Beatrice Community Hospital Foundation

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About Our Organization


The mission of the Beatrice Community Hospital Foundation is to encourage and inspire charitable giving that will enhance patient-and-family-centered healthcare services provided by the Beatrice Community Hospital & Health Center and its associated entities.

Beatrice Community Hospital & Health Center is a community, not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving Beatrice and its surrounding communities. As the largest rural hospital in Southeast Nebraska, we provide a continuum of care that includes emergency services, a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, women's and children's care, orthopedic and general surgery, and family and internal medicine physicians. We are committed to providing Incredible Care. Incredibly Close.

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Past Projects

  • Blanket Warmer

    Project Details

    The Beatrice Community Hospital is patient-centered and focused on providing the best care possible. Patient comfort and satisfaction are a top priority.

    Offering a warm blanket is just one way to offer excellent care and keep you comfortable and relaxed during your hospital stay. The Acute Care team at BCH needs to replace the current blanket warming unit to ensure that a warm blanket is never out of reach to comfort patients and family members. The BCH Foundation Big Give Project is to raise funds for a blanket warmer to ensure this oftentimes overlooked gesture can continue to be offered.

    "Nothing is more calming than a warm blanket for a patient or a family member" - Dave Thomas, BCH Director of Nursing

    Beyond the simple comfort of a warm blanket, blanket warming has also been shown to improve patients' clinical outcomes by reducing anxiety, lessening bleeding, increasing response to medication, and reducing chances of cardiac problems. A warmed blanket may feel like a trivial thing but goes a long way on soothing and calming a nervous patient.

    Blanket warming also enhances the patient experience with proven clinical outcomes and measurable cost efficiencies by improving patients' recovery and reduce the length of hospital stay. With better thermal comfort, patients recover quickly and lower the probability of readmission and infection rates.

  • Picture Perfect

    Raised $22,005.00 Towards the Goal of $12,500.00

    Project Wrap Up

    Thank you for giving to the BCH Foundation during Big Give Gage! Because of your generous support, we were able to exceed our original goal and raise over $22,000 for our Diagnostic Imaging Department. The Foundation, along with 60 other non-profits, were part of a historic day where the third-annual Big Give raised over $320,000 for Gage County non-profits. The day was a huge success!

    You generous gift will go towards the purchase of a mobile x-ray machine, a piece of equipment that Director of Diagnostic Imaging, Jesse Young, says "is crucial to making patients as comfortable as possible and one of the most critical pieces of technology in the entire Imaging Department." Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Foundation table at the non-profit fair to chat with Jesse about our project.

    The mobile x-ray machine will be able to help patients in all types of situations, whether it be post-operative x-rays, newborn babies, sick/elderly/handicapped patients who cannot easily be transported or critical emergencies anywhere in the hospital, we will be able to provide x-ray services promptly and at the point of care.

    Thank you for supporting healthcare in Gage County and Big Give Gage!


    The Beatrice Community Hospital Foundation Board of Directors & Staff

    Project Details

    The BCH Foundation 2021 Big Give Gage goal is to raise $12,500 for the purchase of a mobile x-ray machine.
    The BCH Diagnostic Imaging team includes 14 Imaging Technologists who provide X-ray services on a 24/7/365 basis. Our staff completes nearly 10,000 x-ray exams per year in outpatient, clinical, inpatient, emergency and surgical settings.


    It is crucial to make a patient as comfortable as possible while receiving care and BCH can do this by bringing the x-ray to the patient. Most x-ray services are provided in one of our three x-ray suites. However, not all patients can be transferred to our suites; this is especially true in emergencies. For this reason, a mobile x-ray machine is one of the most critical pieces of technology in the entire Imaging Department.

  • A Breath of Fresh Air

    Raised $11,056.24 Towards the Goal of $13,280.00

    Project Wrap Up

    In 2020, the BCH Foundation helped to purchase three Vapotherm units for use across all areas of the hospital. These purchases were made possible through fundraising during the 2020 Big Give Gage event and the annual BCH Foundation Healthcare Grant Award Process. Vapotherm devices allow the Beatrice Community Hospital to comfortably treat a broad range of breathing issues, from supporting the needs of COVID-19 patients, to newborns, COPD, pneumonia and heart failure patients.

    Project Details

    Help us give our patients "A Breath of Fresh Air."

