Fri. Dec 8th, 2023
Local non-profit health care in Lake of the Ozarks is on the receiving end of a $1-million donation to go toward technology, infrastructure and innovation.
That’s according to a release issued on Wednesday identifying the generous donors as Willis and Peggy Hansen who retired from Iowa to the lake area and have, both, benefited from care provided by Lake Regional.
Mister Hansen has received stents while Misses Hansen received care for a stroke.
The donation from the Hansen’s is tax deductible and highlights Lake Regional’s 501-C-3 status.
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Dedicated Lake Regional supporters have given the largest single gift in Lake Regional’s history, a $1 million donation that will advance local nonprofit health care through investment in technology, infrastructure and innovation.
This transformative gift comes from Willis and Peggy Hansen, who have both benefited from Lake Regional’s commitment to providing state-of-the-art care. He received three stents at Lake Regional, and she received care for a stroke. They hope their gift encourages others to support Lake Regional’s mission to provide exceptional health care.
“I think everybody would like to have No. 1 medical services available to them,” said Willis Hansen, who retired to the Lake of the Ozarks from Iowa.
“I am so thankful,” said Peggy Hansen, describing the stroke care she received in 2019. “I had the tPA medication in time, so I have absolutely no side effects.”
On behalf of everyone at Lake Regional, CEO Kevin McRoberts, FACHE, thanked Willis and Peggy Hansen for their incredible support.
“I cannot thank Mr. and Mrs. Hansen enough for their generous gift,” McRoberts said. “They understand that their support — along with the support of others who value local health care — means the difference between maintaining a good hospital and building world-class health care right here. Many of us know people who have vacationed and retired in our community, but when they began having health concerns, they returned to a metro area. At Lake Regional, we’re determined to give them a better option. We want people like Mr. and Mrs. Hansen to call our community home.”
The Hansens also spoke about the need for a strong hospital for a community to thrive.
“When we improve services at the hospital, just think how many people we improve that service for,” Willis Hansen said. “We’re not improving it just for one or two. We’re talking about the whole area.”
Join the Givers
Gifts to Lake Regional Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3), are tax-deductible, and every dollar stays local to support the mission of Lake Regional by providing needed medical equipment, advancing programs and services, and enhancing facilities. Community-minded individuals are encouraged to make donations directly to the Health Foundation, which also raises funds through special events, grants and capital campaigns.
“Every day at Lake Regional brings amazing stories of people caring from the heart,” said Trish Creach, executive director, Lake Regional Health Foundation. “We invite you to join us in making a difference. Compassionate gifts of all sizes can help. Every gift is deeply appreciated and helps us advance care.”
Options for Giving
There are many options for giving. For example, individuals can make a cash donation either as a one-time gift or on a recurring basis. These donations may be made in honor or in memory of a loved one. Planned giving that includes gifts of stocks or bonds, real estate, retirement assets and life insurance policies is also possible. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.
Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to residents and visitors throughout the mid-Missouri region. The hospital is a Level II Stroke Center, Level II STEMI (heart attack) Center and Level III Trauma Center. Lake Regional also provides a wide range of specialties, including cancer care, heart care, orthopedics and women’s health. Plus, Lake Regional operates primary care clinics, walk-in Express Care clinics, rehab therapy clinics, programs for home health and hospice, and retail pharmacies. To learn more, visit lakeregional.com.
Peggy and Willis Hansen