Designate your gift to the area of care most important to you: Hospice, Cancer, Heart & Lung, Children; the list goes on and on.
Proceeds from Rice Health Foundation’s 2019 Gala will increase local access to cardiac care services provided at Carris Health Rice Memorial Hospital.
Your support will help expand services in Willmar so patients can receive prompt referral appointments, advanced diagnostic testing, and specialized care and management of cardiac disorders by cardiology a providers at Rice Hospital.
Rice Health Foundation held an annual donor dinner, Tuesday, May 14th at Rice Hospital, to thank donors for their support.
The Tradition of Caring Award was presented to Roger and Ruth Gauquie. Roger and Ruth grew up in southwestern Minnesota, and have made Willmar their home for over forty years. They married in 1980 and have two married children and two grandchildren. Roger retired from Northern Factory Sales in 2018. Roger served on the Rice Health Foundation Board of Trustees for nine years, ending in 2018. During that time, Ruth also volunteered, serving on the Silent Auction Committee for the Foundation’s Annual Gala. Through their service, they learned of the many needs of Willmar and the surrounding communities. Roger and Ruth have helped support many projects, including Rice Care Center and Rice Rehabilitation Center. Accepting the award, Roger said, “We are proud to have been a part of an organization that has had a positive impact on the communities and lives of so many people. The Hospital and the entire medical community are wonderful, and that makes it easy to give to organizations that do good.”
Also recognized that evening were Dr. Amy Ellingson and Jonathan Kreps, for completing their nine years of service on the Rice Health Foundation Board of Trustees.
THANK YOU!! “A Night in Tuscany” Annual Gala was a huge success last weekend. We raised over $105,000 in the pledge section alone! We expect the total net proceeds to be approx. $315,000!! Thanks to all who contributed in any way!!
Proceeds from the fundraising event will support expansion of the Willmar Regional Cancer Center. The renovation project will provide much needed space for patient privacy and comfort, additional physicians and staff, continue acquisition of modern technology, and meet the growing demand for service.
The Rice Health Foundation Staff and Board of Trustees extend a heartfelt THANKS to all who supported the 2018 Gala. We are grateful for the continuing gifts of time, talent, and treasure from the community. A special thank you to the Annual Gala Planning Committees who volunteered their many talents and hours of their time to make the Gala one for the record books!
WILLMAR, Minn. (September 20, 2018) – Rice Health Foundation has named Tina Erpenbach and Kelly O’Farrell to the Board of Trustees.
Tina is the President of Northern State Supply in Willmar. She lives in Spicer with her husband David. She has served the community as a past board member of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Grow MN Committee, Relay for Life volunteer, and is a KCEO mentor. Tina said this about her upcoming board service, “I look forward to serving on the board as the Foundation continues its important work of supporting and improving healthcare in our community”.
Kelly lives in Spicer with husband and two sons. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Valuation Analyst with Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing. Kelly said this about her upcoming board service, “I am looking forward to being a part of and continuing the tradition of providing excellent health care to the community”. Her service to the community includes serving on the Steering Committee of Empower: Women United of the United Way of West Central Minnesota and Winged Foot Running Club Treasurer. Kelly was the Chair of the Education Matters Committee for the May 2015 referendum vote and was a previous Board member of The United Way of West Central Minnesota and Junior Achievement.
ABOUT RICE HEALTH FOUNDATION
Through philanthropy, Rice Health Foundation supports the vitality and quality of care of Rice Memorial Hospital. In 2017, Rice Health Foundation provided $1,200,554 to Rice Memorial Hospital to support a variety of programs and services, as well as technology and equipment. A 12-member volunteer Foundation Board works with the staff to increase awareness of the Foundation, raise funds, and support quality local healthcare services.
Employee support for Rice’s mission through the annual Employee Campaign is a significant part of Rice’s culture of philanthropy. The 2018 campaign wrapped up in June, with 292 employees giving over $98,500 to the Emergency Services Capital Improvement project and nine other funds and endowments.
Employee support is a source of encouragement as others from the community consider supporting healthcare in the community. Thank you to everyone who made a gift.
Employees reached a significant milestone with their giving this year. Over the past 20 years, employee total support has exceeded $1,000,000.
Rice Employees aren’t just dedicated to the work they do at Rice every day of the year. They go that extra mile by giving to the Foundation to enhance healthcare services for the benefit of everyone.
This spring, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees approved 16 grants totaling $263,156. Awards to Rice Memorial Hospital will fund programs and services, continuing education, new technology and equipment. This support is possible because of your donations to Rice Health Foundation designated funds and endowments. Your gifts make a difference in patients’ lives. Thank you. We are Caring for the Community Together!
- Transport Ventilator for Ambulance Services
- Disinfection Equipment for Ultrasound Probes
- Omnicell Controlled Substance Management System
- Nurse Mentor Program
- Diabetes Prevention Community Education Program
- Infection Control National Convention
- Lactation Program Resources
- Lymphedema Therapy Program
- Training to provide new treatment modalities: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Serial Casting PT Treatment for Pediatric Patients
- Advanced Training in Pulmonary Rehab, Pediatric Physical Therapy & Perioperative Services
The 2018 Employee Campaign kicked off on March 1st! We are asking employees to support the “Be a SUPERHERO” campaign for the Emergency Services Capital Improvement project. Gifts will help strengthen services provided in the Hospital Emergency Room. The planned renovations will reduce the safety risk to patients, visitors and staff who care for them; allowing Rice to remain proactive in preventing violence in the ER and throughout the Hospital. Learn more about the ER renovations here.