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Stories and Events

We are proud to spotlight the impact Methodist Health System is having in our community.
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Your contribution can help ensure the legacy of caring continues.

Together, we're making our communities healthier places to live.

Thanks to generous donors like you, we're supporting our Methodist patients, implementing new programs and strengthening the delivery of health care to everyone who needs it. It's our privilege to share how our donors are making an impact in our communities.

Methodist Women's Hospital
A Gift to Our Communities

You Helped Make This Happen!

The new expansion at Methodist Women’s Hospital opened on February 5, 2024—just over two years after we launched the For All Women fundraising campaign. This is another proud Methodist moment. 

Because of you, more women will have access to quality, compassionate care at every stage of life. We're grateful for your caring hearts and the way you support our patients and their families.” – Tracy Madden-McMahon, president and CEO, Methodist Hospital Foundation

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VIP Spring Gala
Community Event

Diamonds and Denim VIP Gala

Don your best denim and sparkling jewels for a dazzling evening to support Methodist Hospital cardiovascular care and education. 

The party begins at 6 pm on Saturday, April 19. Get ready to enjoy cocktails, appetizers, a silent auction, and fun activities. Then at 7:30 pm, a delicious, seated dinner will be served. Help us build a future so bright it sparkles!

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Women Connect
Community Event

Women Connect

Women Connect is our way of educating and empowering women to do something they don't always do: prioritize their health

Methodist Hospital Foundation is excited to build this community – and encourage impactful giving for Methodist programs – through this dynamic offering.

Put yourself on the list! Register to receive important health information and event updates.

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Methodist Core
Community of Retired Employees

Methodist Retirees, Join Methodist CORE!

Stay connected to 
The people, 
The calling, 
The Meaning of Care.

We’ve launched a Methodist retired employees’ group. We want you to be part of it. 

We’ll keep you updated on retiree gatherings, free continuing education, volunteer opportunities, Health System news, and ways to make a difference with Methodist Hospital Foundation.

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Methodist Emergency Department Renovation
Community Impact

Open to Serve More: Emergency Department Expansion and Renovation

A project three years in the making has resulted in an emergency department that’s doubled its patient rooms (12 to 24) and nearly doubled its square footage – all to more efficiently and safely care for the Omaha community.

The six-phase renovation and expansion of the Methodist Hospital Emergency Department began in 2019 and marked the first structural renovation to the space since 1995 – that’s almost 30 years. 

None of this would be happening without you and your dedicated support: $25 million raised! We are grateful. Our ED team is grateful. It makes all the difference knowing our communities support this life-saving work.

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Inspiring Stories

The Methodist Newsroom highlights the culture of caring we live every single day. Explore stories about our providers, technology, services and patients. We also invite you to get to know — and be inspired by — some of our generous donors. You may find you have a lot in common. Their stories make our story possible.

Scare Away Cancer

Thank you, Scare Away Cancer!

Scare Away Cancer’s longtime support of the Inner Beauty Salon at the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center continues in 2024 with an incredible $20,000 donation! The money will provide wigs, mastectomy bras, other garments and accessories to patients who may be unable to afford them.

Scare Away Cancer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operated by employee volunteers from MCL Construction. Thank you for being such a steady partner and for always helping the Inner Beauty of our patients shine through. Keep spreading kindness and making a difference!

 

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Quilters

A Patchwork of Care and Compassion for Our NICU Families

We're sending a special thank-you to the Cottonwood Quilters Club! Members have been creating one-of-a-kind quilts for NICU families at Methodist Women's Hospital since 2021. 

The club estimates it has donated around 600 quilts. Each one, on average, takes about eight hours to make.  

During a recent tour of the newly expanded NICU, one of the quilters shared that she gives back to Methodist because her three grandsons are NICU graduates. She said this is her way of paying it forward to other families.

Jerris

Making a Difference in Her Own Way

We want you to meet one of our newest donors, Omaha sixth grader Jerris Schultz. 

Jerris woke up one morning wanting to do something good so she did. Now, she's making a difference for patients in need as a tribute to her grandfather and the care he received at Methodist. 

 

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Garden Mural

Garden Mural Featured in New Documentary

A work of art we're especially proud of is getting the star treatment it deserves. 

The “Magic of Murals” program, which aired on Nebraska Public Media in February, featured the vibrant mural leading to the Adam M. Koslosky Reflection Garden just south of Methodist Hospital. 

Young artists with the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program created the three-part mural. It is highlighted in the documentary with other murals from across the state.

