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The Grateful Patient Program

Few things in life are more important than health. Each gift to Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center furthers our mission of providing quality care to patients and their families while supporting our community. Because of you, we are privileged to help people through some of life's most important moments. Take a moment to read how your gift changes lives.

Support Times Two

The Andersons have been married for over 40 years and are used to sharing. But you never get used to sharing something like cancer. Read full story »

A Peaceful Journey

Their lives read like a love story. But cancer had a different plan. Learn how gifts to the Dougherty Hospice House made their journey peaceful »

Hope and Healing

Families like the Horstmeyers have relied on the expertise of Avera physicians for over a decade. Read their story of hope and healing »

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Comfort and Kindness

Trudy Peckham was known for her outgoing spirit. Learn how your gifts made a difference during her final weeks at the Dougherty Hospice House »

Piper Blomker

Love at First Sight

Weighing a mere 14 ounces, baby Piper was not much bigger than a can of soda when she was born. Read how Piper’s overcoming obstacles »

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Little Miracle

A rollercoaster ride; that’s how Nadia describes her life since giving birth to her son Christopher. Read his full story of inspiration »

Hope and Inspiration

Lisa Ladenburger's breast cancer diagnosis inspired her to further her education, open a business and change the lives of other women affected by the disease. Find out more »



Most six-year-olds can hardly wait for a trip to Disneyland. For Kendon, he couldn’t wait for a new heart. Read more of his story of triumph and braveness »

A Place to Stay and Pray

Wearing his pajamas, a grateful Robert Stack renewed his wedding vows to long-time wife Christine after she received a bone marrow transplant. Read their full story »

About the Program

The Grateful Patient Program allows patients and their families to honor health care workers, staff and volunteers through recognition and financial support. This program provides our patients and their families with the opportunity to show their appreciation in a way that assures future patients will continue to receive outstanding care.

How to Make a Gift and Recognize a Care Giver

Gifts made to honor a care givers and staff may be directed to a specific program or facility that was paramount in your experience with us or have special significance to you and your family. If you would like to honor your someone who made a difference in your stay, donate online now.