Funds at McKee Medical Center Foundation
The McKee Medical Center Foundation was established in April 1981 to develop and generate ongoing philanthropic support for the growth and development of McKee Medical Center, its affiliates and the communities it serves.
Started by a group of individuals who later served on its board of directors, the board now consists of 35 community leaders and ex-officio members who serve in fundraising, friend-making and stewardship capacities.
Fundraising supports more than 33 funds held at the Foundation:
Angel for Lost Children: The statue of the Angel for Lost Children at McKee Medical Center is located along the Wellness Walk and offers a peaceful place of solace for those who have experienced the death of a child. The second Sunday of every December is National Children’s Memorial Day. The Foundation hosts a candlelight vigil at the site of the Angel and the event is open to the public. To have a luminaria with your child's name at the event please contact (970) 203-2519.
BABY Foundation: The Building A Better Year Foundation was formed in 2003. This fund provides financial assistance to medically underinsured families in Northern Colorado that have children with various medical conditions and challenges.
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Cancer Center: McKee’s Cancer Center is Northern Colorado’s most comprehensive cancer diagnosis and treatment facility. Integrated programs in cancer treatment, participation in research clinical trials and an array of education and preventative programs ensure cancer patients receive up-to-date and highly effective cancer care services. Recognized for cancer care excellence, McKee Medical Center has been designated a Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The Cancer Center has multiple funds at the McKee Foundation to support the various needs of our patients and their family members.
Breast Cancer Support Group: The Loveland Breast Cancer Support Group at McKee Cancer Center supports those thouched by breast cancer. The group provides emotional support, education and community activities in a group setting.
Breast Cancer Treatment: Through the Metropolitan Denver Affiliate of Komen for the Cure, Komen Treatment Grant funds help underinsured and uninsured men and women with breast cancer with affordable treatment options.
Cancer Center Bridge Fund: The Bridge Fund provides both prescription assistance and emergency funds to cancer patients who are unable to afford their medications and other ongoing needs during treatment. Funds are requested through Oncology social workers on behalf of their patients.
Hearts of Hope: The Hearts of Hope support group is for kids whose parents are either currently fighting cancer or have recently lost their battle with cancer. The group meets monthly September through June, and parents are offered support groups at the same time.
The Cancer Center Memory Walkway: The Memory Walkway holds engraved pavestones in the Cancer Center garden and provides patients and families an opportunity to remember and celebrate loved ones' cancer battles.
Cancer Center Wig Boutique: The Wig Boutique, located in the Cancer Center, provides women the opportunity to enhance their self-esteem after hair loss due to chemotherapy treatment. The Boutique provides wigs at no charge as well as wig liners, hats scarves and turbans. Funds contributed are used to purchase, restyle and update the Boutique.
Children Fund: This fund exists to provide support for children's needs at McKee Medical Center. Donors that desire to give specifically to children and their needs at McKee can contribute to this fund. Departements at McKee can request support from this fund for pediatric-specific projects.
Clinical Research Fund: The Clinical Research Fund supports clinical research conferences held at McKee. Clincial Research conferences improve clinical excellence of nurses and clinical staff at both McKee and NCMC.
Emergency Department Fund: The Emergency Department Fund helps maintain the state-of-the-art Emergency Department at McKee Medical Center, providing funds for equipment purchase and staff training.
Healthy Beginnings: Healthy Beginnnings is a community-based prenatal program for underinsured or uninsured families. The primary purpose is to help women access prenatal care as early as possible in order to deliver a healthy baby, no matter their income or insurance siuation. Established in 1991, this program serves more than 250 families a year.
Heart Watchers Rehabilitation: The Heart Watchers Program is a phase III/IV cardiac rehabilitation program that exists to provide the Loveland-Berthoud area with a low-cost, medically supervised, exercise and education program for persons at high risk for, or diagnosed with heart disease. This long-standing Loveland program became part of McKee Medical Center in 1999 after operating independently for over 20 years. Funds to support Heart Watchers are held at the McKee Medical Center Foundation.
The Interfaith Chapel: Completed in 2010 through the generiosity of local donors, the McKee Interfaith Chapel is a beautiful space that reflects the serenity of an aspen grove in etched and stained glass. The Chapel provides McKee Medical Center patients, family members and staff a quiet place for peaceful meditation.
- Chapel Fund: Contributions to the Chapel Fund have also supported the construction of the McKee Meditation Labyrinth and the Grandfather Tree Garden. Ongoing contributions and memorial gifts will continue to support spiritual care projects at McKee for years to come.
KidSelf Pediatric Therapy Program: The KidSelf Pediatric Therapy Program assists families with very young children experiencing physical, developmental and communication difficulties. Services are provided on a sliding fee scale.
The Kruger Funds: Kathleen Kruger worked as a volunteer at McKee Medical Center in the library for many years before her passing. Having been born with a pulmonary illness, she was particularly concerned wiht the needs of those with chronic health issues. Two funds at the the McKee Medical Center Foundation bear her name and passions into perpetuity.
- The Kruger Respiratory Fund: This fund supports respiratory needs of the hospital and is responsive to any McKee need for respiratory equipment purchases or training.
