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Trig SolbergHYF chairman
Trig Solberg
HYF chairman

The Howard Young Foundation (HYF) is pleased to announce that it will begin sharing information and items of general interest related to health care to residents within the service area of Howard Young Health Care. 

There’s a lot of good news, great projects and community philanthropy going on that we want to tell you about. The first column that follows is from the chairman of the Howard Young Foundation, Trig Solberg. 

We look forward to your feedback.   

Trig Solberg reflects on his first two years as Howard Young Foundation (HYF) Chairman:

There has been a lot of activity going on to support local health care in the Northwoods, since Trig Solberg took over as Howard Young Foundation chairman two years ago. 

On Jan. 20, 2012, Trig announced a $60 million Special Gift Initiative that the HYF had just begun to support the long-term capital needs of Ministry Howard Young Health Care. Thirty million dollars will be raised locally and Ministry Health Care will match each gift dollar-for-dollar totaling $60 million over the next 15 to 20 years.

“I am happy to announce now that we have reached our first goal and raised one-third of our total.” 

That is $10 million that has already been donated in gifts and pledges over the last two and half years.

During the same time, the Foundation has partnered with Ministry Howard Young Health Care to fund some significant advancements to demonstrate the value of health care philanthropy locally: 

• $1.2 Million toward the daVinci® surgical robot.

• $250,000 donated to relocate the Spirit 2 medical transport helicopter to the HYMC campus in Woodruff.

• $100,000 invested in state of the art patient simulators to enhance medical and nursing education in our community.

• $50,000 upgrade to the daVinci® to allow surgical procedures to be performed through a single opening in your belly button leaving virtually no scar for gallbladder and some gynecological surgeries.

None of this would have been possible without the generous and selfless support of our donors. In a time when most hospitals are cutting back services to maintain their profit margins, the partnership between the Howard Young Foundation and Ministry Howard Young Health Care is enhancing care locally and assuring that our hospitals will be providing state of the art care for generations to come. 

Over the next several months we are focusing our attention on raising an additional $5 million to support a technologically advanced cardiac clinic on the Howard Young Medical Center campus in Woodruff. It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. 

When the full vision of this clinic is realized, it will allow up to 50 percent of patients that are currently being transferred out of the area to receive their cardiac care locally. 

“This is completely in line with our mission as a Foundation” Solberg said. “Providing technologically advanced state-of-the-art care right here in our community.” 

For additional information, please watch for our new publication, “Defining Moments,” to be available later this month. This is the first edition of a magazine that will be published twice annually. It will allow our donors to read about all the meaningful things their generous gifts allow us to do in a rural health care setting, as well as keep all readers informed about the hospital’s ongoing needs and projects.

If you’d like to learn more about the Howard Young Foundation, call 715-439-4005 or visit www.howardyoungfoundation.org.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Article comment by: Ray Janicek

Admittedly we don't live in the Lakeland area
(we're from the Chicago suburbs), so our per- spective is incomplete. However, our family has vacationed in the area multiple times per year since the 1950s, and we follow local news. While we rarely comment, it's a bit surprising to us how farsighted efforts like the Howard Young Foundation's can be, and, at virtually the same time, how shortsighted events like rejecting the expansion of the shelter at Torpy Park can be, especially given the conceptual and financial support of a
respected local service organization.

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