Friday, October 5, 2012

St. Anthony Regional Hospital today announced that a pastoral care endowment fund has been established to assure that the pastoral care program will have ongoing support in future years.

A goal of $3 million has been set to endow the pastoral care program. The principal amount will be invested, with a percentage of the earnings available annually to provide for spiritual-care needs. As of this morning, the campaign hit the $1.8 million mark.

St. Anthony serves an average of 90,000 people annually. The campaign is non-denominational, as the hospital serves people of all faiths, all the time.

“The vibrancy of our pastoral care program is really up to all of us. Having a pastoral care endowment will take funding spiritual services off the budget table and preserve the spirit of healing at St. Anthony for future generations,” said St. Anthony CEO Ed Smith. “The St. Anthony Foundation is excited to announce the pastoral care endowment campaign to the community. Leading up to this announcement, our campaign leadership have secured important gifts that bring the campaign total to $1.8 million. We want to thank all of the people who have already invested their money, time and effort to make the campaign a success. We couldn’t have reached this point without them.”

The campaign process encompasses support from a broad range of community members.

Leading the effort are campaign co-chairs Jim and Deb Auen, Jim and Mary Greteman, and Jim and Peggy White. Honorary chairs are Bob and Joan Badding, Charles and Mary Heider, Urban and Jean Knobbe, Dr. Frank and Ruth McCabe, and Bob Woodhouse. Leading the St. Anthony medical staff campaign efforts are Dr. Greg Perkins, M.D., Dr.Lou Ann Kiessling, M.D., Dr. David Nystrom, D.O., and Dr. Tina Flores, M.D.

In addition, an employee campaign has undertaken a goal of 100 percent participation and $100,000 in support from St. Anthony employees.

The major gifts leadership team consists of Kyle Atkinson, Nick and Diane Badding, Jeff Boes, Bonnie Danner, Bob Drees, Howie Drees, Tom and Jean Farner, Judy Feld, Mike and Lynda Dukes Franey, Tom and Teresa Horbach, Paul and Tam Milligan, Joel Mortenson, Dean and Jane Pottebaum, Scott and Cathy Potthoff, Louie and Amy Prenger, Dr. Craig Rowles, Denny Rutten, Kenny Snyder, Bob and Linda Sporrer, and Mary Swanson.

Local board members serving on the major gifts leadership team are Joan Badding, Tom Chase, Fred Dolezal, Dr. Karl Eischeid, Sister Helen Elsbernd, Tom Gronstal, Sister Rita Heires, Urban Knobbe, Gary McMinimee, Art Neu, Eric Neu, Wayne Seaman, Carolyn Siemann, Verna Tiefenthaler and Rita Venner.

“On behalf of St. Anthony, I want to thank the many individuals who have taken leadership roles, as well as anyone who has volunteered to help with the campaign, for the investment of their time,” said Trish Roberts, development director for St. Anthony. “The success of this project so far illustrates the importance of pastoral care in a healthcare setting. Both people who have experienced pastoral care, and those who haven’t, recognize the value of spiritual support as a patient or family member.”

The business/professional community is being led by Howie Drees and Ken Payer. The committee members include Terry Axman, Rachel Fransen, Doug Gifford, Kim Hackett, Aaron Juergens, Stacey Kasperbauer, Kyl Knobbe, Mark Nepple, Randy and Deb Nieland, Amy Prenger, Vicky Robinson, Justin Schenkelberg, Father Timothy Schott, Jill Schweers, Ann Slechta, Kim Tiefenthaler, Randy Tigges and Kevin Wittrock.

In addition, spiritual advocates, pray each day for everyone involved with the success of the campaign, as well as the many people who will be served in the future by St. Anthony pastoral care services. Members of the spiritual advocate team are Pastor Dennis Bailey, Sister Marcia Baumert, Pastor Ben Dose, Sister Helen Elsbernd, Sister JoAnn Gehling, Sister Rita Heires, Father Tim Johnson, Sister Theresa Keller, Sister Maris Kerwin, Sister Romana Klaubauf, Sister Irene Nieland, Father Timothy Schott, Father Gary Snyder, Sister Donna Venteicher and Sister Cormarie Wernimont.

“Pastoral care has been, and continues to be, a ministry of the richest blessing,” said SARH Chaplain Peg Scheidt. “Participation in the pastoral care endowment campaign assures that spiritual care will remain a vital piece of the holistic care offered to our patients and families of all faiths.”

Smith noted that many families have been touched in a time of need by St. Anthony’s pastoral care.

“Chaplain Peg, area clergy, volunteers, our physicians and nursing staff reach out to patients and families every day. The pastoral care endowment will ensure that this important outreach can continue to touch lives at St. Anthony into the future,” Smith said.