The Memorial Healthcare Foundation is the charitable and fundraising arm of Gundersen Moundview Hospital and Clinics (formerly Adams County Memorial Hospital). The Foundation originated from a fundraising committee appointed by the hospital board in September 1992 which included community citizens who wished to be on the committee to raise funds for capital equipment. The first piece of equipment replaced was the mammography illuminator for medical imaging to meet accreditation standards.
The committee transitioned into the "Adams County Memorial Hospital Foundation" (now Memorial Healthcare Foundation) with an inaugural dinner on September 25, 1993 at Chula Vista Resort. The first Foundation Board of Directors included:
The Foundation’s mission was, and is, to support the hospital through fundraising and public awareness; helping to create and sustain quality health care.
The “Tree of Life”, located in the front lobby of the hospital, was donated by Jerry and Elaine Kotek at the time of the 1995/1996 hospital addition. The tree serves as a lasting memorial or tribute to represent the generosity of donors who contributed to the Foundation.
The Foundation’s 10th Anniversary included its new name (Memorial Healthcare Foundation), new logo, expanded board of directors (from 7 to 20) and the beginning of a capital campaign for a new addition to the hospital. In February 2004, the Foundation announced over $800,000 was pledged through its capital campaign for the hospital’s new emergency room and family clinic addition (surpassing the campaign goal of $600,000).
In July 2007, the Foundation completed and installed a historical wall in the hospital’s front lobby featuring pictures and information of the hospital’s early years.
Over the past 20 years, the Foundation has raised over 1.6 million dollars. In addition to thousands of dollars in equipment and capital projects, the Foundation has also provided monetary support for community health events such as Women’s Night Out and Kids Day and provides annual scholarships for area high school students.
Foundation Fundraisers Have Included
- Dinner/Take Away Auction: The event was the idea of Don Hollman, Vice-President of the first Foundation Board. He had seen a similar event on a Texas Air Tour and thought it would be a great idea for the Foundation. It was held at Dellwood Pavilion from 1994-2004 and at Cedar Shack from 2005-present. The event includes dinner, auctions (take away, live and silent) and various raffles and activities including the mystery cedar chest,key raffle, bucket raffle and wine pull.
- Golf Benefit: Held at Mound View Golf Course from1995-2003; Lake Arrowhead Golf Course from 2004-2010 and the Castle Course at Northern Bay from 2011-present. The event includes 18 holes of golf (scramble format), continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments on the course, heavy hors d’oeuvres, hole prizes, silent auction, raffles and more.
- Casino Night: Held 2005-2008 at Lake Arrowhead Restaurant and Banquet Hall
- Sip Savor and Support: A wine, beer and cheese fundraiser held at Twin Creeks Nursery and Greenhouses in the fall.