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Westerberg Celebration

Benefiting Iowa Lutheran Hospital

The Westerberg Celebration honors Rev. A.P. Westerberg who worked to create a hospital to serve the East Side of the city of Des Moines.

Rev. Westerberg was Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Des Moines in the winter of 1908.  He was disturbed by the death of a young accident victim whose horse horse-drawn ambulance trip to a West Side hospital was fatally delayed by a train passing through town.

Rev. Westerberg acted. He and two parishioners (a physician and a pharmacist) presented at an annual synod meeting and received strong support. In 1910, fundraising began with the support of the newly formed Iowa Lutheran Hospital Society (now known as the Auxiliary) and the hospital board of directors. Iowa Lutheran Hospital admitted its first patients in March of 1914.

This annual event celebrates the rich heritage of Iowa Lutheran and the funds raised at the event are used for capital improvements at Iowa Lutheran Hospital.

Click Here to view the 2018 Westerberg Thank You video!