Elmgren lasting legacy

A couple from Swift Current will forever have their names etched into southwest Sask. medical history.

The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation recently received a more than significant donation left by Rodney and Dorothy Elmgren.

Rodney, who grew up north of Scotsguard passed away in September of 2023 and Dorothy, who was born in Bradford, England passed in December of 2020.

The Elmgrens chose to leave a legacy for their community, friends, and family by selecting the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation to purchase equipment for the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current.

“They were humble people; you would have never known they had this kind of money. They were not people who went out and showed off, they were very humble”. Said Fran Schroh, a long-time friend and neighbour to the Elmgrens. She also was their executor for the estate.


“If you’re going to do a charitable donation, do it somewhere where it’s personal. Where it’s going to benefit people that you know,” Schroh said in a conversation with Rodney.

The couple were said to have a passion for their community, farming, and travelling, especially back to England every year. They spent over 60 years together before retiring to their home in Swift Current and later to Willow Creek Manor.

“This is a real blessing,” said Schroh regarding the Elmgren’s donation of over $4 million.

The Cypress Regional Hospital will also house a plaque featuring the couple’s two wedding rings connected as part of their bequest.

A generous act such as this happens once in a lifetime, if even. The funds will go to help improve many aspects of the hospital and will continue to benefit community members for many years to come.

Written by Kirsty Hansen – Swift Current Online

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Multi-million dollar donation solidifies Swift Current couples legacy


That’s the word that sums up the announcement made by the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation today.

The Foundation unveiled an estate donation of $4,021,634.05 from Rodney and Dorothy Elmgren. This colossal sum of money was donated on the condition that it be used for the Cypress Regional Hospital and to benefit the local community.

Chris Martens, executive director for the Foundation, is determined to honour those wishes.

“The generosity from the estate of Rodney and Dorothy Elmgren … [is something] we could have never dreamed of or expected in a million years,” said Martens. “Having this come our way in late 2023, really just struck a chord with everybody on the board of the Foundation. That someone has that kind of generosity, and sees the value in the work that the Foundation does.”

Martens unveiled this sum at the Cypress Regional Hospital this morning at 10 a.m. to a crowd of local representatives and members from the community.

He was joined by others from the Foundation, as well as the executor for the estate, Fran Schroh. She was a friend to the Elmgren’s, and their neighbour for 35 years.

“[The Foundation] did such a beautiful job,” said Schroh. “[The Elmgrens] were humble people. You would have never known that they had this kind of money. They were not people that went out and showed off. They were very humble.”

The money will be a point of many long discussions with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. The SHA will help the Foundation to allocate the money to projects that fit within the requirements set out by the estate of the Elmgrens. This will ensure their wishes to help their community even after their passing are honoured, and brought to fruition.

“This money is going to allow us to do things that we probably couldn’t collectively do in a 10 or 15 or even a 20-year time span,” said Martens. “This could really make a humongous difference for the Foundation and for the Cypress Regional Hospital.”

Martens is sure that the money will also end up benefitting the region as a whole. Having some of the money going towards careful and thought-out investments, using additional income from the returns, Martens hopes to see the Elmgrens legacy benefitting not only the immediate community of Swift Current and the Cypress Regional Hospital but the southwest of Saskatchewan as a whole. To be clear, this would not detract any amount from the capitol donated, only utilizing the growth it could generate.

“We cover 13 different areas, and we get requests from each and every one of them,” said Martens. “This money will allow us to actually potentially purchase more things at a quicker rate than we ever could before, and will allow for various other opportunities within the Foundation that we’re very excited to be able to take advantage of.”

This multi-million dollar windfall arrives at the Foundation on the eve of its 25th anniversary and is the largest in the organization’s quarter-century history.

The closest donation in size came close to a decade ago. Martens recalled it to be $1.3 million in total, making the Elmgren donation almost four times as large.

“To have this come at such a significant time for the Foundation, you couldn’t have scripted it any better,” said Martens. “It’s just unfathomable in the best possible way.”

Written by Hayden Michaels – Swift Current Online

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Dr. Noble Irwin gives nurses a novel night out

The Living Sky Casino was the perfect place to be a healthcare provider yesterday, with wine, cheese, and inspirational speaking from a renowned author making it a night to remember.

The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation has hosted a nurse appreciation event, with some help from a grant donated by the RBC Foundation. Over 125 people attended the soiree, which featured some classy charcuterie boards, along with perfect pairing wines.

