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Dedicated to Improving Life in the Cedar Valley

Established to assist organizations in the Cedar Valley improve the health and wellbeing of their citizens, the Otto Schoitz Foundation is proud to be named after local philanthropist and industrialist Mr. Otto Schoitz. Schoitz donated $500,000 in honor of his late wife, Charlotte, as part of a community wide-effort to raise money to build a new hospital. His philanthropic spirit came second nature; once quoted as saying, “Some people like to accumulate a lot of money. To what purpose? I just figure you can’t take it with you...”

In 1951, Schoitz and the community saw their goal come to fruition when the Charlotte Lee Schoitz Memorial Hospital opened its doors. The hospital eventually consolidated with St. Francis Hospital, though remained a community partner until 2016 when Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare transferred its interest to Mercy Health Network. This ownership transfer opened the door to establish a new and independent foundation to serve the community’s needs.

While the Foundation is a new endeavor, our mission is one that has been carried over from the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare system. Continuing to 'meet the needs of the time', the Otto Schoitz Foundation is dedicated to improving life in the Cedar Valley.


Our Mission

The mission of the Foundation is to improve the health and wellbeing of the community and its individual members in the greater Cedar Valley Region, defined as the geographical area within 30 miles from the center of Waterloo, Iowa. The Foundation fulfills its mission by making grants to organizations duly authorized and equipped to carry on activities which are aligned with the Foundation's mission.  

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Board of Directors

The Otto Schoitz Foundation Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring all actions undertaken by the Foundation are in furtherance of its mission. 




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Dennis D. Clark

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Camille S. Hogan
Vice Chairman

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Mike Mallaro

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Eric J. Locke


Additional Directors


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Hugh M. Field

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Rudy D. Jones

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Becky Mudd

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Donna L. Nelson


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Robert W. Petersen

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Dr. Douglas Stanford

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Cathy Young



Executive Director/CEO


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Shelli Panicucci

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