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Music Therapy Pilot

Hope and Harmony: Innovative Music Therapy Program Helps Cancer Patients Cope

A board-certified music therapist, Stephanie Kozol has been making the rounds at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center (MECC) and Methodist Hospital since late September. She plays lead guitar – and a lead role – in an innovative music therapy pilot program funded by Methodist Hospital Foundation.  

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Wear Yellow Nebraska

Thank You, Wear Yellow Nebraska!

Huge shout out to Wear Yellow Nebraska for its generous donation of $10,000 to Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. Steve Kuzelka and Michael Merritt were on hand to present the funds, which will all assist with patient transportation to and from treatments and appointments.

Women Connect

Women Connect: Comfy, Casual and Impactful

We appreciate everyone who brought their mothers, daughters, friends – and questions – to our fall Women Connect event. 

Not only did we receive expert insights into the different stages of a woman's life – puberty through menopause – we packed 150 kits to help fight period poverty in our communities. 

A special thanks to KMTV for helping raise awareness about our two-part mission: healthy living and impactful giving.

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VIP Golf Classic

Birdies, Bogeys and Big Impact: 16th Annual Methodist Golf Classic

Thanks to everyone who joined Methodist Volunteers in Partnership (VIP) for the 16th Annual Methodist Golf Classic at Tiburon Golf Club.

Despite the heat, it was a great day of golf dedicated to friends, fun and relaxation in support of Methodist Women's Hospital.

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Faces of Hope

Foundation Donors - Champions for Those Battling Cancer

Since the beginning of her cancer journey, Pat Hastings has had a team of people supporting her, including our Methodist Hospital Foundation donors. Through your support of Harper’s Hope Cancer Survivorship Program and Inner Beauty Salon, you've touched Pat's life and the lives of so many others on a path toward healing.

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Robot Pets

Robotic Pets: Help Us Add to the Pack!

Did you know your support is currently funding a pack of robotic therapy pets for older hospitalized adults?

These furry friends, which respond to human touch and make lifelike sounds and movements, cost about $120 each.

“It was nice to be able to witness firsthand the positive effect the robotic pets had on our patients,” said Ginger Gifford, MSN, RN, service leader for the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit.

Help Us Add to the Pack
Scoular Donation

Scoular Foundation Donates $250K to Support Methodist Community Counseling

Methodist Health System is proud to announce a new partnership with Scoular that will bolster mental health care services to youths and adults throughout the Omaha community.

The Scoular Foundation has donated $250,000 to Methodist Hospital Foundation to support the Methodist Community Counseling Program

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VIP Spring Gala

Methodist VIP Winner's Circle Gala

Thanks to everyone who came dressed in their Derby best for our VIP Winner's Circle Gala!

With your support, we are strengthening health care for all women in our region and meeting an urgent need for space at Methodist Women's Hospital. We had a great time celebrating – and making an impact – with you.

Check out our Winner's Circle photo gallery!

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Community Impact

A Philanthropic Power Play

A big THANK YOU to the UNO Mavericks Hockey team. It raised more than $10,000 through its recent online jersey auction benefitting the Leap-for-a-Cure Foundation. The money, which was presented to Methodist Hospital Foundation, went toward high-tech therapy equipment for patients on Methodist Hospital’s Acute Rehab Unit. 

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Therapy Gym

Generosity Powers New Therapy Gym

We're thankful for the layers of support that made the new therapy gym at Methodist Hospital possible, including Methodist Hospital Foundation donors and Methodist Volunteers in Partnership (VIP). The VIP raised more than $737,000 for the gym through various avenues: its annual galas and golf tournament fundraisers, gift shops, membership dues, and other donations. 

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Methodist Community Counseling

Omaha Mayor Praises Methodist Community Counseling Impact

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert praised the work of Methodist Community Counseling Program (MCCP) during her 2023 State of the City address.

Due to the generosity of our donors and funders such as the City of Omaha and its ARPA Community Grant Program, no student is turned away due to the inability to pay.  

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For All Women: A Campaign to Grow Methodist Women's Hospital

Keeping NICU Families Connected

Foundation donors are investing in innovation – a new virtual care platform at Methodist Women's Hospital that will offer secure live-stream patient viewing to NICU parents and family members anywhere, anytime.

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Inner Beauty

Donor Impact In the News: Inner Beauty Salon

Thank you to KETV for shining a spotlight on Methodist Inner Beauty Salon, a specialty salon for cancer survivors. Our donors play an important supporting role with Inner Beauty. Your generosity is helping to empower individuals to reclaim confidence, comfort and control over their appearance and sense of self during their cancer journey. 

