In 1999, a group of area citizens formed the Harvard Hospital Foundation, a non-profit organization independent from Harvard Memorial Hospital but organized to support the services of the Hospital.

The inspiration to form the Foundation came from a gift to the Hospital of more than $350,000 from the estate of Roland Lemker. Thanks to Rollie’s generosity, the Foundation was created to manage charitable giving to the Hospital through donations, wills, and planned giving… gifts that expand and enhance local health care services. To this end, the Harvard Hospital Foundation is dedicated to raising funds in a consistent and organized manner. This need becomes more critical every year as the economics of health care rapidly change.

Mercy Harvard Hospital, as Harvard Memorial Hospital is now known, is a nonprofit service organization and a partner of the Mercy Health System. It is governed by a community Board of Directors. It has not been a district hospital since 1998 and receives no tax dollars for support. HMH’s only income is derived from operations and donations.

Contact: Jennifer Johns - Foundation director

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