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Cook, Minnesota 55723
Phone: (218) 666-5945
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W. C. Heiam Foundation 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.

W. C. Heiam
"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 September 1920
The Promise of a Legacy
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.

Giving History
The W. C. Heiam Medical Foundation has donated over $300,000 to Cook Hospital and other local medical services. 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, mammography unit, laboratory and rehabilitation equipment, coagulation analyzer, x-ray film processor, ultrasound vascular probe, EKG system, three hospital beds, 12 Welch Allyn 767 diagnostic systems, $24,855.50 toward the construction of the hospital's expansion, a bariatric lift system, three Computers on Wheels, two Stryker Power Pro cots, emergency room defibrillator, urine analyzer and interface, and money to help fund a resident stipend program. 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
W. C. Heiam 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 $1.8 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 Cook Hospital.

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 Judy McCarthy, Treasurer Dale Lundblad; and Board Members - Barbara Brenna, Jan Ferguson, Marge Herr, Stan and Linda Hildestad, Dr. Harold Johnston, Sally Oberstar, Allen Vogt and Mark Weir. Honorary board member Vicki Esterby.

Contact Information
For more information or to make a donation, you may contact the foundation's database manager, Nan Lundblad at 218-666-2316, email address: or visit our website:

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