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Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation

The Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation serves you

For more than 20 years the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation has been dedicated to enhancing the healing environment of Ephraim McDowell Health (EMH), a not-for-profit, integrated health care system with 30 specialties, in 43 locations reaching up to 14 counties and more than 120,000 people in central Kentucky. The Foundation provides a critical support system to EMH by generating awareness, advocacy and philanthropic support allowing EMH to provide the most advanced comprehensive and compassionate care to our patients.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. EMH covers the day-to-day operating costs associated with the Foundation, including salaries and expenses. The result: 100 percent of every donation directly benefits projects currently serving communities within our region. Click here to donate now.

Mission - Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the healing environment provided by Ephraim McDowell Health through the generation of awareness, philanthropic leadership and support.

About Us
Ways to Give
Areas of Need
Foundation Events
Foundation-supported programs
Board of Directors
Foundation Staff and Contact Information


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 About Us

A thousand smiles begin with a single gift....

Each time you give to the Foundation, your gift makes real people smile—thousands of them, actually. These real people with real needs reside right here in our region. And your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law, which may make you smile, too.

For nearly a quarter of a century, the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation has been dedicated to enhancing the healing environment of Ephraim McDowell Health. The Foundation has been instrumental in providing resources for EMH, as well as support for our Associates to pursue continuing education and providing support for individuals with low incomes or who were uninsured or underinsured. In the past three years, the Foundation has invested nearly $1.8 million back into the health of the communities we serve. Other EMH entities also give back to our communities, including Auxiliaries at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital; Faith Community Nursing and Community Service Health Screenings; youth activities such as the High School Artist Project and specialized Wellness Center programs.

During the 21st century, the needs of the many are great. That's why the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation partners with other reputable organizations in the region to increase the benefits EMH facilities provide. Some examples of partners that help the Foundation support the Hope Clinic and Pharmacy include The Salvation Army, the Boyle County Health Department, local churches and Ephraim McDowell Health.

Some of the projects the Foundation has supported include:

  • Xenex germ-killing robot
  • Gravity-fed drip IVs which provide precise delivery of chemotherapy for patients at the Ephraim McDowell Commonwealth Cancer Center
  • Fetal monitor at Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital
  • Cardiac monitors for the Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital Emergency Department
  • Holter monitor system for the Ephraim McDowell Heart & Vascular Institute
  • Digital mammography, now available at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital and Ephraim McDowell Diagnostic Center
  • Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center cardiac catheterization lab
  • 12 spin bikes for McDowell Wellness Center
  • Cancer center lounge for patients and families staying on Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center's cancer floor
  • Adult bladder scanners for the Transitional Care Unit & Emergency Department
  • A Telehealth Polycom Practitioner Cart HDX 1080p
  • A fetal intrapartum monitor at Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital
  • Steamer and disposal and a low-vision machine for McDowell Place of Danville
  • New curriculum for A Children's Place in order to aid learning at the daycare
  • Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital, the Stanford-based facility built using funds raised during the Foundation's capital campaigns in Lincoln and surrounding counties
  • Funding of technology that supports enhanced patient clinical services or services provided through numerous non-clinical initiatives of Ephraim McDowell Health

The Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation is honored to have contributed nearly $100,000 to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center for the purchase of the Xenex germ-killing robot. The Xenex robot is capable of moving throughout the hospital destroying highly contagious germs such as, MRSA, C-diff, and even, Ebola. Through the use of high-intensity ultraviolet light, the Xenex robot destroys the DNA of these contagions. The Foundation thanks all our donors for their generosity, because without their support, we would not be able to fund any projects.




 Ways to Give

Annual Gifts

Annual contributions are donated without restriction, allowing Ephraim McDowell Health to apply them where they are needed most within the year. Annual fund gifts provide essential funding to all areas of the health system that may not be funded by other sources.


Memorials and Tributes

Make a gift in honor or memory of a friend or loved one to Ephraim McDowell Health’s Tree of Life. You may do this online, by mail or phone at (859) 239-2419.

Major Gifts and Pledges

A major gift is transformative and can touch every corner of Ephraim McDowell Health. You may target your gift to a specific area or you may give an unrestricted gift for EMH to use for its greatest need. Major gifts can be made over a period of years and given in the form of cash, securities, real estate or personal property.

Matching Gifts

Employers have matching-gift programs through which your generosity can be multiplied and Ephraim McDowell Health is eligible for many. Please check with your employer.



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Life Income and Planned Gifts

Gifts made through your estate plan can feature periodic payments to you or your loved ones and provide you with tax savings and other financial benefits.

Endowed Gifts

When you believe strongly in something you want to make an impact that lasts forever. An endowment is a gift that endures.  Annual returns on your endowment fund an array of EMH projects and programs. Your endowment will continue to grow and make a difference with each passing year.


Corporate Sponsorships

Ephraim McDowell Health offers customized sponsorship programs that have significant marketing value to help build your corporate image or brand. Your company can sponsor projects, programs, or any number of special events.

To discuss these and other ways to help, please phone us at (859) 239-2419 and a Foundation representative will provide details.

