The Coskery Award
The Westerberg-Coskery Celebration builds on the tradition of philanthropy, bringing together the community in support of Iowa Lutheran, Iowa Methodist and Methodist West Hospitals.
The Westerberg name honors Rev. A.P. Westerberg who brought the community together to establish the first hospital to serve the east-side of the city of Des Moines. The Coskery name celebrates a family who made a gift of nearly $6 million that changed the trajectory of Iowa Lutheran and Iowa Methodist Hospitals. Iowa Lutheran established its Foundation with the gift and the leadership of Iowa Methodist used this gift to purchase the land on which Methodist West Hospital proudly stands.
It was the gifts from the Coskery family that were instrumental in expanding the continuum of care across this community – from east to west – to lead the way in patient care. In recognition and celebration of their support, the Coskery Award for Philanthropy recognizes and honors philanthropic leadership in time, talent and charitable support.
Previous Coskery Award Recipients
1992 Pearle L. Bowlsby*, Roscoe Riemenschneider*
1993 Dr. Robert & Ruth Reed*
1994 Dr. Verne L. & Eleanor Schlaser*
1995 Nellie Osterlund*
1996 Iowa Lutheran Hospital Auxiliary
1997 Ruth C. & John C. Hunt*
1998 Dorothy & Chaplain Earl V. Nelson*
1999 Margaret B. Swanson*
2000 Margaret J. Owens*
2001 Joann & Bill* Jensen
2002 Nellie C. Stewart*
2003 Joanne Mahaffey
2004 Iowa Heart Center
2005 Anderson Erickson Dairy
2006 The Iowa Clinic, P.C.
2007 Dr. Larry & Lori Baker
2008 Josephs Jewelers
2009 Dr. John C. & Karen Heffernan
2010 Iowa Lutheran Hospital Auxiliary's 100th Anniversary
2011 Dr. Tim & Jane Hart
2012 UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Medical Staff
2013 Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons, P.C.
2014 Iowa Lutheran Hospital Staff
2015 Variety - the Children's Charity
2016 Nancy & Scott Shafer
2017 Iowa Lutheran Hospital Behavioral Health Team
2018 Eric Crowell
2019 Iowa Radiology, P.C.
2020 Dr. Doug Dorner & Carole Villeneuve
2021 Dr. John & Ann Ghrist