The Norton Regional Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that focuses on the importance of rural health and health care. The Foundation's mission is "to support the enhancement of quality health care for the residents of Norton County and surrounding counties by securing gifts and contributions for the support of the mission of Norton County Hospital.” The Foundation believes in the value of health care and healthy communities and just as it aims to support projects of the hospital and Norton Medical Clinic, it also aims to help make the healthy choice the easy choice among rural communities in the region, with the realization that “Health is wealth for our economy and our quality of life.”
The Foundation, started in 2016, is working to educate and motivate regional citizens of northwest Kansas and southwest Nebraska to build an understanding of the relationships among health, health care and their environment, and have them serve as effective advocates for healthy living. Specifically, the Foundation looks to meet the health care needs of regional communities and support expansion/renovation/updating projects of the Norton County Hospital and Norton Medical Clinic, which will enable more opportunities for quality health care locally and economic stability/potential growth. The Foundation also works with the Live Well Norton wellness coalition, a local volunteer-driven coalition with a focus on sustainable community wellness projects.
While it functions under its own Board of Directors, it is housed within the Norton County Hospital.
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Tax-deductible gifts are graciously accepted at any time. Any general, unrestricted gifts will help support any and all health and health care related projects funded by the Norton Regional Health Foundation. Donors can also designate their contribution as "restricted" to support a current project, or to establish a new fund to support items such as a scholarship or major purchase deemed appropriate by the donor and Foundation. Current projects include: CT Scanner, X-ray & Mobile X-ray (major equipment purchases); Patient Needs (ongoing updates to help improve patient care, inlcuding new patient beds); and Live Well Norton community wellness projects.
CT Scanner; X-ray & Mobile X-ray
Computed Tomography (CT) scans allow hospitals to explore inside the human body, which could include the brain, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis and other organs to help determine the location, type, and extent of a disease or injury. These scans can be life-saving in chronic and emergent situations.
Norton County Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging department has a CT Scanner approaching its end of life, and it will need to be replaced in the next 1-2 years. This crucial piece of medical equipment will cost the hospital at least $300,000 to replace.
The replacement machine would be more technologically advanced and equipped to produce higher-quality images for more precise diagnoses. With greater CT technology, our hospital could reduce the need for invasive exploratory surgeries and biopsies, which could ultimately save patients time and financial resources. The new scanner would also use the latest in radiation dose reduction and deliver better patient comfort and quality of care.
“At Norton County Hospital, we strive to be as progressive as possible and keep up with new technologies. We know a new CT scanner is needed within the next 1 to 2 years, so we are planning now to make this major purchase. A new CT Scanner would have numerous patient benefits, including quicker, more precise results. This new equipment is needed to continue to keep the best care close to home for patients and help us save lives.” Mitch Bartels, Director of Radiology
The X-ray is one of the most widely used pieces of equipment at Norton County Hospital. The hospital wishes to invest in the latest technologies in digital and portable X-ray systems to serve its patients. Specifically, the use of portable X-ray benefits both providers and patients, such as:
The system would also include fluoroscopy, a service that has been available at Norton County Hospital historically but is not widely available in small, critical access hospitals. Fluoroscopy provides for “moving” X-rays. According to the FDA, it is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, much like an X-ray movie. During a fluoroscopy procedure, an X-ray beam is passed through the body. The image is transmitted to a monitor so the movement of a body part or of an instrument or contrast agent (“X-ray dye”) through the body can be seen in detail.
If you would like to make a gift to support projects for our Diagnostic Imaging (Radiology) department, please contact the Norton Regional Health Foundation at 785-874-2205.
Norton County Hospital improvements focused on patients’ needs are ongoing. We as staff want our patients to receive the best care possible in a comfortable atmosphere. We have to be innovative to do life-saving work in Norton County and the surrounding region.
For these reasons, the hospital has several current projects planned to improve patient care. Among those “patient needs” projects could include, for example:
Live Well Norton projects
Live Well Norton is a collaborative committee of the Norton Regional Health Foundation. It houses its funds within the Foundation. Live Well Norton accepts donations, as well as applies for grant funding to help make healthy, sustainable changes in Norton.
One of Live Well Norton’s major recent projects was a trail project along Armory Drive (running east to west along the north side of the street between Hwy 283 and West Street). Live Well Norton worked with other community organizations, such as the City of Norton, Norton Correctional Facility and local airport board. Live Well Norton raised the necessary $25,000 to support this project with the help of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, Norton County Community Foundation and Norton Trails Fund. The City of Norton agreed to supply the equipment and supervision over the project, while the Norton Correctional Facility supplied the labor to complete the project. Construction began in October 2017 and was completed by the end of June 2018!
