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The Margaret Mary Health Foundation

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we made the difficult decision to cancel our Gala. This event is our largest fundraiser of the year and enables us to fund numerous initiatives at Margaret Mary Health. While we are unable able to gather in person, we hope you will consider supporting our Gnome Place Like Home, No-Go Gala

Help us make a difference.

The Margaret Mary Health Foundation was established in 2012 to ensure the hospital’s legacy of quality and compassionate care continues for generations. We engage the community as partners in health improvement and raise funds to enhance hospital programs, services and technology. Thanks to our generous donors, the Foundation has been able to provide a variety of grants.

Ways to Give

Although monetary donations are always appreciated, there are many other ways you can give to the Foundation.  Get information about our Grateful Patient program and other opportunities.

Learn more.

Gift Planning

Making a planned gift to the Foundation is a wonderful way to support the health and wellness of our communities while accomplishing your own personal, financial, and philanthropic goals.

Plan your future.


Support the Foundation with a monetary donation. Your gift helps support us as we change lives in our community.

Give a gift today.

Walking Trail

In 2016, the Foundation paved and opened a walking trail for community use on our Six Pine Ranch campus. The trail provides a safe, scenic place for area residents to walk.

RN to BSN Initiative

Research shows that bachelor's prepared nurses can positively impact patient outcomes. Our Foundation is proud to provide financial assistance to nurses pursuing BSN degrees.

Entertainment Center

Spending the night in the hospital can be stressful, especially for a child. That's why our Foundation purchased a new pediatric gaming system to keep them entertained during their stay.

Grant List

  • Swaddle blankets and new bassinets for our maternity unit
  • Technology for our simulation lab, home health and cardiopulmonary departments
  • New CPR equipment
  • iPads and infusion chairs for oncology patients
  • Funding for a Lock Your Meds campaign
  • Age-appropriate books for children at their well-check visits

By the Numbers


Number of Memorial Gifts


Number of Donors


Grants Awarded

See what your contribution can do!

Grateful Patient

Maybe it was a smile, kind word or gesture which brought you or your loved one comfort. At MMH, patients often ask if there is a way for them to recognize caregivers who provided exceptional care during their stay. Through our Grateful Patient program, we invite you to make a monetary donation to the Health Foundation in your caregiver's name. 


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Why do I donate?

The Meers

For Cliff and Jean Meer, giving back to the Health Foundation was a decision that was easy to make. Lifelong residents of Batesville, the couple has used MMH in times of happiness and times of difficulty.

"All 12 of our children were born at Margaret Mary," said Jean. "We've had a few emergencies over the years, too," added Cliff, who used MMH's Emergency Department after a tree fell on him, breaking several bones.

More recently, Cliff underwent a knee replacement at MMH. Today, he is doing well ... still working on the farm and enjoying the occasional dance with his wife. "We are so blessed to have Margaret Mary in our community," he added.

Why do I donate?

The Jobsts

When Ron and Melody Jobst were asked why they support the Health Foundation, their answer was simple. "This hospital is such a big part of our family," Melody said.

"Not only were our children born at Margaret Mary, but the hospital and its team members were here when we really needed them," said Ron, who has worked at MMH for decades. "When Mel's father had a heart attack, he was taken to our Emergency Department. Because of their quick thinking, we were given 15 more years with him."

Why do I donate?

The Wiggermans

When Susan’s water broke, both she and her husband, Neal Wiggerman, thought they were about to meet their baby girl. Unfortunately, little Joanna had other plans. After almost 24 hours in labor and little progress, Susan’s physician, Dr. Jeff Hatcher, was left with little choice but to perform a C-section. Just 30 minutes after the decision was made, Joanna was born at 8:07 a.m. on Tuesday, January 30. 

“The care we received was amazing every step of the way from labor to surgery, and finally my postpartum care,” says Susan. “A staff member was there to coach us through every issue we faced as new parents, including an unexpected C-section, help with breastfeeding, and advice on how to soothe a crying newborn.” 

“A lot of people don’t have the luxury of having a great hospital in their backyard,” says Neal. “If you want to have a place like Margaret Mary Health in your community, you have to support it, which is why we give to the Health Foundation.”

View Our Donors in the 2019 Annual Report

We are thankful for the opportunity to celebrate the tremendous generosity of individuals, corporations, community organizations and foundations which enables us to continue investing in the health of those we serve.

Click on the Annual Report to view the list of donors who graciously contributed to our Health Foundation in 2019.

Learn more about us.

Our mission is to improve the health and wellness of the families in our communities through philanthropy.

Passionate People

William Hillenbrand II, Chairman, Board of Directors and Mary Dickey, Executive Director.