On Tuesday, I was in Goodland to help Goodland Regional Medical Center (GRMC) and its partner, the Northwest Kansas Area Medical Foundation, kick off their capital campaign called "Project Healthcare: Invest in Your Future." The goal of this campaign is to raise funds to update GRMC's facilities and strengthen the health care network serving the citizens of Sherman County and northwest Kansas. Funds raised from the campaign will be focused towards the following five initiatives:
Completion of the High Plains Dialysis Service Center and recruitment of a renal specialist to manage the center;
Upgrading GRMC's computer and imaging technology;
Physician and medical staff recruitment initiatives;
Remodeling and facility upgrades at GRMC; and
Establishment of an endowment for future community investment.
I had the opportunity to speak at this kickoff event along with Jay Jolly, CEO of GRMC; Jeff Mason, Foundation Chair; and Ron Vignery, Campaign Chair. Kansans' access to quality health care services at GRMC and other rural hospitals is essential for communities in our state to survive and flourish. Many of these hospitals operate on thin margins to provide the care that Kansas families need. I commend GRMC staff and Goodland residents for their determination and willingness to face community challenges head on in order to preserve the special way of life we live in Kansas towns. Thank you to these individuals for hosting me and thanks to Frank Albert for coordinating my visit.