Established in 2003, the New Ulm Medical Center Foundation is a nonprofit organization that exists to enhance the health of New Ulm Medical Center patients and the wellness of the communities we serve.
Our organization provides a vehicle for area community members who want to sustain New Ulm Medical Center's mission through donations, memorials or bequests. All activities and funds are dedicated exclusively to supporting and providing for area medical needs and to improve the physical and mental well-being of the area's residents.
Scholarships are available for the 2018-19 school year for students who are interested in nursing and medical fields or are currently pursuing their nursing degree.
The following nursing scholarships are available through the New Ulm Medical Center Foundation.
Select this link to download the scholarship applications. If you should have questions please call the Foundation office at 507-217-5180. Nursing scholarship applications are due March 30, 2018.
Medical scholarships are also available through the Physicians Group of New Ulm to graduating seniors from New Ulm High School, Cathedral High School or Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School. Five $500 scholarships will be awarded. Applications can be received at local high school guidance offices or by calling Anna Bastian at 507-217-5400. Physicians Group of New Ulm scholarship applications are due March 1, 2018.
Heart of New Ulm Project is a 10-year research and demonstration project that began in 2009 which aims to decrease heart attacks in New Ulm through health care service enhancements, lifestyle change programs, and environmental policy changes. The New Ulm Medical Center Foundation is raising $100,000 for the Heart of New Ulm Project. Please go to our Ways to Give page if you would like to contribute to this project.
It is difficult enough to cope with a diagnosis of cancer without the added burden of financial stress that can occur as a result.
Hope Fund offers emergency financial assistance to those with breast cancer to help with expenses during care and treatment.
The Hope Fund is a program of the New Ulm Medical Center Foundation and funded through the generous support of the Minnesota Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
If you were to say, so what percentage of adult Americans are at an appropriate body mass index, exercise, eat their fruits and vegetables, don't smoke wear a seat belt, I mean, you might be surprised to know that 3% of adults over 18 do all five of those things. 3%-- I mean, that's not a big number. And so we know that if we could change individual behavior we'd have a tremendous, probably exponential, impact on the health of the population. 70 percent of people showing up with a big heart attack have no idea they had heart disease the day before. The majority of heart attacks are occurring in people who don't know they have disease. We've gotten a lot better at treating heart attacks, but it still turns out as much but it did not happen in the first place. The beginning vision of the Heart of New Ulm was bold. Can we minimize or eliminate heart attacks in the community? Can we get to zero? I think it was 10 million over 10 years was the goal-- was really to reduce heart attacks. Can you impact health care in a community by focusing on very simple interventions? And we've seen that you can. Medical care, that's 20% of the story. So 80% of the story has nothing to do with the temples of technology that drive American medicine and has very little to do with 18% of the GDP being spent on health care. It's all about the social determinants. This is an incredibly complex sort of witch's brew of social, political, and economic problems. But it impacts health. Some people maybe don't think it's been worth a $1 million of investment every year. And what I've asked in return is can you show me any other community anywhere in the nation that has improved, by 7%, the level of hypertension within a community? That has stabilized obesity, cut smoking rates, cut heart attack rates, improved physical activity, improved nutrition? And if we can find any other comparable community in the nation that's done that, then I'm able to evaluate whether the $1 million investment is a wise investment for not only this health system but the broader health care system across the country. We are not a facade of a community. It's real, it is a community that has a sense of place. There's a mindset of we want to be an ideal community to live in. New Ulm definitely is salt of the earth people. They are very hard workers. They are traditionalists. Anytime something needs to get done, it's going to get done. The community pulls together. When something happens to someone, it's kind of like everyone's on board, there for them-- anything they need help with. New Ulm has a tradition of running successful events, supporting one another, and just being there for one another. That is expected here, that you participate, and that you are involved in your kids' lives, but that you also know your neighbor's kids. And you watch out for everybody. It is the TV show Cheers, Northern Exposure, and the Andy Griffith Show all wrapped in one. You don't have to include that but I just want that on video-- someday that that will come back to me. Population health for us really is can we collaborate across a health care system in a community to bring greater value and realize the health potential of an entire population? And I think we're realizing success when we see health as a priority for every organization in this community, not just the health care system. Turns out, for people that are healthy, they don't spend a lot of time with their physician. And they shouldn't be necessarily. If you think about a person over a given decade, they're going to spend about a total of two hours with a doctor. And the idea that two hours is somehow going to determine their health for that decade is really pretty unreasonable. If we're going to intervene in people's health, we're gonna need to do something more than just their annual physical. We're going to need interventions at a population level. We're going to need interventions in their workplace, and in their community, and in their homes. And they're going to need the clinical education as well, and the clinical visits, but in general it's going to have to be a broad based intervention. You need, really, a collaborative effort from multiple different entities in order to pull