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Dear Editor:
I feel that it is important for me to write this letter for the purpose of clarifying some statements in an article in your May 26 issue of the Tribune-Sentinel.
The article referred to  is the one titled, “New business opportunity emerges from bulging daycare facilities.” As a general comment, I was very pleased with this article because it told of the great need and opportunity for day care in our county.
The clarification I want to make is that the article told that Val Foster is a “hospital employee.” This is incorrect, since she is an employee of the Perkins County Health Services Foundation.    
The foundation has the purpose of financially supporting the PCHS, including the hospital, Golden Ours Convalescent Home, and other sectors of PCHS. The foundation is housed in the hospital; however, it is independent of PCHS and is run by a nine-member board and administrator.
Thus, the comment that Val Foster helps with grant-writing is done as a foundation employee, not a hospital employee, even though the grant may be eventually for the hospital.
This letter serves an an important message to those people wishing to support local health services.
Often, we talk about people supporting health services through their wills. If this is to be done, it is important to designate any bequest to the appropriate place. Since the foundation functions to accept such gifts, please make the bequest specifically to “the Perkins County Health Services Foundation.”
The foundation’s purpose is to accept bequests for local health services as it is organized as a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization. Thus, donations to it are eligible as charitable deductions from income tax.
Further, the foundation is the organization designated to take care of receipts, acknowledgements, donor recognitions, and thank yous to donors. There are many methods of “thank yous,” including personal letters.
I hope this short letter will serve the purpose of a few clarifications. We deeply appreciate The Grant Tribune-Sentinel for being a fabulous media support system to local health care.                                          
Very sincerely,
Ron Patrick, Administrator
Perkins County Health Services Foundation