CRMC Foundation Accepting Applications

The Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications to the CRMC Auxiliary and for the Best Family Scholarship Fund.

The CRMC Auxiliary Scholarship supports CRMC Associates and their family members. Students must be enrolled in a degreed medical program such as Paramedic, Lab, Radiology, Nursing, or Medicine.

The Best Family Scholarship was established by the children of Jerry and Normal Best. This scholarship supports students who need financial assistance in the four-state area and that have been accepted into a degreed medical field program.

Scholarship information can be found on the CRMC website, under the Foundation tab. All applications must be received electronically by midnight or postmarked by May 31st. All applications are scored individually by an independent scholarship committee, incomplete applications will not be considered. For more information about scholarships, contact the Foundation Office at 620.252.1674 or email

The Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Foundation operates as a separate 501©3 corporation. It is our mission to provide financial support and assistance to the hospital so that they may achieve and maintain excellence as a healthcare provider and leader for the communities that we serve.

94-year-old twins reminisce on 4 decades of volunteering at CRMC

COFFEYVILLE, Kans. —A pair of 94-year-old Coffeyville twins have volunteered at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center for the last four decades. Laudine Luhn and Florene Carnes volunteer at the front desk every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Florene started volunteering in 1977 after her parents got sick and spent time in the hospital.
She wanted to give back and has been doing it ever since. “To put on my uniform every Wednesday morning and I think, oh, I’ve been doing this for forty-five years,” said Florene.
The hospital CEO, Brian Lawrence, says the twins are a blessing to guests and staff. “I bet ya we’re the only hospital around with 94 year old twins,” said Lawrence. “Our patients are blessed by them. Our staff is blessed by them. I cannot think of a better representation of our organization and what we strive to be that’s what we’re trying to do is make people happy and keep them here instead of going out of town to other hospitals,” said Lawrence.
Laudine joined her sister about ten years later when Laudine retired from the bank after 35 years.”We do everything together,” said the twins. The twins also volunteer at the Salvation Army and go grocery shopping and attend church together. “I call her every morning at 10:30 and she calls me every night at ten so we check on each other,” said Florene. A year ago, their doctor told them to stop pushing patients in wheelchairs. “We still push them sometimes. It’s not work to us.
We just thank the lord every morning and every night for getting us through the day and that we’re able to be with each other, god has certainly blessed us. He really has blessed us,” said Florene.
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CRMC Auxiliary, Foundation and Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas partner to purchase new patient wheelchairs

Auxiliary pictured (left to right) front row is Betty Neville, Carlene Helgason, Beverly Hamlin, Florene Carnes, Judy Hiner, Laura Nicastro, Celia Shultz, and Laudine Luhn. Back row is Nancy Wright, Ken Brown, Betty Kearns, Jackie Barlow, and Diane Earnest.

The Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Auxiliary championed a project to bring new wheelchairs to the front lobby of CRMC for patient transportation. Auxiliary doubled the availability of wheelchairs at the west entrance with their latest purchase of six Staxi wheelchairs. Auxiliary can often be seen in their red vests pushing patients from one department to the next in their bright red chairs.

A General Fund grant through the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas helped support the Auxiliary’s wheelchair project. The CRMC Foundation and the CRMC Auxiliary split the remainder of the cost of this project.

The CRMC Auxiliary support CRMC by volunteering their services and financially sponsoring a variety of projects in the facility. If you would like to know more about becoming a part of the Auxiliary, please contact Crystal Morris at 620.252.2294.

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas hosts individual charitable funds created by donors who have a passion for giving back to their community. Grants from these funds assist people throughout Southeast Kansas and beyond. Call the Foundation at 620-231-8897 with questions about the Community Foundation.

Since 1949, Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has been serving the health care needs of patients in southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma. The CRMC Foundation operates as a separate 501©3 corporation. It is our mission to provide financial support and assistance to the hospital so that they may achieve and maintain excellence as a healthcare provider and leader for the community served.