The evening’s entertainment was motivational speaking from an author who has written four books on her philosophy. She is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Women Entrepreneur of the Year award, and a member of the prestigious Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame.

Regina resident Darci Lang has been speaking for 30 years and has often shared her inspiration with Swift Current.


“I believe we have this big imaginary magnifying glass out in front of us in our lives, and we have a choice of what we focus it on, what I call the 90 per cent,” Lang explained. “It’s been a difficult time in healthcare these last few years, there have been a lot of what I call again 10% things we can’t control, and these heroes took care of everybody. Tonight is a celebration of them, recalibrating and refocusing on how amazing they were and getting back to a different kind of normal again.”

A small gift was also given to each attendee; one of Darci Lang’s renowned self-help books, and a plant from Wildflower Florist in Swift Current. The gift bags were presented to the patrons at the end of the evening.

Crystal Imrie, the communications and development coordinator for the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, helped to make this first-time event a reality.


“It’s been really good; We have about 125 people here, we did open it up to the public but about 90% are still nurses, so we’re really happy to see all of them out,” stated Imrie. “We’re so excited at the foundation to have Darcy come and speak to the nurses and have this opportunity to put this on with the RBC Foundation. There’s never enough time or money it seems to recognize nurses, so we’re so happy we could do this for them.”

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Remarkable Radiothon establishes new record

The Pharmasave Radiothon for Healthcare blew past its goal as support poured in from across the southwest the past two days.

Their goal of $150,000 was eclipsed by a record-setting $172,493 leaving the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation overjoyed.

“It was the hard work of all of our staff to get this put on and it was the hard work and the generous donations from southwestern Saskatchewan that made this happen,” Chris Martens, the executive director of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, said. “We blew it [our goal] out of the water.”

Funds raised at this year’s event will help the Swift Current-based non-profit purchase a thulium fibre laser system for the Cypress Regional Hospital. The new piece of equipment will cost $150,000 and will help local physicians including Cypress Health Region Urologist Dr. Garcia.


“I’m really thankful for the effort here to be able to get this technology, there are a lot of benefits for it,” he said. “I will probably be the highest volume user of this technology but there is definitely some applicability outside of urology.”

The two procedures the system will allow Dr. Garcia to improve services on are kidney stones and small bladder tumours. He predicts he treats about 40-50 kidney stone issues per year and about half a dozen bladder tumours annually.

“The laser fibre is very efficient energy to the stone so much more complete destruction of the stone,” he said. “I think it opens the door to tackle larger stones that would typically need to be sent off to the city.”

Donations of all amounts cascaded consistently throughout yesterday and today but were highlighted by two remarkable gifts. Thursday’s was by the Elmgren Estate for $50,000 and earlier this morning Ted Hanlon and the Anluon Foundation contributed $25,000.


“It [the Elmgren donation] really got our Radiothon started off on a strong foot and really set the pace,” he said. “It [the Hanlon donation] really set the pace once again for day two. Our phone lines were constant, our emails kept dinging with donations coming in.”

Swift Current MLA and Saskatchewan Health Minister Everett Hindley applauded the charity for helping the region he represents.

“At some point in each of our lives either ourselves or somebody close to us is going to need to use some of our healthcare services at our local healthcare facility such as in Swift Current and right across southwest Saskatchewan, so it [their work] really does touch all our lives,” Hindley said.

The extra funds raised from the event will be earmarked for a few different projects.


“There are a lot of things that we can certainly utilize that additional funding for,” Martens said. “It will go to a good cause because that’s exactly what the foundation is meant to do get much-needed medical equipment in southwest Saskatchewan.”

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We Care for Healthcare Week promises huge efforts in Swift Current

This week is officially being recognized as ‘We Care for Healthcare’ Week in Swift Current.

‘We Care for Healthcare’ has been running for four years now. The week looks to recognize the work being done by everyone in healthcare, be they doctors and nurses, or the folks raising funds and developing technologies. This year, it runs from October 23 to 29.

The proclamation for ‘We Care for Healthcare’ during last week’s Swift Current city council meeting. Requesting the official certification were members of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, including Executive Director Chris Martens.

“Every day the importance of healthcare in our community is put on full display,” said Martens. “With events taking place not only in our community but in the surrounding communities in southwest Saskatchewan and all over the world.”


This week, healthcare is going to be the singular focus of the 15th Annual Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Radiothon for Healthcare. The Foundation will be engaging in various efforts to raise funds for a new Thulium Fibre Laser System.

