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
  • 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.

Community celebrates Wamego Health Center upgrade during ribbon-cutting ceremony

Community members and hospital associates gathered Friday to celebrate the completion of Wamego Health Center’s year long construction project. Attendees also joined the Wamego Area Chamber of Commerce also held a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

During the past year, every department in the facility was impacted by the $11 million project, according to Steve Land, Wamego Health Center administrator. The project included some aesthetic upgrades, but also included new equipment, relocation of services, security measures and improvements to aid in patient flow.

Via Christi’s partnership with the City of Wamego and Wamego Health Center is a testament to how partnerships can be successful, said Mike Mullins, Via Christi Health CEO and Ascension’s Kansas and Oklahoma Ministry Market leader.

“The role that the Wamego community has on Via Christi is huge,” he said. “The work that you all have done has been impressive. When you walk through this facility, it’s an amazing place. I’m very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish. When you look at that partnership that Via Christi has with Ascension — and that comes back to Wamego — we’re proving that we can be part of a national ministry but we can still get things done on a local level.”

“To the people who work here — Wamego Health Center has been a leader on doing things the right way for a long time,” Mullins continued. “They lead our company in patient satisfaction and we’re very proud of that fact. Just because it’s small doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a big impact.”

Land thanked Mullins for his support during the project.

“We’re extremely appreciative for his leadership for all of Via Christi, but we’re especially appreciative for the attention he gives Wamego,” he said. “I could not have anticipated a better outcome than what we have today.”

The overhaul was long overdue, Land said, adding that the last upgrade took place in the 1970s. The project would not have been successful without the support and patience of the local community, and the dedication of the various board members involved and Wamego Health Center’s associates.

“There have been so many donors that made this project possible,” he said. “The blue wall in the entry way will be our donor wall where we can thank all of our generous donors.”

Steve Land, Wamego Health Center administrator, thanks the community, associates and Via Christi and Ascension leaders for their support during the construction project.

Mike Mullins, Via Christi Health CEO and Ascension’s Kansas and Oklahoma Ministry Market leader, addresses ceremony attendees.

Fr. Mike Peterson, St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, says a prayer and offers a blessing during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.