What does it mean to give locally?

By Ryan Damlo, Foundation Executive Director


Keeping local dollars donated by our residents in our community is my focus. Allow me to introduce myself and the TCHC Foundation as we talk about the benefits of keeping your donations local.

$1000 Scholarship Recipient

$1000 scholarship recipient, Allysa Kimber, with Ryan Damlo, Foundation executive director.

My name is Ryan Damlo, and I am the Foundation’s new executive director. I have lived and worked in Wadena for the past 10 years. Together, my wife, April, and I have two children, Cooper and Kylie, and our dog, Snickers.

The TCHC Foundation was created back in 1994 with a generous starting donation of $50,000. This gift allowed the Foundation to become the charitable arm of Tri-County Health Care, accepting gifts to fulfill our mission: improving the health of the communities we serve. Over the past 23 years, the Foundation has received many more generous gifts ranging from $50 to $450,000 to help us focus on that mission.

Part of that mission ties to a big question: What does it mean to give locally?

Today, there are so many worthwhile causes that sometimes we overlook our own backyard. Whether it’s the local humane society, your church or the local library, we have great choices for keeping your donation dollars close to home.

The TCHC Foundation is another excellent donor choice. The Foundation awards grants to local organizations to help with equipment, education, transportation and more, as well as gives out $23,500 in scholarships each year to local students seeking careers in health care.

The Foundation also uses funds to invest in TCHC’s facilities and technology to provide state-of-art services so that you and your family will receive the best care possible.

Amy Severson with Patients

Amy Severson, NP, sees patients at the Henning clinic.

The donations used for upgrades and to give back to our communities come from people just like you. They come from someone who lost a loved one but was touched by how staff treated them in their last days. They come from grateful patients recognizing our amazing team of nurses and doctors or our staff at the registration desk, cafeteria and gift shop. They come from estate planning and donations made through a will.

No matter how the donation is made, the benefit stays local. Your donation might help buy the next piece of equipment that saves lives. Your donation might help put a local student on track to be your next doctor or nurse. Your donation will change lives locally.

Our vision at the TCHC Foundation is to inspire generous donors, no matter the amount, to make tomorrow’s health care possible today.

Why not consider the Foundation as another outlet for you to contribute to the health and success of the community? To see how your donation can impact lives locally today, call me at 218-632-8148.


About the Author: Ryan Damlo is the Foundation executive director at Tri-County Health Care. Foundation executive directorHe joined TCHC in July of 2017 but has been a part of TCHC for the past two and a half years serving on the Foundation Board, as well as serving on the TCHC Wadena Clinic advisory committee.

Ryan and his family reside in southwest Wadena and he is passionate about serving in the community. Ryan volunteers with Pack 54 Cub Scouts as Cubmaster, serves as first-vice president of the Wadena Lions, is a board member for the Wadena Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and serves on the Wadena-Deer Creek Community Education advisory board.  In his free time, Ryan loves spending time with his family, taking walks, going for bike rides and traveling.

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