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 1600 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 - Availability of Care

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

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.


Donnetta Schmieding



Making a Difference - Excellent Care

Making a Difference - Excellent Care
Making a Difference - Excellent Care

I am often amazed how th epast creeps into present life. when a young athlete experiences a twisted knee, the momentary pain seems to be merely an inconvenience, interrupting the play of the game. Years later that past injury can developinto much more than lost playing time. 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 adn specialty physician confirmed that a total knee replacement was the best option toimprove my quality of life. Wen 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 exellent servcie by trained and compassionate care providers.

As a Foundation Board member, I know that availability to surgical care was made poissble by community members who shared a vision for Memorial Hospital years ago. I know that for over 60 years, donors have contributed toward the creation of Memoiral Hospital and the Clinics, and given funds to enhance medical equipment, services and technology. Through the care I received and the services avaialbe at MHCS, I have personally experience what a difference donations can make to the provision of excellent medical care.

Sincerely, Dave Besse

Making a Difference - Partnering to Ensure Access to Care

Making a Difference - Partnering to Ensure Access to Care
Making a Difference - Partnering to Ensure Access to Care

My family and I have experienced excellent health care at Memorial Health Care Systems (MHCS) for many years. My husband and I both were born in the hospital in Seward and MHCS has shared in my family’s medical journey through unexpected accidents, illnesses, planned surgeries and doctor visits. The medical personnel have consistently delivered exceptional care with continued interest in finding the solution to our medical concerns. The empathy and caring nature combined with the talent, experience and skill of the staff, make MHCS our medical home for healthcare needs. 

Personally, I take great comfort in knowing medical services are available close to home. I have expereince migraine headaches for many years requiring continuing care to manage the migraines. The medical team at MHCS has been very dedicated to finding answers and working collaboratively with specialists in treating my condition.

Serving on the Foundation Board, I have seen the difference donations make in delivering patient care at MHCS. Donations are not just about beautiful facilities or about cutting edge technology and medical equipment. The generosity of others ensures the avialability of health care services to all of us in Seward County.

My husband and I support MHCS because we want to be part of a continuing legacy of providing access to excellent health care for generations to come. Your decision to financially support MHCS through donations to The Foundation will make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Sincerely, Jolene Wiegardt

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 purchases from Amazon go to, utilize 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

Foundation Board
Foundation Board

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.


Donneta Schmieding - Utica

Dave Besse - Seward

 JoAnn Sieck - Pleasant Dale

Karen Ruether - Seward


Brad Bowen - Seward
Sid Burkey - Milford
Jolene Wiegardt - Seward

Ex-Officio Members

Mike Hecker (President of the MHCS Board)- Seward
Greg Jerger (CFO)- Seward
Roger Reamer (CEO)- Seward