In March of 2009, two hospitals and five rural, southwest Kansas communities of Wilmore, Englewood, Protection, Ashland and Coldwater banded together to form the WEPAC Alliance. In 2013 the board unanimously voted in favor of bringing in the final community in Clark county, Minneola, increasing the service coverage to all of Clark and Comanche counties. The WEPAC Alliance promotes womens health, cancer awareness and provides resources for preventative cancer screenings. What began as a simple fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and early detection grew into the Hoops for Hope weekend that has gained the attention of regional and national media. Ashland Health Center in Ashland, KS, Minneola District Hospital in Minneola, KS, and Comanche County Hospital in Coldwater, Kansas collectively serves these communities.