The Beatrice Community Hospital Foundation believes it takes a community to raise healthy citizens and celebrated that vision at this year’s annual Centurion Donor Appreciation Dinner by announcing a new initiative.

At this year’s May 30 banquet, the Foundation announced it was launching a new Healthcare Grant program for local nonprofit organizations, and at the close of the banquet, presented a check for $25,000 to the Beatrice YMCA Capital Campaign.

Healthy living doesn’t just take place inside the walls of the hospital, Foundation Senior Executive Gina Heckey said.

“While healthcare inside the hospital’s four walls is very important, we also know that once you leave the hospital or the doctor’s office that community services, such as the types of services available at the YMCA, are very important to help you continue on your healthcare journey,” Heckey said.

In addition to the YMCA project, the BCH Foundation plans to build a variety of community partnerships through its new Healthcare Grant program, which will be funded through individual donations and community support to the Foundation’s Healthcare Endowment Fund.

The mission of the BCH Foundation is to encourage and inspire charitable giving that will enhance patient- and family-centered healthcare services, Heckey said, and creating partnerships through grants will benefit both the hospital and the community.

“While our mission is first to help the hospital purchase equipment and provide services, we believe partnering with the community helps us to expand the impact of our mission in creative and powerful ways,” Heckey said.

The Centurion Donor Appreciation Dinner is an annual event to recognize and thank BCH Foundation donors. During the evening, BCH CEO Rick Haraldson recapped hospital activities during the past year, and BCH Foundation President Rich Hovendick shared the Foundation’s excitement about the first ever “Big Give Gage” countywide fundraising and nonprofit awareness day. The BCH Foundation is partnering with the Gage County Foundation to sponsor and organize the online fundraising event for later this year.

For more information on the Foundation’s Healthcare Grant program or the Big Give Gage, visit the BCH Foundation website, www.thebchfoundation.org; stop by the Foundation office, located on the first floor of the Beatrice Community Hospital; or call the BCH Foundation, 402-223-3078.

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