FBG, TX: Hospice Care for all through the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation & permanent IRA charitable roll-over opportunity

Give strength for today. Give courage for the journey.
Give peace for a life fully lived. Give Hospice.

For more than 20 years Hill Country Memorial Hospice has served the Texas Hill Country as a community-based, non-profit organization certified in hospice and palliative care. When loved ones face a life-limiting illness, family members turn to HCM Hospice to provide expert care and support through nurses, chaplains, social workers and volunteers. This care and support is not limited to the patient, but is also provided to the caregiver and family members of hospice patients.

Through community support, HCM Hospice will have the ability to continue providing remarkable care to hospice patients and their family members. Hospice funds are used in a variety of ways to meet the needs of our patients and their families during this final stage of life. Donations are also used to provide various bereavement services to caregivers and family members to help them through the grieving process.

HCM Hospice is unique in that it does not screen patients to determine if they have funding from insurance or government programs. In this way, HCM Hospice is able to serve a broader range of patients and families. “Unlike other hospice programs, Hill Country Memorial Hospice can take any patient regardless of their insurance coverage thanks to our generous donors,” HCM Hospice Director Melanie Cole said.

Such community support of both time and monetary contributions helps HCM Hospice provide comfort to those who are suffering, calm to those who are overwhelmed and everything from equipment to fully-trained staff to serve patients during their time of need.

“Hill Country Memorial Hospice focuses on having people live as fully as they can for the remainder of their lives,” said Cole. “Just as families rely on Hospice’s services during challenging times, Hospice relies on strong support from the community.”

Donate to Hearts for Hospice
Your gift provides comfort to both patients and their loved ones. To make a donation, visit our website at giving.hillcountrymemorial.org or call the Foundation office at 830-997-1297.

IRA charitable rollover benefits are now permanent

An IRA rollover gift is a way for you to support the mission and vision of HCM today without impacting your checking or savings account balance. Gifts made from your IRA (up to $100,000 per year) are not reportable as taxable income. They also qualify for your required minimum distribution which can lower your income and taxes.

If you are 70 1/2 or older, the IRA rollover is a great way for you to make an IRA rollover gift to support the causes you care about. IRA rollover gifts can make a huge difference. These gifts will help sustain us in our important work.

There are a few details that we wanted to share with you about IRA rollover:

  • The IRA rollover allows donors 70½ or older to transfer up to $100,000 directly from their IRA to charity each year.
  • An IRA rollover gift is a tax-exempt distribution. Qualifying individuals can make charitable gifts using pre-tax IRA assets rather than taking a distribution, paying income taxes and using after-tax assets to make a charitable gift.
  • An IRA rollover gift can be used to meet all or part of an IRA required minimum distribution.
  • An IRA rollover will give qualifying individuals certainty, allowing them to better manage their income, taxes and charitable giving.
  • The bill is retroactive to December 31, 2014. If you made a gift directly from your IRA to us at any point during 2015, your gift will qualify as a rollover gift.

You can benefit from giving from your IRA if…

  • You wish to make a significant gift without using cash or other assets.
  • You do not need all or a portion of your IRA income.
  • You are paying too much in taxes and are looking to reduce your income.
  • You do not itemize deductions. Because a rollover gift can reduce your income and taxes, you can still benefit from charitable giving even as a non-itemizer.
  • You want to give over and above your normal giving this year.

An IRA rollover gift does not count towards the 50% annual limitation on charitable gifts.

In addition, making an IRA rollover gift may prevent you from:

  • Being bumped into a higher federal and/or state income tax bracket
  • Hitting the phase-out’s on your deductions and personal exemptions
  • Falling into the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
  • Incurring the Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax

If you are considering making an IRA rollover gift, please contact our office at (830) 997-1297. We would be happy to talk to you more about this wonderful gift opportunity.

A great ending to 2015 and a bright start to 2016

In late 2014, Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation set its sights on making the “MRI Inside” project a reality. HCM began its fundraising appeal for this $4.24 million campaign, enlisting support from community members, private foundations, and a very successful Hospital Gala XVI. The community responded so quickly and positively to support this endeavor that HCM is now within reach of the goal to complete funding.

Two challenge grants, representing a combined total of $700,000, require that HCM raise the remaining funds within a designated period of time. With these gifts and a grant awarded from the Don L. and Julie Holden Foundation, the project is now 85% of the way complete.

Twenty years ago, HCM introduced MRI services. The current equipment is 10 years old, nearly at the end of its life span. It provides an invaluable tool for the immediate diagnosis of strokes and other serious neurological and orthopedic problems. Early detection and identification of many cancers are possible only with MRI, and unlike X-ray and CT, there is no radiation.

As part of the “MRI Inside” project this new equipment will be housed inside the hospital, no longer required to reside in a freestanding copper-shielded building. With this new technology, the broad magnetic field is now self-contained and the new MRI will allow for more patient comfort and generally less time to complete a study. High-resolution digital images provide excellent image quality, enabling physicians to diagnose problems quickly and accurately.

Individuals who want to support the purchase of the MRI machine by making a tax-deductible gift can contact the HCMH Foundation at (830) 997-1297 or visit giving.hillcountrymemorial.org and select “MRI.”
Recognizing Remarkable

I have been to the ER at HCMH several times for myself and with family members. The experience has always been exceptional. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, efficient and comforting.

Each nurse assigned to my outpatient procedure could not have been more caring, sincere, efficient and skilled. Totally the best care. Hill Country Memorial Hospital is truly remarkable. Thank you.

I’d been on antibiotics for almost two weeks, but still not over my ongoing cough & headache so my doctor’s office referred me to the Go Clinic. They gave me directions how to get there & I arrived & was greeted efficiently & escorted back for questioning & chest x-ray. Thankfully I did not have pneumonia, but was given two prescriptions to get filled & told to call my doctor on Monday if I wasn’t better. I found the staff at this clinic to not only be courteous, but knowledgeable as well. We’re lucky we now have an alternative to our doctor’s office or the ER now by going to the GO Clinic. I definitely will recommend them!

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As always, feel free to contact us at foundation@hillcountrymemorial.org if we can further assist you.

Amanda M. Stevens, CFRE
Executive Director and Chief Development Officer
HCMH Foundation

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Our hope is to serve you and your family with helpful information. We have an increasing number of friends at HCMHS who now are benefiting from life income gifts, gift annuities and other plans. Thank you for taking the time to explore the benefits of gift planning.

If you have any questions please call the Foundation Office at 830-997-1297 or email-us.

We appreciate your continued support of Hill Country Memorial Hospital.

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