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A message to our donors

Dear partners,

LMH Health was founded 100 years ago upon the commitment to provide access for all. In giving funds to create Lawrence Memorial Hospital in 1921, local philanthropist Elizabeth Watkins stipulated that "no person shall be excluded on account of race, or physical, social or financial condition."

That commitment prevails to this day. As the largest safety-net provider in the region, LMH Health provides millions of dollars in charitable care each year. We look to this as our purpose and north star. In 2021 and beyond, we will focus on advancing health equity and inclusion in our community.

Thanks to your support, we are addressing food scarcity and barriers to transportation through our Help and Healing Fund. Our Catch a Break Fund is helping cancer patients in need with utility bills and medication. And our community pantry, in partnership with Just Food and Van Go, Inc., is continually stocked with food and supplies for anyone who needs it.

We could not do this without you. Thank you for strengthening your nonprofit, community hospital, and for helping us elevate healthcare for all people in Douglas County.

In gratitude,

Rebecca Smith, Executive Director, LMH Health Foundation & Vice President of Strategic Communications, LMH Health

LMH Health Foundation

Our Purpose

LMH Health Foundation inspires community and philanthropic support to strengthen LMH Health as a partner for lifelong health.

A Partner for Lifelong Health

Join us as we build a destination for healthy living. LMH Health is committed to helping you and your family stay healthy for life. Our goals are the same as yours: healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy future for everyone.

Your gifts help fund investments in patient care, community education, charitable care, wellness and more, so that the care you and your loved ones need will always be available, when and where you need it.

As a community-owned, not-for-profit hospital, LMH Health serves the healthcare needs of the community regardless of an individual's ability to pay. LMH Health receives no tax support from the city of Lawrence or Douglas County and invests all contributions and excess revenues in services, equipment and facilities. Your gift makes a difference!

See our 2020 Annual Report

See our 2019 Annual Report

See our 2018 Annual Report

Board of Directors, 2021

Members of the LMH Health Foundation Board of Directors oversee the organization’s executive director and nearly $15 million in philanthropic assets to provide average annual donor support of more than $3.8 million to LMH Health. Board members participate in strategic planning, advise on program initiatives, and engage with current and prospective donors.

Roles and Responsibilities for the Board of Directors

LMH Health Foundation Board of Directors

LMH Health Foundation Board of Directors, 2021

Becki Dick, President

Mark Gonzales, Vice President

Cathy Shenoy, Treasurer

Gail Vick, Secretary

Jason Hoover, Past President

Jane Blocher

Daryl Craft

Lindy Eakin

Barb Heeb

Ernesto Hodison

Joe Hurla

Dr. Walter Ingram

Russ Johnson (ex-officio – LMH Health President & CEO)

Derek Kwan

Danny Lewis

Larry McElwain (ex-officio – LMH Health Board of Trustees)

Devon Mihesuah

Jan Pollard (ex-officio – LMH Health Volunteers)

Dr. Luis Salazar

Dan Schriner

Livia Sexton

Dr. Mike Thompson

Jeff Weinberg

Cindy Yulich


Rebecca Smith
Executive Director

Erica Hill
Finance & Strategic Initiatives Director

Earl Reineman
Major & Planned Gifts Manager

Courtney Bernard
Development Coordinator

Amy Addington
Donor Engagement Assistant

Becky Swearingen
Financial Assistant

Nicole Olson
Foundation Assistant