UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Our Donors

"The results of philanthropy are always beyond calculation." - Miriam Beard

Individuals who have made gifts to Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Blank Children's Hospital, Methodist West Hospital, John Stoddard Cancer Center, Taylor House Hospice or the UnityPoint Health Foundation share a strong common bond of generosity. It is this bond that has nourished our hospitals' first century of extraordinary achievement  and ensured the future of our healthcare mission. Philanthropy at the hospitals and the UnityPoint Health Foundation has many faces. The articles below illustrate how donor gifts have touched and changed so many lives.

The Kollmorgens:

A Lifelong Connection With Iowa Methodist Inspires Estate Gift

More than three decades ago, a young surgeon and his wife moved to Des Moines to begin their lives. Drawn to Iowa Methodist Medical Center because of its residence training program, Dr. Robert Kollmorgen and his wife, Marilyn, quickly discovered an institution they could dedicate themselves to both professionally and personally. Read more.

Mary Schwarze:

Passing on Hope

In 1989, Mary and her husband sat in shock as they were told their 2-year-old son, Sam, had leukemia. Despite a lengthy remission, the cancer returned-twice. And at the age of 15, Sam passed away. Read more.

Bequests:

Helped Make da Vinci Possible

Spend a few minutes at the controls of Iowa's first da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, and you will quickly see why this robotically assisted surgery is revolutionizing "minimally invasive" surgical techniques. Read more.

Marney McKean:

Reaching Out to Others Through Quiet Generosity

Marney McKean is certainly not someone who seeks the limelight. Although a self-described "average sort of person," Marney has proved through her generosity that her giving spirit is more than average. Read more.

Stacey Henderson:

Grateful Patient Joins Blank's Generous Family of Givers

Stacey Henderson understands just how important it is for hospitals to stay on top of medical advancements. Read more.

The Sargents:

Passing On a Legacy of Generosity

"If you have nothing else to give, you can always give someone a smile." Patty Housby fondly remembers this motto that her father, Dick Sargent, loved to share with others. Dick knew that everyone had the ability to make the world a better place. Read more. 

The Goodwins:

Perpetuating Quality Care at Blank Children's Hospital

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines has been an integral part of Bill and Liz Goodwin's lives for many years. Bill's family connection goes back two generations - his father served on the Iowa Methodist board for more than 30 years. Read more.

The Ballards:

Retirement Leads to Fulfillment

Retiring to Iowa from Washington, D.C., six years ago, Tom and Susan Ballard knew what they didn't want to do: rest on their laurels, indulge in leisure pursuits or just plain do nothing. Susan wanted to volunteer. Read more.