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Hospital officials ‘overwhelmed’ by $500,000 gift from Evelyn Kauffman Estate

July 24, 2014

Blair Brown, left, and Larry Isch, co-personal representatives of the Evelyn Kauffman estate, present a check to Adams Memorial Hospital CEO Jo Ellen Eidam. Photo provided

    Officials at the Adams Memorial Hospital recently received what is thought to be one of the largest donations in hospital history as the Evelyn Kauffman Estate bestowed a check for $554,243 to be used for the benefit of patients at the Decatur facility.
    Larry Isch and Blair Brown, co-personal representatives of the Kauffman estate, appeared at the Wednesday night meeting of the hospital’s board of trustees to present a check to AMH Chief Executive Officer Jo Ellen Eidam. Isch said there is “no stipulation as to how Evelyn wanted this money to be spent. She told people how well she was treated when she had medical needs that brought her to the hospital and wanted the hospital to be able to do something that would benefit others.”
    Evelyn and Karl Kauffman resided on Haupstrasse Street in Berne, but did not have any children. They owned two farm plots and at one time farmed in addition to raising chickens and turkeys. Later in life they rented their farm and when the land was sold to close the Kauffman estate, one tract went for $10,500 per acre and the other for $11,000 per acre.
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