Hansen Grant

Citizens Medical Center in Colby has been awarded $157,000 from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation for the purchase of general surgical equipment. As the organization has recruited new physicians and a general surgeon to arrive this summer, the organization is enhancing its current surgical suites and updating needed surgical equipment. Citizens Medical Center, Inc. is currently undergoing a $1.9 million campaign to expand the clinic, Family Center for Health Care, and add full-time general, and emergency surgery.

Sue Evans, Capital Campaign Co-Chair said, “Citizens Medical Center, Inc. is not on the public tax rolls so it is easy to see why our current campaign is so important. Citizens Foundation ended 2012 with $1.4 million in cash and pledges and with the award from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation we are now at $1.6 million in a year’s time. The impact CMCI has on our region is significant. As we continue to recruit medical providers and their support staff, growth is the dominant theme in our future.”

Funds from the Hansen Foundation will be used to purchase laparoscopic equipment, vital sign monitors, a surgical table, ventilator and a defibrillator which will be used in one of the two surgical suites at Citizens Medical Center. The Center will offer full-time as well as emergency surgeries to the nine county area. “When I spoke with one of the Trustees at the Dane G. Hansen Foundation she said the board felt the addition of general surgery in Colby had a true impact on the northwest Kansas region, and the future of its citizen’s access to care. We are very thankful for their support,” said Tama Unger, Director of Fund Development and Community Relations.

Evans added, “There are so many ways to financially help with the campaign. We have received gifts of grain and cash. The tax credits from the Department of Commerce were very important. Keep in mind there is another giving incentive that may be attractive to area donors, the IRA charitable rollover.” On January 2 the IRA charitable rollover was renewed, allowing individual donors to gift up to $100,000 from their individual retirement accounts (IRA's) and Roth IRA’s to charitable nonprofits without having to treat the withdrawals as taxable income. The legislation allows for a rollover in January 2013 to be applied to a donors 2012 tax filing. Anyone considering this type of gifting is encouraged to visit with their professional financial advisers.

This is an amazing time to be in northwest Kansas and working for the health and well-being of our family, friends, and neighbors.