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Pender Community Health Care Foundation


The Pender Community Health Care Foundation was formed in 1991. The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage individuals and entities to make charitable donations for the benefit of the Hospital and the residents of the Hospital District and to enable it to receive, administer and disburse funds for such charitable purposes.

The Foundation is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt organization under Section 170, c, (2) (B) of the Internal Revenue Code and as a result contributions are tax deductible subject to the limits of the individual taxpayer.

The Foundation is governed by a twelve person Board of Directors. Three of the Board positions are ex-officio and they are Hospital Board District Chair, Hospital Administrator and Hospital Medical Director. The other nine members are nominated and appointed by the Board. Members serve for three-years with staggered terms. The current Board members are listed below with their term years.

MEMBER TERM
Al Maul, Chair 2015-2018
Sydney Kruse, Vice-Chairman 2015-2018
Bruce Wichman, Sec-Treasurer 2017-2020
Karen Larson 2016-2019
Pam Peterson 2016-2019
Steve Gutzman 2016-2019
Bill Bachman 2017-2020
Lynette Roth 2017-2020
Keith Moeller 2015-2018

The most significant fund raising activity occurred in 1996-1997 when the Foundation conducted the Capital Campaign for the construction of an Outpatient Specialty Clinic. That campaign raised over $1.1 million in pledges that enabled the Hospital to complete the project. In addition, the Foundation conducts an Annual Thanksgiving Appeal in the fall of the year.

The Foundation also owns the Pender Mercy Medical Clinic and the Emerson Mercy Medical Clinic and leases these buildings to the physicians and staff of Mercy Medical Services. In 2001, the Foundation expanded and remodeled the Clinic in Pender so that space would be available for four physicians and two physician assistants. This project cost approximately $1.35 million and was funded by direct and guaranteed loans through the USDA Rural Development program and a grant of $120,000 from the Louis and Abby Faye Dinklage Foundation.

To view the latest minutes click here.

The Foundation Board meets every other month on the last Monday of the month.