Giving

Wamego Match Day 2021 Donations Total $26,885

Thank you for your generous donation to Wamego Hospital Foundation’s 3D Mammography Fundraising Campaign! To date, $212,342 has been donated to the campaign. 

Studies show that 3D technology improves detecting breast cancer by 27 to 50 percent. In many cases, 3D mammograms are better at finding more invasive types of cancer, giving patients earlier and better treatment options which ultimately leads to higher survival rates.

In 2019, Wamego Hospital Foundation launched a $321,000 campaign to help patients in the Wamego area who need 3D mammograms receive such services closer to home. The importance of offering 3D screening technology to the community was too vital to delay, so in February 2020 3D mammograms became available at WHC. 

Hear Jenny Stewart’s survivor story.

For more information about the 3D mammography campaign or to donate to the foundation, contact Tina Rockhold, Development Director, at 785-458-7380 or tina.rockhold@ascension.org.



Leave a Lasting Legacy

Help us go beyond the ordinary to deliver the exceptional healthcare experience in Wamego that every patient and family deserves. 

Planned giving allows you to make a lasting impact on the Wamego community, create healthy opportunities for future generations, and leave a charitable legacy that fosters what you value.

Planned giving provides a future charitable gift to the Wamego Hospital Foundation’s enduring mission to support the Wamego Health Center in achieving excellence in medical services by funding upgrades to facilities and equipment, as well as programs that promote wellness and access to superb, local healthcare. 

A planned gift may offer many advantages:

  • Reduce or avoid your capital gains tax
  • Provide you or a loved one income for life
  • Allow you to make a much larger gift than you thought possible
  • Reduce your estate taxes
  • Create an income tax deduction for you

Wamego Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which supports healthcare and initiatives at Wamego Health Center.

Examples of planned gifts:

  • BEQUEST BY WILL
  • IRA OR QUALIFIED PLAN 
  • CHARITABLE REMAINDER TRUST 
  • CHARITABLE LEAD TRUST
  • LIFE INSURANCE POLICY

All gifts may be designated for a specific purpose, department or project. Unrestricted donations will be applied to the areas of greatest need at the time of the donation.

The suggestions above illustrate just a few of the many ways to accomplish charitable planned giving under current tax law. To ensure your planned  giving choices are right for you, please consult an attorney, certified public accountant or other tax professional when you begin planning.

For more information on how you can make an estate or planned gift to Wamego Hospital Foundation, please contact Tina Rockhold, Development Director, at 785-458-7380 or tina.rockhold@ascension.org.

Disclaimer: The content included in this correspondence is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal or tax advice. Please consult your professional advisor for legal and tax advice specific to your situation.

 

IOOF #80 Makes Donation to 3D Mammography Upgrade Campaign

The Independent Order of the Odd Fellows (IOOF) #80 donated an additional $5,000 to Wamego Hospital Foundation’s 3D Mammography Upgrade Campaign, bringing their total gift to the fundraising campaign to $8,000.

IOOF #80 members: front row (L-R) Marvin Rodriguez, Don Gardner, Darrell Larson; back row (L-R) Kenneth McCarter, Roland Wohler, Bob Rawson, and the late John Habluetzel

“Time and time again, the members of the IOOF #80 have sought out the needs of our local community and each time they’ve answered with overwhelming support,” said Tina Rockhold, Wamego Hospital Foundation development director. “They continue to make a lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of the patients at Wamego Health Center.”

Studies show that 3D technology improves detecting breast cancer by 27 to 50 percent. In many cases, 3D mammograms are better than 2D technology at finding more invasive types of cancer, giving patients earlier and better treatment options which ultimately leads to higher survival rates.

3D mammograms have been available at Wamego Health Center since February 2020. To date, a collective total of $156,420 has been donated to the foundation’s $322,000 fundraising campaign.

For decades the IOOF #80 has been avid supporters of Wamego Health Center, contributing $35,000 to facility and equipment upgrades to improve patient care and access to important health-related services. Previous donations from IOOF have helped fund:

  • the expansion of the emergency room and updating patient rooms in the 200 and 300 hallways to private rooms
  • the addition of a Cardiac Rehab department so patients recovering from a cardiac event can get the education and exercise needed in Wamego
  • new Spacelab equipment which provides vital cardiac monitoring and telemetry data for ER patients and hospital inpatients while they are in their rooms or as they receive treatment or procedures throughout the hospital

Dick and Mary Lou Wilson Bequest more than $18,000 to local hospital

The late Thomas R. (Dick) and Mary Lou Wilson moved to Wamego from Olathe, KS, to be closer to their children. As residents, they found Wamego to be a community where people genuinely cared for and supported one another. 

As a tribute to the excellent care they received at Wamego Health Center, the Wilson’s designated Wamego Hospital Foundation as one of the beneficiaries in their trust.

The $18,416.70 gift to the foundation to benefit the 3D Mammography Upgrade campaign at Wamego Health Center. To date, a collective total of $156,420 has been donated to the foundation’s $322,000 fundraising campaign.

The Wilson’s were fond of Wamego and it’s sense of community. Mary Lou passed on April 23, 2021; Dick passed on March 6, 2009. 

