Health care support
Calumet Area Community Health Foundation funds vital
By Mike Mathes
Calumet Medical Center’s recent expansion was supported by the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation.

Health care has a strong supporting partnership in the greater Calumet County area.

The partner is a community-supported public trust known as the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation. Through community contributions the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation continues to support medical training, education, and health care equipment/facilities needs for the benefit of the wider Calumet area.

Since the foundation was created in 1998, the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation has served its mission statement well.

That statement reads, “Promoting the health, welfare and health related education which indirectly or directly support and benefit Calumet Medical Center and the health of citizens residing within the Chilton, New Holstein, Kiel, Hilbert, Potter, Stockbridge and Brillion Zip Codes.”

Opportunity to make a difference

Foundation Board member Tim Richman eyes great things for the future of health care in the greater Calumet County area through the supportive relationship between the Health Foundation and Calumet Medical Center.

“Together, the Foundation and Calumet Medical Center will be focusing on three major health care needs identified in our community health assessment,” he said.

That assessment identified— n diabetes; n obesity; and n alcohol abuse

as the three most significant health challenges for the Calumet County area.

“We have entered some exciting discussions as a foundation to look at how the financial support of the foundation can help address this issues,” he said.

Richman said these three health issues are costing big dollars for people in our area communities. By applying foundation funds to support preventive and proactive programming, the Calumet Area Health Foundation hopes to make an impact.

“We want to be able to look back year after year at what the Health Foundation has done to improve these conditions and be able to share that impact with the community,” he said.

Richman said these issues, which speak to people, will require the support of the foundation moving forward.

A focus on education

To date, approximately 90 percent of all grant money awarded by the foundation has gone to support Calumet Medical Center, in conjunction with its mission.

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