UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Passing On a Legacy of Generosity

Dick Sargent UnityPoint Health Foundation Donor Story"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...and he is a shining example of this legacy.

In December 2005, the UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Foundation lost a true friend, a kind leader and a generous philanthropist with the passing of Dick Sargent. Dick, former president and owner of Sargent Quarries, served the Foundation in several capacities, including a three-year term as chairman of the Foundation and more than a decade on the board of directors.

"Dick was a thoughtful and considerate board member," says Don Ireland-Schunicht, senior vice president for the Foundation. "He gave his time, he gave his resources, and he gave his talent. And he was most generous with all three."

The Sargent family connection with UnityPoint Health - Des Moines--Des Moines began five decades ago with Dick's parents, Ernest and Florence Sargent. In 2004, their foundation reached the $1 million mark for cumulative giving, and the ICU/CCU at Iowa Methodist is named in honor of Ernest, who served on the board for 28 years.