Community Support

Community Support

As a not-for-profit organization, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is required to provide community benefit to maintain our tax exempt status. We do this by treating patients regardless of their ability to pay and through community-building activities. These activities include ones aligned with our Community Health Needs Assessment as well as financial, volunteer, and leadership support to numerous organizations and programs from Prairie Lakes and our employees. Among them are:

  • United Way
  • Human Service Agency
  • Boys and Girls Club of Watertown
  • Joy Ranch
  • Lake Area Technical College
  • Glacial Lakes Multicultural Center
  • Lake Area Kidney Endowment
  • Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce

Donation Requests

Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is proud to support organizations and activities that benefit the region we serve. We give priority to funding areas that relate to our mission and vision and support community health initiatives. We ask that all organizations requesting financial or in-kind support review the following guidelines and complete a short form.

Community Betterment Donation Form


  • Complete and submit a Donation Request Form 45 days prior to when the donation is needed.
  • Must be a 501(c)3 organization, government agency, or public education institute.
  • Requests are reviewed by a committee. You will be notified by letter of the status of your request once it has been reviewed.
  • Previous funding does not guarantee funding in subsequent years.

Limitations - areas that are not funded:

  • Political activity
  • Scholarships
  • Individuals

Community Health Needs Assessment

Prairie Lakes Healthcare System completed a community health needs assessment. The purpose of this assessment was to allow Prairie Lakes to identify the health needs of its service area, prioritize these needs, and implement a strategy to address these needs. As a tax-exempt hospital, Prairie Lakes is required by Section 9007 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 to conduct a community health needs assessment at least once every three years and implement a strategy to meet the needs identified through the assessment.

2019 Resources:

View 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment2019 Implementation Strategy

2022 Resources:

View 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment  2022 Implementation Strategy

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