Recently the Rooks County Healthcare Foundation (RCHF) received a generous grant from the William H. Andreson Charitable Trust to aid in expansion of Rooks County Health Center (RCH). This funding along with other recent contributions continues to strengthen and support health care in Rooks County.
The Andreson Trust, created in memory of former local farmer and businessman, William H. Andreson, has helped fund numerous charitable initiatives in Rooks County spanning health care, youth programs and community service. The grant funds awarded RCHF will be used for the building of a dedicated rehabilitation facility at RCH that includes a zero-entry hydrotherapy pool and an indoor walking track with a rubberized surface to reduce joint impact. The track will be made available to the general public year-round.
Earlier this year, the Heartland Community Foundation awarded two grants to help fund equipment purchases at RCH designed to improve patient care and safety. $1,300 was awarded to help purchase equipment to train RCH ER and provider staff in resuscitating newborn infants. Another $3, 150 was granted to help purchase a non-invasive meter to check for jaundice in newborns reducing the risk of infection, lessening stress on baby and parents in addition to being more efficient and cost effective over the previously used method of heel sticks.
Midwest Energy Inc. awarded the Rooks County Health Center Auxiliary $500 towards supplying nutrition and fluid replacement food and drink for the numerous Red Cross blood drives that the Auxiliary sponsors. This grant will fund supplies for 10 blood drives, helping the Auxiliary and the Red Cross in doing their part to ensure an adequate blood supply for needed medical emergencies.
“As we roll into the season of giving thanks, let’s all take a moment to reflect on the immense good will and caring shown by the William H. Andreson Charitable Trust, the Heartland Community Foundation, Midwest Energy Inc. and all the other local institutions and businesses that do so much to provide urgently needed assistance to our county and region, “ commented Eric Sumearll, RCHF Director.
RCHF is a separate, not-for-profit corporation from RCH with many gifts used to update the hospital as well as support a variety of health entities in Rooks County. If interested in making a contribution, contact Eric Sumearll at 688-4428.