Western Health Foundation

The Western Health Foundation is a 501C3 organization with its own Board of Directors and is a subsidiary of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS). Its purpose is to serve as goodwill ambassadors to the community and to support RMCHCS in its mission to serve God by making a profound and lasting difference in the health and quality of life for all people in the community.

During its first decade, the Foundation raised funds to develop the region's only comprehensive Behavioral Health Unit. Today, RMCHCS Behavioral Health Services includes outpatient mental health services, a 90-day residential alcohol and substance abuse treatment program, a work rehabilitation program, and a transitional housing program.

In 1995, the Foundation raised over $2.3 million to build a new emergency room, Intensive Care Unit, and modern laboratory for RMCHCS. Since 1996, the Foundation holds an annual fundraiser each fall, known as the Charity Invitational, which has raised over $5.5 million for new medical equipment, services, and programs. In addition, the Foundation raises funds for RMCHCS Reach Out and Read program, Home Health and Hospice Services, and the Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids program.

The Foundation has four standing committees that are to meet quarterly. They are the Executive, Finance, Nominating, and Ambassador/Hospitality Committees. Two additional committees, the Major Gift Committee and the Charity Invitational Committee are formed and meet as needed.

Western Health Foundation Board Members:

Dr. Thomas Carmany, Chair

John Dowling, Vice Chair

Cynthia Dyer, Secretary

Jay Mason, Treasurer

Rex Lee Jim

Ex Officio:

Ina M. Burmeister, Western Health Foundation Executive Director

David Conejo, RMCHCS CEO

The Western Health Foundation Board has several standing committees. The committees meet six times per year or, in the case of some committees, on an as need basis. They are: Ambassador/Hospitality Committee Executive Committee Finance Committee Governance Committee Nominations Committee Major Gifts Committee Every year a new Charity Invitational Committee is formed and both Western Health Foundation Board members as well as community members are welcome to serve on the committee. For more information on serving on the Charity Invitational Committee, call 505-863-7287.

Click here to see Foundation Events.

Charity Invitational 21

Charity Invitational 21 is set for September 2017.

John Dowling
This year's honoree is John Dowling.

Click below to see more information about this year's project and events
Charity Invitational Information
Event registration form


The Western Health Foundation's mission is to serve as goodwill ambassadors to the community and to support the work of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services Services in providing quality healthcare close to home.


The Western Health Foundation publishes a newsletter called Foundation Focus. Please click here to view pdf files for each issue.