breast imaging, allowing earlier detection of cancer.
  • The superior image quality makes it much easier in some cases for radiologist to detect cancer that may not be visible with 2D technology.
  • Bringing 3D breast imaging to Wamego Health Center gives our loved ones the opportunity to receive screenings closer to home or work alleviating the burden of travel, and more importantly receive treatments sooner if necessary.

Projects of this magnitude are only possible with support from donors who believe in the mission of providing exceptional healthcare at the local level. Your philanthropic support for the 3D mammography campaign will help patients access the finest in breast cancer detection.

The first fundraiser for the 3D mammography campaign is Wamego Match Day on Friday, June 7, 2019. On that day, Wamego Community Foundation will match donations made by to Wamego Hospital Foundation at .50 cents per $1. Any contribution made on Match Day 2019 will be designated to the 3D mammography campaign.

Here’s how it works:

  • Visit Iron Clad in Wamego between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on June 7. Gifts can be made by cash, check or online using a credit card.
  • Online Match Day gifts can made anytime that day. Simply visit www.wamegomatchday.com to donate. Profiles for the organization participating in Match Day are already visible at the website.

If you have any questions about the 3D mammography campaign or how the Wamego Hospital Foundation is involved with Wamego Match Day on June 7, please contact me. I look forward to talking with you.

Meanwhile, to learn more about the foundation or to make a donation visit our website. Again, thank you for your support!

(Photo from the Foundation’s Open House on Thursday, May 2 at the Wamego Health Center Cafe.)

Foundation will participate in Match Day on June 7

Together we impact more lives.

Wamego Hospital Foundation is a partnering with the Wamego Community Foundation on the inaugural Wamego Match Day, Friday, June 7, 2019. On that day, the Wamego Community Foundation will match donations made by our citizens to the Wamego Hospital Foundation fund at .50 cents per $1. That means your donation of up to $1,000 to the charity of your choice goes 50 percent farther to meeting the needs of those the organization serves.

Here’s how it works:

  • Come to the event on June 7, 2019 and donate. Visit Iron Clad, 427 Lincoln Ave., Wamego, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Gifts can be made by cash, check or online using a credit card. When donating by check, one check must be made payable for all donations to the Wamego Community Foundation. Donors will designate the fund distribution on a separate form. Cash and check gifts should be made in person at the event. Credit cards are also accepted at the event.
  • Online Match Day gifts made between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on June 7 will also qualify for matching amounts. Visit wamegomatchday.com.
  • Individual contributions to charitable funds ranging from $25 to $1,000 will receive a local match at $.50 per $1, so a $1,000 gift will receive a $500 local match. If a donor gives a $5,000 gift split evenly between five organizations, each group would be eligible to receive an additional $500 in matching funds.
  • Gifts made in person at Iron Clad will qualify for prize money incentives for Wamego Hospital Foundation.

On behalf of the Wamego Hospital Foundation Board, I invite you to join in this day of philanthropic support for the growth and betterment of our community. Until then, please feel free to contact me at 785-458-7380 with any questions or suggestions. I look forward to our conversation!

Tina Rockhold, Wamego Hospital Foundation Development Director

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Wamego Health Center partners with local fourth graders


Dr. Jennifer Milner, a Family Medicine physician at Wamego Family Clinic, recently visited a class of local fourth graders at West Elementary School as a part of our Classroom-to-Career partnership. This partnership, coordinated by the Wamego Area Chamber of Commerce, pairs local businesses with students to give them an inside look at how the organization operates. Members of WHC visit the class throughout the school year and the partnership culminates with a field trip that allows students to tour the facility. We look forward to the next visit!

Tina Rockhold named Wamego Hospital Foundation’s development director

Wamego Health Center names Tina Rockhold as development director of the Wamego Hospital Foundation.

Rockhold will also assume responsibilities for Ascension Via Christi Hospital’s Mercy Community Health Foundation. She most recently served as executive director of the Mercy Health Foundation in Fort Scott and community engagement manager for Mercy in the Joplin/Kansas market. Many of her responsibilities included relationship building and teamwork in a ministry-wide scope as well as within the local hospital community.

Rockhold earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Journalism from Texas State University and a Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Rockhold is the proud mother of three children—including two KSU Wildcats—and supporter of K-State Theater. Her hobbies include running, enjoying the great outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

WHC welcomes new Heritage Senior Behavioral Health program director

After spending two years as a therapist for the Heritage Senior Behavioral Health program at Wamego Health Center, Karen Knappenberger recently assumed duties as its program director. Before coming to Wamego, she spent almost seven years as the social work supervisor for the Midland Care Program of All Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE).

Born and raised in Wyoming, attending Kansas State University brought Karen to Kansas in 2000. Karen holds a Bachelor’s degree in theater, with an emphasis in Drama Therapy, and a secondary major Gerontology. She received her Master’s in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas where she also focused on aging studies.

Karen is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and focuses on providing behavioral health services to older adults and families. She is also a Registered Drama Therapist and Board Certified Trainer through the North American Drama Therapy Association. Karen specializes in providing aging services and mental health.

She spent 3 years as an Outreach Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, a Social Work Coordinator for the Midland Care Program of All Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) and several years as a therapist for Florence Crittenton Services in Topeka.

Karen lives with her husband and kids in Topeka. She is an avid runner and has completed two marathons and 17 half marathons. She is currently serving her second term as the Treasurer for the North American Drama Therapy Association’s Board of Directors. She enjoys cheering for her children at soccer and basketball games, attending theater shows and riding really fast roller coasters.

Wamego Health Center will host health fair

Join Wamego Health Center and community partners during a Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 22 at Wamego Health Center, 711 Genn Drive, Wamego. All services will be provided at no cost.

Services provided will include blood pressure and glucose screenings, information about clinical offerings at Wamego Health Center, behavioral health, financial assistance, advanced directives, healthy living and prescription management. A drug self-disposal station will also be available to allow community members to safely dispose of expired medication. Wamego Health Center’s very own Chef Dustin Cherry will provide a live cooking demonstration, using healthy food and in-season produce.

Community partners will provide:
• Vision screenings will be available for children and adults, age 20 and younger.
• Disposal of personal eye glasses.
• Pottawatomie County and Wamego emergency vehicles will be on site for demonstrations.
• A LifeStar helicopter will be on site.
• Bike safety and helmet fittings.