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Our Essentia Health employee Cornerstone Campaign will run May 15-19, 2023!

  • History:  The Cornerstone Fund was developed in 2014 in response to the desire for there to be employee-funded and determined projects and enhancements throughout the Deer River and Grand Rapids facilities.  The name “Cornerstone” was derived from the first cornerstone laid in the original hospital building project in 1958; a project that was community-led and defines the heart and power of determination in Deer River and surrounding areas. 
    • Previous projects/funded items have been:
      • The Gazebo and patio outside Comstock Court Apartments
      • The facelift to Homestead, including painted walls, furniture, and décor in the sitting room and front porch area
      • The Emergency Dept waiting room updates
      • Bladder scanner
      • Pharmacy mixing hood
      • Over the bed hospital tables
      • Doppler monitors
      • The handicap door openers on the public restrooms near the main entrance
      • Electronic piano for HRLC residents
      • Bilirubin meter
      • Rehab dept waiting room chairs
  • What is it?  This fund is EMPLOYEE-LED, EMPLOYEE-RUN, and EMPLOYEE-FUNDED with the Foundation simply acting as the fiscal agent of the funds and assisting with campaigning, promotion and project execution.
  • How does it work?   A campaign is held to solicit project ideas from employees that can enhance the patient experience or improve the delivery of care. Then, Cornerstone donors select the project(s) and/or item(s)  from those submissions to be funded.  This campaign also works to offer employees the opportunity to give to the fund through a one-time donation, or payroll deduction in $1 increments.  The Forward Health Foundation assists with holding these funds, managing the tax-deductible receipts, and assisting with project execution.
  • When does this take place?  The 2023 campaign will run May 15-19 with various activities, employee treats and information about how you can participate.

Join us for events all week!

Submit your ideas for projects for Deer River, Grand Rapids, or Hospice locations!

Become a Cornerstone Employee Donor!

  • Click to view and print a Cornerstone Pledge Card: 2023 Pledge online
    • The pledge must be printed and signed for authorization for payroll deduction.

Learn more about the Cornerstone Employee Giving Fund!


May 15 @ 8:00 am
May 19 @ 4:30 pm
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