something like that off. And it's just not physicians and health practitioners that are driving health. It is the community grocery store. It is the school. It is the workplace. It is the park. It is the roads. It is all of those things. Improving population health at the community level, I mean, literally, it takes a village. And the health care system at this moment is really in transition. Is this a hospital-based activity? Is this a public health department? Is this is a grocery store? Is this in the schools? And the short answer is it's all of the above. Lasting change happens when more people embrace it. And so the Heart of New Ulm, while it was started as a research project, and it was a partnership with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and the medical center-- for lasting impact, for lasting change, it needs to be embraced by the community. Businesses are complicated organizations with a lot of moving parts. And I think what the heart of New Ulm has really allowed them to realize-- that their people are their most important resource. And investing in their employees really would make a difference. J&R Schugel was one of the first companies to embrace the Heart of New Ulm and partner with them. Every year New Ulm Medical Center will give us a data report. So it will show how many people were involved, what has improved. So that's statistics for us that we can use. We check six markers. It's blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, the nicotine, and then your BMI-- your waist circumference. Gradually, as we've started each year, we've had more participation. Numbers have been lowering. So that's really exciting for us. I get to be one of those community members that's part of New Ulm executive committee. Who's all on that? Well, you have everybody represented of the city. The hospital, the schools, community members make a well representation of the different aspects of the community to come together to plan what should we be doing differently here. So when we look at what is important for kids, what's the most important we need to make sure we give me them each day? What are we doing with them physically? Do we encourage them to walk to school or bike to school? Or do we encourage healthy meals, healthy snacks? If the kids do walk to school in the morning, or bike to school, their minds are ready. They've already physically done the exercise. They're ready to sit down and settle down for their morning routines in the classroom. So our job, if we're going to teach them academics, is to first get their minds set, get them ready. And being physically active is one of those keys. I remember sitting in that first meeting when the Heart of New Ulm Project unfolded their plan. And it was-- a light came on. It was really exciting to see the community get behind it and become active in the programs, events, and activities, and to come into our facilities and start utilizing the fitness centers and the cardio centers much more so than they had in the past. And this is the pickle ball area. Who's Winning? Hi. They are. We all are winners. Good. Very popular with the senior community. It's really had an impact in our community. When you have a community that's already got a sense of place, already has an identity, and something like this comes in, it can come in and blow out pretty quickly without an impact. But I feel like New Ulm got it and embraced it. We've taken it, embraced it, and said, you know what, this is a good thing for us. You know, you want the research project to be successful but it had benefits to our community. We have to rethink everything about what we do. And moving from a disease basis to a prevention basis, well, this is taking the entire model and turning it upside down and backwards. I mean, the health care system is trying to turn the battleship around inside the Panama Canal. I mean, that's the visual that you have to have. And it's colliding with the on-the-ground tactical reality of certain communities being able to make progress. And we have to make it easy for people to do the right thing. That's what I was so impressed in getting a deeper understanding about what's going on in New Ulm, that they've made it the default, easy, right thing to do to exercise, to buy healthy food, to ride your bike. I mean, there is some amazing social change happening in that town. Historically there's been other projects that have tried to look at population interventions. And it's always been an issue with buy-in. It's easy for a doctor to prescribe a medication. A doctor telling a patient how much to eat, or what to eat, and how much exercise, there's pretty good evidence that that doesn't work very well. It's hard to change people's behavior at a clinic visit. It's much easier to change people's behavior by changing their environment. This is a quality of life issue. I mean, if we can help somebody not get diabetes in their middle ages, or know their cholesterol and make better choices earlier on, it's health care but it's quality of life care. And I think that's the compelling thing for health care to think about, is how can we get to people before they get to us? One of the best places that we learn lessons organizationally are in defined out-state communities of care. New Ulm is a perfect example of that. So they can do things in a defined community, and do them better, and do it at a scale that we can then scale up. In the metropolitan area it's kind of hard to draw-- where do you draw lines around community? I think we're seeing early signs the triple aim is achievable-- better health, lower costs for a community. And I hope one day that New Ulm is kind of this beacon for the nation, that this is the place where, maybe more than any other community, someone could say, if I lived there I could realize my full health potential and have health care that truly is affordable in this country. In our history as a country all change is from the community level. I think New Ulm could be a bellwether example, a paradigm shift of where the rest of the nation can learn an awful lot when a community says, you know what, we're fed up, and we're going to take it into our own hands in a positive way. I think this is a tremendous example of what a community can accomplish. I'm hoping we can disseminate these findings, and I'm hoping that other communities across the nation, not just rural communities, can learn from their great example.
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