North Shore Health Care Foundation
The NSHCF proactively identifies opportunities to expand equitable health care and healthy living in Cook County and champions solutions through funding, education, and advocacy.
The North Shore Health Care Foundation has events that take place all year around that help raise money to support health care for the people who live, work and visit in Cook County.

2017 Gunflint Lodge BBQ

June 25, 2017
Register to join us for the 2017 Gunflint Lodge BBQ

19th Annual Gunflint Lodge BBQ

Sunday afternoon June 25th was not ideal weather for a patio meal, but the new owners of Gunflint Lodge, John and Mindy Fredrikson were able to accommodate our party of 87 very nicely in Justine’s dining room and the Red Paddle Bistro. Bruce and Sue Kerfoot were happy guests, sitting down this year and reminiscing about founding mothers Justine Kerfoot and Adel Tiffany and so many other Gunflint Trail community leaders that were instrumental in starting the foundation. Although there is now competition from many other activities on the trail, most agree that this is the social event of the year. Of course Jerry Thilmany’s accordion set the mood, and our Oral Health Task Force staff provided a display of information about their work. Several summer residents were amazed at the scope and success of the task force work with the children of Cook County. The fundraiser for the endowment fund netted $3534, 33% more than the previous best year in 2014. Mark your calendar for June 24, 2018! 
North Shore Health Care Foundation Annual BBQ is happening on June 25, 2017.

Don't miss this fun event --- a great way to help support
health care in Cook County.

Have you ever been to the NSHCF annual BBQ? If you haven’t, you have missed a great meal and a grand evening “up the trail”.  Sunday, June 25th is the day for this year's BBQ at the Gunflint Lodge. The Red Paddle cash bar opens at 4 pm and the BBQ buffet begins at 5 pm. Chefs at the Lodge prepare BBQ ribs, chicken, salmon, cheesy potatoes, salad, vegetables and dessert. Gerald Thilmany will again serenade us with his accordion. All are invited to sing-a-long or make a request.

Why do we host this BBQ? This event raises funds to help our ENDOWMENT grow. This endowment insures our permanent ability to support health care in Cook County. Check out our web site and learn about our many activities and the projects we support.

To make reservations or get more information please call the Foundation office 
at 218-387-9076 or email

Support health care in Cook County and join us for a fun evening.
Bring a friend or two and watch the sun set on Gunflint Lake.


Give to the Max Day

November 16, 2016

fake audemars piguet

Bill Ratner

March 08, 2016

Join Us

March 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Arrowhead Center for the Arts
Media Madness: 
a comedic, fun and critical look at 21st century electronic media 
Featuring Bill Ratner

Free and open to the public

Bill Ratner is the author of the book, Parenting for the Digital Age

As Bill put it, this is for people “8 - 80, kids to grandparents”. 

Bill is also going to be at the Grand Marais Public Library on 
Wednesday morning, March 9th 9:00 to 10:30 am .  
This will be a coffee hour aimed at parents of young children.  

Below are the full video and various excerpts from Bill's presentation.
Bill Ratner - Parenting for the Digital Age

Screen Time

Is the Genie Out of the Bottle?

We Still Need Old Technology

Interviews with Kids and Parents

Why I Wrote the Book

Open Community Forum on Alzheimer's and other Dementias

April 28, 2015

Last spring the North Shore Health Care Foundation and Care Partners presented a conference on Dementia featuring Dr. Terry Barclay. His clear explanations and up-to-date research engaged a crowd of over 100! Watch the video at under “Events”.
A few notes from the program:  
There are currently 5.2 million Americans with Alzheimer’s with the growing epidemic expected to impact 13 million Americans by 2050. It affects 1 in 9 people 65 and over.
Because the brain changes of Alzheimer’s begin 10-20 years before symptoms appear, it makes sense for all of us to work towards brain health. Look for topics on “Living Well with Alzheimer’s” at
Proven strategies to help maintain brain health: 
Exercise Physical aerobic activity 3-4 times per week include brisk walking, recumbent exercise bike, water aerobics, dancing, or gardening activities.
Nutrition Helpful foods include:  Omega 3 fatty acids      
(2 servings fish weekly), whole grains & phytonutrients. Colorful natural foods with a high nutrient content (blueberries, grapes, dark leafy greens, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, & cherries, & turmeric). 
The Mediterranean Diet includes lots of fruits and vegetables, fish, legumes (lentils, beans), olive oil, nuts, and is low in red meat. 

Cognitive stimulation challenging & varied activities such as reading, writing, drawing, cards & games, dancing, playing musical instruments, group discussions, and cultural events (plays, concerts). 

Reducing stress (including 7 to 9 hours sleep per night)
Reduce alcohol intake 
    2 drinks/day for men, 1 for women
Other strategies 
    Finding meaning and purpose, 
    Focusing on strengths, 
    Keeping relationships strong, 
    Establishing a routine, and  
    Managing health.

Want to help make Cook County more “Dementia Capable”?  Check out the Act on Alzheimer’s website. Call Care Partners if you are interested in being on a local action team.

Alzheimer's and Other Dementia

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