Large Estate Gift Funds New Equipment at SMCH

Attorneys representing the estate of Delmar Phillips, Kodi Brotherson and Bruce Becker, as well as the estate executor, Dennis Holdcroft, present a gift of $200,000 to the SMCH Foundation. Foundation board vice president, Faye Huster, along with SMCH development and marketing director Mary Ludwig, and CEO Cindy Carstens accept the gift.

Stewart Memorial Community Hospital (SMCH) was named a beneficiary of the estate of Delmar Phillips of Lake View, Ia who passed in February. Phillips, a long time resident of Lake View, gifted $200,000 to the not-for-profit hospital. “His generous gift comes during a key time in our history. As our teams identify ways to do more with less due to changes in the healthcare payment system, we rely on the generosity of many to help meet the needs of our communities,” says Cindy Carstens, Chief Executive Officer.

The gift from Phillips is specifically designated for equipment. SMCH has identified an immediate need for a portion of the dollars. “Our foundation board has approved the purchase of a C Arm, which will be used for the diagnosis and treatment of patients needing pain relief,” says Carstens. The anesthesia team at SMCH, Sarah Crilly, CRNA and Jeremy Johnson, CRNA provide pain solutions for patients through different procedures which require the use of the C Arm. Specifically, this piece of equipment uses medical imaging, much like an  X-ray, to determine the exact location the patient needs treatment. The name is derived from the C-shaped arm used to connect the X-ray source and X-ray detector to one another. “Our hospital has provided exceptional health care to our area communities for over 55 years and we are deeply grateful and humbled by all gifts we receive. Mr. Phillips estate gift, as with all gifts the Foundation receives, will help provide our patients with quality health care for generations to come,” Mary Ludwig, Development Director, states. As the Foundation moves forward to help SMCH meet new challenges, grow services, and provide opportunities, all gifts, no matter the size, help provide critical support to the hospital.

Mr. Phillips and his late wife, Bette, were dedicated community members. Mr. Phillips was remembered at his funeral as a man who was committed to several organizations including his church, city park board, Lake View Mason, VFW, and American Legion. He was honored by the SMCH “We Honor Veterans” committee in 2016. During a special ceremony, Phillips, who was a WWII veteran, was presented with a military blanket and commemorative pin to recognize him for his service.

In addition to annual donations, the Foundation is grateful to receive estate gifts of cash, securities, personal property and real estate to support programs and services. Estate gifts help insure that the entire SMCH health care team can continue to provide exceptional care for every patient.

Supporters who have made provisions for Stewart Memorial Community Hospital Foundation in their estate plans are encouraged to share their intentions with SMCH so they may be recognized for this extraordinary commitment. For more information on estate planning, please contact Mary Ludwig, Development Director, at (712) 464-4117 or email:

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