SCBH Foundation & Auxiliary

SCBH Foundation & Auxiliary 2018-10-02T19:48:35+00:00

Mission of the Foundation

The mission of the Swift County-Benson Hospital Foundation is to help the hospital provide a continuum of quality health care services that support and enhance the well-being of our community.

The Swift County-Benson Hospital Foundation was established over twenty years ago for the sole benefit of the Swift County-Benson Health Services. The Swift County-Benson Hospital Foundation is a non-profit organization consisting of volunteer community members.


The Foundation’s first major fund raising campaign was to raise funds for the building of Scofield Place. The campaign was a huge success raising more than $900,000. Later campaigns have helped raise money for the Hospital’s Emergency Room addition and for the Surgery Center.


In addition to the capital campaigns, the Foundation also hosts an annual fund raising dinner, known as Emerald Eve. It’s a time of fun, food and fellowship with a silent auction, a live auction, a great meal and musical entertainment. This yearly event raises $10,000 to $20,000 for specific Hospital projects and needs. In the past, the funds raised have been used to purchase new ambulances and medical equipment. In addition, the Foundation has provided educational scholarships for Hospital employees who desire to go on to school for advanced education in their field.


We work closely with the SCBHS Board of Directors and Administration. The focus at this time is the need for Assisted Living and Memory Care. The Hospital Board is working to develop plans to have this in place in the near future. The Swift County – Benson Hospital Foundation will be a part of that process.


The success we’ve enjoyed is only because of the generosity and support of the people and businesses of our community and the surrounding area. We hope that you will consider supporting quality, local health care by attending Emerald Eve, supporting campaigns and/or making a donation to the SCBH Foundation. If you have any questions about volunteering or giving opportunities, please call Jerry Peterson at 320-760-2416. Click here to learn more about making a donation.


Foundation donors are listed in the Foundation’s annual newsletter, newspaper, and hospital’s newsletter (amounts excluded). All Friends will be invited to the annual recognition event. Founders will be part of the “Help Us Grow” tree found in the lobby of the hospital. Cumulative annual giving will get you to “Founder” status and recognition on the tree, along with a Lifetime Membership.

  • Green Leaf – $1,000 to $4,999
  • Gold Leaf – $5,000 to $9,999
  • Green Apple – $10,000 to $14,999
  • Red Apple – $15,000 to $19,999
  • Foundation Stone – $20,000+
  • Recognition Plaque – $50,000+

Members are informed and communicate the need for improved healthcare facilities, services, and to attract and retain healthcare professionals. Members will receive the Foundation annual newsletter and have the opportunity to work with others to promote quality rural healthcare. Continued membership ensures there will be quality healthcare for your loved ones today and into the future.

SCBH Foundation Board

  • Jerry Peterson, Chair
  • Ron Laycock, Vice-Chair
  • Elaine Mitteness, Secretary
  • Jan Goff, Treasurer
  • Jan Baukol
  • Corey Claussen
  • Marlys Boone
  • Jon Hawley
  • Gary Loen
  • Patty Schreck
  • Lori Martin
  • Andy Abner
  • Grant Herfindahl


Swift County - Benson Hospital Auxiliary is active in helping to maintain and improve the hospital’s equipment and facilities. Annual activities throughout the year include fundraising and public education events.

2018 Auxiliary Board Members:

  • Robyn Abner, President
  • Andrea Krusemark, Vice President
  • Melissa McGinty-Thompson, Secretary
  • Darcy Claussen, Treasurer
  • Michele Sonnabend
  • Kerry Wilcox
  • Cindy Frank
  • Donna Tatge
  • Emily Habben

Annual Events Sponsored by the SCBH Auxiliary:

Annual Summer Golf Event The 2nd Sunday of August each year, the Auxiliary will hosts its Annual Golf Classic at the Benson Golf Course.  Besides an afternoon of golf, there is more fun in the evening.  We have an awards dinner for everyone after the fun in the sun. Plus, the Auxiliary works all year collecting dozens of prizes to give away at the evening event.  Sign up early, this event is usually sold out early.  To sign up call the Hospital at 320-843-4232.

“Learn for Life” Program This event is our gift to you.  The most recent events hosted were Make and Take craft nights that also included a discussion and/or presentation on a current health care topic with a Swift County – Benson Health Services healthcare professional. This evening event is usually held in the fall.  Watch this website or the SCBHS calendar in the paper for information.  Past topics discussed were: women’s health, osteoporosis, colon cancer, diabetes, healthy eating, and cholesterol.

Memberships: Memberships to the SCBH Auxiliary are $10 a year or $100 for an individual life membership. Yearly memberships for the Auxiliary for businesses or organizations is $50 a year or $500 for a lifetime membership. Contact SCBH Auxiliary Board Members or the hospital for more information.

Contact Info

1815 Wisconsin Avenue

Phone: 320-843-4232

Toll Free: 800-324-0787

Fax: 320-843-4172

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