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Development Council

What is the MDH Development Council?

Established in 1996, the MDH Development Council is a group of over 100 volunteers who assist MDH through increased health education, involvement, and communication between MDH and the community, which results in greater visibility and increased philanthropic support.

The Development Council is made up of community and business leaders, employees, medical staff, and the Auxiliary to MDH. It serves as a working link  between the hospital and the community. In addition, the Council provides continued financial support to the hospital so that the high level of patient services our community expects and deserves can be maintained and/or enhanced.

Why a Development Council?

The Development Council was formed to assist MDH in providing strong support so that the tradition of caring can continue.

How Does the Development Council Work?

The MDH Development Council is made up of five main committees: Golden Apple Society, Planned Giving, Business Relations, Annual Support, and Community Outreach.

Co-chaired by Don Dexter and Ron Peterson, each of these committees conducts programs that communicate, cultivate, solicit, and recognize specific healthcare needs of the community.

Golden Apple Society Committee: 

Members of the Golden Apple Society Committee work to plan, propose, initiate, recruit, and support membership and activities. Golden Apple Society members are individuals who pledge $10,000 and above to MDH.

Planned Gifts Committee:

The Planned Giving Committee, consisting of attorneys, bankers, accountants, etc., conducts educational programs and provides opportunities to increase the number of people who are aware of the benefits of making a planned gift to MDH through a will, trust, life insurance policy, etc.

Business Relations Committee:

Made up of business leaders, the Business Relations Committee assists in the development of the relationship between the hospital and area businesses. They conduct programs designed to provide communication and service to businesses in our community.
  • Business Wellness Programs - A series of informational programs provided to the businesses about MDH services and health education topics
  • CEO Roundtables - A presentation and open discussion with the area business leaders and government officials about "What's Happening at MDH" by the President/CEO of the hospital
  • Business Honor Roll - Businesses who provide financial support to MDH on an annual basis

Annual Support Committee

Annual Support Committee members work to increase the number of annual gifts to MDH and is made up of several subcommittees including the following:
  • Century Club
  • MDH PROS (Professionals Reach Out in Service) - Employee Giving Club:
  • Memorial/Honorary Gift Program
  • In Tribute & In Memory
  • Year-End Appeal
  • Golf Tournament:
  • Festival of Trees:
  • Tevar Walk/Run Roll

Community Outreach Committee:

The Community Outreach Committee is unique because it does not do any fundraising; their gift is "friend-raising." As ambassadors to MDH, they serve as a resource for publicizing MDH health education/safety programs and assisting the MDH Outreach Services department in providing health education programs to the community. Some examples are Hand-Washing Programs, Farm Safety 4 Just Kids Day Camp, and Straight Talk.