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COVID-19 Fund

The Western Health Foundation has established a COVID-19 Fund to support RMCHCS' frontline staff and the Motel Respiratory Program for unsheltered COVID-19 positive individuals.

As the number of new COVID-19 cases in McKinley County is rising sharply once again, nurses, doctors, clinical staff, housekeeping and dietary staff put themselves at risk every day as they care for critically ill patients. Having already suffered through months of the pandemic, staff members are weary and traumatized, working long shifts with few days off.

You can support your local heroes by making a donation, which will be used provide meals and other means of support for frontline workers. We will use your donation to support the hospital chaplaincy program as well. RMCHCS's chaplain works with patients and their families as they struggle through the trauma of critical illness and the loss of loved ones. The chaplain also supports employees who are in the firing line of the coronavirus day after day, many of whom have suffered their own personal losses.

Donations can also be made to support the Motel Respiratory Program for unsheltered individuals and families who have tested positive for the coronavirus and need a safe place to quarantine. This program is the result of a partnership between RMCHCS, Gallup Indian Medical Center, Community Outreach Patient Empowerment (COPE), McKinley County, the City of Gallup and the State of New Mexico. Your donation will help purchase underwear, socks, shoes, over the counter medications and other personal items for individuals in the program.

In addition to cash donations, the Western Health Foundation is also accepting in-kind donations of the following items:

· Healthy snacks, beverages and meals for frontline staff
· Moisturizing lotions, hand creams, body lotion, lip balm for clinical staff to sooth chafing skin from constant hand washing, use of N-95 masks and other forms of PPE
· N-95 masks
· Medical grade surgical and procedural masks
· Goggles

If you would like to apply your donation to a specific program within the COVID- 19 fund, please specify. We are truly grateful for your support. Thank you so much!

For more information on how you can help, call 505-863-7287.

We are grateful for the outpouring of support from our community and beyond. For more information, call 505-863-7287.

Make A Donation

To make an on-line donation in support any of the above programs CLICK HERE. You can also mail in your donation to:

Western Health Foundation
1901 Red Rock Dr. Gallup, NM 87301

Please be sure to note which program you are supporting or if this is for general support to be used as needed.

For more information, please contact:

Ina M. Burmeister, Executive Director
Western Health Foundation
1901 Red Rock Dr. Gallup, NM 87301
iburmeister@rmchcs.org; 505-863-7287

Projects We Support

WellSpring Recovery Center

Gallup is a meeting point for the people of northwestern New Mexico, located just south of the Navajo Nation and north of the Zuni Pueblo and 23 miles east of the Arizona border. Alcohol and drug use has profoundly affected the region and has been a leading cause of death and injury for many years.

Since the late 1980s, RMCHCS has led McKinley County, New Mexico in responding to the regional alcohol and drug abuse crisis. RMCHCS' WellSpring Recovery Center offers hope and healing for men and women suffering from substance use disorders.

Located on RMCHCS' east campus, WellSpring Recovery Center is a 69-bed facility nestled in Gallup's" hogback" ridge and surrounded by the natural beauty of the region. The Center has an in-depth 90-day inpatient program and a 120-day outpatient aftercare program that includes clinical support and job training opportunities. Our goal is to equip clients with the tools and skills needed so they can continue to thrive and maintain sobriety once they graduate from the program. (For more information on WellSpring Recovery Center, click here.

Reach Out and Read Program

Many young children seen by our pediatricians do not have any books at home. RMCHCS' pediatricians are part of The Reach Out and Read Program, a national program that encourages pediatricians to teach parents about the importance of reading to their young children starting at birth. The Western Health Foundation supports this program by purchasing books for the program. Our pediatricians give out over 5,000 books every year to children ages 0 - 5 years. By the time the children begin school, they have their own collection of books they can read together with their families.

Mobile Health Clinic

"Healthcare on the Road." RMCHCS has launched its first mobile health unit. This pilot project has been in the works for some time and is finally a reality with the support of several partners. Our partners include the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Outreach Program; Americans for Native American (ANA) located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Rotary International including the Gallup Rotary Cub, Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE) program and Pine Hill Health Center.

The mobile clinic will provide women's health services on the Navajo-Ramah reservation at the Pine Hill Health Center. Our plan is to expand services to other remote areas. On Saturday mornings, the mobile unit is parked in an empty parking lot on the corner of Nizhoni and 2nd Street in order to provide feet checks and care for the homeless population.

Rural Family Medicine Residency Program

RMCHCS is developing a Family Medicine Residency Program and expects to accept its first residents in the summer of 2021. The program will incorporate up to four residents per year for a total program length of three years (12 residents maximum).
The program's mission is to train family medicine residents to provide the highest quality accessible, culturally competent care while inspiring them to serve New Mexico and the Four Corners' rural and Native American populations. Special emphasis will be made on recruiting a diverse cohort of residents, including Native American residents, with demonstrated commitment to Native Health as a long-term strategy to address the physician shortage in the area.

Ways you can support the Western Health Foundation:

Planned Giving: Including RMCHCS in your will allows you to have a long-term impact on the health of our community and the care provided by our hospital, clinics and behavioral health services.

Gifts of stocks and securities

In-kind Donations

Cash, checks, credit cards and on-line donations