About Us

Expanding equitable health care and healthy living in Cook County

Closing Care Gaps

The North Shore Health Care Foundation works to address health care gaps and needs in Cook County. We believe in the possibilities of people, organizations, businesses, and governments working together to cre­ate healthy communities for all in Cook County.

We believe health is not just the absence of illness, but that a healthy community is reflected in the health of individuals which is embodied in prevention and education regarding health; a com­munity that maintains health through its systems of food, housing, employment, clean water, clean air, healthy exercise and social norms; and access to quality, affordable health care for all.

Our primary contributions for creating a healthy Cook County lie in our ability to provide and leverage funding, provide educational opportunities including convening community partners to address critical health issues fac­ing the community, and by advocating with others to help us achieve a healthy community. Where gaps exist, the Foundation also develops and incubates programs to address critical needs.

Board of Directors & Staff

Our Board of Directors is dedicated to making positive change and being a bright light for local health care providers, emergency services, and community groups implementing equitable health-focused programming. Directors serve three-year terms and are appointed through an application process. The Foundation also has opportunities to serve on committees, in the office or for special events. If you might be interested in joining our team, contact our Executive Director for more information.

Jerry Lilja

Jerry LiljaPresident

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Inger Andress

Inger AndressVice President & Chair

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Paul Nelson

Paul NelsonBoard Member & Chair

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Pat Campanaro

Pat CampanaroBoard Member

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Grace Bushard

Grace BushardBoard Member

John Twiest

John TwiestBoard Member

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Valerie Marasco Eliasen

Valerie Marasco EliasenExecutive Director

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Kate Surbaugh
CEO – Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

513 W 5th Ave
Grand Marais, MN 55604


Kimber Wraalstad
CEO/Administrator – North Shore Health Hospital & Care Center

515 W 5th Ave
Grand Marais, MN 55604


Dr. Alyssa Hedstrom, DDS
Grand Marais Family Dentistry

303 E 3 rd St
Grand Marais, MN 55604


Kay GrindlandDirector
Care Partners of Cook County

513 W 5 th Ave, Suite 106
Grand Marais, MN 55604


Mike Keyport
Cook County Emergency Management

411 W 2 nd St
Grand Marais, MN 55604


Karen Blackburn
Executive Director – Cook County Higher Education

300 W 3rd St
Grand Marais, MN 55604


Values In All We Do

We believe in the possibilities of people, organizations, businesses and governments working together to create a healthy community for all in Cook County. Our values represent what we believe in, what we stand for and how we approach everything we do at the North Shore Health Care Foundation. They provide a guideline for making decisions at all levels of our organization and include:

  • Responsible stewardship
  • Collaboration and partnerships
  • Efficient and effective governance
  • Compassion
  • Inherent dignity
  • Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Being nimble

A Little Goes a Long Way

By giving to the Foundation, you can support a variety of valuable programs and services dedicated to health care, emergency services, education and healthy living in a single donation. Be a partner in your own health system.

Have an initiative that helps work towards our vision of a healthy community for all in Cook County? You could be eligible for a NSHCF grant.