Foundation & Donations

Windom Area Health Foundation

Mission"Together with Windom Area Health, our mission is to promote exceptional quality care and wellbeing for rural communities in southwest Minnesota."

Windom Area Health Foundation was established in April 2002 to provide charitable support for medical and educational programs at Windom Area Health, apart from the normal operating expenses. Funds raised by the foundation help the hospital purchase life-saving equipment and provide scholarship programs for both current employees and students interested in completing training in the medical field.

To fill out a donation form, click the black 'Donate' button below and you will be taken to the online form.


To facilitate charitable giving, the foundation was incorporated and obtained charitable 501c(3) organization status with the Internal Revenue Service. Your gift may be tax deductible. Gifts can be made in honor of - or in memory of - someone you respect and love. Donations can be made by cash, check, stock, bonds, IRA, life insurance policy or a bequest through your will or trust. In addition, a charitable gift annuity can be established.

Heritage Club
Gift givers are acknowledged by membership in the Foundation's Heritage Club.

Membership Categories:
$25,000 & Over - Founder
$10,000 - Trustee
$5,000 - Leader
$1,000 - Builder
$500 - Fellow
$250 - Sponsor
$10 to $249 - Friend

Each membership category may be attained through cumulative giving.

Legacy Club
A Legacy Club has been established to recognize donors of the Windom Area Health Foundation who have arranged for a future gift by means of a will, trust, or insurance policy.

For more information, contact Katie Greener, Foundation Director at Windom Area Health, at 831-0633.

For your community. For your neighbor. For you.

Womens Health FundHistory

Established in 2011 with the help of a dedicated mother-sister-daughter team, Tammy Hall, Lisa Kolander, and Tyann Hall-Marcy, the Women's Breast Health Fund was created to raise money to purchase a digital mammography machine for the hospital, which was achieved in 2012.

A need identified in 2014 prompted the Windom Area Health Foundation to change the Fund to the Women’s Health Fund, broadening the scope of community members that may benefit. The Fund now supports community education efforts, imaging equipment upgrades, and financial support to local female patients undergoing cancer treatments.

Financial Support

Support for eligible recipients may include:

  • Prescriptions or other medical expenses
  • Mortgage payments/rent
  • Car payments
  • Child care
  • Gas cards

Application Process

Eligible applicants include women who are undergoing treatment or procedures related cancer. Applicants are required to complete a confidential application and financial statement to show eligibility and financial need. Applicants with financial need and connection to local providers will be given preferential consideration.

Multiple requests for assistance may be considered, not exceeding once in a 12-month period. The Foundation Board reviews applications and disperses funds to third parties based on applicant eligibility.

Download Women's Health Fund Application (PDF)

Get Started

Know someone who could benefit from this support? For more information, or to request an application packet for assistance, contact Katie Greener, Foundation Director, at 831-0633 or [email protected].

Read Women's Health Fund Policy

Foundation Scholarships

2024 Scholarship submissions will be accepted February 15th through April 12th.

The Foundation scholarship program was established in 2007 to support students committed to pursuing a career in healthcare or a mental health related field. Scholarships are awarded throughout a competitive process to cover the cost of eligible school-related expenses.

Since 2007, 122 scholarships have been awarded to local students, many of whom are employed in our region. In 2024, the Foundation will award two $2,500 scholarships and three $1,000 scholarships.


The scholarship application is open to high school seniors or current post-secondary students who:

  • Have been accepted into or are enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution with a commitment toward a healthcare-related field of study.
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher for $1,000 awards, or 3.5 or higher for $2,500 awards.
  • Are located in Cottonwood County or its surrounding counties.

See application packet below for full instructions.

Download (DOCX)

Celebrating 20 Years of WAH Foundation

In March of 2023, we put out a special edition of the BEAT Newsletter highlighting two decades of impact the Foundation has had for our community and for Windom Area Health.  Read or download the special edition below!

Download (PDF)

<script src="" type="text/javascript"></script>

Foundation Board Members

  • Steve Johnson, Chairperson
  • Greg Scheitel, Vice-Chairperson
  • Kay Gross, Secretary
  • Terry Tegels, Director
  • Dan Ortmann, Director
  • Tom Christiansen, Director
  • Chad Merrihew, Director

Governing Board Members

  • Dr. Michael B. Fisher, Chairperson
  • Kay Gross, Vice-Chairperson
  • Dan Ortmann, Secretary
  • Terry Tegels, Treasurer
  • Julia Brugman, Mountain Lake Advisory Member
  • Ann Bartelt, Trustee
  • Justin Schmit, Trustee
  • Dan Hormig, Trustee

Meet the Governing Board

Learn More About the New Medical Building Project!View FAQ Now
Scroll to Top
Skip to content