Our peninsula is a small rural community—yet the health care provided by Door County Medical Center is world class.
Door County Medical Center (DCMC) has consistently been named one of the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States, and most recently received the Rural Community Partner Award for its support of initiatives outside its clinic walls. With our community’s ongoing and generous support, Door County Medical Center Foundation plays a part in this success by helping to fund the health care facilities and programs that serve our community.
Since its inception in 1990, DCMC Foundation has raised over $30 million for DCMC, in turn helping to create new programs, provide healthcare related scholarships, update technology, construct new state-of-the-art facilities and provide hospital wide volunteer opportunities.
“The best success story we have is our patient perception surveys. In many areas, the hospital is performing in the 90th percentile,” says Mike Herlache, DCMC Foundation Executive Director. “We have a great culture and people are very well taken care of. A lot of times, our strongest supporters are just impressed with how good the care is, and that translates into how we can keep these programs going.”
Where We Serve
DCMC Foundation supports mission driven programs and capital campaigns that do not necessarily make money for the hospital. “Our mission aligns with the hospital’s commitment to improving the health of all in our community, especially for the poor and the most vulnerable,” says Herlache.
DCMC Foundation recently launched its Annual Appeal in support of The Door County Medical Center Dental Clinic, which cares for 5,000 community members who would otherwise not have access to dental care, a significant portion of whom are children. DCMC Foundation raises $250,000 annually to keep this service available. “In addition to fundraising, we are constantly writing grants to fill that gap and ensure that the doors stay open.”
Other mission driven programs supported by DCMC Foundation include The Ministry Fund, The Healing Project, Skilled Nursing Facility and Hospice Care Capital Campaign, David Spude Cancer Center Fund and Memory Care.
How You Can Help
In addition to supporting mission driven programming, individual gifts may be earmarked in whatever form a person wishes. “You can give in-kind donations such as artwork or you can give to a specific piece of equipment or department,” explains Herlache. “There are endowment funds and the option to give stock as well. You can also volunteer through the DCMC Foundation Auxiliary, which puts on public fundraisers like the annual House and Garden Walk.”
DCMC Foundation receives a yearly average of around 2500 individual donations which come in a variety of amounts. Herlache emphasizes that it is significant to have any level of support.
“I firmly believe in recognizing every dollar that’s brought in. That one dollar donation could be as high a percentage of someone’s income as a 2 million dollar gift”
“If you want to make certain that DCMC continues to provide world class care for all members of our community, please consider DCMC Foundation in your seasonal gift giving. We are lucky to have very generous donors to help us further the mission of caring for all that need it, but especially the poor and vulnerable” says Herlache.
How to Give
To give, please go to dcmedical.org under the “Giving & Volunteering” section or call Door County Medical Center Foundation at (920) 746-1071.
Door County Medical Center Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.