HCMH Foundation-Supported Projects
Through the generous donations of many hospital supporters, the foundation has been able to fund key projects that have advanced the hospital's capacity and capabilities to serve patients.
2012: Single-Patient Rooms
Because of our generous community the hospital was recently renovated from being a semi-private facility to one with all single-patient rooms. Evidence indicates that single-patient rooms afford a greater measure of privacy, facilitate better communication between the patient and the health care professionals providing care, offer space and an atmosphere better suited for family members to participate in the healing process, and reduce the risk of cross infection. The rooms and bathrooms will have a fresh design, with new paint, lighting, furnishings and equipment.
Generous donor and Gala XIV participants, including individuals, foundations and corporations, have provided gifts of $1.2m toward this project. This community’s industriousness, dependability and willingness to sacrifice to attain a goal has made HCM the beacon of remarkable heath care that it is today.
2012: Rehab Center
Since its inception in 1991, the generous support of the community has enabled the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Rehab Center to assist patients on the road to recovery. In 2012, donors added to this legacy as contributions were made towards this $171,000 project. These funds enabled the Rehab Center to remodel and update its equipment to serve patients more effectively than ever before.
Thanks to the renovations and upgraded equipment, the Rehab Center’s experienced staff can enhance the level of care for patients who visit from the surrounding region.
2011: Restore Joint Center
The Restore Joint Center, given by the Don L. and Julie Holden Foundation and The James Avery Family, is a dedicated unit, providing a consistent approach to the recovery and rehabilitation of joint replacement patients. Integrating the efforts of surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, and all who assist in the healing process leads to better outcomes, fewer complications, and a quicker transition from hospital to home. Over 400 joint replacements are done annually at Hill Country Memorial, and this program has created an efficient, effective way to get patients back on their feet and optimize their recovery potential.
2010: 2nd Palliative Care Suite
Thanks to a generous donation from Ed and Trudy Brune HCM has opened its second palliative care suite. The new facility, as well as a similar one opened in 2004, is designed for patients living with a serious illness and who require hospital assistance to manage symptoms and pain. Both of the hospital’s palliative care suites, located on the second floor, offer a serene atmosphere designed to promote peace and comfort for both a patient and their family.
Palliative care provides clear communication, expert management of pain and other symptoms, help with navigating health care resources, guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices, as well as emotional and spiritual support for patients and their families. The additional suite has guest accommodations for loved-ones—which include a living area and bathroom—making it comfortable for family and close friends. The comfort of the rooms allows loved-ones to remain at the bedside as long as they wish during the hospital stay.
2010: Anesthesia Equipment
The community rallied together once again to purchase the most recently-developed anesthesia equipment for HCM. The equipment improves patient safety and reduces recovery time at the hospital. It is utilized in up to 6,000 procedures performed at the hospital each year.
The anesthesia equipment has the greatest impact on high-risk cases. It is used in most surgical procedures, including: vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, hernia repair, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, breast surgery, excision of colon cancer, knee and shoulder arthroscopies, total knee and hip replacement, hand procedures, prostate and bladder surgery and gynecological and obstetrical surgery.
2009: Angiography and Catheterization
Faced with an increased demand for catheterization services, Hill Country Memorial determined that it was time to both upgrade the current catheterization lab that had been in service for 10 years and build a new catheterization lab. Total cost for the project was slated at $3.3 million to build and equip. The foundation was asked to raise $1.8 million for acquisition of new state-of-the-art angiography equipment for both cath labs. Initial seed money for the project came from Gala XIII, which provided $414,000, a new fund-raising record. An additional $880,000 was granted by private foundations, both locally and regionally.
The remaining funds were donated by many generous contributors that included individuals and corporations. These cath labs will help the hospital meet increasing demand to treat patients with cardiac complications, vascular disease and digestive disorders in a less-invasive manner.
High-quality health care has always been an expectation for the citizens of the community. This was as true in 1971 as it is today. And the legacy of the original visionaries continues today as like-minded citizens join together to support the Hill Country’s hospital.
