The picture was fading out on the big, boxy television in the Heartland Cancer Center (HCC) waiting room and it was time for a change.
That change came recently in the form of a new high-definition, 50-inch screen.
“The old 32-inch bulky TV had been here since we opened 10 years ago,” said Jamie Hutchinson, R.N., director of HCC. “You couldn’t read what was on the screen and the picture itself was blurry. Now the patients and their families are really enjoying watching TV again.”
The new set was purchased with a grant from the HCC Patient Enrichment Fund at the Golden Belt Community Foundation (GBCF). This endowment fund was established in 2009 with private donations.
“Christy Tustin at the Foundation is so easy to work with,” Hutchinson said. “She is kind and patient. We have always been blessed with such great community support and this is just one example.”
The GBCF administers the endowment fund that was designated to help pay for items or services that benefit local cancer patients, explained Tustin, executive director.
“The individuals and families involved with setting up the fund wanted to ensure there was an avenue for people to support local patients as a group,” Tustin said. “A designated fund such as this allows individuals and businesses to support the good work of an organization. It is a wonderful way to give back to organizations that have touched your life.
“And because this fund is an endowment, it will continue to provide grants to help HCC patients in perpetuity,” Tustin elaborated. “GBCF awards a grant to the cancer center every year.”
St. Rose, HCC or any other charitable organization can benefit from a variety of GBCF options, Tustin said. For more information, contact Tustin by calling 620-792-3000.
The GBCF fund is not associated with the HCC Patient Care Fund, which is financed by the St. Rose Golf Classic & Auction proceeds.
St. Rose is part of Centura Health, which connects individuals and families across western Kansas and Colorado with more than 6,000 physicians, 15 hospitals, seven senior-living communities, physician practices and clinics, and home-care and hospice services.