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About the Foundation

About the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation

About the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation

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The Foundation’s mission is to raise, steward and disburse funds for the benefit of Abbott Northwestern Hospital and the communities we serve.

Since 2002, the Foundation has given away more than $85 million in grants. These grants:

  • improve patient care
  • support research
  • facilitate the purchase of state-of-the-art, innovative equipment and technology
  • institute new care programs
  • much more.

Give today to support this important work.

Board of Directors, 2013-2014

The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. They are members of the community and physicians who practice at Abbott Northwestern.


  • Chair: Muffy MacMillan
  • Vice chair: Carol Huttner, vice president of operations, SpecialtyCare
  • Vice chair: Morris Sherman, attorney, Leonard, Street and Deinard
  • Secretary: Tamara Lillemoe, MD, FCAP, Hospital Pathology Associates, PA
  • Treasurer: Roger H.D. Lacey


  • Lee Arostegui, MD, Emergency Care Consultants, PA
  • *Ben Bache-Wiig, MD, president, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Robert Barrows, attorney
  • Ann Bentdahl
  • M. Nicholas Burke, MD, Minneapolis Heart Institute
  • Cassidy Burns, principal, Riverbridge Partners
  • Richard Chaffee, Chaffee & Associates, LLC
  • Christopher T. Dahl
  • Richard Ehrich, corporate controller, Image Sensing Systems
  • Marna Fullerton, chairperson of the board and CEO, Fullerton Company
  • Linda Goldenberg
  • *Robert G. Hauser, MD, interim president, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
  • Sharon Hawkins
  • Benjamin S. Jaffray
  • Linda Ketover, MD
  • Gloria Lewis, president and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Twin Cities
  • Lynne McDonough
  • Kita McVay
  • *Richard Meyer, president, Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation
  • *William M. Parham, MD, immediate past chief of staff, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Jason Paulnock, senior vice president, Wells Fargo
  • Ronald J. Poole
  • *Jason Reed, MD, chief of staff, Abbott Northwestern Hospital Medical Staff
  • Robert Scott, MD
  • Robert Sit, vice president, Sit Investment Associates, Inc.

*Directors – Ex-Officio


Foundation staff members are committed to serving Abbott Northwestern Hospital and its supporters. To discuss your particular philanthropic interests, or for more information about giving opportunities, please contact the Foundation at 612-863-4126 or contact a staff member directly.

Richard Meyer

  • Richard Meyer became president of the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation in 2007.
  • Previously, he was vice president of organizational advancement for Minnesota Masonic Homes and director of the Children's Theatre Company's development program.
  • He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington in Seattle and a jurisprudence degree from the University of Minnesota.

Deena Bartley
administrative assistant

  • Deena Bartley joined the Foundation staff in October of 2013.
  • She brings with her 23 years of experience in public and non-profit organizations. Most recently, she served as project and development coordinator at Search Institute in Minneapolis.
  • She holds a BA in Sociology from Cornell College and a MA in Liberal Studies from Hamline University.

Stacy Elsholtz
executive assistant

  • Stacy Elsholtz has served as the Executive Assistant to the Foundation President since 2009.
  • Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as a fundraising professional for the Minnesota Orchestra where she supported capital campaign, major gift and planned giving efforts.
  • She holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Bethel College.

Chris Fahey
development officer

  • Chris Fahey joined the staff of Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation in April of 2013.
  • Before joining the Foundation, he served as director of development for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and was associate director of development for Extension and Outreach at the University of California.
  • Before his work in higher education, Fahey worked as a corporate fundraiser for public broadcasting stations in Oregon, Washington and California.
  • He has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Boston University.

Dawn Fish
development officer

  • Dawn Fish, MA, CFRE, joined the Foundation in January 2013 and brings 25 years of development experience in health care and higher education.
  • She holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership, a bachelor’s degree in communications, and the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential.
  • She is currently working toward an MS degree in legal studies.

Kirsten Fish
annual fund manager

  • Kirsten Fish joined the Foundation as Annual Fund Manager in February 2013.
  • Prior to joining Abbott Northwestern, Kirsten served in development for eight years at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where she last held the role of manager of the Institute’s Women’s Board.
  • Originally from southern Indiana, Kirsten obtained her education at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Kathy Ingerson
development associate

  • Kathy Ingerson began working in the hospital’s Development Office in 2001 and has been with the Foundation since 2002.
  • Ingerson manages the Foundation’s grants program, which provides $10 million annually to Abbott Northwestern Hospital and its surrounding community.
  • Previously, Ingerson managed the Medical Education/CME departments of Children’s Hospital-Minneapolis.
  • She has a bachelor's degree in human resources management and development from Metropolitan State University.

