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Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation

The purpose of the Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation is to support Southwest Health System, Inc. in providing high-quality, accessible health care for the people of Montezuma County and surrounding areas, and to assist in meeting its need to recruit and retain physicians and other medical providers, obtain new equipment and furnishings, continue to provide effective and efficient emergency care, and other services in partnership with the hospital.

Donors having made a certified contribution to an Enterprise Zone Contribution Project may claim 25% of a cash donation as an income tax credit.

The projects Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation is collecting donations for qualify for a tax credit.

Board Members

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Derek Beckman

President

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Karen Hubley

Vice President

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Melinda Smith

Treasurer

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Abby Nuetzel

Secretary

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Jaycee Hart

Board Member

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Gala Pock

MCHD

Derek Beckman

Derek Beckman

President

Derek relocated to Dolores from Salt Lake City Utah in 2016.  He enjoys all of the outdoor recreation Montezuma County Has to offer from fly fishing to mountain biking to skiing.  He joined the board in November of 2021 and has since been Nominated to the position of president in 2022.  While he is new to the position it has been his goal to serve well and with integrity.

Karen Hubley

Karen Hubley

Vice President

Karen is originally from Connecticut, and her career has taken her to many different places across the United States. She moved to Montezuma County to fill her current role as the Director of Food and nutrition at SHS in 2014, and she is a Certified Dietary Manager and Certified Food Protection Professional.Karen has served on the Foundation board for several years and enjoys raising money for cancer assistance grants and hospital improvements. She is also active in the Food Security Action Team with Team Up, the Four Corners Gem and Mineral Club, and the Four Corners Rifle and Pistol Club. When not serving her community through work and volunteering, Karen enjoys spending time with her three adult children and their growing families.

Melinda Smith

Melinda Smith

Treasurer

Melinda grew up in the small town of Mancos, Colorado where she fell in love with the beautiful outdoors. She enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, being on the lake, and taking her side-by-side out on the open trails. She has three children and enjoys spending time with her family as she feels family is important and making time for your loved ones is valuable.

For many years, Melinda has worked in nursing and healthcare administration. She has a special place in her heart for senior citizens. Taking care of those in hospice is very important to her. She finds it rewarding to be able to give back and help others through her work and by helping with the Foundation. Being able to make a difference for people in their most vulnerable moments, that’s what drives her in this role.

Melinda has served on the Foundation Board for Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation for many years and currently serves as the Board Treasurer. Melinda finds it very rewarding to help the hospital provide quality healthcare. She is proud to serve the organization and its important mission.

Abby Nuetzel

Abby Nuetzel

Secretary

Raised in a small town in the rural Midwest, Abby graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University. As a remote worker in the Denver commercial construction market, Abby’s career has focused on bringing multiple stakeholders together to deliver projects on budget and on schedule. She relishes in the small-town feel of Montezuma County that fondly reminds her of her childhood and enjoys exploring the Four Corners by bike, paddleboard, snowshoe, ski, or whatever new form of outdoor gear that she can find.

Jaycee Hart

Jaycee Hart

Board Member

Jaycee grew up in Cortez, Colorado where she fell in love with agriculture and the beautiful outdoors. Jaycee is currently the Marketing Specialist for Southwest Health System.

After graduating from high school, Jaycee attended Texas Tech University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications and a Master of Arts in Mass Communications. At Texas Tech, Jaycee interned and worked full-time for Texas Tech Athletics in the Promotions and Fan Engagement Department for five years. In 2020, Jaycee stepped away from college athletics and dove into college recruiting with the College of Education at Texas Tech. She moved back home in 2021 and worked for the Montezuma-Cortez School District before starting her role as the Marketing Specialist at SHS in May of 2022.

Jaycee became a member of the Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation in June of 2022. She is excited to help the board plan fundraising events that will raise money to give back to our hospital, community, and those in need.

Jaycee enjoys being outdoors at the lake or golfing and enjoys traveling and cheering on the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the stands or on TV with her husband and family.

Gala Pock

Gala Pock

MCHD Representative

Gala grew up on a farm west of Pleasant View but spent her working years in Oregon. She holds a B.S. from Oregon College of Education, with a major in Economics & Business Administration. Upon retiring, she moved back to Colorado and resides on what was her grandparents’ homestead.

Gala’s working career was in accounting in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, and in government; County, and Special Districts. For many years, she was an officer and shop steward in various governmental unions.

Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation Reports

Here you will find reports and information from the Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation meetings.

Regular foundation board meeting agendas. The foundation board meets every other month.

February 15, 2023

April 19, 2023

June 21, 2023

August 16, 2023

October 18, 2023

November 15, 2023

January 17, 2024

February 21, 2024

The Montelores Cancer Care Assistance Program was started in 2014 as a way to keep the money raised for cancer treatment locally. Community members of Montezuma County and Dolores County who have cancer and need financial assistance can apply for a one-time $1000 grant that is awarded by the Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Individual Montelores Cancer Care Assistance Grants are provided by the Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation. When awarded, grants are limited to a one-time $1000 grant and are intended to assist patients and families with transportation, living expenses, travel, and related needs during treatment. Please mail your completed application in confidence to: Please submit your application to PO Box 1585, Cortez, CO 81321 or email it to foundation@swhealth.org

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Donate to the Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation today! Proceeds will go towards cancer grants, and equipment upgrades at Southwest Health System.

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