Southwest Memorial Foundation

The Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)3 that supports and assists the hospital in providing quality health care. Over the years it has successfully undertaken many initiatives, including attracting new physicians to the area, providing furnishings for the main lobby when it was remodeled, establishing a local art collection within the hospital, purchasing numerous pieces of new medical equipment for the hospital, and offering scholarships to local residents seeking a career in health care.

Support your community hospital

The Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation is committed to aligning itself closely with the Southwest Health System board of directors in focusing on key priorities at the hospital. As the former nursing home has been remodeled to accommodate hospital uses, making more clinical space available in the hospital itself, we have contributed to new furniture for the relocated Cardiac Rehab Clinic lobby, and the new and larger Intensive Care Unit/Family Birthing Center waiting room.

The Foundation currently manages the following restricted funds: Physician Recruitment and Retention, Health Education Scholarships, Furnishings and Equipment, Ambulance Replacement, and Ambulance Garage. We also maintain an unrestricted fund, which allows us to move quickly and effectively to meet short-term and emergency needs at the hospital. We encourage contributions to the unrestricted fund because it can provide the greatest benefit in the shortest timeframe, allowing the Foundation to respond creatively and flexibly.

More than ever, the Foundation’s work is critical to the ability of Southwest Memorial Hospital to meet the changing health care climate. Medical reimbursements and tax dollars are not sufficient to support the first-class facility Southwest Colorado needs and deserves, so we must reach out to individuals and businesses for financial support as well. Donating to the Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation is a wise and caring community investment that will only become more valuable with time.

Enterprise Zone

The Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation is designated an Enterprise Zone by the State of Colorado with two established purposes: indigent care, and physician retention. Under the Enterprise Zone designation, the State allows a tax credit of 25% on individual donations by state residents valued at $250 or greater. The EZ designation also allows a tax credit to physicians of 12.5% for certain uncompensated primary care services.

For more information on getting involved with the Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation or making a donation, contact Susan Thomas at 564-2156 or

Make a contribution to the Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation

Mail your donation to Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1311 N. Mildred Road, Cortez, CO, 81321

The Foundation is a Region 9 Enterprise Zone Project, which entitles donors of $250 or more to 25% income tax credit.

Montelores Cancer Care Assistance Grant

The Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation has launched a new program to assist cancer patients and their families with transportation, living expenses, travel and related needs during treatment. Montelores Cancer Care Assistance Grants provide up to $1000 for these expenses, and receipts are requested.

Grant applications [one page] should be submitted to the Health Information Management (HIM) Department at Southwest Memorial Hospital. HIM staff members Robyn Bragg (564-2443) and Cheryl Bigfoot (564-2311) are responsible for intake and are happy to help applicants complete the form.

Montelores Cancer Care Assistance was created to direct funds raised locally to members of our own community, where this kind of support is urgently needed.

Download the application here.