Foundation

Foundation

The Foundation operates to generate, receive, manage and disburse charitable gifts in support of Memorial Health Care Systems. 

The Foundation for Memorial Health Care Systems can be described as a "savings account." Donations provide needed financial support to the Health System so that it can offer the best in health care to the patients and their families we have the pleasure to serve.

Contributions made to The Foundation for MHCS help to ensure medical services are available by providing the resources needed to obtain and maintain state-of-the-art medical equipment and facilities. When you make a donation to The Foundation for MHCS, you join over 1500 donors sharing in the vision to ensure excellent health care services remain available in our community.

All contributions to the Foundation for Memorial Health Care Systems are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

For more information contact:

Jane Rehmer, Foundation Coordinator
(402) 646-4626
250 North Columbia Avenue, Lower Level
P.O. Box 368
Seward, NE 68434

Making a Difference - Gifts from the Heart

Making a Difference - Gifts from the Heart
Making a Difference - Gifts from the Heart

Author and poet Robert Louis Stevenson said, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” As a retired farmer I understand you cannot expect a harvest if you do not plant the seeds. Focusing on what you need to do today helps prepare for a better tomorrow.

After undergoing a triple bypass surgery, it became very clear that I needed to focus on planting the seeds of diet and exercise to reap the harvest of a healthy recovery. 

My road to recovery was possible because of the knowledgeable staff and excellent facilities  available at Memorial Health Care Systems (MHCS). I was able to utilize the Skilled Rehabilitation program at MHCS allowing me to be closer to home and to my primary care      physician. The Physical Therapy and Cardiac Rehabilitation services changed my knowledge about healthy lifestyle, strength, stability and energy. Everything I needed to plant the seeds for good health was provided by the care team of MHCS.

As a Foundation Board member, I know that availability to out patient services was made possible by community members who shared a vision for Memorial Hospital. For over 65 years, donors have contributed toward the creation of Memorial Hospital and Clinics, and given funds to enhance medical equipment, services and technology. Through the care I received and the services that are available at MHCS, I have personally reaped the harvest of the seeds planted by donors and experienced what a difference donations can make to the provision of excellent medical care.

You have an opportunity to continue planting the seeds of investing in our health care services through contributions to the Foundation for Memorial Health Care Systems. Donations have helped to provide for not only our local health care facilities, but also for the most recent state-of-the-art services including Aquatic Therapy, 3D mammography, Digital Radiology and Sleep Lab.

Please join me in supporting our local health care services. Your donations help to touch the lives of patients as well as create a living remembrance of a friend or loved one. I chose to participate in the Memorial Tribute Program as a way to thank those who were instrumental in my care, remember family members who have passed from our presence and help ensure a future harvest of good health for others. 

As a beneficiary of the services your generosity has helped to provide, thank you for partnering with the Foundation for Memorial Health Care Systems in providing excellence in health care services for Seward County.

Sincerely, Delmar Borchers

 

Making a Difference - Availability of Care

Making a Difference - Availability of Care
Making a Difference - Availability of Care

Dave's Story: I struggled with knee pain and decreased mobility for years. Every step taken in pain compromised my health and increasingly interfered with my life. The solution seemed obvious, a need for medical intervention.

My family doctor and specialty physician confirmed that a total knee replacement was the best option to improve my quality of life. When I learned that an excellent orthopedic surgeon could perform the procedure right here, close to home, I knew I wanted to use the services of Memorial Health Care Systems (MHCS).

My MHCS experience was overwhelmingly positive. From the pre-surgery education, through the surgery, the post surgery care and the physical therapy during my stay, I received excellent service by trained and compassionate care providers.

As a Foundation Board member, I know that availability to surgical care was made possible by community members who shared a vision for Memorial Hospital years ago. I know that for over 65 years, donors have contributed toward the creation of Memorial Hospital and the Clinics, and given funds to enhance medical equipment, services and technology. Through the care I received and the services available at MHCS, I have personally experienced what a difference donations can make to the provision of excellent medical care.

Sincerely, Dave Besse

 

Making a Difference - Aquatic Therapy

Making a Difference - Aquatic Therapy
Making a Difference - Aquatic Therapy

Our lives are defined by memorable moments, opportunities and relationships. Holding a new born baby, landing that first job, friends and family all shape who we are and leave a lasting imprint upon us. Reflecting on my history with Memorial Health Care Systems (MHCS), there have been many defining moments.

 It all started back in 1968 when Eva Einspahr, RN, director of nursing, asked me to join the team at Memorial Hospital. As a recent graduate from Mary Lanning Nursing School, I was excited about the opportunity to work in Seward. My new job included various shifts at the hospital as well as working in the operating room. I settled into the evening shift and became the full-time supervisor.

