Incorporated in April 15, 1987 as a separate organization, the Clay County Hospital Foundation is committed in its mission to support the Clay County Medical Center in meeting the health care needs of the community. The first Board of Directors were Harvey L. Frigon, Jon J. Robison, and Darlene M. Wernette. These people handled the incorporation, tax deferred application, and establishment of accounts.
July 1, 1988 - Granted an exemption from Federal Income Tax by the Internal Revenue Service. This action, combined with the previous approval from the Kansas Secretary of State allowed for the formation of a permanent Board of Directors.
September 30, 1988 - Officers roll sheet listed the first seven members Clay County Hospital Foundation Board of Directors as: President Charles L. Stuart, Vice-President Ruth Esther Oberg, Treasurer D.E. McIntosh, JR, Secretary Harvey Frigon, Member Gary Smith, Member Stanley Hatesohl, MD, and Member Billie Snook.
April 11, 1989 - The first annual membership meeting was held. By this time the CCH Foundation had 72 charter members willing to donate a minimum of $500 per individual or couple.
December 1, 1991 - The Hospital Clinic Fund Drive began. Realizing the need to retain a strong medical staff, the Hospital Trustees embarked upon a study of improved facilities. With a bonded indebtedness on the Hospital, the Trustees suggested a new medical clinic be added to the Hospital, which would be financed in part by rent paid by the Family Physicians and in party by community contributions. The Foundation agreed to support the project through the solicitation of $300,0000 of the approximately $850, 000 needed to construct such a facility.
March 12, 1992 - The commons area at Clay Center Community High School was packed tonight as 300 residents gathered for a ham & bean supper celebrating the completion of the Clay County Hospital's fund drive for the proposed doctor's clinic (The Dispatch 3-13-02).
April 1992 - At the annual meeting the by-laws were amended to allow the name Directors be changed to Trustees and for the expansion of the CCH Foundation Board. By-law changes also made the hospital administrator a voting member of the CCH Foundation Trustee. John Wiebe, CEO, became a voting member. Pledges of over $370, 000 had been received for Clinic Fund Drive.
October 10, 1993 - Dedication of The Medical Clinic of the Clay County Hospital. The foundation raised $385,000 of the one million dollar project.
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November 20, 1997 - Wellness Center Fund Drive began. By its completion in 1998, the CCH Foundation had contributed $275,000 to the $700,000 project.
1998 - $90,000 in foundation gifts paid for an outpatient clinic addition.
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June 28, 1999 - New employee voluntarily deduction program started for Clay County Medical Center. Under the program, employees can voluntarily have monies deducted from their paychecks to be given to the CCH Foundation.
2003 - A significant gift to the foundation from Union State Bank helped with the renovation of the hospital as well as the building of a Family Birthing Center. This included two LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery, postpartum) suites; new nursery and waiting room.
2007 - The slogan, "Building For a Healthy Future" was chosen as fundraising efforts were underway to complete a 5.2 million expansion project. Two new wings were added to the hospital- The NE Wing included Wellness and Therapy Centers on the main floor; Education Center and Administration on the second floor; Engineering, Housekeeping and Purchasing services in the basement.
The NW Wing expanded the Outpatient Clinic and remodeling of existing spaces provided for Cardiac Rehab and Respiratory Therapy. Besides adding more space for necessary services, private patient rooms replaced semi-private ones, complete with new guest chairs and recliners. Generous charitable gifts were the catalyst for much of this project. The Education Center was named in honor of Gustav H. and Adelia C. Meyer and United Bank & Trust. The Mark A. Chapman Wellness Center bears the name of its benefactor. Contributions from the foundation exceeded a million dollars. Finishing the year, CCHF was able to contribute $50,000 to remodel space in the Radiology department to accommodate a new, 16-slice CT scanner with an approximate value of $420,000.
2009 - In February the hospital was able to purchase an in-house MRI.
This system made it possible for Radiology to expand its services from three days a week to seven and eliminated the inconveniences related to scheduling and inclement weather.
High-resolution, clinical images could be remotely accessed by physicians and consultants from virtually anywhere.
The total project approached 1.2 million with $300,000 being needed to remodel the room and line it in copper.
The Foundation donated $100,000 to the project.