The Pocahontas Community Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors was established on July 19, 2000 with a mission to: “Improve access and to maintain quality healthcare services for those we serve.”

Through gifts, donations, and volunteerism, the Foundation plays a critical role in ensuring access to healthcare in the communities. The first Board members were Calista Hammes, Bev Holzmueller, Peter Hong, Jeff Johnson, Dr. Joseph Schoofs, Dr. James Slattery, Ronald Wessels and Bill Winkleblack.


Present Officers of the Board of Directors
President: Kylie Maurer
Vice President: Janet Bellows
Secretary/Treasurer: Diane Pattee
Kerrie Woodley
Dr. Victoria Rittgers
Connie Schachtner
Parker Aden
Rick Winegarden - Hospital Board of Trustees President


The purpose of the Scholarship is to help are high school seniors undertake a career in healthcare by providing scholarship funds for their educational expenses.

High school seniors who attend Pocahontas Area Community High School or the child of an employee of Pocahontas Community Hospital or UnityPoint Clinics – Pocahontas, Manson or Laurens are eligible to apply for this scholarship as long as they will be attending an accredited educational institution in pursuit of a career in the field of healthcare.

Scholarship funds may be used to cover legitimate educational expenses including tuition, books, room and board, and other reasonable expenses and are paid directly to the student – recipient must provide proof of enrollment into college and a copy of their tuition invoice to receive their scholarship money or it will be forfeited.

The individual scholarship award will be $500.

Click here to download the 2024 Scholarship Application.


Through the fund-raising efforts of the Foundation, we have been able to make the following purchases:

  • Portable heart and respiration monitor for ambulance
  • Pediatric Resuscitation System for ER
  • EZ Way Stand to assist in transferring patients up to 500 lbs. from chair/bed, etc.
  • Lab Microscope for blood cultures
  • Outfitte new ambulance with needed equipment
  • BacT/Alert 3D-automated blood culture analyzer for the lab
  • Stress test machine for pulmonary rehab
  • Coagulation Machine for Lab

Whenever a memorial gift of $3,000 or above is given to the Healthcare Foundation, the individual name will be honored on our donor wall in the front lobby of the hospital. This Board recognizes the generous contributions by thoughtful and caring individuals and corporations by their level of giving.


The Pocahontas Community Healthcare Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization. We are pleased to accept contributions in any amount. Your tax-deductible donation can be sent to us at: Pocahontas Community Healthcare Foundation, 606 NW Seventh St., Pocahontas, IA 50574

Please click and print the donation form and submit with your donation. Donation Form

Use your IRA as Never Before

President Bush signed into law a tax incentive on August 17, 2006 for charitable gifts from donors 70-1/2 years or older. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 encourages financial support of charitable organizations across the United States.

Under the law, a lifetime gift using funds from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) can be made without undesirable tax effects. Previously you would have had to report any amount taken from your IRA as taxable income, then take a charitable deduction for the gift, but only up to 50% of your adjusted gross income. In effect, this caused some donors to pay more in income taxes than if they didn’t make a gift at all.

Fortunately, now these IRA gifts can be accomplished simply and without tax complications, plus you can make the gift now while you are living and able to see the benefits of your generosity.

You May Contribute Funds This Way If:
  1. You are age 71-1/2 or older.
  2. The gift is $100,000.00 or less each year.
  3. You transfer the gift outright to one or more public charities, but not supporting the organizations or donor advised funds.
  4. You transfer funds directly from an IRA or Rollover IRA.
  5. You cannot receive benefits from us in exchange for the gift.
How To Make Your Donation

Pocahontas Community Healthcare Foundation is a non-profit organization eligible for donations. You may contact your IRA agent to transfer your desired amount. A gift given to the Pocahontas Community Healthcare Foundation is matched by Medicare reimbursements at a rate of 50%.

For More Information

Consult your tax professional to discuss your gift if you are considering this donation. For further information about any gift, please either contact James Roetman, Administrator or Pocahontas Hospital, or one of the Foundation board Members. Remember, your contribution is tax deductible to the extent of the law.