Gifts at Work

One of the most rewarding aspects of giving to the HaysMed Foundation is knowing your gift helps care for your family, friends and community. 100% of every gift is used to enhance healthcare services available in western Kansas. Unrestricted gifts allow HaysMed to address the needs and priorities identified by our caregivers. Some people prefer to restrict gifts to specific projects or programs that have touched their families. Gifts come in all sizes and impact all areas of HaysMed. Highlights of the impact of a few gifts include:

Hadley Room Renovations

The Hadley Foundation provided financial support for state-of- the-art renovations of the Hadley Rooms. Four large meeting rooms, located on the main floor of HaysMed, are now ideal for the training and education that medical and administrative staffs need to stay current in the rapidly evolving healthcare field. These rooms are also used to host regional symposia and community events. This renovation project included adding presentation and remote meeting equipment, energy-saving L.E.D. lighting, acoustic dampening ceilings, electrically operated room dividers, and automated room schedule displays. These rooms are comfortable and functional for presenters and audiences alike.

New CT Scanner

HaysMed’s Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute (DSCI) installed a new CT
scanner that is integral to their patients’ radiation therapies. The new scanner allows higher resolution, more accurate images with less contrast, and more space for optimal positioning and patient comfort. The new scanner was funded in large part by the Leo J. and Albina Dreiling Trust Endowment, Bill and Joanna Aubel Endowment, and hundreds of gifts to the DSCI by individuals and local businesses.

New Bassinets Welcome New Arrivals

New bassinets provide a home-like environment for newborns, with ease-of-cleaning features required or infection prevention. This project was funded by gifts to the Dr. Richard D. Bauer Endowed Fund and the Women and Children Fund.

Neurocognitive Testing For Concussion Injuries

Concussions are a major health concern for high school athletes. Through the generosity of donors to the Foundation, trauma manager Cammie Townley and HaysMed’s athletic trainers conducted nearly 500 free baseline screenings in Ellis and Rush Counties. The program was spearheaded by HaysMed surgeon Dr. Jerod Grove, to give area healthcare providers a better benchmark for evaluating athletes in the event of a head injury.

Matthew’s Gift

The Wonder Women League, affiliated with the United Way of Ellis
County, partnered with HaysMed and area businesses and organizations to help families who are unexpectedly transferred to a larger medical center because of medical emergencies. Matthew’s Gift consists of a canvas bag filled with essentials like a battery charger, water, snacks, toiletries, and games. This thoughtful gift was established in memory of Matthew Wellbrock.

Kids Quest 2019

A record number of more than 375 youth participated in Kids Quest 2019. In its seventh year, this frees summer program encourages children to stay active in the summer by biking, swimming, running, or walking a total of 40 miles. The 14-week program is offered by the Bickle/Eagle Center for Health improvement and supported by donations to the HaysMed Foundation, along with prizes from area businesses. This year’s theme featured an imaginary trip across Kansas promoting historical sites, educational locations, and roadside attractions.

Continuing Education and Scholarships

The value of continuing education cannot be overstated and is essential to improve caregiver skills and our processes for patient care. Generous donations support education through a wide variety of sources, including university classes,conferences, seminars, and online study.

Community and Professional CPR

For 20 years, HaysMed has offered this American Heart Association Family and Friends® CPR class that teaches skills in CPR, AED use, and relief of choking in adults, children, and infants. The HaysMed
Foundation provides CPR kits to participants. Additionally, all first-time parents who deliver at HaysMed receive an infant CPR kit. This DVD based program teaches basic CPR skills and includes a personal manikin that allows practice for parents or other caregivers. In addition, gifts to the Foundation have provided new CPR manikins and a training defibrillator for state-of-the-art CPR training of healthcare professionals and students.

Free Drive-Thru Flu Vaccinations

Thanks to generous donations from the community and many volunteers from HaysMed, Fort Hays State University, and North Central Kansas Technical College, a free drive-thru flu vaccination event provided more than 3,450 flu vaccines to anyone six months old or older. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an annual flu shot is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.

Patient Resources

HaysMed is committed to providing patients with the proper tools and helping them to manage their illness. gifts to the Foundation help patients recognize warning signs of sepsis, heart failure, and other related illnesses.

SANE Clinical Training

Donations from the region funded a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) clinical training to help western Kansas communities develop SANE services and improve victim access to services closer to home. Without this training, it is not uncommon for victims to travel long distances for SANE services.