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Campaign for new ER exceeds $1m goal

Avera Holy Family announces over $1.2m pledged and received

January 23, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

In April, 2017, the Avera Holy Family Hospital Foundation launched a capital campaign to raise $1 million to support the renovation and expansion of the emergency department at the hospital.

"I am excited to announce we have secured $1.26 million in pledges and donations for the ER project, exceeding our original goal of $1 million," Sandy Lunning, Foundation Manager for Avera Holy Family said. "The Foundation Board and the Capital Campaign Committee are pleased with the level of support the community has shown. The extra funds will allow us to include enhanced ER equipment as well as additional furnishings and signage which were not part of the original project estimates.

"It is important that donors know every penny donated to this capital campaign will be used for creating a new, state of the art ER that we can all be proud of," said Lunning.

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Dale Hustedt, CEO of Avera Holy Family Hospital, said he is "grateful and encouraged," by the support from the community for the hospital's new emergency room.

At the start, Hustedt said he thought it would take a year to raise $1 million. The campaign instead raised over $1.2 million in seven months.

It has been 18 years since the hospital conducted a capital campaign in the community. The last campaign was for the hospital's inpatient addition.

"The community really bought into the ER project," Hustedt said. "I am overwhelmed by the community support in terms of both the capital campaign and the project. The city, county, economic development, and Excel Estherville all jumped in right away. Businesses and individuals made personal commitments for the project. Everyone wanted to be a part of it!"

"What happens this winter is identifying any tweaks in the details and specifications before the project breaks ground in the spring of 2018," Hustedt said.

The capital campaign included over 350 donors and was led by a capital campaign committee that included: Honorary Capital Campaign Chairs: George and Judy Shadle and Jan Grieg; Committee Chairs: Mike Cornwall, Joe and Jody Grieg, and Chris and Shannon Schiltz; and Committee Members: Layne and Kim Anderson, Scot and Tina Bauermeister, Pam Bruns, Greg and Amy Deim, Roslyn Gunderson, Lyle Hevern, Bob Jensen, Brad Leonard, Diane Nelsen, Rick and Leslie Olesen, Kathy Preston, Holle Smith, Dennis and Cindy White, Sandy Lunning, Dale Hustedt, and Renaissance Campaign Consultants, David and Hans Hoeksema.

Hustedt said, "This project touched the heartstrings of so many people. I talked to hundreds of people about this project, and I don't think I have spoken to anyone who has not been a patient or had a loved one in our ER. This is a campaign that was easier to promote, because everyone gets it."

Groundbreaking will take place in the spring.



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