Now Receiving 2017 Healthcare Scholarship Applications
Pioneers Healthcare Foundation announces the 2017 Healthcare Scholarships. There are five different types of healthcare scholarships available for 2017.
Since 2008 Pioneers Medical Center and Pioneers Healthcare Foundation have been offering scholarships to assist community members pursuing careers in healthcare. For more information contact Margie Joy at 970-878-9317 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Scholarship Applications Are Now Available!!
Pioneers Healthcare Foundation and Pioneers Medical Center are excited to announce we are now accepting applications for healthcare scholarships to be applied to the 2016/2017 school year. Read about each scholarship available and download the application below. All scholarship applications MUST be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 1, 2016. For questions, please contact Margie Joy at (970) 878-9317.
Please join us Downtown on December 3rd for the Annual Festival of Lights.
To purchase a light bulb to honor your loved ones during the holidays, please complete the form below and return to:Margie Joy 345 Cleveland Meeker, CO 81641
Pioneers Healthcare Foundation gave out $55,000 in grants to local healthcare services in 2014.
Pioneering Spirit Campaign Launched; WPX Energy Donates $25,000
This next year the Pioneers Healthcare Foundation (PHF) will be working hard to gather the resources to add enhanced services at the new Pioneers Medical Center. (The new medical center will carry forward the existing services of the Health Clinic, Hospital & Emergency, and Walbridge Wing.)
PHF has set a goal to raise almost $2 million dollars to support:
- CHEMO THERAPY & INFUSION CARE, the Pharmacy Department expansion including specialized equipment to allow for chemotherapy capabilities, infusion treatments, pain management support and on-site prescription mixing.
- FLEXIBLE, PRIVATE ROOMS that are adaptable to address unique needs like isolation, bariatric or hospice care.
- PHYSICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY RESOURCES, such as kitchen and bathroom learning centers, swing beds and stroke recovery support.
- INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC SERVICES that will including a hazard decontamination area in the ER and resources for cardiac stress testing, hearing testing, new employee physicals and workers compensation exams.
- An expanded MEEKER FAMILY HEALTH CENTER with additional private exam rooms, three procedure rooms and an area dedicated to pediatric patients and their families.
- The WALBRIDGE MEMORIAL WING will be designed to help aging members of our community stay in a comfortable, home-like environment that offers 30-private rooms, multiple living and gathering spaces, a dining room with a baking center and garden areas with raised planters.
Pioneers Medical Center has planned a highly functional medical facility that will replicate the current services it offers. However, there are needs and opportunities to provide more local care. Pioneers Healthcare Foundation is the avenue to develop resources to strengthen and enhance our local healthcare capabilities.
“We appreciate the generosity the Meeker-community always extends, and we recognize that this medical facility is for every member of our community,” says Margie Joy, Executive Director of Pioneers Healthcare Foundation. “We will be working with private and corporate foundations to secure grants, as well as private donations. Every dollar makes a difference; no donation is too small.”
In May 2014, WPX Energy kick-started the campaign with a generous donation of $25,000. “We are grateful to WPX for their commitment to local healthcare,” said Joy.
For more information on the Pioneering Spirit Giving Campaign please contact Margie Joy, Executive Director of the Pioneers Healthcare Foundation at 970-878-9317 or email@example.com.
Personal Accountability Focus of Motivational Speaker
Motivational speaker Chris Bowers inspired Meeker Elementary (MES) and Barone Middle School students on Monday, February 24, as part of the school’s health program. Vicky Tate with the elementary school coordinated the program with funding from White River Electric Association (WREA), Pioneer’s Health Foundation and the Rio Blanco County Abstract.
Bowers entertained the kids with a message about the value of being yourself, power of inclusion, and choosing your response (especially when you can’t control what happened). Bowers kept the kids engaged and laughing for the 45 minute long presentations! Special thanks to the people who helped make the presentation possible: Trina Zagar-Brown (WREA), Jason Hightower (MES), Chris Bowers, Vicky Tate (MES) and Margie Joy (Pioneer’s Healthcare Foundation)
Pioneers Healthcare Foundation Support Local Healthcare Services
“2013 marked a year of great service and community support for healthcare services in Meeker,” stated Trina Zagar-Brown, Pioneers Healthcare Foundation (PHF) Chairperson. “Our mission is to be a catalyst for philanthropic giving that supports access to healthcare, healthcare education, services, equipment and technology. The Foundation is humbled by our community’s generosity and support for our programs. Meeker’s belief in the Foundation’s mission motivates us all to be ever more diligent with its resources and push forward to further enhance our programs in support of healthcare in our area.”
Meals on Wheels served approximately 2,800 meals in 2013. The Meals on Wheels program provides a nutritious meal five days a week to many area elderly residents who may not be able to cook for themselves. Volunteer drivers deliver the one mid-day meal Monday through Friday. Each year, it costs almost $19,000 to make and deliver the meals. There is no charge for the meals, however, many of the recipients, their family and friends, and local businesses donate to PHF to support the program. In 2013, PHF was able to award $10,000 to offset the meal costs of the program.
Grow Your Own Scholarships program awarded 5 scholarships to Meeker residence pursuing, and/or continuing the degrees in a healthcare related field. Scholarship winners are working towards nursing, and kinesiology degrees.