 Areas of Need

  • A donation to the Foundation’s Good Works Fund provides the Foundation Board with the flexibility to direct funding to the health priorities of our community — and the impact can be deeply felt throughout our community. This fund supports projects in the areas of cancer care, cardiac care, women’s health, among others, as well as supporting programs such as Camp Can Do, a summer day camp with activities adapted for special needs children, and developing credentialed resident experts within clinical service lines.
  • The Cancer Initiatives Fund provides resources for education, prevention, early screening and detection, and state of the art diagnostic equipment. This fund also supports EMH’s Cancer Care program which delivers care to cancer patients, and education and emotional support to their family members.  
  • Contributions to our Cardiac Care Fund will ensure Ephraim McDowell Health facilities continue to be equipped with state of the art equipment and innovative technologies in the treatment of you or your family’s cardiac health issues. 
  • The Ephraim McDowell Health Chaplain’s Fund benefits EMH patients and Associates in need of vital financial assistance for prescriptions and basic living needs. Contributions to the Chaplain’s Fund can have a profound effect on someone’s life during a time of great stress or sorrow. 
  • Your contribution to the Hope Clinic and Pharmacy benefits patients who are medically underserved and may not be able access the care they need due to financial, geographic, or numerous other obstacles. Hope Clinic exists to promote health, prevent illness and monitor chronic diseases. 
  • Many communities, including ours, are facing an extreme shortage in health care professionals. Our Health Care Career Scholarships provide EMH Associates students with financial assistance to pursue educational opportunities for careers or advancement in the health care field. 



 Foundation Events

The Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation supports many events throughout the year. These events not only help us raise money for all our initiatives, but also allow us to raise awareness about certain causes, like breast cancer or women’s heart disease.

Our events


Our signature fundraising event is Luminosity. The funds raised at the gala are put into our Good Works Fund, which supports projects in the areas of cancer care, cardiac care and women’s health, among others.

Happy Heart Luncheon

Held in February, which is Heart Month, the Happy Heart Luncheon raises awareness of women’s heart disease. One of our most popular events, tickets for the luncheons sell out quickly.

Golf Tournament

Held in May, golf tournament raises money for our Good Works fund, which supports projects in the areas of cancer care, cardiac care and women’s health, among others.

For information on sponsorships or attending any of our events, please call Jacquie at (859)239-2419.


 Foundation-supported programs

Tree of Life

A memorial and honor tree located in the lobby of both hospitals.


Hope Clinic and Pharmacy

The Hope Clinic and Pharmacy breaks down the barriers to health...

Established in 2006, the Hope Clinic and Pharmacy is a free community initiative providing health care access to people from Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Lincoln, Mercer and Washington counties. To qualify, clinic patients must:

  • Suffer chronic diseases of high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Heart Failure and/or pneumonia
  • Be between 139 percent and 300 percent of the federal poverty level
  • Not be eligible for Medicaid or Medicare
  • Lack private health insurance


Our clinic/pharmacy has provided thousands of clinic visits and prescriptions to low-income, chronically ill patients who lack insurance since our founding.

Community partners who work together in support of the Hope Clinic and Pharmacy include:

  • Boyle County Health Department
  • The Salvation Army
  • Ephraim McDowell Health
  • Lexington Avenue Baptist Church
  • The Presbyterian Church of Danville
  • Other area churches

For more information about the Hope Clinic and Pharmacy, call (859)239-2363.

Chaplain’s Fund

  • The Chaplain's Discretionary Fund, a valuable source of assistance for needy patients who are discharged from any Ephraim McDowell Health hospital and are unable to purchase certain vital medications, durable medical equipment, or other medical supplies needed to aid their recovery.


Community Services & Faith-based Nursing

The Community Services Department makes measurable differences in the lives of people like you who are served by Ephraim McDowell Health. Our goals are:

  • To improve access to health services, especially for the underinsured and the uninsured;
  • To enhance wellbeing by helping individuals develop achievable, quantifiable health goals;
  • To advance knowledge by mentoring health career students from all disciplines;
  • To relieve government burden by providing screening and early detection for heart disease, cancer and obesity.


A 2014 needs assessment identified the primary health risk factors in communities served by Ephraim McDowell Health. Now our nurses provide health education that equips people to make healthy choices and change their own lives to reduce their health risks. You can view this extensive report by clicking the link below.
Community Health Assessment

That’s why we support four health initiatives:

  • Health screenings for people at risk for heart disease, cancer and obesity
  • Children’s programs about nutrition and physical activity
  • Faith community nursing and health ministry programs
  • School health index priorities

In our initiatives, we partner with other community entities such as school systems, health departments, churches, stockyards, and housing authorities.

Get Involved Now

  • Attend one of our upcoming community service events. Click here for the calendar of events.
  • Become a volunteer with our department and help your community.
  • Start a health ministry in your church.

For more information, please call (859) 239-2364.


 Board of Directors

A community-based board of directors determines how Foundation funds are used to enhance the health care in this region.

Our board members are:

Scott Bottoms, Chair

Donna Powell, Vice-Chair

Gerry Greaney, Treasurer

Thomas Hager, Secretary

Nathan Mick

Dr. Rick Pellant

Elita Weintraub

Sally Davenport, CEO, Ephraim McDowell Health

Bill Snapp, CFO, Ephraim McDowell Health


 Foundation Staff and Contact Information


Keith Bridges, MHA
Vice President

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Jacquie Peterson, Manager of Donor Development & Special Events

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Mailing address:

217 S. Third Street

Danville, KY 40422