Memorial Health Foundation

Memorial Health Foundation is investing in our community’s health and well-being…both for today and into the future. The Foundation supports the mission of the Memorial Health System, which is to provide quality health care services for our families, friends, and neighbors. In a rural area like Dickinson County, we are very fortunate to have access to high-quality, well-staffed health care services that are available locally. These valuable resources are often the result of foresight and support from those who have come before us.

Now it is our turn to look ahead and ensure that these vital services will continue to be available, even in the face of today’s many challenges. By contributing to the Memorial Health Foundation, you help to secure the continuation and growth of all Memorial Health System services. Memorial Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and your gift is tax deductible.

Giving Opportunities

Your charitable donations will help the Memorial Health Foundation enhance patient care, provide education programs, improve Memorial Health System facilities and equipment, and support community health initiatives.

Gifts can be designated for a particular Memorial Health System department, facility, or program. A donor may wish to allow the Foundation to direct the contribution to the area of greatest need. Gifts may be one-time or set up as contributions to be paid over a period of time.

Memorial Health Foundation

Our Mission

Memorial Health Foundation is entrusted with the community’s philanthropic investment in Memorial Health System. Our role is to secure, manage, and give support to benefit the health care system’s mission of caring for our community.

Our Vision

Supporting and securing our community’s health… now and for the future.

Your Charitable Gifts at Work at MHS

Memorial Health Foundation is constantly working to provide financial support that benefits Memorial Health System programs, services, and the overall health of our community. Your donations will be beneficial in a number of ways, either through supporting the Foundation’s  designated funds, our specific wish list of projects, or a selected department or affiliate of the health system.  All gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible.

Foundation Initiatives

Impact the Cure

Impact the Cure, the annual breast cancer awareness 5k run and 2 mile fun walk, is a great success thanks to the community support. It is hosted by Impact Sports and Fitness, Memorial Health System, and Memorial Health Foundation. Each year, funds are raised for a cause related to breast cancer. Funds raised are used to support breast cancer services to include free mammography services for uninsured in Dickinson County.

Transportation Fund

The Transportation Fund is a program supported by the MHS Volunteer Corps and Foundation to fund bus vouchers for Abilene’s General Public Transportation bus. These vouchers can be used to provide transportation to and from medical appointments, both at MHS and other medical appointments in town.

Impact the Cure
Walking Path

Memorial Health System Walking Path – Update April 2021

In the fall of 2020, Memorial Health Foundation received a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Pathways to a Healthy Kansas Implementation Grant in the amount of $40,070.15, and a $5,000 Community Spaces Grant from the Union Pacific Foundation, to help construct a walking path on the south side of the Memorial Hospital campus. The walking path is open to the public.

Several years ago, Memorial Health System (MHS), Chief Executive Officer, Harold Courtois, signed a pledge to “affirm our commitment to taking on new opportunities that provide greater access to healthy lifestyles for our patients and employees,” he said. “We believe it is our responsibility and our duty as a health care organization to improve the lives of the population we serve, and encourage strong community norms for healthier living. We are willing to learn more about making healthy environment and healthy policy changes to help all employees, patients, and community members live longer and have better quality lives.”

“The Quality of Life Coalition (in Abilene) deserves the credit for bringing the Pathways grant to Dickinson County,” said Kim Stivers, previous MHS Director of Community Affairs and the Foundation. “They have been wonderful to work with, and I know there are many businesses and organizations in the community who have and will continue to benefit from their work.”

The Union Pacific Community Spaces Grant was a bonus for the project. “I knew the Union Pacific Foundation was accepting grant applications, and after reviewing the criteria, I felt like it was a great fit for what we had been working on through the Pathways grant. We are just so thankful for the opportunity to bring a new location for walking and exercise to our community,” Stivers said. “It’s a beautiful lot, in an excellent location, and we are so pleased the community has embraced it, they are using it, and it is going to be a beautiful destination for healthy community activity.”

Memorial Health System is nestled in a quiet neighborhood on the east side of Abilene. There are many homes in the area, and very few sidewalks. Memorial Health System, through a worksite wellness plan, encourages staff to get up and move during the day.

“This walking path provides a safe place for the community, employees, and patients to walk and get exercise,” Stivers said. The funds from the Pathways and Union Pacific grants were used for phase one of the concrete and construction of the walking trail.

Phase one consisted of the main loop of the trail, and one ADA accessible ramp for entrance to the lot and trail. As more funds become available, additional walkways, landscaping, and visitor enhancements will be added.

Memorial Health Foundation will provide an additional $7,000 from donations to the walking path project, and continues to raise funds through donations, grants, and memorials to fund additional enhancements for the area.

If you would like to make a donation to help enhance the walking path area, please contact Haley Jones, MHS Community Affairs Director, at (785) 263-6686 or email

*If you would like to purchase a memorial bench for the Walking Path, a link to the order form is below.
Memorial Bench Order Form

How to Donate to Memorial Health Foundation

Any donation can be designated for a particular Memorial Health System department, facility, or program, or can be directed by the Foundation to an area of greatest need. Gifts may be one-time or paid over a period of time.


For more details regarding giving opportunities, please call 785-263-6686 or at Your gift is tax deductible. We appreciate your support.

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Contact Us

Memorial Health Foundation

Foundation Director:  Haley Jones
Phone:  785-263-6686

Address: Memorial Health System
ATTN:  MHS Foundation
511 NE 10th Street
Abilene, KS 67410

Memorial Health Foundation Board of Directors


Julie Beswick
Millie Fink
Anita Miller
Dr. Steve Schwarting
Dale Koop
Dr. Dennis Biggs
Jennifer Waite
Tony Geiger
Sheldon Jones

Ex Officio:

Harold Courtois, MHS CEO
Elgin Glanzer, MHS CFO
Haley Jones, Executive Director