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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 - May 1 - June 11

In honor or memory of
Eugene ArndtFloyd & Joyce Hoffbeck
Eugene ArndtBruce & Maydra Maas
Kim BahlAlan & Rita Wieneke
Kim BahlDean & Carolyn Huhnerkoch
Reginald BeckerPerry & Arliss Becker
Mary BrownBruce & Maydra Maas
Dale BurnhamJoey & Carol Johnson
Dale BurnhamBruce & Maydra Maas
Gilbert ChristensenKenneth & JoAnn Kotval
Susan CoulterKelly Rohlik
Deborah DrahotaMonsanto Corp.
Deborah DrahotaMonsanto Corp.
Deborah DrahotaUnknown
Deborah DrahotaJack & Colleen Erickson
Deborah DrahotaR.L. and Glenna Burns
Deborah DrahotaMarion Drahota
Deborah DrahotaEmil & Martha Buresch
Deborah DrahotaLeroy & Dee Berkness
Deborah DrahotaDr. Deborah Christopher
Deborah DrahotaM and B McCann
Deborah DrahotaDavid & Cindy Moldan
Deborah DrahotaSandy Cregeen
Deborah DrahotaBradley Henning
Deborah DrahotaJoel & Kim Hermes
Deborah DrahotaJames Luft
Deborah DrahotaDon Hartung
Deborah DrahotaUnknown
Deborah DrahotaBruce & Maydra Maas
Marilyn FarberBruce & Maydra Maas
Leona Bunny GoblishJerome & Jody Rindfleisch
Leona Bunny GoblishMarvin & Judy Penske
Leona Bunny GoblishLee & Natalie Potter
Leona Bunny GoblishJudi Welch
Leona Bunny GoblishBruce & Maydra Maas
Leona Bunny GoblishRoger & Sandra Polkow
Leona Bunny GoblishKenneth & JoAnn Kotval
Leona Bunny GoblishJohn & Karen Goblirsch
Leona Bunny GoblishJules Noyes
Leona Bunny GoblishSteven & Jean Gladitsch
Leona Bunny GoblishJessica Stange
Leona Bunny GoblishPaulanett Rohlik
Leona Bunny GoblishClara Rohlik
Leona Bunny GoblishMark Guetter
Leona Bunny GoblishJoseph Goblish
Leona Bunny GoblishRosemary Brill
Leona Bunny GoblishHenry Goblish
Leona Bunny GoblishDelbert & Agnes Hertling
Leona Bunny GoblishBernadine Pistulka
Leona Bunny GoblishIla Mae Rohlik
Leona Bunny GoblishJan Swanson
Leona Bunny GoblishLennart & Elizabeth Larson
Leona Bunny GoblishGary & Elaine Sonstegard
Leona Bunny GoblishFarmers Coop Oil
Leona Bunny GoblishRobin, Blake & Alex Goblish
Leona Bunny GoblishLeon Stange
Judy GreenslitPatrick & Judith Maiers
Judy GreenslitThomas & Barbara Greenslit
Judy GreenslitMary Ann Gray
Judy GreenslitHarold & Shirley Tisdell
Judy GreenslitBruce & Maydra Maas
Judy GreenslitAnne & Jeff Peltier
Enid GuggisbergLeona Raddatz
Emma HagenDonald & Donna Mielke
Lorraine HammerschmidtTerry & Mary Neperman
Lorraine HammerschmidtLeona Raddatz
Lorraine HammerschmidtFamily of Lorraine Hammerschmidt
William HeinrichBruce & Maydra Maas
Marie HennenHarold & Shirley Tisdell
Myra HennenBruce & Maydra Maas
Vernon HinrichsHinrichs Betty
Vernon HinrichsBruce & Maydra Maas
Shirley HintermiesterSellevold Barbara & John
Infant baby JohnsonBruce & Maydra Maas
Oswald JordanChico & Sandy Jensen
Oswald JordanUnknown
Oswald JordanDennis & Barbara Cole
Oswald JordanPauline Iverson
Richard JuenemannConnie Juenemann
Richard JuenemannBruce & Maydra Maas
Gilb Lori KolarGrace Anderson
Gilb Lori KolarBruce & Maydra Maas
Opal MalecekRodney & Janice Jarrell
Opal MalecekViola Dahmes
Opal MalecekBruce & Maydra Maas
Opal MalecekAlvina Hoffbeck
Opal MalecekUnknown
Opal MalecekKathryn Stroman
Opal MalecekMary Ann Schmoll
Opal MalecekMary Osborne
Louise MalmbergBruce & Maydra Maas
Loraine Dolly MattisonKelly Rohlik
Loraine Dolly MattisonJeanette Kotval
Loraine Dolly MattisonPhyllis Prodoehl
Loraine Dolly MattisonBlanche Anderson
Loraine Dolly MattisonBruce & Maydra Maas
Heloise McDuffyBruce & Maydra Maas
Fran MorrowBruce & Maydra Maas
Mildred NorcottDavid & Theresa Johnson
Eugene OttosonBruce & Maydra Maas
Kay ProutyMarvin & Judy Penske
Kay ProutyMary Ann Gray
Marilyn SamsShirley Redmann
Marilyn SamsMaynard & Joyce Nolting
Richard SanderBruce & Maydra Maas
Richard SanderDennis & Kathy Kahnke
Richard SanderElaine Just
Richard SanderDavid & Patricia Reitter
Richard SanderShirley Redmann
Norman SchniederBruce & Maydra Maas
Margaret Mary SchunkBruce & Maydra Maas
Gladys ShipmanMarvin & Judy Penske
Bernard SimonsenBernard & Ruth Green Simonsen
Bernard SimonsenAlvina Hoffbeck
Jeffrey SlikerBruce & Maydra Maas
Robert SoupirRonald & Barbara Wixon
Robert SoupirDelaine Schwartz
Juen StarkenRussell & Angela Dudgeon
Allen TateBruce & Maydra Maas
Lenora TheisJames & Bernadine Senst
Matthew Gene VerdoesMary Ann Gray
Matthew Gene VerdoesCynthia Hillger
Matthew Gene VerdoesDennis & Kathy Kahnke
Matthew Gene VerdoesRonald & Carol Collins
Matthew Gene VerdoesJeanette Kotval
Matthew Gene VerdoesJoyce McKay
Matthew Gene VerdoesEdwine Partch
Matthew Gene VerdoesJames & Ellen Nester
Matthew Gene VerdoesScott Preusse
Matthew Gene VerdoesKaren Rolloff
Matthew Gene VerdoesSheri Ness
Matthew Gene VerdoesShirley Redmann
Matthew Gene VerdoesThomas Hawley
Matthew Gene VerdoesBruce & Maydra Maas
Matthew Gene VerdoesMaynard & Joyce Nolting
Matthew Gene VerdoesJames & Barbara Darr
Recent donations made in honor or memory of a loved are recognized here.

Foundation Staff

Karen Melges, Foundation Director

Jodi Bunting, Administrative Assistant