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Tracy Area Medical Foundation

Tracy Area Medical Foundation Donates $1,375 to Sanford Tracy, Balaton and Walnut Grove Clinics

To establish Reach Out & Read Program

After learning about the Reach Out and Read Program that promotes early literacy in children, The Tracy Area Medical Foundation Board of Directors wanted to ensure this program was offered to pediatric patients visiting Sanford Tracy and/or our satellite clinics located in Balaton and Walnut Grove. The Foundation Board of Directors graciously donated $1,375 to initiate the Reach Out and Read Program. The concept was initially presented on behalf of “Dr. Andy” Kopperud due to great success with the program currently offered to his patients at Sanford Westbrook. As a part of the effort to ensure the success of the Reach Out and Read Program, providers and clinic nursing staff have been or will be trained on the evidence based Reach Out and Read program to administer to patients during well child visits. From six months to five years of age, during their well child visit, the child and their parents are presented with a brand new book that is age appropriate and culturally sensitive.

The Tracy Area Medical Foundation accepts gifts as direct donations or as memorials. Foundation contributions may be given through one’s living trust, a charitable gift annuity or as a life insurance beneficiary. Your continued support provides the highest level of care. All donations to the Tracy Area Medical Foundation remain right here….at home.

For more information on how you can become a supporter of your local healthcare facility through donations to the Tracy Area Medical Services Foundation, call Sanford Tracy Medical Center at 212-4179 or contact any TAMF Board of Director: Nathan Stephens, Chair; Gabe Pieper, Vice-Chair; Carole Snyder, Secretary; Kerry Knakmuhs, Treasurer; Desneige Gervais, Adele Thomas, Lou Ann Engel, Elise Lanoue, Stacy Barstad, Sanford Tracy CEO and Denise Clouse, Foundation Facilitator.

Featured in the photo: Kerry Knakmuhs, Adele Thomas, Dr. Andy Kopperud, Lou Ann Engel, Patty Kolar and Stacy Barstad.


The Tracy Area Medical Foundation hosted it's Annual Fall Golf Classic Fundraiser on Friday, September 5th.  We had over 75 golfers and a great day of golf. The final numbers aren't in yet, but we're close to our $10,000 goal.

This year, the Fall Classic Golf Scramble fundraising goal was to raise funds to purchase a "Point of Care" providing healthcare professionals the ability to connect, consult and collaborate with their patients and associates from anywhere at any time.  This year's 4-person best ball champions were:  Evar Johnson, Pat Fricke,  Bruce Timmerman and James Wee.
Fall Classic Golf Tournament fundraisers have raised over $100,000 with funds designated to purchase equipment such as a bladder scanner for hospital and clinic use, a Lucas Chest Compression System, Lifepak defibrillator, auto pulse machine, patient Hoyer lift, mobile bladder scanner, AED's for our Balaton and Walnut Grove Clinics, contributions to enhance radiology and technology, cardiovascular and strength training equipment and facility improvements and last year puchased a Glidescope™. Your continued support provides the highest level of care right here… at home.

Why an Annual Membership Drive?
Although the foundation has been very fortunate to receive several large gifts in past years, the means to sustain the organization’s ability to continue providing financial support for our local hospital and clinics and continue providing scholarships will likely be based upon a yearly commitment of foundation support by community members – KEY MEMBERSHIPS.
Key membership is simply a commitment to provide a yearly tax deductible gift in an amount designated by the contributor. Gifts of any amount are appreciated and welcomed. The levels of giving are as follows:

$1.00- $199 – Bronze

$200 - $299 – Silver
$300 - $499 – Gold
$500 - $999 – Platinum
$1,000 and over – Diamond

In the past 10 years the Tracy Area Medical Foundation has been responsible for raising and contributing nearly $100,000 toward the purchase of Wellness Center equipment for strength and cardio vascular training. In 2010 the Foundation raised $85,000 and contributed $100,000 to the Tracy Clinic construction/remodeling project

Why Become a Foundation Member?
In today’s world of rapidly changing healthcare delivery, maintaining quality health care in a rural setting is becoming more and more challenging. Community support, in every way, is becoming more important than ever. As a Foundation Member you become an integral part of maintaining the high quality of care you expect from your local healthcare facility.

Tracy Area Medical Foundation purchases Glidescope with $1,500 in grant monies received from Lyon Lincoln Electric Roundup program and $500 from Redwood Electric Trust combined with funds raised from the Fall Golf Classic Fund-raiser held each year in September. Due to equipment cost, fund-raising for the Glidescope became a two year project in 2012 and 2013.

The Foundation’s donation will have a significant impact on the future of patient care services offered at Sanford Tracy Medical Center
Elise Lanoue, Foundation Chairperson greeting everyone at Clinic Open House





As a member of the Sanford Health Network, Sanford Tracy receives significant support in the areas of education andtechnology; however expenditures in the areas of equipment and program development are the responsibility of each individual health network facility making the Foundation’s support extremely important. Skyrocketing costs can impede Sanford Tracy’s ability to access new technology or equipment making foundation support a paramount component of healthcare delivery here in our community.