Light The Night

Starting October 1st through December 25th, Mahaska Health Foundation is selling Christmas lights that will help “Light the Night” and illuminate our 20-foot Christmas tree on our campus.

The Mahaska Health Foundation is excited to announce the first annual “Light the Night” event, featuring a display of the campus Christmas tree. Each year, this event will spotlight a specific cause, and this year highlights those who have battled cancer. We encourage you to drive by on Monday, November 30th at 5:30 pm to see the lighting of the tree, drink some hot cocoa, grab a candy cane, and remember those we love who have battled cancer.

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The holiday season can bring up many emotions and memories of loves ones. Mahaska Health Foundation wants you to know that we understand the tenderness of the upcoming season. Several individuals are diagnosed with an illness that is overwhelmingly daunting. As a way to help support individuals and families who are currently undergoing medical hardships, Mahaska Health Foundation invites you to take part in an upcoming fundraiser that benefits our Cancer Care and Infusion Center.

Starting October 1st and lasting through the end of the year, Mahaska Health Foundation is selling Christmas lights that will help “Light the Night,” and illuminate our 20-foot Christmas tree on our campus. If you would like you or your loved one to be recognized on our list of honored/ memorialized donors, the deadline is November 25th. These lights can be purchased through the foundation; the first light costs $25, and $20 for any light purchased after the first.

“This opportunity will enable us to update, purchase, expand, and improve our Cancer Care and Infusion Center, which will benefit the ones we care about most, our patients,” said Ann Frost, Mahaska Health Foundation Director. Along with updating our CCIC space, it is a way to give back to the community and help spread joy during the holiday season.

Please call us with any questions, we would love to hear from you!

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Cancer Care and Infusion Nurses Sandy Long, Jessi Nunnikhoven, and Sally Blake.

Along with purchasing lights, enjoy a Christmas drink at Smokey Row in Oskaloosa for a great cause.

The Foundation and Smokey Row have partnered together that for every Christmas drink sold, from November 1st until the end of the year, a portion of funds will be donated to the fundraiser.

Be sure to check us out at Mahaska Health Foundation Facebook page for updates.

For further information, please contact Ann Frost at either 641.672.3361 or afrost@mahaskahealth.org. You may also reach out to her fellow Light the Night committee member, Christy Bellinger, at 641.295.0948.

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Our Mission:
To raise support and awareness for projects and services that maintain and improve the quality of patient care at Mahaska Health.

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To meet the healthcare needs of today while looking, planning, and investing into the future.

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Ways to Give

At the Mahaska Health Foundation, there is no such thing as a small gift; there are only gifts that are greatly appreciated. Be assured that your gift will be used wisely, and will serve as a reflection of your generosity and concern for others.

If you would like more information about how you can help, please contact the Mahaska Health Foundation at 641.676.7146.

More Ways to Give to Mahaska Health Foundation

Many of the gifts made to the Mahaska Health Foundation are Memorial or Tribute gifts. You may choose to make a gift in memory of a loved one who received services from Mahaska Health, or you may also make a gift in honor of someone who has made an impact on your life. These loving tributes provide lasting benefits to the communities served by Mahaska Health.

A good estate plan is one that guarantees all your wishes will be faithfully executed, provides you with peace of mind, and ensures that your beneficiaries enjoy the legacy that you worked so hard to build. Estate plans are not just for older people or for those with significant financial resources. They are for anybody and everybody.

A planned gift to the Mahaska Health Foundation enables you to support our healthcare mission and make a difference in the lives of your friends and neighbors, as well as future generations. Here are some of the ways you can leave a legacy and support the Mahaska Health Foundation.

For further information, please contact Ann Frost at either 641.672.3361 or afrost@mahaskahealth.org.

The simplest way to make a planned gift is through your will. You can direct a specific amount or percentage of your estate to support Mahaska Health’s work. Your gift can be designated to support the hospital’s greatest need, or a hospital service that is most important to you.

For further information, please contact Ann Frost at either 641.672.3361 or afrost@mahaskahealth.org.

Endowments can be created with gifts of $10,000 or greater. The earnings support the department or service that you designate. You may add to your endowment at any time.

For further information, please contact Ann Frost at either 641.672.3361 or afrost@mahaskahealth.org.

There are many other ways to give and support Mahaska Health. These include cash gifts, gift annuities, trusts, IRAs or other retirement plans, life insurance, real estate, securities and more. You are encouraged to talk with your financial advisor for more specific information on how to reach your financial, philanthropic and estate goals by creating a gift plan that’s right for you. If you have questions, please contact the Mahaska Health Foundation at 641-676-7146.

About the Foundation

The Mahaska Health Foundation was formed to meet the needs of our community – today and in the years to come.  The Foundation was established in 1994 to serve as an independent board and financial resource for the improvement of health care at Mahaska Health and the communities we serve.   The Foundation is a designated 501(c)3) nonprofit. Mahaska Health Foundation is responsible for contributions, bequests, and memorials directed to Mahaska Health.  Thanks to generous investors and supporters, our facilities are continuously being improved, technology updated, services expanded, and lives in our communities are impacted for the better.

For more information or to find out how you can be involved, please contact Ann Frost at afrost@mahaskahealth.org

The following members currently serve on the Mahaska Health Foundation Board of Directors:

Guy Vander Linden

Donna Arendt

Shawn Langkamp

Josh Buckingham, Treasurer

Andy Holmberg, Secretary

Shirley Vore, Vice Chair

Ann Frost, Foundation Director

Kevin DeRonde, Mahaska Health CEO

Gene Williamson, Mahaska Health CFO

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Mahaska Health Foundation Areas to Support

Greatest Need – Your support allows the Foundation to direct funds where there is the greatest need, including such things as building and equipment repairs and purchases, enhancing current programs and services, and expanding our healthcare outreach. The Foundation Board will work with Hospital Administration to assure your donation helps meet the hospital’s healthcare mission.

Hospice and the Hospice Serenity House – End-of-life care focuses on the patient’s comfort and making the most of the time that remains. Hospice addresses the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients and their loved ones. Mahaska Health Hospice cares for patients of all ages both in the patient’s home and at the Hospice Serenity House, a six-bed residential hospice facility on the Mahaska Health Campus.
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Nursing Scholarships — The role of Nurses continues to expand to help meet the ever changing healthcare needs of our community. The Mahaska Health Foundation has committed to support Mahaska Health Nurses who want to grow their leadership skills and further their nursing career. To date, three (3) $3,000 scholarships have been given to Mahaska Health Nurses to attend William Penn University’s RN to BSN Program, which focuses on complexities of decision-making for providing professional nursing care. Students enhance their leadership skills that are essential to nursing practice in a diverse and ever-changing healthcare environment. With more community support for the Nursing Scholarship Fund, the Foundation will be able to expand its scholarship offerings.

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