CCHS Foundation

About the CCHS Foundation

The Cass County Health System Foundation was established in 1968 as the "Dorothy S. Kelloway Diagnostic & Research Foundation."  While the name was changed along the way, the purpose has remained the same -- to provide funding to Cass County Memorial Hospital for equipment, education, service and facility needs. The Foundation manages the Lifeline emergency response system and the Louis and Elsie Hansen Memorial Scholarship fund.

An annual campaign and golf benefit, along with planned giving and capital campaigns, provide financial means for the Foundation to achieve its mission of Supporting Excellence in Quality Healthcare.The CCHS Foundation is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

The CCHS Foundation has an annual fundraising campaign every winter, and sponsors a golf benefit in August. Personal gifts are accepted throughout the year.  For more information, contact the CCHS Foundation Director, Dawn Marnin, at 712-243-7409 or

Making a Gift

Gifts to Cass County Memorial Hospital are managed through the Cass County Health System Foundation. Gifts may be made in honor of family members, to recognize outstanding care by a particular staff member or department, or in memory of loved ones who have passed away.  Gifts to the CCHS Foundation may be designated for specific projects or departments, or they can go to the general fund to be used in the area of greatest need.  Donors are recognized on the CCHS Foundation Donor Recognition Wall

Plant a Garden, Heal a Soul

The CCHS Foundation created a Healing Garden for our patients, visitors and staff.  The Healing Garden project began with a generous gift from the Al Wernimont support rally.  Al and his family wanted to help provide this important healing feature at CCHS after they experienced the benefits of a natural setting during his cancer treatments. Learn more about our Healing Garden here.