“[The Radiothon] is our largest fundraiser of the year,” said Martens. “The Radiothon has raised over $2.75 million and purchased vital equipment for the Cypress Regional Hospital.”

The Laser System fundraising goal is $150,000. Folks interested in helping out with the effort, and making this year’s ‘We Care for Healthcare’ Week a landmark, can click here.


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Dr. Noble Irwin Hosts Nurse’s Night Out

The Living Sky Casino will be the perfect place to be a healthcare provider on November 7, with wine, cheese, and inspirational speaking from a renowned author.

The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation is hosting a nurse appreciation event. Attendees will be entertained by celebrated motivational speaker Darci Lang.

Crystal Imrie, the communications and development coordinator for the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, said that the event is to honour healthcare workers and all they do for the community.

“We were lucky enough to receive a grant from the RBC Foundation and they wanted it to be used for a nurse appreciation event,” stated Imrie. “We are bringing in a guest speaker, her name is Darci Lang. She has been speaking for over 30 years and a number of people I’ve spoken to have seen her; she comes with really great reviews.”


The message of Lang’s speaking is to “focus on the 90%”, teaching individuals to pay attention to what they can control and let go of what they can’t. Lang’s presentation is intended to help people develop a kind attitude toward themselves and those they care for.

Lang is going to provide books for patrons to take home, along with a small token from Wildflower Florist.

Tickets are only $15 and are available at the VP Investment Gift Shop at Cypress Regional Hospital.

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Memorial par three draws over a hundred in third year

They say the third time is the charm, and the day certainly was charmed for those attending the third annual Bob Pollock Memorial Lobster Pot Par 3 Golf Tournament.

The event, named in honour of the late Bob Pollock, honours his memory with a round of golf. Players pay a fee of $125 in order to play a round with everyone else, as well as to secure a lobster dinner at the end of the day.

Helping organize everything was Chris Martens, the executive director for the host Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation.

“Everyone is excited and happy to be here to do their part and to pay tribute to Bob while also in turn helping support the foundation,” said Martens. “It’s been a great turnout with lots of really excited people, on a gorgeous day for golf.”

The proceeds go back into the Foundation, helping them with their efforts and costs as they work to better Sift Current and other southwest communities.

This year, 120 golfers bought tickets for a round on the green. Multiplying the ticket price per golfer, and you get an even figure of $15,000 before any other costs or contributions.

While Pollock was renowned for his love of golf, the lobster side of the event has been added in to add a unique flavour to the day.

“Because it’s lobster. That’s really the ins and outs of it,” said Martens. “It’s a nice place to go and have something a little bit different. It’s a par three tournament, so it’s not quite as long as your typical golf tournament, and the lobster pot just really ties it in nicely at the end.”

The Foundation will need some time to tabulate the final earnings for the day, which they will announce on their channels.

Story courtesy of Swift Current Online – Hayden Micheals


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Swinging for a Cause: Raising Funds for healthcare & honouring esteemed former Fire Chief

Written by Ally Paige 

Photos by Hayden Michaels.

For the second year in a row, the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation and Swift Current Emergency Services honoured the late Fire Chief at the Second Annual Darren McClelland Memorial Charity Golf Classic.

The event, which took place on Friday at Elmwood Golf Course and Chinook Golf Course, served as a fundraiser for the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, the Swift Current Fire Department, and the Swift Current EMS.

Previously known as the Charity Golf Classic, the charity event was renamed last year to honour McClelland, who avidly participated in the Charity Golf Classic.

“It means so much to the foundation to have this legacy a part of us,” stated Kris Johnson, who handles design, development, and administration for the Foundation. “Darren actually played in the tournament for emergency services and the Foundation tournament years prior, and it was a tournament that he loved to be a part of. You couldn’t ask for a better legacy to have attached to this golf tournament and the foundation.”

The proceeds are put towards supporting healthcare and emergency services in the area. This year, the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation’s part of the proceeds will be used to purchase a new fetal monitor for the Cypress Regional Hospital.

“We go out and sell sponsorships, team registrations, prize donations, all that type of thing, and once that all comes in, we do 20/20 split with EMS and the fire department so it’s a 60/40 with the Foundation,” Johnson explained. “Then our funds go towards equipment we’re fundraising for at this particular time, and then the EMS and fire department designate where they are donating their funds from the profits from the tournament.”

