Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation

Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation

Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation

foundation logo iconThe Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)3 that supports and assists the hospital in providing quality health care. Over the years it has successfully undertaken many initiatives, including attracting new physicians to the area, providing furnishings for the main lobby when it was remodeled, establishing a local art collection within the hospital, purchasing numerous pieces of new medical equipment for the hospital, and offering scholarships to local residents seeking a career in health care.

Our Priorities include:
  • Montelores Cancer Care Fund
  • Health Education Scholarships
  • Provider Retention and Community Engagement


Foundation Events

Made-in-Montezuma-treeMade in Montezuma: a celebration at Trees of Trail Canyon in McElmo Canyon..showcasing local food, wine, beer, and art.

Proceeds benefit the Southwest Memorial Hospital Scholarship Fund.  For more information visit

2016 Ride of the AncientsExperience the beauty of Southwestern Colorado as you ride around Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

All proceeds go to the Montelores Cancer Care Assistance Program. Visit for more information.

Silent Auction Fundraiser Supporting Montelores Cancer Fund

Contact us if you’re interested in supporting one or more of these events as a volunteer or patron. We are always looking for enthusiastic board members to help continue to support and enrich these initiatives.

Support Your Community Hospital

The Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation is committed to aligning itself closely with the Southwest Health System board of directors in focusing on key priorities at the hospital. The organization continues to change and grow for the better and the Foundation aims to support those initiatives.

The Foundation currently manages the following restricted funds: Recruitment & Retention, Health Education Scholarships, and the Montelores Cancer Fund. Contributions to the unrestricted fund can provide the greatest benefit in the shortest time frame, allowing the Foundation to respond creatively and flexibly.

More than ever, the Foundation’s work is critical to the ability of Southwest Memorial Hospital to meet the changing health care climate. Donating to the Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation is a wise and caring community investment that will only become more valuable with time.

For more information on getting involved with the Southwest  Memorial Hospital Foundation or making a donation, contact at 564-2156 or

Make a contribution to the Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation

Mail your donation to Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1311 N. Mildred Road, Cortez, CO, 81321

The Foundation is a Region 9 Enterprise Zone Project, which entitles donors of $250 or more to 25% income tax credit.

Enterprise Zone

The Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation is designated an Enterprise Zone by the State of Colorado with two established purposes: indigent care, and physician retention. Under the Enterprise Zone designation, the State allows a tax credit of 25% on individual donations by state residents valued at $250 or greater. The EZ designation also allows a tax credit to physicians of 12.5% for certain uncompensated primary care services.

See examples of EZ tax credits: Enterprise Zone Tax Credits- 2017 Update

Contact us for more information on how to make a difference in the community through the Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Montelores Cancer Care Assistance Grant

The Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation created a program to assist cancer patients and their families with transportation, living expenses, travel and related needs during treatment. Montelores Cancer Care Assistance Grants provide up to $1000 for these expenses, and the application process is short and simple. The Montelores Cancer Care Assistance program was created to direct funds raised locally to members of our own community, where this kind of support is urgently needed.

Call 970-564-2040 for grant application requests and questions.

Cancer Care Assistance Application

Healthcare Scholarships

Local residents who are seeking scholarships for a career in health care can download the following application materials: