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The Redwood Area Hospital Foundation provides philanthropic support to help the hospital achieve its mission of providing exceptional healthcare for our area-wide community.

The Foundation provides opportunity for charitable giving that will be used to enhance patient care through expanded services, upgraded equipment, professional health care education, and community health.

The foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation and a part of the Redwood Area Communities Foundation.

Foundation Giving Tree

The Redwood Area Hospital Foundation Tree is located in the hospital’s main lobby. The trees many gold colored “leaves” can be purchased through an accumulated donation of $5,000 or more. “Stones” are placed under the tree for accumulated donations of $10,000 or more.

Gifts of all sizes and types are important to help the Foundation achieve our goals. Whether you are a happy patient or making financial plans for your future, we thank you for remembering Redwood Area Hospital Foundation.

Gifts may be given to the Foundation in memory of, or to honor a family member or friend. Grateful patients may also choose to give a gift honoring the healthcare team that cared for them during their stay.

Gifts of Cash
An easy way to make a gift is through cash, check or credit card. Your gift may be “undesignated” or “designated for a specific department or project,” and is tax deductible.

Donations can be made by credit card through Click HERE to be redirected to the foundation’s GiveMN page.

Matching Gifts
Check with your employer to see if they offer a matching gift when you make a charitable donation. You may be able to double your gift to the Foundation.

Long Term Securities
While cash is the most popular form of charitable gift, gifts of stocks or bonds can be attractive because of the tax benefits they may bring.

If you own securities that have appreciated in value over time, you may owe a substantial capital gains tax if you sell them. But, if you use such assets to fund a charitable gift, you may completely avoid the capital gains tax while enjoying a federal income tax deduction for the full value of the securities. You also may be able to make larger gifts than you thought possible.

Planned Giving
A charitable planned gift is an easy way to leave a legacy of caring for generations to come. It allows you to reduce or eliminate gift, estate, capital gains and income taxes on the funds you give for the charitable purposes. You may give a gift through your will, life income plans, beneficiary designation, insurance, property and/or trusts.

Endowment Giving
Through the gift of an endowment, you may make a gift and restrict the use to earnings of the initial principal, allowing your gift to continue to grow and give into the future.

Gifts of every size are very important to us and much appreciated. Please contact Karen Melges, foundation director, for more information at 507-637-4668 or

Redwood Area HospitalBoard of Directors (all volunteers)

  • President: Blair Anderson
  • Vice President: Robert “Bob” Plaetz
  • Treasurer: Bryan Lydick
  • Secretary: Deb Schramm


  • Karen Fox
  • Pat Hansen
  • Carol Jacoby
  • Chico Jensen
  • Maydra Maas
  • Leon Plaetz
  • Marilyn Scott
  • Ted Suss
  • Sue Tauer
  • Wayne Weber


The Foundation board values the education of our young people and the impact it can have on our community. The board wants to ensure that graduates are given financial support to pursue their dreams and goals of working in a healthcare career.

Each year, one graduating senior from Redwood Valley High School,  and one graduating senior from Wabasso, Cedar Mountain or Red Rock Central High Schools  is awarded a $500 scholarship by the Redwood Area Hospital Foundation.

To be considered for the scholarship the applicant must be a graduating high school senior pursuing a health care career; have a GPA of 3.0 or better; display leadership in the school and community; and include an essay explaining why they are pursuing a health care career. Applications are available at the participating high school offices.

2013 – 2014 scholarship winners will be announced soon.

