W. C. HEIAM FOUNDATION SUPPORTS COOK HOSPITAL
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Founded in 1992, the W.C. Heiam Medical Foundation was created to help
provide high-tech equipment as well as special programs at the Cook
Hospital. Vital to the continued growth and viability of the facility, the
foundation has contributed tens of thousands of dollars since its founding.
These funds have gone a long way in ensuring that the Cook Hospital can
continue to meet the needs of residents and visitors in its
2,500-square-mile service area.
The Promise of a Legacy
"Ever since my high school days, I
have wanted to become a great surgeon.
To relieve the sufferings of the sick
and cause the sun to shine in people's
lives, is to my notion, one of the
highest callings there is."
Dr. William C. Heiam
The foundation was named for Dr. William C. Heiam. Born in 1898, Dr. Heiam
arrived in Cook in 1926, shortly after graduating from medical school.
Acting on a lifelong dream to open a medical facility in a remote and under
served region, "Doc" Heiam opened the first Cook General Hospital in 1932.
In the 1950s, he realized that his facility no longer met state and/or
federal regulations and the area needed a more advanced hospital. It was his
foresight and efforts that led to the opening of a new Cook Hospital on
October 26, 1959.
To date, the W. C. Heiam Medical Foundation has donated $172,505.90 to Cook
Hospital. These donations have helped to purchase or support the following:
EKG system, free chemical dependency counseling, pacemaker/defibrillator
machine, five Stryker stretchers for the emergency room, installation of CT
scanner, new mammography unit, laboratory and rehabilitation equipment,
coagulation analyzer, new x-ray film processor, ultrasound vascular probe,
new EKG system, three hospital beds, 12 Welch Allyn 767 diagnostic systems,
$24,855.50 toward the construction of the hospital's expansion, and a
bariatric lift system. The foundation also provided money for housing for
one year for a third physician hired by Scenic Rivers Health Services. Cook
Hospital offered the housing incentive to help in the recruiting of the new
doctor and the foundation provided the funding.
In keeping with the foundation's mission statement to serve the medical
needs of the residents in the Cook Hospital Service Area and commit to
making a difference in the health care available within the community today
and into the future, the Heiam Foundation has also donated $20,000 to Scenic
Rivers Health Services for its search to hire additional physicians for its
clinic in Cook. These physicians also provide services at the Cook Hospital.
Foundation Seeks to Increase Support
At the W. C. Heiam Medical Foundation, we work to support the Cook Hospital
because we understand that health care is an integral component of community
and economic development. Your support can help the Cook Hospital continue
to provide the highest level of health care for everyone.
The role of the W. C. Heiam Medical Foundation is to help the Cook Hospital
fulfill its vision to continue increasing the quality and scope of services
available. Currently, the foundation's financial worth is approximately $1.1
million, which is invested conservatively by a professional financial
advisor. In order to make a greater and truly sustaining annual
contribution, the foundation's long-term goal is to establish a $2 million
endowment fund. On such equity, sizable interest dollars could be generated
each year, allowing the foundation to increase its contributions.
Ways to Give
Donations to the W. C. Heiam Medical Foundation, which is a non-profit (501)
(C3) organization, are totally tax deductible to the extent of the law. A
representative from our foundation board would be happy to personally
discuss the benefits of making a gift to the W. C. Heiam Foundation. We do
not provide legal or tax advice, however, and we do recommend that donors
considering larger gifts discuss such options with their estate planner,
attorney and/or financial consultant.
You can donate to the foundation through cash, pledges, memorials, real
estate, securities, wills, equipment or life insurance policies. A donor
recognition wall proudly displays the names of contributors whose cumulative
giving is $1,000 and above. The donor wall also includes memorial gifts of
$1,000 or more. This display can be found in the main south entry of the
Foundation Board Members
Officers and board members of the W.C. Heiam Medical Foundation serve on a
volunteer basis. They also make a yearly financial commitment to the
foundation. Currently serving on the board are: President Sally Ludlow,
Vice-President Lawrence Gustafson, Secretary Pam Roederer, Treasurer Dale
Lundblad; and Board Members - Rebecca Barnes, Barbara Brenna, Mike Clancy,
James Clare, Vicki Esterby, Jan Ferguson, Marge Herr, Stan and Linda
Hildestad, Dr. Harold Johnston, Sally Oberstar, Allen Vogt and Mark Weir.
For more information or to make a donation, you may contact the foundation's
database manager, Nan Lundblad at 218-666-2316, email address:
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website: www.heiamfoundation.org
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