Anne Walker Langaard
director of development

  • Anne Langaard joined the Foundation staff in 2009 and brings extensive fund raising experience to her position.
  • Prior to joining the Foundation, she led the development department of the Minnesota Orchestra for five years, was vice president for development for Community Health Charities, and was director of corporate and foundation giving for the Orchestra from 1990 to 2000.
  • Prior employers include Planned Parenthood, MEDA and ARC in Minnesota, and Aviva Center in Los Angeles.
  • Langaard is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Annual reports

Each year, we publish an annual report to chronicle some of the ways in which donors and contributions improve the lives of patients.

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A hospital love story

It all started in 1958. Maxine Anderson was a nursing student and Guillermo Dacumos was a medical intern at what was then Northwestern Hospital. They met on a blind date, and the relationship quickly blossomed. Marriage and three children followed. More than 50 years later, they have fond memories of the hospital and give annually to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation. 

Look who's one - The Mother Baby Center and Baby Gemma

On Feb. 4, The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Children’s – Minneapolis celebrated its first birthday. The Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation raised $5.4 million in support of the center thanks to generous donors. Baby Gemma was the first of 5,153 babies born there in year one. 

A story for the season: Dr. Bilka's final gift

Paul Bilka, MD, made some decisions near the end of his life that will have a lasting impact on Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He made legacy gifts and a $1 million cash donation to the hospital. "He looked at what was important to him, and that drove his decisions," said Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation President Rich Meyer.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation launches Critical Care Campaign

Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation is raising $15 million from the community to renovate, enhance and expand Abbott Northwestern’s Emergency Department in Minneapolis and Neurological Intensive Care Unit (Neuro-ICU). This campaign will benefit patients who need specialized care for conditions that are life-threatening and require comprehensive care and constant monitoring.

The McFarlands experience two strokes in one summer

Joyce and Dick McFarland have given generously of their time, talents and resources to Abbott Northwestern Hospital for decades. So, when they each experienced a stroke, there was no question where they would go. They became patients of Abbott Northwestern's Emergency Department and Neuro Intensive Care Unit. They share their story as the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation launches the Critical Care Campaignto raise $15 million for these departments.

George Family Foundation offers matching gift for integrative care

Through the end of 2013, the George Family Foundation will match all new or increased gifts to the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing dollar-for-dollar up to $75,000. Gifts will support integrative health programs, such as the Transformative Nurse Training program.

Two new arrivals - Liliana Hope's birth story

When Denise and Adam Hauge learned they were expecting a baby last year, they were delighted to hear about another new arrival: The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children’s – Minneapolis. Denise delivered a healthy baby girl, Liliana Hope, at the new center in March. 

Prescription Assistance Fund: A lifeline supported through philanthropy

In 2012, the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation granted more than $110,000 to three programs that assist patients who lack the financial ability and resources to pay for prescriptions.

Etta and Elsie’s Abbott Northwestern birth story

It was an extraordinary year for Becky and Pete Slabiak and their twin girls, Etta and Elsie. In the fall of 2011, the girls made a dramatic entrance into the world. Just 31 weeks pregnant, Becky went into labor and had an emergency cesarean section at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Today, Etta and Elsie are “beautiful, healthy and strong."

Paul Bilka, MD, makes a gift to benefit today's patients and tomorrow's physicians

Paul Bilka, MD, found the perfect way to support his two passions of medicine and education through a planned gift to establish the Medicine Clinic Education Fund.

Medicine Ball "Baby Love!" Chair Ashley Mehbod

Ashley Mehbod has been connected to Abbott Northwestern since birth. She was delivered at the hospital, and when she and her husband started their family, they also chose to deliver at Abbott Northwestern. Mehbod gave back as chair of the 2012 Medicine Ball "Baby Love!" gala.

Employees and physicians support The Mother Baby Center

It’s not enough for some Abbott Northwestern physicians and employees to give of their time and talents at work. Many of them also have stepped up to make a donation to Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation's community giving campaign, physician giving program or the 2012 Medicine Ball.