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Western Health Foundation

Western Health Foundation


The Western Health Foundation's mission is to serve as goodwill ambassadors to the community and to support Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS) in providing quality healthcare close to home.


In 1983 Dr. Thomas Carmany, pathologist for RMCHCS, led the merger of Rehoboth Christian Hospital and McKinley County General Hospital. He believed that one day RMCHCS would need to secure private funds for the improvement of hospital facilities and to support its work in providing services for individuals struggling with alcohol and drug use disorders. He brought together influential leaders in the community who shared his vision. In 1986, the Western Health Foundation was incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 organization for this purpose. Since then, the Western Health Foundation has raised funds for medical equipment, new programs and services, facility upgrades and renovations and well as for support of ongoing programs.

Click here to view our Past honorees and past projects

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.

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.


The Western Health Foundation received $250,000 as seed money for an endowment for the residency program. The Foundation is also seeking funds to help cover the cost of renovations in the hospital and in College Clinic in preparation for the program.

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

Annual Fundraising Event

The Foundation's annual fundraising event is Charity Invitational, which includes several events, including its signature golf tournament and a celebratory gala event. One highlight of Charity Invitational is the selection of an honoree. Every year we recognize an individual or group of individuals for their significant contribution to healthcare in the community.

In 2020, Charity Invitational 24 will raise funds for the renovation of an area in College Clinic for a Family Medicine Clinic, which will be the home of RMCHCS' Family Medicine Residency Program.

For more information on Charity Invitational 24, click here.

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

Foundation Board Members

Mr. James Jay Mason, President
Mr. Rex Lee Jim, Vice President
Mr. John Dowling, Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Thomas Carmany, Past President
Ms. Beverly J. Haberle, MHS, LPC CAADC, CIP
Mrs. Alice Perez
Dr. Sonya Shin
Mr. Emerson Toledo

Ex Officio
Mrs. Ina Burmeister, Executive Director, Western Health Foundation