Former Employee, Volunteer Leaves Large Gift For Agnesian

The Agnesian HealthCare Foundation has received one of its largest gifts from a single donor after receiving an estate gift from Beatrice Eiring, a former employee and volunteer at St. Agnes Hospital, a member of Agnesian HealthCare.  

The estate gift was designated for the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation by Beatrice who passed away at the age of 92 in October 2014. Beatrice was employed at St. Agnes Hospital for many years as an information desk clerk and also served as a volunteer more than 2,250 hours. 

Thanks to Beatrice’s generosity, the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation will receive a gift of $539,008. 

“We are extremely grateful that Beatrice thought of St. Agnes Hospital and the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation as she was reviewing giving options,” according to Shawn Fisher, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation executive director. “We are blessed to live in a community that so strongly believes in its local hospital, and understands that by providing their financial support, we can work together to grow our services and meet the health and wellness needs of those individuals and families we serve now, and well into the future.” 

The estate gift has been directed to the Foundation’s hospice fund, which supports programs, services and equipment for the hospice program, as well as support for patients receiving end-of-life care who cannot afford hospice services. 

Agnesian HealthCare’s Hospice Hope features a team of caring individuals trained to meet the physical, spiritual, social and emotional needs of patients who have a limited life expectancy. Through skillful pain and symptom management and the support of a committed team of professionals and volunteers, every effort is made to provide comfort and enhance the quality of life for patients and their families. 

“The impact of Beatrice’s gift is immeasurable and will be incredibly significant for our hospice patients and families,” Fisher says. “It’s truly a gift of a lifetime.” 

The Agnesian HealthCare Foundation, a charitable tax-exempt organization, exists to accept, acknowledge and invest charitable gifts, grants and bequests to help meet the many health care needs of the people and communities served by Agnesian HealthCare. To donate, visit or call (920) 926-4971.