The Duluth Clinic Foundation, St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation and St. Mary’s Hospital of Superior Foundation, associated members of Essentia Health Foundation, seek private philanthropic support to make a healthy difference in people lives throughout Duluth, Superior, northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan. Tax deductable gifts support medical research, education, technology, patient care and equipment.
The Duluth Clinic Foundation, St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation and St. Mary’s Hospital of Superior Foundation, associated members of Essentia Health Foundation, seek private philanthropic support to make a healthy difference in people's lives throughout Duluth, Superior, northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan. Tax deductable gifts support medical research, education, technology, patient care and equipment.
|Duluth Clinic Foundation Board
- Mary Kay Bates, Trustee
- Steven Burgess, Trustee
- Timothy Burke, MD, Trustee
- Michael Cowles, Trustee
- Ron Caple, Trustee
- Kenneth Dornfeld, MD, PHD , Trustee
- Robert Erickson, MD, Trustee
- Conrad Firling, PHD, Trustee
- Irina Haller, PHD, Trustee
- Marily Weber, Trustee
- Steve Yorde, Ex-Officio Trustee
Our foundations grants in fiscal year 2015 to the hospitals, clinics and people of Essentia Health's East Region. A listing of Duluth Clinic Foundation grants is as follows:
Essentia Health–Duluth Clinic Foundation
Total FY2015 Grants Awarded: $376,203.00
$3,648.00 Physical Therapy upper body exerciser
$25,000.00 Lab freezers: one minus 80 freezer for Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic and one minus 80 freezer and one refrigerated centrifuge for Essentia Health-Ashland Clinic
Educational Conference $2,100.00
$2,100.00 Impairment without Disability conference
Research Studies $295,455.00
$35,281.00 Utilization of high cost healthcare services at Essentia Health
$14,131.00 A retrospective, descriptive study of care coordination and its influence on patient and system outcomes
$34,619.00 Impact of breast cancer outcomes and quality of life following mastectomy and immediate reconstruction
$38,743.00 Feasibility of intranasal fluorothymidine delivery for PET imaging of primary brain tumors
$31,535.00 Ketamine for treatment-resistant depression
$47,080.00 Multi-Institutional evaluation of lip and oral cavity cancer diagnosis
$94,066.00 Impact of the CES1 gene on Methylphenidate clinical response
Researchers of the Year $30,000.00
$10,000 Pat Conway, Ph.D., the Enhanced Evaluation of the Ely Community Care Team (CCT) study
$10,000 Stephen Waring, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s disease research and his work on “Baclofen in Alcohol Withdrawal” study
$10,000 Bret Friday, M.D., Principal Investigator for National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) grant
Educators of the Year $20,000.00
$10,000 Dean Fox, M.D., Pain Medication Education and Standardization
$10,000 Department of Pathology, teaching at University of Minnesota-Duluth
Apply for Grants
Foundation grants are available to all Essentia Health departments and service lines. These grants support research, technology, programs and other efforts to improve patient care and advance the cause of medicine. The grant focus must be consistent with Foundation mission statements and must primarily affect health care in northeastern Minnesota, northwest Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
The Duluth Clinic Foundation gives top priority to medical research and health education projects that have the potential for near-term clinical benefits in the region. The St. Mary's Medical Center and St. Mary's Hospital of Superior foundations give preference to patient care services, patient and family support programs, patient and staff education, facility enhancement and new equipment.
For questions regarding grants or grant applications, please contact the Foundation at 218-786-1619
Grant Application Due Dates
At Essentia Health Foundation, we are excited when individuals or groups come to us with an idea to support an area of health care they are passionate about. Volunteer fundraisers are effective ways of bringing attention to and supporting causes close to your heart. Our Foundation staff will work with you to help you develop or enhance a fundraiser for a cause you want to support. Proceeds from your fundraiser will directly support the cause or program of your choice.
It is now easier than ever to plan a fundraiser to support Essentia Health Foundation. The Foundation now offers an online fundraising tool you can use to create a website customized for your event, complete with e-mail capabilities. Through your personal website, you can set up individual or participant pages and accept donations and pledges online. For more information, contact Amy Fink at (218) 786-3569
+ Fred and Carolyn Glibbery
Carolyn Glibbery’s younger sister, Shirley, was born in 1933 with osteogenesis, also known as brittle bone disease. She was always an inspiration to Carolyn.
When Carolyn and her husband, Fred, heard that Essentia Health Foundation was raising money for a new Newborn Intensive Care Unit they wanted to help. “The NICU project touched my heart – if a baby needs crucial help, someone will be there for them,” says Carolyn. The Glibberys gave $25,000 toward the project in memory of Shirley. One of the new patient rooms will be in her name.
+ Thomas Dougherty Otterson
Thomas may have been born early, but he arrived at the NICU at just the right time.
Thomas Dougherty Otterson entered the world exactly three months before anyone expected him. At just 1 pound 11 ounces, he was surprisingly full of life.
In fact, his chances of survival went from 50 percent just before he was born to 90 percent when the doctors saw him.
An incubator in the SMDC Newborn Intensive Care Unit, decorated with truck decals and stuffed animals, became his home for the next two months. Each day, he grew a little bigger and got a little stronger.
Tammy Otterson, Thomas' mom, remembers looking at a photo wall of kids who had been in the NICU when they were infants, and being hopeful that her son would someday be that big.
"He started out so small he couldn't even maintain enough heat to take a bath," said Otterson. "I had to wash one body part at a time."
Her main memories are of the parents she met and the conversations she had with them. "We would support each other; no one else fully understood what it was like."
Otterson said the nurses were very devoted. "When a beep went off, they were right there."
They also created a supportive environment for parents, allowing them to take part in caring for their babies at whatever level they were comfortable with. "I wanted to know everything they were doing so I would be able to take care of him at home. Every day I would come in with questions, and the staff would sit down with me and explain."
In the weeks before he was discharged, the staff was diligent in preparing the family for the transition. At 4 1/2 pounds, Thomas went home.
"It went really smoothly because they gave me all the tools I needed. For two months, I was trained by the very best." She learned CPR and knew what to watch for and how to respond if there was a problem.
Today, Thomas is 12 and still full of life. He loves soccer, golf and the outdoors. "He is very active," said Otterson. "The main thing he gets in trouble for in school is laughing so hard that all the other kids start laughing.
"When he was so little, it seemed like a slim chance that he would grow up to be completely healthy," she said. "It's amazing."
When the Watsons lost son Jack to SIDS 18 years ago, they learned there is no magic formula to take away the pain.
Eighteen years have passed. One parent thinks about the what ifs: What would he be doing now? What would he look like? One holds him in her mind, forever 8 months old.
Bill and Molly Watson lost Jack to SIDS, and at a time in their life when they needed support the most, it was there. The night Jack died, Ben Wolfe, program manager of the Grief Support Center, went to their house. "He gave us the number of another parent who had lost a child," remembers Molly. "There was comfort in knowing there was someone to call, in knowing we weren't alone."
The Watsons started a SIDS support group and went to counseling. They discovered no one grieves the same, and even as husband and wife, at times, there were valleys between them. Molly wanted to recover, rather than dwell in tragedy; for Bill, the pain was so raw, he wasn't ready to move on.
"We were fortunate that something was there when we needed it," said Bill. "Sometimes you feel like you're on an island and the exception to the rule."
They shifted through the stages of grief—anger, denial, depression—and over the course of space and time, things changed. Life happened. They had three more children—Tony, Patrick and Emily, who as they've grown have been curious about the brother they never knew. Molly and Bill have always tried to make Jack a positive part of their family life.
The Watsons have learned there is no magic formula in grieving. "I talked to other fathers who said the pain doesn't go away," said Bill. "It might lessen, but it does not go away."
Molly remembers the first time Ben asked her to call a parent who was grieving. "I didn't think I would know what to do, but Ben said I would and it was true. A lot of times, there is nothing to say. When you're sharing with another mother who has lost a child, sometimes there are more tears than words."
Pain has its lessons, among them courage to face life's challenges and compassion for others. The Watsons have taken those lessons and used them to impact the lives of people around them. Most importantly, they have learned to take nothing for granted. "You have to try to cherish what's right in front of you," said Bill.
There is life after breast cancer and Wendy Sandelin is sharing it with others.
Wendy Sandelin is a 10-year breast cancer survivor. She is only 40, and she has a lot of life left. Like many young women who are diagnosed early, Sandelin recovered, and survivorship has been a big part of her cancer journey.
"Connecting with other women who are in a similar situation is really important," said Sandelin. "You have to learn how to live with having had breast cancer. And you have to learn how to move forward."
Sandelin and her husband Scott were living in Grand Forks, North Dakota, when she was first diagnosed. She was 30 weeks pregnant. The next week she had surgery, and two weeks after her son Ryan was born, she started chemotherapy. "It was exhausting, but I had a lot of help," said Sandelin.
When her family moved to Duluth, her physician at Mayo continued her care in collaboration with the doctors at the SMDC Breast Health Center. She has had reconstructive surgeries and ongoing tests.
Her doctors at the Breast Health Center also guided her through her decision to have another baby. Because her cancer was diagnosed during her pregnancy, there was a concern that hormonal changes during a second pregnancy could trigger a recurrence. Doctors were also unsure if she could get pregnant after going through chemotherapy.
Her caregivers worked as a team, monitoring her throughout the pregnancy. Today, the Sandelins can't imagine life without 3-year-old daughter Katie.
Still cancer free at the 10-year mark, Sandelin was recently discharged from ongoing care. Her involvement in the Breast Health Center has continued, however. When a young woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, Sandelin is among the survivors who are called on to offer them support. She is also part of one of the Breast Health Center support groups, the Duluth chapter of the Young Survival Coalition, where she connects with other women who are experiencing the same things she is.
Because she feels it is important to give back in whatever ways she can, Sandelin is on the Soul + Science Campaign team to raise money for the Breast Health Center. As a nurse anesthetist at SMDC Medical Center and a breast cancer survivor, she brings a unique perspective to her role.
She also has a unique understanding of the benefits the campaign will bring to the Breast Health Center. "The things we are raising money for are extremely important to women who will go through their breast cancer journey," said Sandelin. "The effects will trickle down to women's families and their communities."
Ready to make a difference in someone’s life? There are so many ways you can help …
Areas of need:
- Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Nursery and Pediatrics. Support the region’s largest children’s health care facilities, including a complete remodel of our NICU.
- Breast Health Program. Help revolutionize breast cancer prevention, enhance technologies and provide lifelong support for survivors.
- Erick Peter Person Children’s Cancer Center Fund. Assist families whose children are ill with cancer with lodging, meals and travel expenses.
- Heart and Vascular Care. Fight America’s number one killer by giving a gift to expand our nationally recognized cardiac care programs.
- Heltne Endowment for the Care of Patients with Heart Failure. Give more patients access to our highly successful heart failure program.
- Scientific Research. Contribute to our long tradition of research through scientific endowments in cancer, neuroscience or cardiovascular/pulmonary research.
- Unrestricted. Your unrestricted gift will be put to use where it can be most effective in advancing health care in our region.
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