Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation

Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation provides an opportunity for friends and supporters to share in bringing health and wellness to people in the Iowa Great Lakes Region through charitable gifts.


We had a delightful experience and enjoyed spending the evening with you to celebrate the advancement of healthcare in the Iowa Great Lakes! The support of our community is at the core of all we are able to accomplish and your contributions go a long way in ensuring the future of healthcare in our area! The Grape Escape Event 2023 date and location is coming soon!

Those who were unable to attend the Grape Escape but are interested in supporting Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation can contact Foundation Executive Director Sonja Hamm at 712-336-8791 or


Scholarship Endowment Fund

The United States is experiencing a shortage of healthcare professionals – physicians, nurses, and technologists – because a greater percentage of them are nearing retirement and fewer people are entering the health industry as a career. Lakes Regional Healthcare is working on increasing the supply of healthcare professionals in northwest Iowa by focusing on people who have grown up in the area, in anticipation that they will come back in time and provide care to patients at Lakes Regional Healthcare and directly benefit people in Dickinson County. Lakes Regional Healthcare is helping those interested in pursuing careers in healthcare by removing as many obstacles as possible. Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation’s Scholarship Endowment Fund provides three types of annual scholarships – one for Dickinson County high school seniors, one for Dickinson County residents in an undergraduate program, and one for Lakes Regional Healthcare employees. Recently, the annual dollar value of available funds has been increased to $40,000. The desire is to grow the fund to be able to increase both the number of scholarships awarded and the dollar amounts of those scholarships.

Your gift of $1,000, $500, $100 or whatever amount is right for you, will help ensure people continue to receive quality, accessible healthcare in the future. You may also use your gift to honor or pay tribute to a dear friend or loved one.

Alli Koerselman’s Scholarship Story

Paige Petersen’s Scholarship Story

Sophia Butler’s Scholarship Story

East Side Patio Memorial Gifts

Pavers and Seat Walls at Lakes Regional Healthcare’s East Side Patio engraved with your loved one’s name are wonderful ways to help Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation while memorializing your loved one.

Ranger Response Vehicle for Emergency Care When and Where You Need It

See What Our MICS Supervisor Says About the Need for an ATV

Our ambulance service does an amazing job responding to emergency situations as they arise. However, did you know that the ambulances are not allowed to travel on the ice and are limited on where they can travel off of paved or gravel roads? The Iowa Great Lakes area has several community-wide events that make responding to emergencies difficult for ambulances. In fact, this summer there were two accidents on the bike trail where the patients could not be reached by the ambulance. Also, during last year’s hunting season, a hunter with a medical condition and located in the middle of a section was experiencing breathing problems. We drove our ambulance through the field, which was actually not recommended, but it was the quickest way we could access the patient.

Imagine if you were golfing one day and had a serious health concern that needed emergency care. Or if you were farming in the field and had a traumatic injury. Receiving emergency care as quickly as possible would be critically important, and the fact that ambulance can’t travel on or through all terrain could make it longer for you to receive the care you’d need.

Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation is helping us address these concerns by raising funds for a Polaris Ranger Response Vehicle, which is a Utility Terrain Vehicle or UTV. It will allow our Mobile Intensive Care Services staff to respond better to emergency situations during events such as 5K runs, triathlons, campus bike rides, Winter Games activities, snowmobile races, snowmobile drags, and high school football games, not to mention individual activities such as golfing, farming or walking on the trails.

The Ranger Response Vehicle will allow a patient to be picked up and transported on a cot and will also allow three additional people to ride on the vehicle: the driver, the paramedic to provide care, and a possible friend or family member. It would also provide the ability to store medical supplies to provide immediate first-aid care until more advanced care could be provided in the ambulance or at the hospital.

Your contribution to Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation’s Ranger Response Vehicle will go a long way in ensuring residents and visitors in this area receive the emergency care they need regardless of where they are located. Whether you give $10, $100, $1,000 or $10,000, your gift is greatly appreciated.

We’ve tried to make it convenient for you to help us. Just complete and mail in the form at the bottom of this page. Or you can make a gift online at and type “Lakes Regional Healthcare” and “Ranger Response Vehicle” in the notes. Or call Sonja Hamm at 712-336-8791.

Lakes Regional Healthcare responds to approximately 2,120 emergency calls each year. Thank you for your help in making those calls as quick and safe as possible.

Patient Protection Fund

Within the hospital, our staff wear masks, face shields, gloves, and other personal protective equipment to prevent getting infectious diseases. There is another important way we keep others, including our other patients, safe from patients with infectious diseases such as COVID.

Isolation rooms are patient rooms designed to ensure microorganisms within the air do not travel outside the room and into certain other areas within the hospital, such as patient rooms or hallways. There are two types of isolation rooms: positive pressure rooms and negative pressure rooms. Positive pressure rooms are for patients that have compromised immune systems and cannot be exposed to “outside” germs. These positive pressure rooms prevent air from the hallway or other rooms from going into the room. Negative pressure rooms keep microorganisms within that room from going into the hallway or other patient rooms. COVID-positive patients stay in negative pressure rooms to prevent the coronavirus from going elsewhere and infecting others.

Another characteristic of isolation rooms is they have more air exchanges than a normal room. In a normal room, the air is exchanged four to six times per hour. In a positive pressure room, the air is exchanged over 19 times per hour. In a negative pressure room, air is exchanged nearly 17 times per hour. As air is exchanged, the “older” air migrates to an exhaust fan that pushes the air outdoors. The exhaust fan is equipped with a HEPA filter, which “catches” the microorganisms so they are not released to the outside air.

Lakes Regional Healthcare currently has one positive pressure room and one negative pressure room. Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation would like your help to construct another permanent negative pressure room within the hospital. With your help, people with infectious diseases can better receive the care they need, when they need it. The addition of another negative pressure room will also provide more comfort knowing other patients are safe from contracting an infectious disease from another patient receiving care in the hospital.

Gifts to construct an isolation room can be made by completing and mailing the form provided in this newsletter or by calling Sonja Hamm at 712-336-8791.


The Lake Awaits 

For a minimum donation of $35, you can receive a limited edition red wine blend, named “The Lake Awaits,” specifically made by Round Lake Vineyards & Winery to support the Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Donate Online

Donate online by clicking the “Donate” box above. Once there, select “Other” for the Avera facility, type “Lakes Regional Healthcare” in the “Other Avera Facility” box and make a donation in a matter of a couple minutes!

Amazon Smiles

Whenever you purchase items at Amazon, go to this web address instead: It brings you to the regular Amazon site, but it asks you to identify a charity. Select Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation and from there, Amazon will give us a portion of your item’s purchase price!



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Keith Deitering


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Brent Harris


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Brad Jungers

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John McMahon


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Michael Sandy


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