Our parents always taught us to ‘leave a place better than how you found it’ and while that’s taken on many different forms and meanings over the years, it was their way of teaching us to give back and help others anyway we could, no matter how large or small,” said Marilyn Wilson, Dick and Mary Lou’s daughter. “This was their final opportunity to leave something better behind them.

Wamego Hospital Foundation Receives Gift from Barker Estate
Pinky Barker Charitable Account gifts almost $30,000 to local hospital

Wamego Health Center is better prepared to upgrade equipment or facilities thanks to a generous final gift from the Dick and Pinky Barker Estate to the Wamego Hospital Foundation.

In 2013, a $300,000 initial donation from the Dick and Pinky Barker Estate was the catalyst for a Wamego Hospital Foundation capital fundraising campaign to fund the expansion and renovation of Wamego Health Center. 

The Barkers were avid supporters of Wamego Health Center. Dick was a long-standing hospital board member and combined with Pinky’s philanthropic spirit, their financial contribution has produced a lasting impact toward the viability of healthcare in Wamego.

Results from the fundraising efforts initiated by the Barker’s initial gift are:

  • the expansion of the emergency room and updating patient rooms in the 200 and 300 hallways to private rooms
  • the addition of a Cardiac Rehab department so patients recovering from a cardiac event can get the education and exercise needed in Wamego
  • new Spacelab equipment which provides vital cardiac monitoring and telemetry data for ER patients and hospital inpatients while they are in their rooms or as they receive treatment or procedures throughout the hospital
  • an upgrade to 3D mammography technology, the gold standard in early detection of breast cancer

“Dick and Pinky’s generosity truly demonstrates the gift of giving,” said Tina Rockhold, Wamego Hospital Foundation development director. “Their devotion to make a difference in Wamego has and will continue to benefit the health and wellbeing of countless patients, most of whom may never have had the privilege of personally knowing the Barkers. We are extremely grateful for the Barker Estate contribution as well as the numerous others whom believe in and support Wamego Hospital Foundation’s mission.” 

 

DIAMONDS & DENIM PROCEEDS SURPASS $74,000

Proceeds benefit 3D Mammography Upgrade at WHC

April 14, 2021 (WAMEGO, Kan.) – Wamego Hospital Foundation’s Diamonds and Denim Virtual Fundraiser exceeded all expectations by raising an astonishing $74,400 for the 3D Mammography upgrade at Wamego Health Center (WHC).

“In typical Wamego fashion, our event participants and the community demonstrated phenomenal support for the importance of offering life-saving 3D technology at Wamego Health Center,” said Tina Rockhold, Wamego Hospital Foundation development director. “Most of us have been affected by the diagnosis of a family member or friend with breast cancer. Through the generosity of our donors, patients in the Wamego area can access the gold-standard in early detection of breast cancer at our local hospital. A very sincere thank you for understanding the importance of the project and making it’s installation possible!”

2021 Annual Report 

 

About Wamego Hospital Foundation

The Wamego Hospital Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

Our mission is to support the Wamego Health Center in achieving excellence in medical services by funding upgrades to facilities and equipment, as well as programs that promote wellness and access to superb, local healthcare. Our current fundraising effort is upgrading to 3D mammography equipment so patients will have the finest in early detection of breast cancer right here in Wamego.

What makes 3D better? The superior image quality makes it much easier in some cases for radiologist to detect cancer that may not be visible with 2D technology.

While digital mammography is still one of the most advanced technologies available today, it is only a 2-dimensional picture of the breast. Conventional 2D mammograms can be limiting due to overlapping layers of tissue.

Studies show that 3D mammograms are more effective in detecting breast cancer. 3D mammograms are better at finding more invasive types of cancer, giving women better treatment options that don’t require chemotherapy. Other advantages include:

  • Improves breast cancer detection by 27 to 50%
  • Fewer false positive results
  • Fewer callbacks

Bringing 3D breast imaging to Wamego Health Center gives our loved ones the opportunity to receive screenings without the burden of travel, and more importantly receive treatments sooner if necessary.

The Wamego Hospital Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

Other ways to make a contribution include:

  • Pledges
  • Annual Giving
  • Planned Gifts
  • Gifts of Securities, Life Insurance, Annuities
  • Gifts of Real Property
  • Matching Gifts
  • Memorial Gifts
  • Tribute Gifts

Your past support has funded these vital projects:

  • Hospital renovation and expansion
  • Establishing Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Expanded and enhanced medical services
  • Lifesaving medical equipment
  • Health education programs
  • Patient prescription assistance programs

Guardian Angel

If you or a loved one received exceptional care from a Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan physician, nurse, therapist or other employee, say “thank you” with a gift in the caregiver’s honor to the Guardian Angel Program.

Along with your generous gift, tell us about the special care you or your loved one received. We’ll share your kind words with your “angel” and recognize him or her with a letter of acknowledgment and this custom-crafted Guardian Angel lapel pin.

Print and fill out this form and return it to Bob Copple, Interim Hospital Administrator.

Leadership

Wamego Hospital Foundation Board

Chair – Amy Flinn
Vice Chair – Dr. John McQuillen
Secretary/Director – vacant
Treasurer – Brian Lull
Members: Lanny Bosse, Jeff Kohlmeier, Steve Land, Jake Pugh, Jenny Stewart, and John Watt