Live Well Norton also partnered with Norton Kids' Cafe in the summer of 2018 to provide free meals five days per week to children age 18 years and younger. These meals have been hosted at the Norton First United Methodist Church. Donations from individuals and businesses, as well as a grant from the Norton County Community Foundation, helped support this program. The Kansas Food Bank supplied shelf-stable, nutritious meals for the children as well. The program ran in 2019 and in 2020. June 1 is the first day for Kids' Cafe 2021! The meals (consisting of breakfast and lunch for five days) can be picked up each week on Mondays from 12:30-1 p.m. at the Norton First United Methodist Church, north entrance. Check our Kids' Cafe Facebook page for updates.
Pathways to a Healthy Kansas Initiative by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
Live Well Norton was also selected as a Pathways to a Healthy Kansas awardee in July of 2020! You can read more about that grant award in a news release.
In summary, the Pathways initiative combines community-wide evidence-based solutions and promising practices for improving active living, healthy eating and tobacco prevention to make a large impact across multiple sectors in communities. The program provides community coalitions with the tools and resources needed to engage their communities and remove barriers to healthy living.
Sixty-five percent of respondents to a 2021 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas survey said they were not yet aware of the Pathways to a Healthy Kansas Initiative being implemented in our county. We can change that! Check out some of the work being done locally to improve community health.
More about Pathways can be accessed on the BCBSKS website.
"Health Check" community education series
Norton County Hospital providers have engaged citizens of Norton County and beyond through regular educational sessions, with the intent to take health education beyond the walls of the hospital/clinic and reach a broader audience to help improve overall health outcomes. This regular series began as a Norton County Hospital-funded series with hopes to continue it and other community outreach efforts with the help of the Foundation.
Partnerships are welcome! The Foundation would enjoy more opportunities to join in on other events or involve other community entities in our sessions. For example, the first session hosted in September 2016 was a partnership between Norton County Hospital and the Norton County Health Department and Home Health Services. The topic was on blood lab results and what they mean to your health. Another session, hosted in November 2016, allowed participants from the community to learn how to protect themselves against the cold and flu; a partner in that event was Moffet Drug, a local pharmacy. Also in November 2016 was the "Tickled Pink" event to raise awareness for breast cancer and funds to support local cancer patients. Learn more about other upcoming sessions on our News page.
The Norton Regional Health Foundation offers scholarships in nursing and other health professions. The next scholarship application period opens on July 1, 2022. The deadline to apply is Aug. 1, 2022. Check back here for the application once the application period opens.
We welcome you to join our cause! You can make a tax-deductible contribution at any time. Checks can be personally delivered to the Norton County Hospital or sent via mail to:
Norton Regional Health Foundation
Katie Allen Wagner, Executive Director
P.O. Box 250
Norton, KS 67654
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Norton Regional Health Foundation Legacy Society
Is health care your passion? Do you wish to ensure health care access in Norton County for the long-term? Become a member of the Norton Regional Health Foundation Legacy Society!
The NRHF Legacy Society was created to recognize and commend individuals, families and businesses/organizations who have chosen to give, cumulatively, $50,000 or more to the Foundation. This gift can be made throughout the lifetime of the donor and/or through planned giving. Through a planned or deferred gift, donors can significantly advance the Foundation’s mission. A donor may make his or her gift unrestricted so that it can be used in an area where it is needed most, or designate the gift to benefit the donor's particular wishes as it relates to the Foundation's mission.
As a member of the NRHF Legacy Society, you can ensure that your thoughtfulness today will continue well into the future. All gifts, but particularly planned gifts, can be as unique as each individual who makes them and may be tailored in a way that best serves each donor's financial situation, needs, objectives and wishes, along with those of the Foundation. Among planned gift options include but are not limited to: bequests through a will or living trust, charitable remainder trust, real estate, retirement plans, life insurance, charitable gift annuities, etc. We would be happy to work with you in your gift planning journey, along with your attorney, tax professional and/or investment professional.
If you as a donor desire to ensure your legacy continues on through enhancing “quality health care for the residents of Norton County and surrounding counties,” please complete the Statement of Intent, and return it to:
Norton Regional Health Foundation
Katie Allen Wagner, Executive Director
P.O. Box 250
Norton, KS 67654
Further, donors should also know that they can become a “Founder” of the Norton Regional Health Foundation’s Legacy Society when their cumulative giving exceeds $500,000. Founder members of the NRHF Legacy Society are able to have naming rights appropriate to the gift. Gifts of $25,000 or more can be endowed to create a health or health care-related program or scholarship based on the donor’s wishes, which can also be named for the donor. If you wish to learn more, contact the Foundation at 785-874-2205.
Annual giving levels
Gifts made to the Norton Regional Health Foundation will be counted toward the supporter benefits program in the fiscal year the gift is received (fiscal year runs January through December). Every gift to the Foundation makes a difference, and we want to show our contributors how much we appreciate them. All supporters, regardless of their giving level, will be recognized in the Foundation's annual report and website, if they desire to be recognized.
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For more information, contact:
Katie Allen Wagner
Executive Director, Norton Regional Health Foundation
Phone: 785-877-3351 (Hospital main line); 785-874-2205 (Foundation direct line)