The Regional Health Foundation acquires and stewards charitable gifts for the benefit of the patients and communities in which we serve. The Foundation is governed by a board of directors from medical and business partners throughout the region.
All donated funds are allocated to Regional Health according to the donors’ wishes. The Foundation raises funds to develop programs, purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment and expand facilities to continue to help Regional Health stay at the forefront of medicine and help our patients and communities live well.
The Regional Health Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.
Why We Give
YOU make the difference in YOUR community
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) at Regional Health works to fund programs, medical equipment and services for ill and injured children throughout the region. In-school safety programs, a pediatric emergency transportation fund and state-of-the-art medical equipment purchases are just a few of the many ways CMNH and YOU make a difference in YOUR community. One hundred percent of the money raised stays local to benefit all of our Regional Health communities.
A commitment to caring our communities
During the Black Hills Stock Show, young and old, man and woman alike get together in pink to help raise funds for the John T. Vucurevich Regional Cancer Care Institute (CCI). The color has come to represent support for cancer patients and their loved ones in our community. It also represents a spirit of hope and unity, that together, we will beat this devastating disease. Funds raised through the Tough Enough to Wear Pink event has helped purchase a new G20 ultrasound machine and also contributed $400,000 towards the purchase of a new Tomotherapy unit. Leading-edge technologies would not be available if it weren’t for donor support.
The Littlest Patient
While CCI typically treats adult patients, our caregivers recently were part of the journey of a pediatric patient and her family. The 23-month-old girl needed Tomotherapy to treat a very specific area of cancer, and the patient and ther family would benefit from staying home while undergoing radiation.
The team of caregivers representing pre op, anesthesia, radiation therapy, nursing, medical staff, and post op made the treatment of the child possible. Because of the patient’s young age, anesthesia was involved daily to help her sleep through her radiation treatments. Additionally, a private waiting area was created for the child’s parents and family, allowing them to be together, especially on those hard, emotional days.
CCI caregivers supported the family by wearing shirts once a week during her treatment that featured the child’s name, and helped her celebrate her second birthday with gifts to take home.
Treating cancer patients – especially children – can be emotional for our team, but the knowledge that patients can stay at home, sleep in their own beds every night, and have family and friends nearby makes it all worthwhile.
The value of staying at home for Tomotherapy at CCI cannot be measured. The caregivers are honored to provide such advanced treatment and personal attention to our patients and their families in our community.
Make an Impact:
New Technology Enhances Family Bonding
A new, real-time, live-streaming video system called NICVIEW is up and running in Claire’s Place, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Rapid City Regional Hospital. NICVIEW, which cost nearly $30,000, allows families to see their babies in the NICU anytime, anywhere on any device with internet access. This technology, enhancing family-centered care for patients, was paid for by funds from both Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Regional Health and the Rapid City Regional Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary.
Coming Together to Help Fight Cancer
Each year, the John T. Vucurevich Regional Cancer Care Institute (CCI) at Rapid City Regional Hospital performs over 43,000 diagnostic and treatment procedures for this challenging disease. CCI is using bet and current practice research to continue delivering the highest quality patient care. They continually review and update their techniques and technologies to provide leading-edge diagnostics and cancer therapies. Throughout the year, there are many wonderful projects and events that help CCI care for over 1,000 newly diagnosed patients as well as over 3,500 previously diagnosed patients. Inspiring, uplifting and effective, these efforts not only provide needed funding but bring the Black Hills community together for the common good. Your support and participation benefit the CCI and serve as a thoughtful way to honor those members of our community whose lives have been impacted by cancer.
Hospice Services Making a Difference
Regional Health Hospice Services are committed to making a lasting difference in the lives of patients diagnosed with a life-limiting illness by enabling them and their loved ones to live each day as fully and comfortably as possible. Our team of caregivers, physicians and volunteers pay close attention to the medical, emotional and social needs of patients, their families and friends.
Through your support of Hospice Services, you will enable us to continue providing the greatest gift to our patients and their families – peace of mind knowing that the services they require most during a difficult time will be available to them. Thank you for your generosity.
ANNUAL FUND PROGRAMS
AREA OF GREATEST NEED
Your gift to the Regional Health Foundation goes immediately into the Regional Health Foundation’s Unrestricted Annual Fund and is used for the greatest needs in health care such as programs, patient care facilities, capital equipment or renovation needs.
Your contribution will help Regional Health to continually invest in the newest technologies and advancements in treatments. The additions, renovations and purchases of equipment have done more than just add to the facilities. They have enabled us to provide the highest level of medical care to our communities.
Please send your donations to:
Area of Greatest Need
Regional Health Foundation
P.O. Box 6000
Rapid City, SD 57709
Planned Giving Programs
Why include Regional Health Foundation in your overall financial and estate planning? Strategic charitable investments can provide you with important tax benefits now and in the future. Your planned gifts also give you the satisfaction of supporting improved health care for yourself, your family, and your community.
Gifts That Make an Impact After Your Lifetime
For many donors, a gift through their will is the best way to make a substantial contribution to the hospital. Anyone with assets can make a bequest. If you have included Regional Health Foundation in your will, please let us know so that we may properly acknowledge you. However, if you wish, your information will be kept in strict confidence.
The Regional Health Foundation’s endowments support the programs, and services of Regional Health in perpetuity. With the endowment’s growth through investment and charitable giving, the Foundation will be able to provide funds to support equipment purchases, programs and capital endeavors.
An endowed fund is a permanent, self-sustaining source of support. Each year, a portion of the value of the fund is paid out to support the fund’s purpose, and any earnings in excess of this distribution are used to build the fund’s market value. In this way, an endowment fund can grow and support its designated purpose in perpetuity. When you establish an endowment fund, you create a permanent legacy of support of Regional Health.
Endowment Gift Types -
General Endowment Gift
You can make a gift of any size to the Regional Health Foundation’s general endowment fund. Every gift added to the general endowment provides more income for the Foundation to help Regional Health meet opportunities and needs. There may be an existing endowment that reflects your interests and to which you can add your support.
Contact us today to learn how you can help to ensure a bright future for Regional Health.
The Granite Society:
The Regional Health Foundation has created the Granite Society to recognize individual donors who have selected to include a Regional Health program in their estate plans or in a planned gift arrangement. If you have been thinking about Regional Health in your estate planning, let us know so that we may properly thank you in next year’s Donor Report with your own special designation as a member of the Granite Society.
Other Ways to Give
The need for blood affects us all. Nine out of every 10 people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their life. A constant supply of bloodis necessary for the life-saving treatments needed by many patients here in the Black Hills.
For those who are able, donating blood is a simple, meaningful way to give back to our local community and to help support our patients.
In conjunction with United Blood Services, blood drives are held regularly throughout the region.
Volunteers across Regional Health provide vital services we simply could not do without! Last year at Rapid City Regional Hospital alone, volunteers donated more than 44,000 hours of time and talent to assist our patients, visitors, and staff. For more information about volunteering at your local hospital, please call the numbers listed below.
Rapid City Regional Hospital Volunteers:
Custer Regional Hospital Volunteers:
Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital Volunteers:
Spearfish Regional Hospital Volunteers:
Sturgis Regional Hospital Volunteers: