Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Foundation

When you contribute to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Foundation, you strengthen your community and help improve care in the Detroit Lakes area.

Why Give?

See how St. Mary’s Foundation makes a healthy difference in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Meet some of our donors and read about why they give to St. Mary’s Foundation.

Essentia Health - St. Mary’s Foundation Video Transcript

The Essentia logo is presented, the three leaved corners cycle photos of smiling customers. Logo, Essentia Health. St. Mary's Foundation. Jim Sinclair speaks to the camera in front of a fire engine.

JIM SINCLAIR: When I was working with the fire department, we oftentimes would have to take the rescue truck to a crash scene or some other kind of situation.

An ambulance pulls out of the station, as Sinclair continues.

And our job was to prepare the people and get them to the hospital. The good thing about us doing that is we knew once we got into the ER, to the hospital, they'd be fine. I became involved in the hospital and in the St. Mary's foundation because I know the value of the hospital. And it's important that we give or volunteer or something so that we have a say in how it goes and make sure that we have the best facility possible for our community. And we're very lucky at this point in time to have what we have.

Harold and Jean Rebenitsch speak to the camera.

HAROLD REBENITSCH: We give it to the foundation. And we would encourage others in the community to give to the foundation because there are always things that are needed that the basic budget does not cover. JEAN REBENITSCH: It makes me feel very good being able to help the community and through the foundation, be able to have pieces of equipment that we normally wouldn't have in our community.

A spacious restroom is displayed. Text, Whirlpools donated by foundation in 2016. Christine Hvidston speaks to the camera.

CHRISTINE HVIDSTON: I utilized the whirl pools that were donated by the foundation when giving birth to my daughter. They were a great addition to the OB floor. And I'm so thankful for them. It made my experience that much better. JEAN REBENITSCH: It's not only important to give money to the foundation. There are other ways you can give. You can give by donating your time. And it doesn't have to be a long period of time. HAROLD REBENITSCH: The time that I spend, it frees up the nurses to go on with other patients and do other duties.

Bobby Smith, foundation board member, speaks to the camera.

BOBBY SMITH: Hi. I'm Bobby Smith, and I'm proud to be a part of St. Mary's foundation. One of the many things our committee does is to put on programs throughout the year on health-related topics. These range from your physical health to your mental health to your emotional well-being and more. Isn't it time we all got more involved, educated, and knowledgeable about our own health and health care? We're here to help you along that path to a healthier and happier life.

Logo, Essentia Health. St. Mary's Foundation. Text, Please Join Us! Phone number 218-844-0719. Website, www dot essential health dot org, backslash, foundation.

SPEAKER 6: You can make a healthy difference in your community. Join us by making a gift. Essentia Health St. Mary's foundation, here with you.

Areas Of Giving

Give an unrestricted gift, which allows us to direct your donation to the area of greatest need. Or, support a cause that’s close to your heart by designating your contribution for a specific project or fund, such as:

  • Angel of Remembrance – Supports the families of those who have lost a child.
  • Bereavement Fund – Assists parents who have lost a child
  • Cancer Care Fund – Helps advance cancer care
  • General Fund/Multi-Purpose Fund
  • Breast Health Project - Supports patients by upgrading waiting and treatment rooms, implementing a breast navigator program in Detroit Lakes, and purchasing equipment such as a breast MRI coil, radiofrequency tags, and hand held localizer. 
  • Oak Crossing Family Council – Supports the patients and the families of patients who are linking at Oak Crossing
  • Patient Crisis Fund – Provides resources to those in need
  • Scholarship Fund – Helps Essentia employees pursue education
  • Trauma Care Fund – Upgrades equipment to improve trauma care
  • General Fund/Multi-Purpose Fund

Giving Levels & Recognition

Donations of every size provide important resources to support our growing community. Support our mission of health and healing at the level that’s right for you:

  • Giving Circle – Annual gifts between $25 and $1,000
  • Gold Leaf Club – Individual donations of $10,000, payable up to 10 years
  • Major Gifts – Business or individual contributions of $25,000 or more
  • Lasting Imprint – Planned gifts, such as those bestowed through a will or estate plan
  • ROOTS – Gifts of all sizes from Essentia Health employees

Volunteer for St. Mary’s Foundation

Share your time and talents with St. Mary’s Foundation. Volunteer to:

  • Serve on one of our fundraising committees
  • Strengthen our relationships with the community and local employers
  • Plan and hold a fundraiser to benefit an Essentia program or service that’s important to you

For more information, email the foundation director or call 218-847-0867.

About St. Mary’s Foundation

Part of Essentia Health Foundation, St. Mary’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization that supports the programs and services of Essentia facilities in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. With your help, we’ve raised more than $7.6 million for better health care in our community since 1999.

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Improve health care in your community. Make a gift to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Foundation today.

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