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Hospital foundation adds executive director

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Kaitlyn Jones

Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of a full-time executive director, Kaitlyn Jones, 2012 alumni of Hotchkiss High School and a 2015 graduate of West Texas A&M University.

"We are delighted that the foundation will have a full-time executive director for the first time in a number of years," stated board president Thelma Starner.

The DCMH Foundation, formed in 2001, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit dedicated to supporting the mission of the Delta County Memorial Hospital: To be the people's first choice for accessible, high-quality health services, and to enhance the well-being of those we serve. The foundation raises and administers funds for Delta County Memorial Hospital for projects, equipment purchases, and support for employees to continue their education in healthcare related fields. So far in 2018, the foundation has donated more than $5,000 in scholarships and $8,000 in equipment purchases to the hospital.

The necessity for an executive director has been discussed between the two organizations for more than a year, so it was with great enthusiasm the foundation board approved the position and could accept applications.

"This giant step forward was the result of a great collaboration with DCMH CEO Jason Cleckler and his senior staff. It reinforces the mission of the foundation and to the hospital itself," Starner said.

Jones, who began her employment at DCMH in the marketing department in 2017, looks forward to transitioning to the full-time job of executive director reporting to the DCMH Foundation board president, as well as the hospital CEO. It was through her employment with DCMH that her involvement with the foundation first began in May.

Jones attended West Texas A&M University graduating cum laude in just three years with her bachelor of science in mass communications - advertising/public relations. Post-graduation, she remained in the Amarillo area gaining employment with a business development firm that focused on businesses in the transitional phase of growth. While there, Jones was involved in marketing, growing social media campaigns, producing monthly e-newsletters, and organizing in-house and community sponsorships and events for clients in various industries including health care and not-for-profit. After a couple years in the Texas Panhandle, Kaitlyn returned to Delta County where she is active in the local roping and barrel racing community, enjoys access to the surrounding mountain ranges, and spends time with family.

"I am excited to be a part of this organization that plays such an integral role in the success of health care in our community," Jones said. "I look forward to working with long-time board members that have accomplished so much over the years and learning from their experiences."

In the first six months of her involvement with the foundation, she co-chaired a committee with fellow DCMH co-worker Heather Cannell, manager of Premier Women's Healthcare, to organize the foundation's annual fundraiser Pea Green Pedal and Fun Run. In their volunteer roles, they were able to help the foundation raise more than $24,000, which is the most the event has generated.

By adding a full-time executive director, the foundation board hopes to continue this growth pattern, which will allow them to provide more opportunities for Delta County Memorial Hospital and the community as a whole.

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