How Funds Are Used
For more than 40 years, the Hancock Health Foundation has supported the advancement of health care and wellness in and beyond Hancock County. Our awards, scholarships, and programs support the evolving health needs of our community and raise funds for critical issues. Hancock Health does not receive tax dollars; the foundation’s work is crucial in bridging funding gaps, providing care for those without resources, and driving our population health programs. Our 2022 Annual Report outlines the support the Hancock Health Foundation provides to the hospital and our community in further detail.
Covering Charity Care
Each month, Hancock Health writes off approximately $1.5 million in uncompensated services for our patients who do not have the financial means to pay. We believe everyone deserves access to high-quality care, with or without insurance. We are proud to support the advancement of health care and wellness in our community.
Wellness & Recovery Programs
Healthier communities offer a better quality of life for people who live there and a better environment for employers. Excellent clinical medical care is just one element of a community’s overall health. We offer a wide range of wellness resources, including health education classes and behavioral health support, to help people get what they need to live healthful lives.
Our awards, scholarships, and other efforts do much to support the ongoing and ever-changing health needs of East Central Indiana residents. By funding essential services that support the health of our neighbors’ bodies, minds, and spirits, we are actively transforming and saving lives.
In recent years, just a few of the advances our efforts have made possible include:
- Ongoing support for the Sue Ann Wortman Cancer Center
- Expanded end-of-life care through Suburban Hospice, Inc.
- Crucial healthcare services for local residents through the Women Helping Women Celebration
Mental Health Campaign
Funds raised by the Hancock Health Foundation help Hancock Health add professional services and expand support programs for the mental well-being of our community members.
Past contributions have enabled us to:
- Increase capacity for individual and group therapy, and reduce wait times by hiring more licensed clinical social workers
- Provide Medication Assisted Treatment for individuals struggling with substance use disorder
- Hire additional Support Navigators to help people with substance use disorders find and continue treatment
- Create school-based prevention and early intervention treatment services for youth
We are grateful for the supporters of our mental health initiative. If you wish to join us in improving access to these resources, designate a donation to mental health today.
Celebrating Our Community
Hancock Health Foundation offers the Bobby Keen and Bert Curry Healthy Community Awards to recognize an individual and a local organization or hospital program that has made a significant positive impact on the health of our community. The winners are announced at the foundation’s annual year-end holiday celebration. To nominate an individual or organization for these awards, submit a nomination form.
Memorial Gifts and Annuities
Many of our donors have generously made gifts to Hancock Health Foundation in honor of special occasions, loved ones, and memorials. In these instances, we send a prompt, thankful acknowledgment to the person honored or to the family of the person for which the memorial gift was donated. Other unique and thoughtful options for supporting the health of our local community include:
After providing for the needs of loved ones, consider using your will to support the organizations and institutions that matter most to you. By having your attorney revise your will or add a simple amendment, you can make a gift to Hancock Health Foundation of a dollar amount, a specific property, a percentage of your estate, or what is left after your loved ones have been taken care of.
Life Insurance Beneficiaries
Many people have life insurance policies that were intended to cover contingencies that no longer apply. And because federal law now exempts many estates from taxation, life insurance purchased to cover estate taxes may be obsolete. Life insurance is one of the best ways to make a significant gift to an organization you care about. You can name Hancock Health Foundation as a charitable beneficiary for all or part of your life insurance policy.
Another excellent way to make a gift of insurance is to purchase a new policy, naming the foundation as beneficiary or co-beneficiary. It’s a way to ensure your gift to us is much larger than the cost to you—and does more good for our community in the future.
Charitable Gift Annuities (CGA)
The CGA program enables individuals to make the significant gift of an annuity while retaining lifetime income. The donor transfers assets (stocks, bonds, and/or cash) to the foundation. In return, a guaranteed payment is made to the donor and/or spouse for their lifetime. It’s an excellent way to make a gift while still taking care of your ongoing financial needs.
We are proud to support the advancement of health care and wellness in the communities we serve. Our 2022 Annual Report outlines the support the Hancock Health Foundation provides to the hospital and our community.
Become a Patron of Health
We recognize individuals who contribute $100 to $999 to the Hancock Health Foundation with a special designation as Patrons of Health. This select group cares deeply about quality health care services in Hancock County.
If you share their passion, you can become a Patron of Health today by giving a gift to Hancock Health Foundation today. For your support, your name will be included on plaque displayed prominently in the hospital and you will have access to special VIP events.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FUTURE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Hancock Health Foundation provides a number of scholarship opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. If you’re interested in nursing, nutrition, healthcare technology, or one of the dozens of other healthcare professions, we may have a way to help fund your education. Deadlines for each scholarship opportunity vary. Apply online or contact Allyson Smith at (317) 468-4106 mit Fragen.
Established in 2015 to support local students and encourage entry into healthcare and wellness professions. The foundation will award at least one $2,000 scholarship annually.
- Must be in residency or be employed in a healthcare or wellness profession in East Central Indiana.
- Nursing students are excluded from applying for this scholarship, as other nursing scholarships are available through the Hancock Health Foundation.
- Must be post-secondary school students, currently enrolled in a healthcare or wellness program; Eligible fields of study may include, but are not limited to, athletic training, physical therapy, nutrition, pharmacy, social work, or general medicine.
- Prior recipients of this scholarship may apply again.
Selection criteria for this scholarship includes academic achievement, community or extracurricular involvement, and demonstration of interest and/or experience in healthcare or wellness activities. The scholarship selection committee may request personal interviews with selected applicants.
Three letters of reference are required from persons not related to you. At least one letter must be from an academic professional from your current program/school. If applicable, letters should be on official letterhead. All letters must be signed. You are required to upload these letters below before your application may be submitted.
FOUNDATION STAFF & BOARD
PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS
Past winners include:
- 1999: Women Helping Women & Walker (Split)
- 2000: Hoffnungshaus
- 2001: Hospiz
- 2002: Hancock Food Pantry
- 2003: Jaris Hammond
- 2004: Tabakfreie Koalition
- 2005: Edelweiß Equine
- 2006: Special Olympics Hancock County
- 2007: Bert Curry Award
- 2008: SICHERUNG
- 2008: YAR
- 2009: Kiwanis
- 2011: Dr. Donn Hunter – Hospiz
- 2012: Dorothy Gunn – Hope House, Soup Kitchen (geteilt)
- 2014: Susie Broome (Women Helping Women) und Susie Billings (Krebs)
- 2015: Becky Riley
- 2016: Dr. Thomas O'Connor (Talitha Koum) & Jack Goff (Food Pantry)
- 2017: Bob Wortman & Linda Hart
- 2018: Amy Baggott
- 2019: Dawn Hansen
- 2020: Gina Colclazier
- 2021: Katherine Neff Locke