Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation

Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation

foundation logo iconThe Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)3 that supports and assists Southwest Health System in providing quality health care by supporting programs and initiatives to improve healthcare in Montezuma and Dolores Counties. Over the years the Foundation has successfully undertaken many initiatives, including attracting new physicians to the area, providing furnishings, establishing a local art collection within the hospital and purchasing new medical equipment.

Our Priorities include:


  • Montelores Cancer Care Fund
  • Provider Retention and Community Engagement

Montelores Cancer Care Assistance Grant

The Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation created a program to assist cancer patients and their families through $1000 one-time grants during cancer treatment. The fund can assist with transportation, living expenses, travel, and related needs. Montelores Cancer Care Assistance Grants provides up to $1000 for these expenses, and the application process is short and simple.

Cancer Care Assistance Application– click to download

Foundation Events

Made-in-Montezuma-treeMade in Montezuma: a celebration at Trees of Trail Canyon in McElmo Canyon..showcasing local food, wine, beer, and art.

Proceeds benefit the Southwest Memorial Hospital Scholarship Fund.  For more information visit

2016 Ride of the AncientsExperience the beauty of Southwestern Colorado as you ride around Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

All proceeds go to the Montelores Cancer Care Assistance Program. Visit for more information.

Support Healthcare in Montezuma & Dolores Counties

The Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation is committed to aligning itself closely with the Southwest Health System board of directors in focusing on key priorities for the health system. The organization continues to change and grow for the better and the Foundation aims to support those initiatives.

The Foundation currently manages the following restricted funds: Recruitment & Retention and the Montelores Cancer Fund. Contributions to the unrestricted fund can provide the greatest benefit in the shortest time frame, allowing the Foundation to respond creatively and flexibly.

Donating to the Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation is a wise and caring community investment that will only become more valuable with time.

For more information on getting involved with the Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation or making a donation, contact 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.

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 allows a tax credit to physicians of 12.5% for certain uncompensated primary care services.

See examples of EZ tax credits: Enterprise Zone Tax Credits- 2017 Update

Contact Southwest Health System Financial Assistance team if you have questions or need assistance with your healthcare payments.

Quality Care. Close to home…

Southwest Health System will collect co-pays, Co-Insurance, deductibles and outstanding balances at time of service effective October 1st 2017. We’re here to help. Contact our Financial Assistance team if you have questions or need assistance with your healthcare payments. 970.565.6666

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Quality care. Close to home.

Pediatrics. Obstetrics. School-Based Health Center. Immunization clinics.

Southwest Health System reaches out to the young in the community to help them be as healthy as they can possibly be.