Phil Maus has been a strong supporter of Johnson Memorial Health Services (JMHS) for most of his life. For 40 years, from 1956-1996, Phil was a practicing physician at JMHS. He along with the other dedicated providers have helped ensure that patients, tenants, and residents receive excellent quality and care.
Dr. Maus and his family were on the receiving end of care when his wife, Jean, already suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, had a subarachnoid hemorrhage at the age of 81. The life changing event left her with severe short-term memory loss and no balance. Jean spent the last five years of her life, from 2009-2014, in the JMHS Care Center.
Jean received excellent care while in her new home in the care center. Phil, Jean and their children, Tim and Tami, appreciated the wonderfully attentive care she received. They especially appreciated how the staff treated her like family often joking and providing friendly banter.
When Dr. Maus was approached about providing a large donation to the new Care Center building, he immediately said yes. He said, “The community has been good to me and for me and I feel that if the community has been good to you, you should, in turn, give something back.”
Dr. Maus donated a $100,000 to the Caring for our Community fundraising campaign. He chose the new chapel space as his naming opportunity. The new chapel is located right in the town center, near the entrance, which is the hub of all activity.
Said Maus, “I am a Christian and believe very strongly that faith plays a significant part in overall care. To have a facility that did not have a place to properly observe your faith would leave a huge hole in our care program.”
Dr. Maus is excited to see the new care center being built. He understands that as the community gets progressively older, there will be more people that will require these services. He believes that it is important for the Dawson Community that we have a good, permanent facility available.
All proceeds to the JMHS Foundation’s Caring for our Community campaign is being used to ensure the new $16.5 million-dollar Care Center is built to its greatest potential. To date, the JMHS Foundation has raised $1,016,376 towards its $1.4 million-dollar goal.
For more information on the building project or to donate the Caring for our Community campaign, please contact Kristyn Wicht, Development Manager at 320-312-2111 or Saundra Snobl, Development Coordinator at 320-312-2123. You can also visit the JMHS website at -www.jmhsmn.org/foundation.