Pioneers Healthcare Foundation, Inc.
We’ve seen that together we can make a difference. And that was the inspiration to create the Pioneers Healthcare Foundation to illuminate lives for generations and inspire quality healthcare – and most importantly, hope – in an organized, sustainable and meaningful way into the future. The needs in Rio Blanco County continue to grow, making the Pioneers Healthcare Foundation an invaluable resource in addressing the challenges of recruiting quality healthcare professionals, the increased demand for home health and support services, and the need for specific wellness or treatment programs to ensure the health of our community members.
Mission & Vision
Based in Meeker, Colorado, the mission of Pioneers Healthcare Foundation, Inc. (PHF) is to raise philanthropic dollars for healthcare programs, services and equipment that will strengthen our community’s healthcare capacity. This will allow for the highest quality medical services and programs. It will provide new programs, improve technologies and allow for enhanced access to cost-effective health care.
The vision of Pioneers Healthcare Foundation is focused on how we, together, have the power to illuminate our community and help ignite hope for a healthier today and tomorrow. The Foundation will accomplish that by providing resources to sustain healthcare services, improve access to healthcare, support education, provide scholarships and implement community service programs that support those who live, work and play in the Meeker and White River areas of Rio Blanco County, Colorado.
While the foundation works closely with Pioneers Medical Center, Pioneers Healthcare Foundation is a separate and independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization with its own Board of Directors.
2021 Scholarship Opportunities
Pioneers Healthcare Foundation and Pioneers Medical Center are excited to announce the healthcare scholarships to be applied to the 2021/2022 school year. There are six scholarships available to continuing college students, area residents, and/or 2021 graduating high school seniors pursuing an education in healthcare.
Applicants may be required to participate in an interview as part of the application process. During the interview they will be expected to demonstrate their commitment to their education, and their reasons for seeking a career in healthcare.
Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, March 1st and are due by 5 p.m. Monday, March 15th.
Health Programs Supported by the Foundation
In addition to the various health programs offered through or in collaboration with PMC, the Foundation also makes it possible to offer the following programs in our community:
Cancer Screening Fund
Preventative Screenings are an important tool in early detection and prevention. Pioneers Medical Center and the Pioneers Healthcare Foundation support the need for cancer screenings. The Pioneers Healthcare Foundation Cancer Screening Fund helps provide cancer screenings to uninsured and low income residents. For more information about the program, or to see if you qualify for assistance please contact Rio Blanco County Nursing at 970-878-9525.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is sponsored by Pioneers Medical Center, but is successful because of the volunteers who deliver the meals.
Meals on Wheels is a program to help many of our “shut-in,” elderly and low-income residents to have a nutritious daily meal and is provided to Meeker residents who can’t cook for themselves. Residents pay a nominal fee to receive a well-balanced nutritional lunch delivered to them Monday through Friday. For more information about the program please contact the PMC Dietary Department at 970-878-9314.
Grow Your Own
The Grow Your Own program is dedicated to developing the healthcare workforce for sustainable healthcare. One of the largest challenges rural healthcare faces is the recruitment of staff, and PMC is no exception.
PMC has developed a workforce development program— “Grow Your Own”—to address this issue. History shows that people that are raised in a rural environment are more likely to return, or make career choices in a rural setting.
The objectives of the Grow Your Own Program are to:
- Introduce area youth to healthcare careers available in Meeker.
- Offer existing PMC employees education opportunities, career planning, and advancement.
- Piquing interest in the healthcare field is the first step to recruiting our youth. PMC will work in several facets to accomplish this.
- Host health career fairs
- Work with school and college counselors
- Bring students in to “shadow” PMC staff
- Send youth to, or host a M*A*S*H camp. (A week long camp that introduces and builds their interest in healthcare.)
- Offer Scholarships
- Offer tuition reimbursement, tuition pre-payment or loan repayment.
- Offer Certified Nurse Assistant programs (Classes will begin in August 2012) The students will complete 80- hours of study, be exposed to all aspects of the PMC organization, and have the chance for a full time CNA position upon completion of the class and certification.