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3D Mammography a Reality Thanks to Success of 2016 Gala

The 2016 Have a Heart Gala held on February 20th was a huge success. The Gala included pre-party events at individual homes, a decadent meal made by Chef Lacey Lueth at the Event Center, Heads or Tails coin flip game, silent and live auction items, Fund a Need, and concluded with entertainment by Deuces Wild.  This was truly a remarkable evening full of laughter, energy, and inspiration. The gala raised over $79,000 for 3D mammography helping us to meet our goal and wrap up this campaign.
With a diagnosis as high as 1 in every 8 women, breast cancer touches all of us. 3D Mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for earlier breast cancer detection by providing greater visibility in viewing the breast tissue. This technology can also reduce the amount of women called back for additional testing because of greater accuracy and clarity in viewing images. Our digital mammography unit will be upgraded in the fall of 2016 to include 3D software to enhance breast imaging and position NUMC as one of the only hospitals in this region of the state to offer this service.

Alpha Stim now available to patients at NUMC

Thanks to funding from the Foundation, Alpha-Stim is now a resource available to patients at New Ulm Medical Center. Alpha-Stim is a prescription medical technology approved by the FDA to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and pain. The device provides Micro-current Electrical Therapy (MET), using waveforms to deliver low-level electrical current. Janice Beauduy, a Psychologist at NUMC has used it effectively in her practice for many years, and shared that research is showing that patients who use this device ultimately end up with fewer narcotic prescriptions, or side effects of narcotics, and fewer ER visits.
Currently at NUMC, Alpha-Stim is used every day by therapists and is also currently being used within our Substance Abuse program and Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute due to the ability to reduce anxiety, depression, insomnia, and treat chronic pain. This is an FDA approved treatment with a low side effect profile. The results have been overwhelmingly positive from both the therapists and also from the patients utilizing this form of treatment.

Funding Priorities for 2016

New Ulm’s Inclusive Playground

NUMC Foundation is partnering with New Ulm Park and Recreation to create an inclusive playground that welcomes all individuals of all abilities and all ages to play together, get physical activity and socially connect – all of which improve our health. This one-of-a-kind playground will be installed in spring 2016 and will feature soft, rubber surfacing in addition to adaptable equipment so it welcomes people of all abilities and all ages. Thank you to our generous donors who contributed $50,000 to help make this possible.We need your help! On Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, the park will come together through a "community build." If you are able to help with the community build, you may sign up online at:  or contact Foundation Director, Missy Dreckman, at 507-217-5188 or via e-mail at

Heart of New Ulm Project

Heart of New Ulm (HONU) is a 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. Over the next three years HONU will transition to be a project that is truly driven and owned by the community. When we own the project, we can continue our momentum and truly achieve our goal of continuing to help everyone in the community improve their health and reduce the number of heart attacks among our family, friends and colleagues. In 2016, the New Ulm Medical Center Foundation will be raising $100,000 for the Heart of New Ulm Project. We are already at 50 percent of our goal! Please go to our Ways to Give page if you would like to contribute to this project.

Fund for Excellence

The New Ulm Medical Center Foundation’s Fund for Excellence has funded many projects. This fund is an unrestricted fund which allows the Foundation Board to fund immediate or emergent needs. Here are some examples of recent impact:
  • New software in surgery to enhance the safety of accessing images on the patients chart without delay.
  • Facility-wide we have provided Pocket Talkers to help our staff work with patients with hearing deficits.
  • For Radiology we funded a Hausted Video Imaging Chair used for video fluoroscopic swallow studies for speech therapy patients. The old chair required several transfers of the patient during the imaging process.
  • For Outpatient Mental Health we provided six small and two large Alpha-Stim devices. Alpha-Stim is prescription medical technology approved by the FDA to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and pain. It provides micro current electrical therapy (MET) using waveforms to deliver low level electrical current.
  • Residential Substance Abuse received a factory-grade treadmill for inpatient use, as fitness is a critical aspect of their treatment.
  • Placed AEDs in schools.
  • Supported needs for the Garden of Hope, Serenity Garden and hospital front entrance garden. Also supported bird seed and feeders for the Garden of Hope so that patients and families can enjoy bird watching during treatment.
  • Funded ResQCPR-EMS Pumps, a multi-use device that will be installed in 15 area rescue vehicles including Allina vehicles, New Ulm Police Department, Brown County Sheriff Department and Courtland Fire Department.
  • New Telehealth Room coming this year, which will decrease the need for patients to have to drive out of New Ulm to see a specialist.
  • Children’s Hospitals and Clinics Simulation Bus – mobile unit that provides high quality simulated hands on training to nurses and other health professionals to keep them up to speed on working with pediatric patients at New Ulm Medical Center.
  • Provided prescription assistance, travel, gas cards and groceries to 27 patients in need.
  • Provided five employees with funds when they ran into a crisis that was outside of their control (a tragic and isolated event).
Join us for the Auxiliary History Wall Open House
Wednesday, May 25 from noon to 3:30 p.m.
Near the hospital front entrance. 
Refreshments served. 
Save the Date! The NUMC Foundation Golf Tourney is set for Monday, Aug. 15. 
Visit the NUMC Foundation website to see the video from this year's Have a Heart Gala. 
Select this link to donate to the NUMC Foundation. 

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