Foundation receives Waldman behest
When Mary Waldman passed away last March she included a $47,668 behest to St. Mary’s Hospital in her will. She and her husband, Tony, who passed away in the early 1990’s, decided together to designate the hospital as a beneficiary.
Mary and Tony farmed for years in the Winona area then moved to Cottonwood after they retired. She was born and raised in the Greencreek area and lived the last five years at SMH in long term care where she was cared for by a variety of nurses including Theresa Shears, LPN.
“Mary was always interested in the hospital. She was very helpful and nice to her room mates and a wonderful person to be with,” said Shears.
Mary’s nephew, Urban Uhlenkott, described her as an outgoing, hard working woman who was active within the community. “She belonged to a lot of organizations,” said Uhlenkott. “Before Tony died they both decided to include the hospital in their will.”
According to Debbie Schumacher, SMH Foundation Director, the funds were not earmarked for any particular program or equipment. Knowing the hospital is upgrading their Radiology Department, the Foundation Board of Directors is designating a portion of the funds for Radiology equipment and a portion to the Foundation’s endowment fund.
“This is the second generous behest we had last year and it certainly makes a huge difference in the services we can provide locally,” said Schumacher. “Our goal is to acquire a CT scanner and other equipment to digitize our Radiology services. It will allow the health providers to have immediate images for help in diagnosis of injuries, illnesses and other conditions. We are grateful to area citizens for their generosity. It helps us continually modernize our equipment and expand the types of services we can provide.”