Foundation History

FoundationGroundbreakingThe Foundation for Thayer County Health Services was organized on September 20, 1983 by a group of nine Thayer County men and women who were determined to help ensure quality healthcare remained available in Thayer County.

The Foundation is governed by a board made up of nine to twelve board members from the eleven towns throughout Thayer County. Board members meet every other month to plan their fundraising events. The funds raised are used to purchase new hospital equipment or support various wellness programs. I

Annually, the Foundation host two fundraising events; their Golf Tournament and the Variety Show. In addition, the foundation holds an annual membership drive and actively works with individuals on planned giving as a way to provide support for Thayer County Health Services.

The foundation has conducted two previous Capital Campaigns.

In 1996, the Foundation conducted the “Pioneers in Healthcare campaign that raised over $1 million in support for building a new Hebron Medical Clinic and converting the old clinic into the Rehab Department.

In the Spring of 2004, the Foundation for Thayer County Health Services conducted a second Capital Campaign “Growing to Meet Your Needs” to help raise $1.5 million toward a 25,000 sq. ft. addition to the east side of the facility. This project included a new radiology dept., laboratory, six new private patient rooms and a lower level administrative space.

Later, a generous gift from the Erwin A. Dunker estate allowed the hospital to remodel the previous lab and radiology departments into a modern Surgical Center. This project was completed in 2008 and an Open House held on May 2, 2008.

The 2015, the Foundation for Thayer County Health Services received a generous gift of $6.9 million from the estate of Glenn H. Korff, a Hebron native. This gift will fund the cost to build a new Rehab and Wellness Center off the north side of the hospital. To learn mores about the Korff Fitness and Wellness Center go to their web page.

On August 2, 2015 Thayer County Health Services held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of its $14.8 million dollar Renovation and Wellness project. In conjunction with the start of the building project, the foundation began their current Capital Campaign “Investing in Healthier Tomorrows” with a goal of raising $1 million to help fund the cost for Phase II of the project, which is the new kitchen and cafeteria that will go into the current location for the Rehab Dept. Phase II of the project begin in the fall of 2016.

The success of the Foundation’s recent Capital Campaign raised the $1,000,000 goal by the end of 2016.   The hospital renovation project was completed in March 2018.  This renovation on the hospital and the Hebron clinic further enhanced the current services provided by Thayer County Health Services. Key areas of the hospital renovated were the emergency room, specialty clinic, the surgery center, and the labor & delivery room.  In addition to the hospital, the Hebron Clinic was updated with new flooring, lighting, cabinetry and additional exam rooms were added.  The registration area for the clinic was also updated and received a new layout for better workflow.

For more information on the foundation’s current fundraising projects you can contact Rita Luongo, TCHS Development Director at 402-768-4636.