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The Meaning of Care Award

The Meaning of Care Awards: 10 Years of Honoring Extraordinary Care, Including ‘a Moment of Perfection and Beauty'

DeDra Robb hadn’t met Adam Wells, MD, before Saturday, April 30. But Dr. Wells, the medical director of Methodist Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), quickly deduced two things: how dire DeDra’s situation was and how much she wanted to see her 17-year-old son graduate from high school.

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Karrer Dedication

Honoring a Visionary Physician Leader

A place of tranquility and beauty at Methodist Women’s Hospital now pays tribute to the visionary physician leader, surgeon and educator who helped make it possible.

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Cancer Care

Foundation Donors - Champions for Those Battling Cancer

Inspired by the bravery of those battling cancer, our Methodist Hospital Foundation donors continue to respond with generosity. Through your support of Harper’s Hope Cancer Survivorship Program and Inner Beauty Salon, you've touched the life of Crystal Slaughter and so many others on a journey toward healing.

 

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Cox Charities Grant

Reason to Celebrate

A special thanks to Cox Charities for supporting our Methodist Equipment Loan Program with a $5,000 Community Involvement Grant.

 

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Leap-for-a-Cure

Seeing the Impact

Leap-for-a-Cure is an incredible partner to those battling cancer and to our Methodist Hospital Foundation. A recent tour underscored the real impact its generosity is having on our Methodist patients.

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Methodist Hospital Community Counseling

Meeting Students Where They Are

Students are wrestling with increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Bouts of isolation are also taking a toll. Our Foundation donors are meeting the need, supporting the only counseling program of its kind in Omaha.

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Exoskeleton

Philanthropy in Action: Generous Gift Brings State-of-the-art Rehabilitation Tool to Methodist

It's been on the Methodist rehabilitation staff’s wish list for years. Thanks to a gift from the Nebraska chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the dream is now a reality.

“This device will change lives,” said Tracy Madden-McMahon, president and CEO of Methodist Hospital Foundation.

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Methodist 3D Mobile Mammography

Because of You, More Lifesaving Screenings

Your generous support of Methodist Mobile 3D Mammography helped bring the pink coach to Latino Center of the Midlands in November. Two visits resulted in 40 women receiving mammograms — women who, otherwise, could have gone unscreened. 

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Our Partners in Care

Our Partners in Caring

When patients are in need or their families are feeling overwhelmed, Methodist’s social work team continually steps in with skill, creativity and compassion. Backing them up? Methodist Hospital Foundation and our generous donors.

 

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Your gifts support NMC's Mobile Diabetes Clinic.

Our Mission in Action: Eliminating Barriers to Better Health

More people are being screened for diabetes – and vaccinated against COVID-19 – because of our Methodist Hospital Foundation donors. 

Your gifts help support Nebraska Methodist College’s Mobile Diabetes Center (MDC), which provides free screenings and more to underserved members of our communities.

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Sandy Krupka

Foundation Donors - Champions for Those Battling Cancer

Inspired by the bravery of those battling cancer, our Methodist Hospital Foundation donors continue to respond with generosity. You've touched the life of Sandy Krupka and so many others on a journey toward healing.

 

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Gratitude doesn't expire.

Gratitude Doesn't Expire

A touching gift to Methodist Hospital Foundation proves that, even decades later, gratitude doesn't expire.

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Methodist Employees posing with Caring Cradle device

Caring Cradle Donation

The Caring Cradle is a device that cools and offers a more dignified, comfortable way for parents and families to spend time with a baby who has passed away.

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Methodist Hospital employees posing with donations in front of a Methodist sign

Sharing the Care

Honoring the Individuals, groups and business that help Methodist deliver The Meaning of Care.

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Thank you, Foundation donors!
Making a Difference

Thank you, Foundation Donors!

During an especially challenging couple of years, you haven’t waivered; supporting our patients, students and communities because you care, because you want to make an impact, because generosity is in your DNA.

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Pictured from left to right:  Gordon Lansford, President & CEO of JE Dunn Construction Company, Tracy Madden-McMahon, President & CEO of Methodist Hospital Foundation, RyAnne Elsesser, Philanthropy Officer at Methodist Hospital Foundation, Chris Pesek, Vice President at JE Dunn Construction Company and Paul Neidlein, Midwest President at JE Dunn Construction Company.

Building Support

Methodist Hospital Foundation is grateful for JE Dunn Construction Company’s support of the Methodist Community Counseling Program. 

Pictured from left to right:  Gordon Lansford, President & CEO of JE Dunn Construction Company, Tracy Madden-McMahon, President & CEO of Methodist Hospital Foundation, RyAnne Elsesser, Philanthropy Officer at Methodist Hospital Foundation, Chris Pesek, Vice President at JE Dunn Construction Company and Paul Neidlein, Midwest President at JE Dunn Construction Company.

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