Foundation Donation Recognition - June 12 - Sept. 11

In honor or memory ofDonor
Alice HuntJohn & Lori Smith
Alice HuntMarian Heiling
Alice HuntPam, LuVerne & Jessica Meyer
Alvan SanderAlvan Sander Family & Friends
Alvan SanderBruce & Maydra Maas
Alvan SanderDennis & Barbara Cole
Alvan SanderShirley Engstrom
Arlene KerkhoffBrad & Suzanne Blomeke
Arlist DahmesAlvina Hoffbeck
Arlist DahmesFloyd & Joyce Hoffbeck
Barry ClausenDonald & Donna Mielke
Becky TangheBruce & Maydra Maas
Blanch "Nook" Brewster Kenneth & Marge Gorres
Blanch "Nook" Brewster Mary Ann Gray
Blanch "Nook" Brewster Phyllis Prodoehl
Blanch "Nook" Brewster Wayne & Ramona Schiller
Charles Van HeckeJ & D Sater
Cody HartesonBruce & Maydra Maas
Deborah DrahotaWayne Drahota
Donald TuttleBruce & Maydra Maas
Donald ZuehlsdorfLowell & Twyla Zaske
Donald ZuehlsdorfOlga Muetzel
Donna KramerJeff & Kelly Rohlik
Doug SchmiesingBruce & Maydra Maas
Edna VeenstraBruce & Maydra Maas
Eleanor WoelfelBruce & Maydra Maas
Eleanor WoelfelDavid & Patricia Reitter
Eleanor WoelfelDennis & Kathy Kahnke
Eleanor WoelfelMarjorie Dingels
Eleanor WoelfelRichard & Lois Rebstock
Eleanor WoelfelSharen Monahan
Elmer KodetArlene Woelfel
Elmer KodetBruce & Maydra Maas
Elmer KodetDavid & Patricia Reitter
Erna LarsenBruce & Maydra Maas
Erna LarsenEugene & Shirley Gores
Erna LarsenLloyd & Elizabeth Jacobson
Erna LarsenMarilyn Rothmeier
Erna LarsenSteve Gores Family
Ernest BakkenBruce & Maydra Maas
Eugene OttosonKenneth & JoAnn Kotval
Eugene OttosonPotter Ramona
Father Leonard JennigesDavid & Marlene Kosel
Frances Ann PfarrBruce & Maydra Maas
Gladys ShippmanRichard & Beatrice Brown
Harris AndersonMayflower Golf Tournament
Hugo ZickJeff & Kelly Rohlik
In Cha FreyDavid & Lynne Zick
Isabell MuellerBruce & Maydra Maas
Jeanne JahnkeLeroy & Janet Myers
Jeanne JahnkePhyllis Prodoehl
Jeanne JahnkeRichard & Beatrice Brown
Jerome SchwartzByron & June Kosen
Jerome SchwartzJerome Schwartz Estate
Joan FrankEugene & Shirley Gores
Joan FrankMary Ann Sullivan
Joan PedersonMarie Clausen
Joann StefflDean & Carolyn Huhnerkoch
Joann StefflDennis & Kathy Kahnke
Joann StefflJoyce McKay
Joann StefflLeona Raddatz
Joann StefflRedwood Falls Hospital Auxiliary
Judy GreenslitButch & Judy Lutgens
Judy GreenslitDavid & Patricia Reitter
Judy GreenslitJames & Dorothy Brazil
Judy GreenslitJeanette Lothert
Judy GreenslitMary Ann Sullivan
Judy GreenslitMichael & Jane Sullivan
Judy GreenslitRichard & Lois Rebstock
Judy GreenslitSteve & Susan Grejtak
Kay ProutyDavid & Cindy Moldan
Kay ProutyDonald & Donna Mielke
Kay ProutyJeanette Kotval
Kay ProutyJoyce McKay
Kay ProutyLloyd & Elizabeth Jacobson
Kim BahlDennis & Barbara Cole
Kim BahlPhyllis Prodoehl
Larry ThienesViola Dahmes
Loggy RobertsAlvina Hoffbeck
Lois Kuehl UntiedtLloyd & Elizabeth Jacobson
Lola HolienHolien Family & Friends
Louene BloedowBruce & Maydra Maas
Loved OnesAnn Goche
Lucy RobbinsEvelyn Zick
Marvin StelterDonald & Donna Mielke
Marvin StelterDouglas & Ione Parsons
Marvin StelterKenneth & JoAnn Kotval
Marvin StelterMarvin & Marie Stelter
Mary Ann LarsenBruce & Maydra Maas
Mary LarsenBrad & Suzanne Blomeke
Matthew Gene VerdoesAnn Goche
Matthew Gene VerdoesAnna Mae Morrow
Matthew Gene VerdoesBruce & Ann Tiffany
Matthew Gene VerdoesCarolyn Schenck
Matthew Gene VerdoesDavid & Kaye Norman
Matthew Gene VerdoesDennis & Betty Hanson
Matthew Gene VerdoesDennis & Karen Moore
Matthew Gene VerdoesDwane & Maxine Boxdorfer
Matthew Gene VerdoesElaine Hagen
Matthew Gene VerdoesEugene & Shirley Gores
Matthew Gene VerdoesGale Morley
Matthew Gene VerdoesGene & Janice Fenske
Matthew Gene VerdoesGene & Marlys Verdoes
Matthew Gene VerdoesJames & Barbara Erie
Matthew Gene VerdoesJanean McKay
Matthew Gene VerdoesJerome Meschke
Matthew Gene VerdoesJim & Ann Lasley
Matthew Gene VerdoesKeith & Berneda Hawton
Matthew Gene VerdoesKenneth & Betty Meister
Matthew Gene VerdoesLA Tiffany
Matthew Gene VerdoesLowell & Bonnie Schuster
Matthew Gene VerdoesLucille Byram
Matthew Gene VerdoesSchwartz Roger & Sandra
Matthew Gene VerdoesScott & Shelly Grorud
Matthew Gene VerdoesStephen & Alice Nelson
Matthew Gene VerdoesSusan Jones
Matthew Gene VerdoesVeva Baden
Mavis PfarrBruce & Maydra Maas
Myrtle KreckowJohn & Alice Goelz
Myrtle KreckowMarvin & Judy Penske
Noel HansenKenneth & JoAnn Kotval
Patricia JacobsonLloyd & Elizabeth Jacobson
Raymond MuchlinskiBruce & Maydra Maas
Raymond MuchlinskiKenneth & Marge Gorres
Raymond MuchlinskiMary Ann Gray
Richard JuenemannTom & JoAnn Green
Richard SanderJeanette Lothert
Richard SanderRamona Warner
Robert KettnerFloyd & Joyce Hoffbeck
Robert KettnerWayne & Ramona Schiller
Robert RasmussenBruce & Maydra Maas
Robert RasmussenDavid & Marlene Kosel
Robert SoupirBruce & Maydra Maas
Robert SoupirJeff & Sharii Van de Wiele
Ruby JensenLarry & Vickie Holm
Ruth SchmidtDavid & Marlene Kosel
Sandra BoyumBruce & Maydra Maas
Theresa Tracy SeigfriedEugene & Jeanette Malecha
Tom Norris MDJanean McKay
Val LongArlene Woelfel
Vicki ChickBruce & Maydra Maas
Victoria JennigesBruce & Maydra Maas
Wayne BarberGene & Marlys Verdoes
Wayne BarberJeanette Kotval
William StoetzelSharilyn Kieper
Recent donations made in honor or memory of a loved are recognized here.

Foundation Staff

Karen Melges, Foundation Director

Jodi Bunting, Administrative Assistant