In total, over 220 golfers participated in the Second Annual Darren McClelland Memorial Charity Golf Classic. 25 teams competed at Chinook Golf Course, and 30 teams competed at Elmwood Golf Course.

man and woman smiling for the cameraKris Johnson and Fire Chief Ryan Hunter at the Second Annual Darren McClelland Memorial Charity Golf Classic.

Swift Current Fire Department’s Fire Chief, Ryan Hunter, gave the opening remarks on Friday.

“It was a very special time for me,” Hunter stated. “I worked with Darren my whole career and his whole career, and I miss him dearly. I think about him every day and to get a chance to do some opening remarks and do a little bit of a toast to Darren was certainly something that I’ll cherish.”

Hunter added that McClelland’s legacy says a lot about who he was as a person.

“Darren was such a community guy, whether it was hockey or baseball or golf or any kind of community event,” he elaborated. “He was just such a happy-go-lucky guy, he was always ready to lend a hand, just an absolutely excellent person all around.”

Johnson also added that due to how quickly tickets for the event sold out, they are looking at options to expand for next year.

The total amount raised by the event is still being tallied.

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Cookies for a Cause sees another great year in Swift Current

Cookies can be a force for good!

That is a fact that has been proven by Flatland Foods and the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation (DNIF). Together, these entities partnered to raise money through cookie sales to help fund a new ‘fetal monitor’ for the Maternal and Children’s Unit at the Cypress Regional Hospital.

Sloane Gowan, the owner of Flatland Foods, was thrilled to help out in this effort by selling cookies in the fundraising effort.

“This is our third year doing the ‘Cookies for a Cause’ fundraiser with DNIF,” said Gowan. “We’ve been super lucky to partner with them for this.”

People in and around Swift Current were able to order a batch of cookies for $40 a dozen, with six sugar cookies and six chocolate chip.
“It’s definitely a lot of work, especially when we do chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies,” said Gowan. “All the sugar cookies get individually iced and sprinkled, and that takes a lot of hours, but it’s a fantastic cause and they are a great foundation. They do amazing work in the community and we feel so lucky to be able to work with the DNIF.”

Once the cookies were prepared and packaged, they were delivered to the generous supporters who paid for the sweet treats. After three years, the demand for these delicious batches of altruism only keeps increasing.

After only a day, they managed to sell out of all available cookies.

“It’s so nice to see my baking and my products getting put towards a good cause, and that the people in the community are so supportive of it,” said Sloane.

In total, this year’s ‘Cookies for a Cause’ managed to raise over $2,000 in sales. All those sugary dollars will help to provide additional aid to the unborn in Swift Current and southwest Saskatchewan.
A fetal monitor allows medical professionals to check in on a fetus, measuring the heartbeat of their tiny heart. This new addition allows the Southwest’s largest hospital to provide even greater service to expecting mothers and families.

Flatland Foods has continued to grow in Swift Current in recent years, having won the 2022 SCBEX Award for Home-Based Business of the Year. Gowan was able to accept the award in person, at the award show. This award is proof Gowan’s efforts to serve the community delicious baked goods have been recognized.

Flatland Foods isn’t done yet, either. Gowan has exciting news regarding the future of the business.

“We are actually in the process of opening a bakery space in the city,” shared Gowan. “We’re so excited about that. It’ll be at Walker Place, and will be located in With Love Collective gift shop and we’re kind of working on a cafe and a bakery.”

Submitted by: Hayden Michaels – Swift Current Online

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Generous Supporters of the Radiothon Come Through big for Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation

Strong community support from across southwest Saskatchewan helped the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation to exceed the fundraising goal for the annual Radiothon.

The 2022 Pharmasave Radiothon for Healthcare took place over two days on Oct. 27 and 28 with a goal to raise $150,000 for new medical equipment at Cypress Regional Hospital.

The final total at the end of the live broadcast, which took place from the clubhouse at Elmwood golf course, was $152,600.

These funds will be used to purchase equipment used to insert a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC line) as well as a state-of-the-art blood assessment unit. A PICC line is used for patients that need to receive frequent treatment and medication.

It can be used to administer chemotherapy drugs and other medication, to give blood transfusions, or to take blood samples.

The blood analyzer will make it possible to perform tests during the assessment of bleeding patients and to identify patients at risk of bleeding. The availability of this technology at Cypress Regional Hospital will mean residents from the southwest area will not have to travel to Regina or Saskatoon for treatment.


Article written by: MATTHEW LIEBENBERG of the Prairie Post

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