Mission Statement

To promote and support MHLC through the endowment of new and existing services, scholarships, and capital improvements.

Memorial Hospital has been actively serving the Lafayette County community with high quality healthcare since 1952. However, in 1983, the State of Wisconsin mandated that the hospital upgrade its surgical facilities and expand its emergency room space, though sufficient funding was not available. The community responded by forming the Memorial Healthcare Foundation> This new volunteer organization immediately set to work and raised the money to cover the project. Since that time, the Memorial Healthcare Foundation has always been there in times of need.

Memorial Hospital remains a vitally strong financial business, supplying crucial medical services and jobs to our rural region. However, just as larger equally successful metropolitan hospitals require their community’s financial help, Memorial Hospital can’t do it all alone. Technological advancements, expansions and updates of the physical structure, and ongoing staff training and recruitment, all require additional funding and community support to keep our facility current, vibrant, and fully functional.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors are a volunteer body of interested individuals representing various parts of the county. They are consumers, providers, and various businesses within the community. The Board serves with a wide range of knowledge on health care, business, financial & legal matters, as well as general knowledge of the community.

List of Programs:

  • Scholarships: Awards are given to post-secondary school students planning careers in healthcare fields. The purpose of this program is to encourage and support the caregivers.
  • Grants: Funding is available by application to support the efforts of our current healthcare workers to obtain training to maintain and advance their skills.
  • Community Outreach: The Memorial Healthcare Foundation holds as one of its functions to maintain a healthy community support of Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County.
  • One Million Pennies Campaign

What is the One Million Pennies Campaign?

Everyone has pennies, children, teenagers, adults, and senior citizens. Many folks do not find a good use for them. Well, we did! We are asking everyone to donate pennies, because pennies turn into nickels, dimes, quarters, dollars, and eventually into $10,000. The one million pennies project goal is to provide scholarships for college students from Lafayette County that will be entering into the healthcare field. To make this fundraising more interesting we are creating a competition between with two teams.

Darlington VS The Neighbors – The teams will compete for 12 months with donation cans being relocated each month so check out our website for their locations. The team to raise the most funds will win bragging rights for being the most generous for a good cause.

Over the past six years healthcare scholarships have been given to various students from Lafayette County. There have been 19 recipients from Darlington, 3 from Belmont, 3 from Shullsburg, 2 from Benton, 1 from Gratiot, 1 from South Wayne and 1 from Wiota.

The Penny canisters are currently located at the following locations:

Argyle-Kimmie’s Sportz Page Bar & Grill &
MHLC Primary Care Clinic-Argyle
Belmont-McCarville’s My Turn Pub
Benton-Lawrence’s Pub Eatery
Darlington-Fayette Saloon &
Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County &
MHLC Primary Care Clinic-Darlington
Gratiot-Rock’s Pour House
Shullsburg-The Burg &
MHLC Primary Care Clinic-Shullsburg
South Wayne-The Vault

Special Programs of the MHF:

  • 2015 Specialty Clinic Remodel
  • 2003 Capital Campaign
  • 1998 Clinic Campaign
  • 1993 CT Scanner
  • 1983 ER & Surgery

Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County