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Betty Hoeft

Betty Hoeft

Good friends at Evergreen Retirement Community introduced Betty Hoeft to the work of Mercy Health Foundation. She first participated in a one-hour Discover Mercy tour and was particularly impressed with the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center. "It's a beautiful facility. I loved the ceiling. (lighted panels with a sky view for patients lying in the linear accelerator)." It was at that point, in 2010, that Betty decided to become a donor to the Foundation. Betty is a lifelong resident of Oshkosh who worked at the old First National Bank until she married her husband, Gorden. At that time, policy didn't allow married women to work at the bank. Betty and Gordon had one daughter and later, Betty was able to work as a secretary for 19 years at UW-Oshkosh. Today, Betty is very active at Evergreen where she volunteers at the resale shop and on other committees. She was secretary for the Residents Council for seven years. "I don't really feel like I'm retired," Betty said. After her husband died in 2009, she donated some of his medical equipment to the Living Healthy Community Clinic for the uninsured, another project of the Foundation that Betty especially likes. "They were very happy to get it," she said. "The Living Healthy Clinic is such a wonderful thing." In 2012, Betty made the commitment to become a Foundation Partner for Health with a five year pledge. "Mercy never turns anyone away. To me, that was a significant point in my support," she said. "It's the most important thing."


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