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.


Roses Just Because

Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation is currently in the midst of the annual fundraiser Roses Just Because, with the help of Ferguson’s Floral and Garden Center. You may purchase a dozen long-stemmed roses for only $25 and help support the area of greatest need within LRH Foundation at the same time. A selection of colors will be available; however, orders for specific colors are not available.

For more information and to place orders, please:

  • Visit and select “Other” for Avera Facility and then type in “Lakes Regional Healthcare.” Then be sure to specify an amount of $25 per dozen and put “Roses” in the “Type your fund, program, or event” in the “Select Your Area of Support” section, or
  • Contact Lakes Regional Healthcare Vice President of Human and Foundation Resources Sonja Hamm at 712-336-8791 or

All orders must be placed and prepaid by noon on Tuesday, March 14. Roses will be available for pick up on Wednesday, April 12 from 11 am until 2 pm at Ferguson’s Floral and Garden Center. A variety of colors will be available on a first come/first choice basis.

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.

Paige Petersen’s Scholarship Story

Sophia Butler’s Scholarship Story

You may download the Scholarship Endowment Fund Applications below:

Scholarship Endowment Fund High School Student Application

Scholarship Endowment Fund College Student Application

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

Thanks to generous donations, we will be receiving the Ranger Response Vehicle soon! Stay tuned!

Hospice Fund

This fund is utilized to support a service that cares for people who have a terminal illness. Hospice works with patients and their families to maintain quality of life and support the patient’s loved ones during a difficult time.

Emergency Response Services Fund

You never know when you’re going to be in a medical emergency.  Lakes Regional Healthcare’s emergency medical team consists of experienced and knowledgeable staff specially trained in advanced trauma life support.  Your contribution to this fund will support services and equipment that helps to ensure residents and visitors in this area receive the emergency care they need.

Caring for Life Fund

This fund is utilized to support just-in-time support for Lakes Regional Healthcare patients and their families.  It is our “area of greatest need” fund and supports programs, services, and equipment in all areas of Lakes Regional Healthcare.

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.



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!

In Person

Call Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Sonja Hamm at 712-336-8791 or email her at to set up a time to meet with her personally.


Send a check (made out to “Lakes Regional Healthcare Foundation”) to us at Lakes Regional Healthcare, Attention: Sonja Hamm, PO Box AB, Spirit Lake, IA 51360. Be sure to write in the memo section of the check what fund/area you want your gift to benefit. Please also enclose a note with your contact information, including your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number so we can follow up with you as needed.


Michael Sandy

Michael Sandy - Chairperson

Keith Deitering

Keith Deitering

Greta Gruys

Greta Gruys

Brent Harris

Brent Harris

Janelle Holter

Janelle Holter

Brad Jungers

Brad Jungers

John McMahon

John McMahon

Lina Moore

Linda Moore

Marsha Carlson

Marsha Carlson