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West River Health Services

The mission of West River Health Services is to provide comprehensive health and wellness services to the residents and visitors of the region.

To be a unified organization; To provide a full spectrum of services in the continuum of care; To follow its Mission of service and Values of Excellence, Innovation, Compassion and Respect; To face with courage the constant challenges of providing rural healthcare; To accept and assert itself in the role as a regional and national leader.

Excellence in practice,
Innovation in service,
Compassion for the people we serve, and
Respect for one another.

Quality First.


Irma Steinmetz Scholarship

Irma Steinmetz Scholarship:

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Academic Loan

Academic Loan:

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Joyce Stippich Memorial Scholarship

Joyce Stippich Memorial Scholarship:

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Lynn Feist Memorial Scholarship

Lynn Feist Memorial Scholarship:

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Auxiliary Scholarship

Auxiliary Scholarship:

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The foundation was incorporated in 1984. It serves as a source of contributed funds for West River Health Services and Western Horizons Living Centers. The foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors and is a registered 501 © (3) U.S. charitable organization and licensed by the state of North Dakota.


To support West River Health Services and Western Horizons Living Centers as they provide comprehensive health and wellness services to the region by providing fund raising and development services.




  • To reach these goals, an endowment fund was established. The long-term welfare of rural, community owned hospitals depends on financial endowment. The endowment fund will be used as a permanent funding source for West River Health Services (WRHS) and Western Horizons Living Centers (WHLC) to carry out its vision of ensuring quality health services and up to date technology. Provide funds for equipment
  • Assist health related programs and services
  • Support community wellness education
  • Provide scholarships and loans for healthcare professionals
  • Aid hospital, clinics and living centers

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
--- Winston Churchill ---


You can help support WRHSF with a one-time gift, annual gift, and planned gift or by making a pledge over time. Gifts may be in the form of cash, stock, real estate, livestock, grain, life insurance, charitable trusts and gift annuities, or you may want to include the foundation in your estate plan by making a bequest in your will.

All gifts may be restricted by the donor for a specific purpose or given as an unrestricted donation for the general endowment fund. Donations can be made at anytime and anonymous gifts are always welcome.

Gifts of Cash

Gifts of cash are the most commonly used to make charitable gifts. Tax benefits are available when you itemize deductions on your tax return.

Gifts of Appreciated Assets

Gifts of appreciated assets such as securities, real estate, or other property that has increased in value, may provide you with an income tax deduction for the full value of the asset and save on capital gains and state taxes.

Planned Giving

“Planned Giving” offers a wide variety of giving methods that allow you to give to WRHSF during your lifetime and/or after your death, while meeting your current income needs and providing for your heirs. Planned Gifts are popular because they can provide valuable tax benefits and/or income for life and are a viable option for donors of all income levels.

Potential Benefits of Planned Gifts

  • Increase current income for the donor or others                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Reduce the donor’s income tax
  • Avoid capital gains tax
  • Pass assets to family at a reduced tax cost
  • Make significant donations to charity


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Types of Planned Gifts:

Charitable Remainder Trusts
This trust makes payments, either a fixed amount or a percentage of trust principal, to whomever the donor chooses to receive income. At the end of the trust term, WRHSF receives whatever amount is left in the trust.

Charitable Lead Trusts
This trust makes payments to WRHSF during its term. At the end of the trust term, the principal can go either back to the donor or to heirs named by the donor.

Charitable Gift Annuities
A charitable gift annuity is a simple contract between a donor and West River Health Services Foundation. In exchange for an irrevocable gift of cash, securities, mutual funds, or other assets, WRHSF agrees to pay one or two annuitants a fixed income each year for life. The older the annuitants, the higher the interest rate.

Charitable Life Estate Agreements
A donor may wish to consider deeding a home or farm to WRHSF now but retain the right to live there for life. The donor can receive favorable tax benefits for such a gift.

Charitable Bequests
Giving through your will or living trust can be a convenient way to leave a lasting legacy. After providing for your loved ones, you may wish to give something to WRHSF. A bequest can usually be arranged with the simple addition of a codicil (amendment) to your existing will.

Types of Bequests

  • General Bequest: A specified dollar amount.
  • Specific Bequest: Designate specified assets, such as securities or other property.
  • Residuary Bequest: Assign all or a certain percentage of your estate’s remainder value after all expenses and all other bequests have been paid. This form of bequest ensures that each remainder beneficiary receives a constant proportion even though changes may occur in the size of the estate.
  • Contingent Bequest: Property is distributed to WRHSF only if the named beneficiary is deceased.

Annual Giving

Partners in Health
This annual membership giving club helps build a constituency that provides a cornerstone of annual financial support for West River Health Services and Western Horizons Living Centers and promotes meaningful and lasting relationships between our organization and its friends.

Partners in Health will produce a reliable source of revenue that will strengthen our financial resources. These gifts will be used to support current equipment, facility and program needs.

Membership Eligibility
The core level of membership is based upon single or multiple gifts totaling $100 or more given within a single year. Other giving levels are in place for those who contribute $250 or more. Each year these gifts make an immediate and important difference in patients’ lives.

Programs We Support

General Endowment Fund
Contributions are invested as a permanent funding source of West River Health Services. The interest income generated from investments is used to support our programs and services.

In Tribute Program
Gifts may be given as a memorial to an individual or to honor an individual on birthdays, anniversaries, or other special occasions. These gifts may be restricted by the donor for a specific purpose or to the General Endowment Fund.

Academic Loan Fund
Designed to help offset a substantial portion of education costs for Allied Health Professionals and Mid-Level Practitioners in exchange for a commitment of professional practice in our regional health care system

Scholarship Fund
Provides assistance for Allied Health Professionals and Mid-Level Practitioners with college/university funding prior to the final two years of professional study.

Partners in Health
This annual membership-giving club provides financial support and helps finance the current needs of equipment and programs that are not available through other sources of funding

Ambulance Fund
Used to upgrade equipment, train technicians and teach emergency management services to emergency management teams across our regional service area.

Western Horizons Living Centers
Gifts to Western Horizons Care Center and Western Horizons Assisted Living will help fulfill our mission to our neighbors in achieving and maintaining their highest level of independence in a caring and respectful environment.

Contributions are recognized in our donor recognition program to thank and honor our many friends for their continuing support. The “Donor Wall of Honor”, displays the names of individuals, families, businesses and organizations whose cumulative giving to WRHSF has reached $1,000 or more. In our “Heritage Book of Honor”, all donors are permanently inscribed, regardless of their level of support.


WRHSF Board of Directors 

Matt Barnes, Chairman – Lemmon
(Term Expiring 9-30-21)

Cody Jorgenson, Vice Chairman –Hettinger
(Term Expiring 9-30-19)

Lonnie Stippich, Secretary Treasurer – Hettinger
(Term Expiring 9-30-19)

Mike Mellmer – Reeder
(Term Expiring 9-30-20)

Linda Weaver - Hettinger
(Term Expiring 9-30-18)

Jennifer Johnson – Mott
(Term Expiring 9-30-20)

Connie Burwick – Hettinger
(Term Expiring 9-30-20)

Vance Trogstad – Lemmon
(Term Expiring 9-30-20)

Dr. John Joyce - Hettinger
(Term Expiring 9-30-18)


Fund Development Officer - Ted Uecker III

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West River Health Services Foundation
1000 Highway 12
Hettinger, North Dakota 58639-7530
Phone: 701-567-6187

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