Carrie Davidson, Director: Phone: 218-634-3454
LakeWood Regional Healthcare Foundation
The LakeWood Regional Healthcare Foundation was established in 1997 to pursue a $500,000 capital fundraising campaign for the design and development of a new hospital and care center facility to be attached to the existing health care facility. This campaign was the most ambitious public fundraising effort ever undertaken in the then 49-year history of CHI LakeWood Health and had the largest dollar goal sought by a not-for-profit organization in Lake of The Woods County.
LakeWood Regional Healthcare Foundation was created as a 501 c3 corporation, which ensured that all money raised by the community would stay in the community. Its mission is to ensure accessible, affordable healthcare and related services of the highest quality for all residents of Baudette, Lake of the Woods County and communities in the surrounding area.
Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) sponsors CHI LakeWood Health. The CHI Foundation supports the local growth of LakeWood Regional Healthcare Foundation and provides a central support center for foundation operational support. The size of CHI can attract government and national foundation dollars and CHI Foundation Executives work to grow a spirit of philanthropy locally.
2017 Foundation Board:
Ben Koppelman, Chair
Robyn Sonstegard, Secretary/Treasurer
Today, LakeWood Regional Healthcare Foundation actively purses grant opportunities to help better the facility and health related services in our area. The Foundation invests in programs and projects that improve the overall health and wellness of Lake of the Woods County. Our current funding initiatives address the priorities brought forth in the Community Health Needs Assessment conducted by CHI LakeWood Health. Our mission is to build a healthier community where we live, work and play.
Some of our projects and programs that are currently established include:
Under the leadership of Mercy Hospital-Devils Lake (ND), 12 small hospitals have joined forces in a rural AED Collaborative to place 220 AEDs in rural Minnesota and NorthDakota. While the 12 sites are bound through common service barriers (rurality, distance and limited resources) and organizational ties (Catholic Health Initiatives sponsorship), their choice of local partners and AED placements reflect the unique needs and strong networks of each community. Partnering with local EMS and county task forces, the Collaborative prioritized needs based on three criteria: first responder; regular service to 250+ individuals over age 50; and high volume community agencies. For more information about this program please see the annual reports:
Annual Report Year One
Annual Report Year Two
Annual Report Year Three
LakeWood Regional Healthcare Foundation and CHI LakeWood Health placed AEDs in the locations listed below:
- Lake of the Woods Ambulance Service
- Lake of the Woods County Law Enforcement
- Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church
- Sportsman’s Lodge
- Sportsman’s Lodge Oak Island
- Arnesen’s Rock Harbor Lodge
- Ballard’s Resort
- Zippel Bay Resort
- CHI LakeWood Clinic
- Lake of the Woods School
- Wabanica Lutheran Church
- Baudette Fire Department
The adopt-a-room project plans to update several patient rooms in the hospital with new flooring, furnishings, and cabinetry to create a pleasant and comfortable environment for patients and their family members. Input from the Foundation Board, LakeWood’s Patient Family Advisory Council and staff was used to create a design that will meet the needs of health care workers, patients and families. Funds have been raised through Foundation events , employee contributions and memorials.
Diabetes Resource Center:
CHI LakeWood Health’s Diabetes Resource Center works with patients to help them control their diabetes. They also educate patients who are at risk for developing the disease through the I CAN Prevent Diabetes! Program and free health screenings offered during the Lake of the Woods County Fair. The health screenings help to identify community members who may be at risk for developing diabetes and who could benefit from the I CAN Prevent Diabetes! Program. The 16 week program covers topics like eating healthy, exercise, and stress management.
LakeWood Care Center:
LakeWood Care Center is a licensed 44 bed skilled nursing facility located on the CHI LakeWood Health campus. Memorials can be made to the Foundation for care center use. Donors can request to purchase something specific or just ask that the funds be used for the Care Center’s greatest needs.
Lake of the Woods ambulance service is a critical aspect of patient care for residents of Lake of the Woods County, as well as the adjoining counties of Beltrami and Koochiching. The goal of the ambulance service is to provide safe, comfortable and efficient transport of patients locally and to other facilities in the region. A few years ago the Foundation completed a capital campaign to raise funds for a new patient transport unit. Donations to the ambulance service can be made to the Foundation to help fund this important service.
The plan is to award one scholarship each year from this fund to a Lake of the Woods High School graduate who is pursing a degree that focuses on health care or wellness. Several LakeWood staff members are currently participating by having bi-weekly payroll deductions given to this scholarship fund.