    The BCH Foundation asks for assistance to purchase two Vapotherm HiVNI (Hi velocity nasal insufflation) devices.

    Vapotherm high velocity therapy is an advanced form of high flow oxygen delivery, capable of providing ventilatory support, without the need for a tight-fitting respiratory mask. Vapotherm has been used by 1,250 hospitals and 1.5 million patients to date. Backed by strong clinical data, Vapotherm is proven to help patients with respiratory conditions avoid placement on BiPAP machines which require the patient to wear a mask over their nose and mouth during until their cardiopulmonary crisis has resolved and may help patients avoid invasive intubation and placement on a ventilator. 

    One device can allow the Beatrice Community Hospital to comfortably treat a broad range of breathing issues, from supporting the needs of COVID-19 patients, newborns, COPD, pneumonia and heart failure patients.

    The cost of each device, the cost to provide reliable and comfortable breath, is $6,640. Two Vapotherm ventilator support systems will allow BCH to care for every patient who needs it.  

    The benefits of Vapotherm are many:

    • The comfort of wearing a nasal cannula vs a pressurized mask over the nose and mouth.
    • The ability to communicate with caregivers and loved ones while receiving breath and oxygen support.
    • The ability to have good oral hygiene because no mask is used.
    • The ability to take medications, nutrition and water by mouth while breathing is being supported.The ability for clinicians to provide precision control of the oxygen level, flow rate of the gas, and temperature of the gas allows for control of the patient’s comfort and management of certain laboratory blood values. 


    “I can attest to the patient success and respiratory therapist satisfaction with the Vapotherm.  I worked with countless patients on this device at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital (a Vapotherm Center of Excellence) in Lincoln NE with over 15 years of Vapotherm use at that organization.  Vapotherm truly has been responsible for hundreds of successful patient liberations for ventilators and keeps people off of ventilators.” “This technology would be an extraordinary tool in the cardiopulmonary department of any community access hospital and would set us above what other similar hospitals can provide.”– Joe Rush Registered Respiratory Therapist, Registered Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Therapist and Cardiopulmonary Director BCH. 


  • Delivering Life's most Treasured Moments

    Raised $8,125.00 Towards the Goal of $23,000.00

    Project Wrap Up

    In 2019 the BCH Foundation worked with the Gage County Foundation to help plan and organize the first ever day of giving in Gage County, Big Give Gage. Big Give Gage, help on September 10, 2019 united the community around generosity for 47 area non-profit organizations, bringing in over $173,000 in total.

    The BCH Foundation raised funds to support fetal heart monitors for the Labor & Delivery department at Beatrice Community Hospital, helping to purchase two monitors as well as other medically necessary equipment. 

    Project Details

    When a new baby is on the way, the top priority at the Beatrice Community Hosptial is delivering a healthy, happy little one in a safe and caring environment. 

    To do this, we need your help. The professionals at BCH rely heavily on advanced technology to provide quality care, safely and efficiently. We would like assistance to purchase two new Phillips brand Avalon CTS Wireless Fetal Monitors to provide quality care to the nearly 200 babies born each year at Beatrice Community Hospital.

     We want to give Mom the best chance of having a successful and worry-free delivery. With traditional monitors Mom is required to have continuous monitoring but she is faced with having to be attached to the moitors and cords on the traditional fetal monitors, limiting movement. Studies show that frequent moving and repositioning help the labor process. Wireless monitors are used on expectant mothers to give them the freedom to move freely while in labor. Using a wireless monitor gives nurses and doctors the ability to keep a close eye on baby's heartbeat and Mom's contractions, while Mom still has the independence to walk around, use the whirlpool, and change positions frequently. 

    “At Beatrice Community Hospital, our nurses take pride in helping a new Mom to feel safe and comfortable during the big day. Any assistance with purchasing two new wireless monitors would help out greatly to continue to provide the great service our labor and delivery staff strive to provide.”  Jill Allen, OB Coordinator

    The Phillips Avalon CTS Wireless Fetal Monitors cost over $11,500 each. Our goal for the Big Give Gage is to raise $23,000 and purchase two new monitors to replace the outdated monitors currently in use, and continue to safely welcome each and every happy little bundle of joy!

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Beatrice Community Hospital Foundation

4800 Hospital Parkway, PO Box 641
Beatrice, NE 68310

(402) 223-6708

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