- The Kruger Wellspring LIbrary: Kathleen believed that information must be made available to assist with decisions regarding all medical processes and her passion was evident in the love she directed to the Wellspring Library. Her thoughtful endowment to the library was done with great thought and a strong determination to make a difference.
The Lifeline Assistance Fund: The Lifeline Assistance Fund provides installation and monthly service fees to underinsured or uninsured, low-income seniors who require Lifeline support to maintain their independence and continue to live at home. Lifeline, manufactured by Phillips, is an easy-to-use medical alert service designed to reduce the risks associated with living alone.
Loveland Community Health Center (LCHC): The Loveland Community Health Center is committed to providing quality, comprehensive family health care services to our community. The Loveland Community Health Center opened its doors in 1997 after a community-wide campaign to establish a clinic to provide medical care to at-risk and underserved populations in Loveland. The Center has had over 219,000 total visits and annually serves over 6,000 individuals. The LCHC has multiple funds a the McKee Medical Center Foundation to support the various needs of the community.
- LCHC Children/Realtors for Kids Fund: The LCHC Children/Realtors for Kids Fund helps medically underserved children get basic health care including well child check ups, immunizations, dental care and prescriptions. This program started in 1999 as a partnership between local realtors and the LCHC:
- LCHC Prescription Fund: The LCHC Prescription Fund assists low-income area residents in obtaining medications for chronic health problems. Patients are medically underserved and uninsured, low-income, on Medicare, Social Security or unemployed.
- LCHC Dental Fund: The LCHC Dental Fund provides dental care to the medically underserved in our community and serves over 2,300 people each year.
- LCHC Diabetic Fund: The LCHC Diabetic Fund was established to assist the center with diabetic patients who need special monitoring.
McKee Breast Center Fund: The McKee Breast Center is a comprehensive center addressing the breast health needs of women throughout northern Colorado. In addition to screening and diagnostic services, the Breast Center offers an extensive resource library providing a variety of educational materials for patients and their families.
McKee Cares Fund: The McKee Cares Fund assists McKee Medical Center and its affiliate employees with confidential, critical, short-term needs. The one-time payments and support are used to meet basic emergency needs of food, clothing, shelter, utilities and other critical areas as appropriate.
PARTY (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) Program: The PARTY Program provides high school students with a dramatic look at the effects of alcohol use and risk-related behaviors at an all day class held at McKee Medical Center. (back to top)
Prescription Assistance Fund: The Prescription Assistance Fund assists low-income residents in obtaining medications for chronic health problems. By helping people afford their medications, we encourage healthier life styles and promote wellness for our patients while decreasing hospitalizations and emergency department visits. The McKee Prescription Assistance Fund works with LCHC and other community health organizations to maximize the benefit to the community.
Nurse's Recognition and Professional Development Fund: The Nurse's Professional Development Fund supports various nurse recognition programs, individual nurse professional development efforts, department level professional practice initiatives, and ongoing formalized partnerships with a 4-year academic partner to bring on-site BSN education.
Shelton - Nursing Scholarship Fund: A generous donor, Floyd C. Shelton, left an endowment to the McKee Medical Center Foundation. The Shelton Nursing Scholarships Fund provides scholarships and awards for nurses at McKee.
Simulation Center Fund: The Simulation Center Fund helps maintain the state-of-the-art equipment and training programs at McKee Medical Center's 3,000 square foot Simulation Center. Physicians, nurses and other health care professionals are able to perfect clinical skills in a safe but realistic environment - without touching a single human patient - saving lives.
Stepping Stones Adult Day Program: Stepping Stones Adult Day Program offers affordable quality care for adults who are no longer safe to be at home alone. Participants are given the opportunity to socialize, build friendshups and enjoy stiulating activities ina safe, caring environment. The Stepping Stones Adult Day Program opened its doors in the Loveland community in 1995 and is a place where dignity, conficdence, security and independence are assured, giving participants new levels of freedom and enhancing their quality of life.
Sunshine Cart: The Sunshine Cart began in 1991 after a local resident wanted to do something to brighten the lives of patients. The Sunshine Cart is stocked with items to make patients feel more comfortable during their stay at McKee Medical Center.
Tough Enough to Wear Pink Fund: The Ranack family has experienced breast cancer first hand. They have a passion for helping others detect and treat breast cancer thus creating the Ranack Cares Foundation, benefiting the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Fund at the McKee Foundation. The fund helps provide uninsured and underinsured women with access to breast cancer screenings and diagnostics.
Unrestricted Fund: To provide for emerging needs, the Foundation Board of Directors relies on gifts from the community to our “Unrestricted Fund”. From this Fund, the Board provides the money to purchase the vital equipment, programs, and services necessary for McKee to provide the highest quality health care.
Volunteers Fund: The McKee Service League is composed of more than 500 caring, giving individuals who are involved in a wide variety of volunteer service activities. Through various fundraising activities, theya re able to donate proceeds to be used for hospital equipment or other purchases.
Wellness/Nature Walk: The Wellness Walk is a ¾ mile trail on the McKee campus designed to provide a healthy and educational walkway for area residents, pemployees, patients and visitors to the facility. Families can also honor a loved one with a plaque along the walk.