You really can be a partner in shaping and developing the future of the Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation through your gifts and support. Helping others in our community can lead to unmatched personal and emotional fulfillment.
Following are several ways to support the Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation:
- Sheehan Cancer Center
Having cancer is hard. Finding quality, state-of-the-art treatment is easy.
The Sheehan Cancer Center at Rush Memorial Hospital provides board certified oncologists, hematologists, and oncology nurses who are top in their fields. Sheehan Cancer Center patients receive quality-of-life-education and research on the best way(s) to cope with their specific cancer diagnosis. Along with receiving quality care in a comfortable environment, our center is right here in Rush County! Each patient gets the support, personal attention, and respect they deserve.
- Pediatric Office Building
Our newest initiative is the Pediatric Office Building, a quality center for women and children in our community.
With over 4,000 children visiting our current pediatric office each year, we are quickly outgrowing our current building. This existing site is a small modular unit that has very limited improvement capabilities – which is why a new building is needed.
While meeting the growing healthcare needs of our community, this modern office will serve the women and children of Rush County and surrounding areas.
Rush Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric Office Building Fund still needs your help to become a reality. There are several ways to give and naming opportunities are still available. If you are interested in making a donation to this new office, please call the Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation at 765-932-7568.
- Brian’s Cause Fund
A fund designed to help working men and women in Rush County who are battling cancer.
Made possible by the generous support of Brian Conner, this fund is designed to give back to those who helped Brian during his cancer journey. The primary purpose of this fund is to provide financial help to people with cancer (who qualify through a screening process) to help pay their oncology bills.
- Rush Memorial Hospital Scholarship Fund
A fund for future healthcare providers.
The primary purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to Rushville High School seniors and the staff of Rush Memorial Hospital for the advancement of their healthcare related careers.
- Wade Weston Scholarship Fund
A fund for emergency service team members and employees pursuing a degree in nursing.
The primary purpose of the fund is to provide financial help for clinical staff at RMH and for members of the RMH EMS and local air emergency services pursuing further education in the medical field.
- Jake McKee Heart of Gold Fund
A fund to raise awareness of cardiac-related deaths in children and provide FREE screenings to children of Rush and surrounding counties.
The Jake McKee Heart of Gold Fund will provide free heart screenings, through RMH Pediatrics, to any child 6th grade and above. Eventually, this test will be provided for middle and high school athletes during yearly physicals with parental permission.
Jacob Thomas McKee (Jake) was a healthy, loving, and spirited 4-year old boy who died suddenly and unexpectedly in the fall of 2015 due to heart-related complications. Jake was running in the yard and suddenly told his dad that he didn’t feel good. He then collapsed and never regained consciousness.
As his brother, Drew, pointed out, “good” was the last word Jake ever spoke. The family is taking his tragic and unexpected death and doing something “good”. Parents, John and Niki McKee, along with many family and friends are taking steps to help other youth with important and preventative measures as it relates to the heart.
Like most healthy children, Jake had his regular well-baby check-ups and annual pediatric visits. Sadly, his condition could not have been detected even though tests exist; test that are preformed only if symptoms are shown of which Jake had none. Jake left behind two brothers, Luke (13) and Drew (10). Fearing that a similar situation, such as Jake’s, could run in the family, John and Niki insisted that Luke and Drew be tested immediately. While an EKG and chest x-rays were performed, they were told that an echocardiogram (the main test needed) would not be covered by insurance because there were no medical necessity. As a result, they began searching for heart screenings so the boys could be tested. What they discovered was that these screenings are very hard to find – that’s why Jake’s Heart of Gold Fund is so important. Once the fund has been established ($10,000), children will receive a FREE echocardiogram screening in conjunction with the Rush Memorial Hospital and St. Vincent Hospital. Eventually, we would like to incorporate this screening with the yearly school sport’s physicals.
Here are some statistics to consider:
- Each year in the U.S., 350,000 people die suddenly and unexpectedly due to cardiac arrhythmia
- Almost 4,000 of those 350,000 people are under the age of 35
- One in 200,000 high school athletes in the U.S. will die suddenly, most without any prior symptoms
“While the statistic of 1 in 200,000 may not be alarming, if your child is that one, it is forever life-changing.” —Niki McKee
Whether your child is four, fourteen, or twenty-four, no parent should have to face the most horrific kind of pain – that of losing a child. If one life can be saved through the screenings provided by Jake’s Heart of Gold fund, then we have accomplished what we set out to do…doing something “good”.