 In 1975 my husband, Myron, and I were married and I shifted into the role of “farm wife.” We were blessed to have our son and daughter, both born at Memorial Hospital. During their childhood we had visits to the emergency room and appreciated the availability of excellent medical care close to home. The legacy of medical care continued throughout the years and included the birth of our granddaughter in May 2015. Her arrival marked four generations of care to our family as her great-grandfather was born in the Seward Hospital.

In October 2015, we found ourselves back in the emergency room when our son had a four-wheeler accident. Memorial Hospital not only provided the emergency care needed but has been instrumental in his recovery through physical and aquatic therapy. Just two months following our son’s injury, our doctor discovered a leaky aortic valve during Myron’s pre-op exam. Once again, we found ourselves grateful for the attentive medical personnel at MHCS.

 Throughout the defining moments of our lives, MHCS has provided excellent health care in the most appropriate settings. We are so thankful for people who have invested in our local health care through their donations and unite with them in supporting the Foundation for Memorial Health Care Systems.

 You have an opportunity to continue this tradition of investing in our health care services through contributions to the endowment. The endowment is like a savings account, investing donations in order to use the interest earned to enhance medical services within Seward county.  Endowment funds have enhanced medical services at MHCS providing funds for Aqua Therapy, Surgery Equipment and Radiology Equipment.

Donations to Memorial Health Care Systems ensure families have access to excellent health care services during  those defining moments. Together, we can continue a legacy of care for future generations.

Sincerely,

Donnetta Schmieding

 

 

Giving Options

Giving Options
Giving Options

The following are some popular giving options:

    1. Cash Gifts
    2. Gifts of Stock
    3. Gifts of Real Estate
    4. Gifts of Life Insurance
    5. Gifts of Retirement Funds
    6. Gifts by Will
    7. Gifts in Memory or in Honor of a Loved One
    8. Amazon Smiles, GoodShop and GoodSearch

Tax Incentives for Charitable Giving

Gifts of Cash
Gifts of cash are fully deductible up to a maximum of 50 percent of your adjusted gross income. Any excess of that 50 percent can generally be carried forward and deducted over as many as five subsequent years.

Gifts of Property
Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate and other appreciated assets that have increased in value since you have owned them may also provide you with tax savings. By donating gifts of property you may avoid capital gains tax and receive a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the property.

Gifts of Life Insurance
Life insurance policies can provide charitable deductions. By designating The Foundation for MHCS as owner and beneficiary of such a policy, you will receive a charitable income tax deduction, that in most cases, is equal to your cost basis in the policy. You could purchase a new policy or donate a policy that you currently own but no longer need.

Estate Planning Gifts
By making provisions in your will or estate plan to designate a portion to The Foundation for Memorial Health Care Systems, you can benefit healthcare in Seward County and save estate tax dollars at the same time.

Retirement Fund Gifts
You can make a difference by designating The Foundation for Memorial Health Care Systems as a Beneficiary in your retirement account. Retirement funds are typically pre-tax dollars which require taxes to be paid when the funds are withdrawn. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization so tax dollars are saved and funds can be used to help ensure excellent medical care is available in Seward County.

Amazon Smiles, Goodshop & Goodsearch

We have partnered with Amazon Smiles, Goodshop and Goodsearch. Save money and help a good cause every time you shop. When you use Amazon Smiles, Goodshop or Goodsearch online, a percentage of hwat you spend on virtually every purchase is donated to our cause.  When making online purchasass from Amazon go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-0375220, utilize www.goodshop.com for your online purchases or www.goodsearch to search for items on the internet.

Your accountant or attorney can provide additional information on gift opportunities and which method would be the most beneficial for you and your family.

The Foundation for Memorial Health Care Systems is a 501c3 foundation and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Foundation Board of Directors

Foundation Board of Directors
Foundation Board of Directors

Our sincere thanks to the following community leaders and volunteers who give selflessly of their time and talents to guide The Foundation for Memorial Health Care Systems.

Officers

Chairperson
Donneta Schmieding - Utica

Vice-Chairperson
Dave Besse - Seward

Secretary
 JoAnn Sieck - Pleasant Dale

Treasurer
Karen Ruether - Seward


Directors

Delmar Borchers - Utica 
Brad Bowen - Seward
Sid Burkey - Milford
Jolene Wiegardt - Seward


Ex-Officio Members

Steve Kayton (President of the MHCS Board)- Seward
Greg Jerger (CFO)- Seward
Roger Reamer (CEO)- Seward