November 18, 2016 (TELLURIDE, CO) — Kate Wadley remembers when a local women’s philanthropy movement was just an idea keeping her up at night. Today, she and the Telluride Regional Medical Center have her and a generous group of women to thank for two new pieces of equipment and a behavioral health grant.
“Telluride Women Give,” the giving circle created by Wadley, the Telluride Medical Center Foundation’s executive director, is built around Wadley’s intuition that local women were hungry for ways to collaborate to create change.
“Women are motivated to share a connection, work together and have fun,” she said. Since the first meeting was held in June of 2015 the group has grown to just over 50 members.
Using the power of collective philanthropy, members’ annual contributions are pooled and the group votes to decide which program, project or new equipment at the Telluride Regional Medical Center will be funded.
This week Wadley announced the giving circle approved their first substantial purchase of equipment for the medical center: a colposcopy machine to expand the medical center’s women’s specific diagnostic capabilities and an osteopathic exam table to accommodate the medical center’s newest primary care provider, Dr. Christine Mahoney.
Part of Dr. Mahoney’s full-spectrum osteopathic family medicine practice includes osteopathic manipulation, used to treat many conditions such as painful periods, chronic lung disease, headaches, musculoskeletal pain, TMJ or newborns with poor feeding.
The osteopathic manipulation table is more comfortable for patients and will allow Dr. Mahoney to use a broader range of manipulation techniques.
“Telluride Women Give” members also voted unanimously to dedicate $10,000 to the medical center’s nascent behavioral health program which will be used to expand wellness counseling and services aimed to help patients manage depression, anxiety, substance abuse, insomnia, and eating disorders.
Membership is open to anyone willing to commit a minimum of a $250 annually and includes special presentations and opportunities to socialize and discuss programs and equipment needing support.
“These efforts support innovative, life-saving services and technology. This group actually makes a difference for those we know and love,” said Wadley.
“So, when women give, everyone wins.”