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Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Retired nurse gives back to leave a legacy

Contact Richard Meyer, 612-863-4005, for more information on legacy giving.

Sharon Mertz, RN, dedicated her entire 38-year career to Allina Health, with 25 years at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and 13 with Allina Medical Clinic. When she retired, she didn’t stop giving back.

“Doctors and nurses retire for lots of reasons, but leaving patients isn’t one of them,” said Mertz, who is now a consultant at Abbott Northwestern. Mertz and retired doctor Jamie Gaviser co-founded a volunteer program that pairs retired nurses and doctors with hospitalized patients at Abbott Northwestern. These volunteers serve as a knowledgeable caring presence at the bedside.

A graduate of Northwestern School of Nursing, Mertz also has made a provision in her will to leave a legacy gift to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation. “Abbott Northwestern gave so much to me,” explained Mertz. “It was an important decision, and an easy one, to give back.”

“Legacy gifts play a key role in Abbott Northwestern’s future,” said Richard Meyer, president of the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation. “Philanthropy is essential to the excellence in patient care that our patients and the community have come to expect.”