“We want to be a beacon of hope, a hospital that cares about the motional, spiritual and physical well-being of its patients.” – José A. Lopez, MD, FACP
2009: Schwindt Endowment Fund
“The HCMH Foundation’s endowment fund is a wonderful opportunity for us to ensure that our legacy of giving is remembered by our children and grandchildren."
—Forest J. Rees, Jr.
Hannelore and Walter Schwindt traveled the world together. Both avid readers, they were students of different world cultures, economic theories, financial and social trends, politics, personal growth and much more. Despite their international travels and the cosmopolitan environment in which they thrived, they led a simple, thoughtful lifestyle.
HCM Breast Center: Opening in August 2008, the 1,810 square-foot center performs about 5,000 mammograms in a year. HCM reports about 50 new cases of breast cancer a year from our area, which makes it critical to stay on the leading edge of technology to provide the community with the very best. The Breast Center is the newest part of a larger, comprehensive and multidisciplinary breast-health program, a coordinated approach to detection and management of women’s health issues.
2007: Brune Professional Building
“A gift means more than words when given with a thankful heart.”
-Leo C. Tynan, MD, and Forest J. Rees, Jr.
One of the foundation’s most inspiring projects was the 13,000-square-foot Brune Professional Building that houses HCM Hospice and HCM Home Health Care, HCM Breast Center, HCM Cancer Resource Center, as well as designated support services including the HCMH Foundation office. Thanks to the financial commitment and ongoing support of Ed and Trudy Brune, this building project, located north of the main hospital campus, came to fruition in 2007.
HCM Home Health Care: Skilled professionals provide quality health care services where the patients are most comfortable—in the healing environment of their own homes. Available assistance may include skilled nursing, home health aides, various types of therapy and an array of social services.
2001-2003: Women’s Pavilion: Delivering for the Community
“Because of the generosity of this community and of the surrounding communities, this state-of-the-art birthing facility is becoming a reality. All contributions, great and small, were critical to the campaign’s success.”
Hill Country Memorial was making plans in 2001 to build a Women’s Pavilion to accommodate the growing demands for obstetrical procedures in its service area. The foundation was asked to fund the project with an expected construction and equipment cost of $3.5 million. Proceeds from Gala IX, amounting to $73,000, served as seed money for the project.
1995-1997: Fitness and Therapy Pools
“…the great thing about giving to our hospital is that, when you make a gift, you’re giving to everybody. This is a group that cares deeply about our community’s health care."
—Ronald L. Woellhof
Jump-started by the overwhelming success of the 1995 Gala VI, net proceeds of $66,000 were contributed toward construction of the new indoor fitness and therapy pools. The addition of the 10,000-square-foot pool facility allowed the Wellness Center to expand its services to meet the growing health care demands in the community.
Focusing on the therapeutic environment that water provides, individuals recovering from injuries or major orthopedic surgery can benefit from rehabilitation in a non-weight-bearing environment. Opened in 1997, the indoor facility was designed to include a 25-meter lap pool and a heated therapeutic pool, both suited for group or individual exercise programs.
The HCMH Foundation inaugurated its first-ever capital campaign, coupled with the first major employee campaign, successfully raising $713,578 by selling pool memberships and garnering individual and foundation gifts. It was boosted by a $50,000 challenge grant from the J.E. & L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc., of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the first of three to be awarded to the HCMH Foundation to date.
1990: Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Friends of the Hospital Gala III provided $35,000 to help establish a Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Hill Country Memorial. Today, the Cardiac Rehabilitation program is helping people with coronary disease who have had heart injury from a heart attack or who are recovering from cardiac procedures such as bypass, stenting or valve replacement. Cardiac rehabilitation plays an important role in offering a safe and effective personalized recovery program which increases fitness and reduces the risk of new events.
In 2012, thanks to the generosity of this community, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program now boasts new fitness and telemetry equipment designed specifically for cardiac patients. Grants from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Moody Foundation, James N. McCoy Foundation, and gifts from Bill and Cheri Rothermel, Bob and Cynthia Chapman, Joe and Dorothy Marr, and the Walter and Hannelore Schwindt Estate and many other generous donors made this new equipment a reality.
“Our hospital is the ulitmate part of assuring continued quality of life.” – Sharon Joseph