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Largely, the fiscal backing has supporting infrastructure needed for continued excellence in health care through services provided at Calumet Medical Center.

Even in that commitment, education has ways been a major focus of the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation.

The Health Foundation has awarded 281 scholarships, with a value of $411,000.

Scholarship recipients in 2015, included Hilbert High School graduates Anna Heid (UW-Madison) and Kelly Kuehl (St. Norbert College); New Holstein High School graduates Karissa Preston (Marian University), Lauren Voelker (UW-LaCrosse), Joel Feider (UW-LaCrosse) and McKenna Jacobs (UW-LaCrosse); Brillion High School graduate Rachel Daun (Mount Mary University); Chilton High School graduates Renee Schmitz (UW-Madison) and Caitlin Bloomer (Marquette University Dental School); and Kiel High School graduates Kelly Winkel (University of Colorado grad school and Matthew Ritger (UW-Madison).

Growing the base fund

Such generosity requires a solid financial base.

Calumet Area Community Health Foundation currently has approximately $6 million in its base fund. However, the goal sought by the foundation to carry on its mission is about twice that amount.

The Calumet Area Community Health Foundation continues to reach out to individuals and groups in the community to request their help in building up the fund’s balance.

“We truly rely on the community to keep this fund working properly to pay dividends back to the health care community,” Calumet Area Community Health Foundation President Paul Hugo said.

Tax exempt public trust

Calumet Area Community Health Foundation (CACHF) is a tax exempt public charity trust, operating exclusively within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

The Calumet Area Community Health Foundation was created in 1997 with the same spirit and sense of community, as was Calumet Medical Center in 1954.

Prior to Calumet Medical Center’s decision to affiliate with Affinity Health System almost 20 years ago, Calumet Medical Center’s Board of Directors had the foresight to establish the foundation. They accomplished that task as a means of maintaining the presence of the hospital in Chilton for the community’s long term future.

Through a partnering agreement with Affinity Health care and its affiliations, the Calumet Area Community Health Foundations gives assurances to the community that Calumet Medical Center will always be part of the area’s health care provider systems.

When the foundation was created, its base of funds stemmed from a portion of community investments that had previously supported the hospital. Over time, other contributors both small and large, have continued to help the fund grow.

The foundation’s presence provides community members with a reliable entity though which their contributions support continued, quality-driven health care facilities and professionals in the Calumet area.

The Calumet Area Community Health Foundation is governed by a local board of directors. Current directors include Tim Richman, Paul Hugo, Norbert Keuler, Joe Mathes, Glen Calnin, T. J. Friedrichs, Daniel Thiel and Gene Tipler,M. D.