September 28, 2012
The award is given by the Foundation annually to recognize the efforts of an individual who promotes the ideals of healthcare and has contributed countless hours to further the mission of healthcare in the region.
“To say this year’s Healthcare Advocate has often been a step ahead—an amazing employee and true leader for 40 years—is simply an understatement,” said Dr. Beyer, former Chief Medical Officer. “From the beginning of her career at SCRMC, our Advocate was envisioning ways to improve patient care.”
A native of Clayton, Wisconsin, Cindy Lundmark accepted a Laboratory Technician position in 1972 and over the past 40 years, Lundmark has worked for St. Croix Valley Memorial Hospital, River Valley Medical Center, and St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Her former roles included Head of Hematology, Lab/Radiology Supervisor, Operations Coordinator, Practice Administrator, Historian and Interim CEO, finally serving as the VP of the Clinic. There is no doubt that our medical center, and our communities are healthier and safer places to live today than they would have been without this year’s Health Care Advocate.
With over 230 people in attendance, the annual Foundation Gala Dinner raises thousands of dollars to benefit patients and the communities of St. Croix Regional Medical Center.
A great finale, the “Key Raffle” capped the evening’s events. Rae and Dale Perszyk will enjoy a 4 night Western Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean and Sara and Sean Horgan chose the $1000 travel voucher.
Elvira Schmidt, Foundation President, recognized special guests, Jim (JR) and Jeannie Rochford , selected as the Honorary Couple, as they have donated the facility and hosted the champagne reception for years; and Featured Artist, Joyce Staley of St. Croix Falls for her art donation.
The Foundation gratefully acknowledges everyone whose contributions helped make this a very successful fundraiser, including St. Croix Valley Anesthesia, a trip sponsor; Tangen Drug and River Valley Pharmacy for donating the hors d’oeuvres, Andrie Electric (Deane Andrie) for dessert and LeeAnn VandeKamp for auctioneering the live event. “We especially want to thank the many businesses and individuals who contributed to the event’s success through their gifts and auction items, as well as Uptown Floral for assembling the beautiful centerpieces,” said Sandy Williams, liaison to the Foundation.
Also sincerely appreciated were the event’s Table Sponsors which includes: Bakke Norman, Drs. William and Marsha Beyer, Central Bank – SCF, City of Saint Croix Falls, Dave Dobosenski/Harlen Hegdal, Eagle Valley Bank, Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt, Financial Strategies Group, Drs. Jeff & Melissa Hall, Regions Hospital, Johnson Motors, Lakeland Communications, Market & Johnson, NEI Electric, Royal Credit Union, The RiverBank Insurance Center, St. Croix Orthopaedics, and Trollhaugen.