Our Inspiration

Below are some inspiring donor stories we love to share.

Brian Almquist has a History of Helping

ACH Foundation_019_Hi_BrianBrian Almquist retired from the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation board in December after 12 years of service and was just named an emeritus board member. However, the four separate terms he served as a board member since 1999 are just the latest chapter in decades of work Brian has done to help keep Ashland’s community hospital thriving. Brian came to Ashland as city manager in August 1970. The hospital was then a city department, and the new city manager quickly committed to helping it thrive.  Read more…


Caring Makes The Difference for Bob Holbrook

BobHolbrookAs a patient at Asante Ashland Community Hospital, Bob Holbrook, a retired economics professor who taught at the University of Michigan before moving to Ashland, could feel the difference. Whether he’s there for scheduled surgery or a medical emergency, the inherent stress has melted away in the face of the compassion and professionalism of those treating him. “It’s truly a positive experience to go to the hospital with a problem and get it fixed,” Bob says.

In honor and appreciation of that relationship, Bob is making a difference too, through the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation’s Circle of Caring program.  Read more…


The Legacy of Ruth Tucker Evans

In April of 2013, Ashland Community Hospital Foundation received a bequest in excess of $2.2 million from the estate of Ruth Tucker Evans, who died on January 3, 2013. The gift will support the William G. and Ruth T. Evans Endowed Nursing Scholarships, the Foundation’s Charity Care Endowment and the Hospital’s Hospice program. Born in 1916, Mrs. Evans was an R.N. who served as a captain in the Army Nurses Corps. After the war, she met and married Dr. William Evans in 1947, raised two daughters and moved to Ashland in 1998. Dr. Evans died in 2002. Mrs. Evans became known for her philanthropic work after her husband’s death. Read more…