Wamego Health Center is being renovated thanks to a generous donation from Barker Estate

WAMEGO, Kan. (WIBW) – The Wamego Health Center will see further upgrades and renovations due to a generous donation from the Dick and Pinky Barker Estate.

The Wamego Hospital Foundation says the Wamego Health Center is better prepared to upgrade equipment or facilities after a generous final gift was given from the Dick and Pinky Barker Estate.

In 2013, the foundation said an initial donation of $ 300,000 from the estate sparked a fundraising campaign to fund the expansion and renovation of the health center.

According to the foundation, the Barkers were big supporters of the health center. Dick was a longtime board member of hospitals, and with Pinky’s philanthropic spirit, her financial contribution has made a lasting impact on the viability of health care in Wamego.

The foundation said the results of the fundraising efforts were as follows:

  • Expansion of the emergency room and modernization of the patient rooms in corridors 200 and 300 to create private rooms
  • Establish a cardiac rehabilitation department so that patients recovering from a cardiac event receive the necessary training and exercise in Wamego
  • Spacelab equipment that provides vital cardiac monitoring and telemetry data for emergency room patients and hospital inpatients while they are in their rooms or while they are being treated or treated throughout the hospital
  • Upgrade to 3D mammography technology, the gold standard in early breast cancer detection

“The generosity of Dick and Pinky really shows the gift of giving,” said Tina Rockhold, head of development for the Wamego Hospital Foundation. “Your dedication to making a difference at Wamego has and will continue to benefit the health and wellbeing of countless patients, most of whom may never have had the privilege of knowing the Barkers personally. We are very grateful for the contribution of the Barker Estate as well as for the numerous others who believe in the mission of the Wamego Hospital Foundation and support it. “

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