Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation

Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation

foundation logo iconThe Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)3 that supports and assists Southwest Health System in providing quality health care by supporting programs and initiatives to improve healthcare in Montezuma and Dolores Counties. Over the years the Foundation has successfully undertaken many initiatives, including attracting new physicians to the area, providing furnishings, establishing a local art collection within the hospital and purchasing  new medical equipment. Our scholarship program provides funds to Montezuma County residents who wish to have a career in healthcare and would like practice in Montezuma County.

Our Priorities include:

  • Montelores Cancer Care Fund
  • Health Education Scholarships
  • Provider Retention and Community Engagement

Montelores Cancer Care Assistance Grant

The Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation created a program to assist cancer patients and their families through $1000 grants during cancer treatment. The fund can assist with transportation, living expenses, travel, and related needs. Montelores Cancer Care Assistance Grants provides up to $1000 for these expenses, and the application process is short and simple.

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

Cancer Care Assistance Application– click to download

Email or mail your completed application to hleonard@swhealth.org or 1311 N. Mildred Road, Cortez, CO 81321, attn: Haley Leonard


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 https://www.facebook.com/SWMHFoundation/


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 www.rideoftheancients.com for more information.

Support Healthcare in Montezuma & Dolores Counties

The Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation is committed to aligning itself closely with the Southwest Health System board of directors in focusing on key priorities for the health system. 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.

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 contact@swhealth.org

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 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


Healthcare Scholarships

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