Kris Borchard Strive for Excellence fund awarded a graduate school scholarship fund to Brittni Turner to pursue her Master degree in Youth Intervention Programs, Depression and Suicide Awareness. Turner is attending the University of Wyoming.
As a 501(c)3, PHF was able to apply, and was awarded a grant from the Freeman Fairfield Trust, to assist Pioneers Medical Center to purchase a Portable Ultrasound Machine. A Portable Ultra Sound Machine is used for a wide variety of patient care situations from emergency care to pain management.
Blazin’ Trails, funded through a United Way grant, is a free wellness program designed to inspire our community to start – and continue – on a journey of personal wellness. Each person can design their own itinerary using the resources, tools and support provided through Blazin’ Trails. The Blazin’ Trails Program is designed to:
- Promote Preventative Care by urging annual check-ups and appropriate medical screenings that will be the foundation, or “map,” for each individual’s path to better health
- Incorporate Fitness Opportunities to encourage people to add more physical activity to their days and adopt healthier habits
- Foster improved Nutrition and Lifestyles by monthly information classes and real-world tools that empower people to make healthier choices.
Hospice Care—Pioneers Healthcare Foundation is very proud to be part of the team to develop the hospice-type care program for Meeker. Because of a dynamic volunteer group, community support and the leadership of HopeWest; HopeWest-Meeker has been established and is providing hospice and palliative care in our community
“The Pioneers Healthcare Foundation is just two years old, and it is great to see the Foundation having a positive impact in our community.” continued Zagar-Brown, “We are eager to hit the ground running in in 2014. This year we will focus on supporting the new Pioneers Medical Center. One of our goals is to encourage philanthropic giving to support enhanced services and technology at the new facility. It should be a fun year”
For more information about the Pioneers Healthcare Foundation please call Margie Joy at 970-878-9317.
Join us for the 9 Health Fair on April 20th!
Pioneers Medical Center invites you to join us for the 9 Health Fair on April 20th from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the new Meeker Elementary School. This is a great opportunity to get free or low-cost health screenings as well as great health information. Read more about the 9 Health Fair here!!
Scholarships are now available!!!
Pioneers Healthcare Foundation and Pioneers Medical Center are excited to announce the healthcare scholarships available in time for the Fall 2013 Semester! Read more about each scholarship and download the application here!
Pioneers Healthcare Foundation Annual Banquet to be held May 18th, 2013…
Remember to save the date for the annual Pioneers Healthcare Foundation Spring Gala on May 18th at 6:00 pm at the Fairfield Center! Scholarships will also be awarded during the evening.
Please contact Margie Joy at 878-9317 for more information!
Kris Borchard Strive For Excellence Scholarship Applications Now Available!
Pioneers Medical Center and Pioneers Healthcare Foundation is proud to offer the Kris Borchard Strive For Excellence Scholarship in 2013. Applicants may download the PDF Application and Instructions here and return to the Foundation office by Friday, April 5, 2013.
Pioneers Healthcare Foundation Celebrates its First Year of Philanthropy
In June of 2011, Pioneers Healthcare Foundation (PHF) held its formation meeting. Twelve months later PHF is proud of the progress the organization has made. The first step was to form the foundation with bylaws and governance policies, then to file for our 501c3 status.
“We feel that the first 12 months have been a success,” says Trina Zagar-Brown, Chairperson of the Pioneers Healthcare Foundation. “Our mission is to be a catalyst for philanthropic giving that will support preventative care, healthcare education, services, equipment and technology in our community. We have half-a-dozen programs that really speak to our mission.”
Pioneers Healthcare Foundation’s primary programs are:
- Grow Your Own—Scholarships, Internships, Certified Nurse Assistant Course and other programs that support our future workforce in healthcare.
- Kris Borchard Strive for Excellence Scholarship Fund for students pursuing masters-level studies in healthcare (i.e. medical school, pharmacy school, physical therapy, etc.)
- Marvine Ranch Cancer Screening Fund to assist low-income and uninsured residents to receive mammogram screenings.
- Meals on Wheels which provides a nutritious meal five days a week to many area elderly residents who may not be able to cook for themselves.
- Meeker Streaker which provides transportation to the senior and disabled community needing a ride to doctors appointments and/or to run errands for both in-town and out-of-town needs.
- Capital Improvement Projects that will help sustain quality health care services for our hospital.
“The administrative paperwork that must be done when establishing a new organization did not keep our team from hitting the ground running. We got right to raising money, applying for grants and putting that money directly into our programs.” continued Zagar-Brown.
Pioneers Healthcare Foundation already has achieved some significant successes, including:
- Received IRS designation as a 501c3 Not-for-Profit
- Received first grant for $10,000
- Established the Kris Borchard Strive for Excellence Scholarship Fund and raised over $10,000 to establish the fund.
- Awarded grant for $10,000 to purchase pharmacy equipment for Pioneers Medical Center
- Hosted the 5th Annual Scholarship Dinner. In May, Pioneers Healthcare Foundation (through the generosity of many supporters) awarded scholarships to 10 individuals.
- In the past six months PHF has helped fund cancer screenings for seven community members.
“Thanks to the generosity of our community members and organizations we are off to a great start but we can’t slow down now, we are pursuing more and more grant opportunities to work with private foundations, whose missions align with ours, to support sustainable healthcare,” said Executive Director Margie Joy.