Foundation

Mission

The mission of the Story County Medical Center Endowment Foundation is to encourage, accept, and manage gifts and grants from public and private sources given to Story County Medical Center and the Story County Medical Center Endowment Foundation.

The health and well-being of all people in our area is a continual concern for the Medical Center. Funds are used for improvements in the ever-changing methods of modern health care delivery.

These improvements involve constant upgrades to our facilities, and in the recruitment of the best medical staff in Story County. The Story Medical Endowment Foundation helps ensure that Story Medical continues to be a part of your story.

To learn more about making a gift to the Story Medical Endowment Foundation, please visit the Donations page.

Every Story. Every Gift. Every Year.

History

The Story County Medical Center Endowment Foundation was originally formed in March 1977 as the Story County Hospital Foundation. The Articles of Incorporation were signed by Kermit Anderson, President of the Nevada National Bank; Ralph Hansen, President of the Donnelly Corporation; Mert Coover, Owner of the Chevrolet-Oldsmobile Dealership in Nevada; Harold Miller, Real Estate Broker; Skip Bell, Pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church; Jim Frevert, Hertz Farm Management, Inc.; with Don Nelson, Attorney as Agent. The organization's main purpose was to assist in the recruitment of physicians for the hospital as many had retired or were nearing retirement.

In 1982, the bylaws were changed to make the organization an Endowment Foundation and the emphasis began to shift towards fundraising for the hospital. The hospital board of trustees began hiring physicians as employees instead of having them set up private practices.

The Foundation kicked their fundraising efforts into high gear during the '90's. In 1991, a $65,000 fundraising drive was held to assist the hospital in purchasing a new ambulance. Nevada residents John Stark and Jim Christy were co-chairs for the successful campaign which exceeded its goal by $10,000.

In July 1993, the Foundation had the opportunity to purchase the old Johnson Medical Clinic which was owned by Dr. Jerry King. The King Medical Center was purchased for $150,000 and an additional $50,000 was needed to remodel and upgrade the space. The first doctors to rent the medical clinic were Dr. Mark Jones and Dr. Alison Carleton.

Another successful fundraising activity was completed in 1995 which raised approximately $300,000. The funds were used to landscape and develop the courtyard, remodeling the entryway to the hospital, the business offices, and the gift shop. In 1998, the Foundation provided the funds to pave the south parking lot. An appreciation event was held on May 12, 1998.

One of the hospital's Board of Trustees members Pat Allen, led a valuable strategic planning activity with representatives from the Board of Trustees, the physicians, the hospital staff, and Foundation members. As a result of this study, plans were developed to build a new Nevada Clinic connected directly west of the hospital. The clinic was completed with a grand opening on August 7, 2000. The clinic contained offices for five physicians plus space for the physical therapy department which is now managed by 21st Century Rehabilitation.

The Foundation has also helped with many celebrations for the Story County Medical Center.

In October 2001, the Foundation celebrated Story Medical's 50th anniversary with an elegant dinner, live entertainment and a silent and live auction called the "Golden Gala". A similar event was held the following year called the "Grand Gala" and net proceeds were designated to improve the emergency room and Long Term Care. Then again in October 2005, an event called the Black and White Ball was held and proceeds were directed to the new digital imaging x-ray equipment. The gala is now a bi-annual event held in the fall during odd years.

In early 2006, the emphasis of the Foundation moved towards developing strategies to raise funds for a replacement hospital because of the growth of the services the hospital provides, the too small size of operating rooms, the need to update electrical and heating utilities, and Medicare reimbursement issues.

During this time, the Foundation also increased its board membership and Jim Frevert, an original and influential Foundation member, stepped down as president and passed the reigns to Lisa Nady. Nady endorsed the goals of the Foundation and a steering committee, co-chaired by Foundation members Michelle Cassabaum and Marcia Handsaker, embarked on its biggest fundraising challenge to date. The "Choose SCMC. Expert Care, Close to Home." $1 million capital campaign began in August 2006.

By September 2006, an employee-only fundraising drive raised over $110,000 for the capital campaign. In October 2006, the Foundation secured a matching grant from the Josephine Tope Charitable Trust in the amount of $600,000. On December 3, 2006, a public kick-off event was held in which the steering committee announced that $539,626 had been pledged through private citizen donations, employee donations, the Medical Center Board of Trustees, and Foundation members. The campaign closed in March 2009 with over $1.4 million in pledges. The South Campus of Story County Medical Center opened in August of 2009. Additional phases of the Capital Campaign are planned for the future to move the departments who still operate from the North Campus to the S. 19th Street location: Cardiac Rehabilitation, Wellness, Story Medical Clinics-Nevada, Physical Therapy, and Senior Care.

Currently, the Foundation accepts gifts to ensure the financial stability of Story Medical, even in harsh economic times. To make a gift, please contact Neal Bohnet at (515)382-7711.

The mission of the Story County Medical Center Endowment Foundation is to encourage, accept, and manage gifts and grants from public and private sources given to the Story County Medical Center and the Story County Medical Center Endowment Foundation.

Board of Directors

Story County Medical Center Endowment Foundation Board

Lisa Nady
President

Jennifer Smith
Vice President

Michelle Cassabaum
Secretary/Treasurer

Dave Anderson
Story County Medical Center Board of Trustees Chairman

Timothy Ahlers
Story County Medical Center CEO

Jim Frevert
Member-at-Large

Rick Hugdahl
Member-at-Large

Mark Cahill
Member-at-Large

Dan Johnson
Member-at-Large

Steve Van Dam
Member-at-Large

Lisa Pratt
Member-at-Large

Robbie Anderson
Member-at-Large

David Cox
Member-at-Large

Dave Jamison
Member-at-Large

Jennifer Smith
Member-at-Large

Neal Bohnet
Story County Medical Center Director Development

Board Meetings are held the third Thursday of every other month at noon in the South Campus Board Room. Any interested persons are invited to attend these public meetings. Please contact Neal Bohnet at (515)382-7711 for more information or to RSVP for a meeting.