Lutheran is Looking Beautiful!

If you haven’t noticed, there has been a lot of sprucing up going on around here this season. Thanks in part to the Lutheran Medical Center Foundation and some partnerships, as well as some hard work on the part of our staff and volunteer efforts, Lutheran can boast some eye-catching and comforting areas, such as:


Bridges Healing Garden


Hospice Twilight Garden


Rooted in Hope Sculpture by Wheat Ridge High School students

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Colorful patio at the front entrance

It’s a constant job to keep a campus our size looking good. One way we do that is by hosting a Campus Clean Up Day, with the help of local volunteers. Watch for more information on that event, which takes place on Sept. 10 this year.

Gathering To Say Thanks & A Celebration of Why We Give

Accepting the 2016 Joseph D. Friedland Legends Award From L to R: Cindy Parr, Dr. Gerard W. Rainer, Dr. Timothy Morgan, Dr. Gary Friedland and Megan Mahncke

Accepting the 2016 Joseph D. Friedland Legends Award
From L to R: Cindy Parr, Dr. Gerard W. Rainer, Dr. Timothy Morgan, Dr. Gary Friedland and Megan Mahncke

On Tuesday, June 28, the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation hosted their annual Appreciation Luncheon at The Brown Palace in Denver. Joined by nearly 230 of their most generous donors, it was the Foundation’s turn to say thank you on behalf of SCL Health, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and Saint Joseph Hospital.  After all, it is their support, along with the generosity of our community, our Associates and our Physicians, that have helped us get where we are today.

In addition to a delicious lunch, guests had the opportunity to hear from the Foundation’s President & CEO, Megan Mahncke, as she celebrated the hospital’s rich history and exciting first-year milestones.  Saint Joseph Hospital’s new President, Jamie Smith, took to the podium to share Saint Joe’s current success as well as a hint of where the future may take us. Also during the event, the Foundation presented the annual Joseph D. Friedland Legends Award – presented each year to a retired physician who has remained active as an ambassador for the field of medicine and Saint Joseph Hospital.  This year’s recipient was Dr. Timothy Morgan, who held privileges at Saint Joseph Hospital from 1982 to 2014, primarily in Pathology, but admittedly in a variety of roles.  He served as a Medical Executive Committee Member for more than 30 years, was elected President of the Medical Staff from 2000-2001, received the Physician of the Year Award in 2003, and was honored with the hospital’s Legend of Leadership award upon his retirement in 2014.  Dr. Morgan truly epitomizes what it means to be a Saint Joseph Hospital Legend.

For many, the highlight of the luncheon was a brief video the Foundation put together celebrating the variety of reasons that individuals, family foundations, corporations and even our own Associates and Physicians, choose to support the work of the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation and in turn, Saint Joseph Hospital.

The video can be viewed HERE.  (Special thanks to everyone from our Saint Joe’s family who participated!)

On behalf of the entire staff of the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, THANK YOU!  We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to celebrating more successes in the future!

Photos from the day can be found here –

Contributed by Cindy Parr, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation

St. Francis Health is “Over the Moon” When it comes to Babies

Because every new mom and her precious new addition(s) should be celebrated with a perfect party, St. Francis Health is excited to announce it will be holding its annual community baby shower this Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the hospital’s auditorium, located on the second floor. The event, held in partnership with St. Francis Health’s Women’s Services departments, is designed to provide education, resources and a little bit of pampering for new and expecting moms in Topeka and surrounding areas.

The baby shower, themed “Over the Moon: A Star is Born,” will feature expert speakers, including several St. Francis Health providers, retail vendors, community partners, tours of the St. Francis New Life Center, a baby fashion show featuring clothes from local retailers worn by the cutest models you’ll ever see, door prizes and gifts galore. While the event is filled with fun activities, it also provides a forum for moms to get education and information about resources and care options to help throughout pregnancy and beyond.

“It’s important for women in our community to know what their options are for the birthing process, and we are excited to share our services and answer any questions they might have,” said Patty Handley, Director of Maternal Child Services at St. Francis Health. “At this event, women will not only be able to tour our facilities and visit with our doctors, we’ll also offer a presentation we call 48 Hours in 48 Minutes, which takes them through step-by-step what to expect from the time they arrive to deliver to the time they leave, and the resources we offer that they can count on in the days and weeks after delivery.”

There is no cost to attend the event, but registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, visit or call 785-295-8900. A full schedule of the day’s activities is listed below.

Schedule of Activities:

10 a.m.                                                  Registration opens
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.                              48 Hours in 48 Minutes: What to expect during your stay at the New Life Center
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                     Baby Fashion Show: See the cutest models rock the latest in baby fashion!
Every 30 Minutes                                 Tours of the St. Francis Health New Life Center
10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.                             Browse vendor booths and enjoy free food and drinks