About

Over the past decade, Helmsley has been dedicated to making sure that the vibrant, tightly-knit communities of the rural, upper Midwest – many of which help feed the United States and the world – have access to the highest quality healthcare.

We invest in telemedicine, fund programs that increase access to behavioral health services, and support hospitals and first responders to make sure they have the best equipment to treat their patients. We do this by working hand-in-hand with a range of partners across the region – including but not limited to non-profits, health systems, law enforcement agencies, universities, first responders, and public health services.

To date, we have worked closely with partners across eight states – North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa, Montana, and Nevada. The models that are proving to be successful in this region hold the promise to transform care in other rural communities across the country.

Investing in Telemedicine

Telemedicine is an essential solution for addressing our country’s healthcare crisis, especially for rural America. We partner with organizations to make it more accessible for patients, healthcare professionals, and providers.

Our grants have helped develop the first-ever national telehealth certificate program to make sure telehealth care is high quality and consistent.

We bring specialized care to emergency rooms and enable virtual training for healthcare workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 care.

Expanding Access to Behavioral Health Services

Our investments have helped build a 24/7 telemedicine behavioral health team. We fund training fellowships as well as telehealth.

We support a pilot initiative that uses video conferencing to help law enforcement connect people with mental health professionals during an emergency.

We’ve pledged $13M to help create an adolescent behavioral health center that will serve four states and include a first-of-its-kind behavioral health urgent care.

Ensuring Availability of Modern Equipment and Technology Wherever It Is Needed

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Our grants aim to provide connected-device Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to every first responder, as well as state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to hospitals across the upper Midwest. We’ve also helped deliver nearly 400 LUCAS mechanical CPR devices to rural hospitals to help respond to cardiac events during COVID-19 as well as in the future.

We brought the first-ever Mobile Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) with a game-changing, super ambulance-mobile ER to the region.

News & Insights
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Published Thu Oct 13, 2022

Near $7 Million Grant Will Give Officers New Defibrillators

Building on success across IA, NE, ND, MN, MT, SD, and WY, Helmsley granted $6.9M ...
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Published Wed Oct 12, 2022

$6.9M Helmsley Charitable Trust Grant to Equip Nevada Law Enforcement Officers with Life-saving AEDs

LAS VEGAS, October 12, 2022 — Law enforcement officers and first responders throughout Nevada will receive equipment to ...
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Published Wed Jun 29, 2022

Helmsley Charitable Trust Grants $3.8M to Nevada DHHS to Bring Virtual Crisis Care Program to Nevada

LAS VEGAS, June 29, 2022  — The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust is granting $3.8 million ...
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Published Tue Aug 21, 2018

American Heart Association and the Helmsley Charitable Trust Announce $6.5 Million Commitment to Expand and Enhance Stroke Care in Nebraska

LINCOLN – The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has announced a statewide commitment of $6.5 million ...
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Published Mon May 23, 2022

Helmsley Charitable Trust Grants $4.2M to Help Nevada Facilities Purchase State-of-the-Art Ultrasound Equipment and Bolster the Sonography Workforce

LAS VEGAS — The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has granted $4.2 million to ...

Las Vegas Review Journal: Grant Aims to Help Rural Mental Health

Following the success of similar efforts in rural South Dakota, the $3.8 million grant to...
Las Vegas Review Journal: Grant Aims to Help Rural Mental Health

Walter Panzirer Pens Op-Ed on Healthcare in Rural America

Walter Panzirer, a Helmsley trustee, has said for years that zip codes should not determine...
Walter Panzirer Pens Op-Ed on Healthcare in Rural America

AP Highlights Expansion of Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Grantmaking

The Associated Press covered Helmsley’s recent announcement that our Rural Healthcare Program will add Nevada...
AP Highlights Expansion of Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Grantmaking

Helmsley Charitable Trust adds Nevada to Rural Healthcare Program, grants more than $11.3M to hospitals for advanced equipment

LAS VEGAS — The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has added Nevada...
Helmsley Charitable Trust adds Nevada to Rural Healthcare Program, grants more than $11.3M to hospitals for advanced equipment

Survey Confirms Effectiveness of Telehealth in Rural America and Beyond

In a new blog post in Health Affairs, Walter Panzirer, a Helmsley trustee, discusses the...
Survey Confirms Effectiveness of Telehealth in Rural America and Beyond
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Published Thu May 19, 2022

New Bison Center to Open at Custer State Park

The story of the bison is intertwined with North America's history, and now more readily ...
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Published Tue Mar 29, 2022

Walter Panzirer Interviewed on It’s Your Business Podcast

Walter Panzirer, a Helmsley Trustee, joined Bill Zortman’s It’s Your Business podcast on ...
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Published Thu Sep 23, 2021

Walter Panzirer Joins “Rural Matters” Podcast

Top podcast about all things rural, "Rural Matters," spoke with Walter Panzirer, a Helmsley Trustee, ...
Rural Healthcare by the Numbers

$600+

Million

committed

593

Grants

awarded

8

States

reached
Recent Grants

River’s Edge Hospital and Clinic

Amount: $197,175
Term of Grant: 36 Months
Date of Award: 08.24.2022

Pioneer Medical Center

Amount: $374,478
Term of Grant: 36 Months
Date of Award: 08.24.2022

Pennington County Health and Human Services

Amount: $4,000,000
Term of Grant: 36 Months
Date of Award: 08.10.2022

American Heart Association, Inc.

Amount: $3,001,223
Term of Grant: 36 Months
Date of Award: 06.08.2022

American Heart Association, Inc.

Amount: $6,306,628
Term of Grant: 36 Months
Date of Award: 06.08.2022

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Our Team

Mitch Krebs is the Program Director of Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program which seeks to improve access to and quality of care in the upper Midwest.


Prior to joining Helmsley, Mitc...
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Mitchell Krebs

Program Director

Wayne Booze is a Program Officer for the Helmsley Charitable Trust's Rural Healthcare Program. Currently, he is focusing on the expansion of access to the best standard of diagnostic care for women...
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Wayne Booze

Program Officer

Kristen Bunt is a Program Officer for the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program. Kristen brings more than 25 years of healthcare experience to her role as Program Officer. In this rol...
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Kristen Bunt

Program Officer

Scott Johnson is a Program Officer for the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program. In this role, Scott assists with Helmsley’s efforts in rural behavioral healthcare.


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Scott Johnson

Program Officer

Elizabeth Ruen is a Program Officer for the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program. In this role, she oversees a growing portfolio of healthcare delivery, cancer care, and conservat...
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Elizabeth Ruen

Program Officer

April Dewey is an Associate Program Officer for Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program which is dedicated to ensuring communities of the rural upper Midwest have access to the highest quality healthcar...
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April Dewey

Associate Program Officer

Alicia Cotton is the Executive Assistant for the Rural Healthcare Program in Helmsley’s Sioux Falls office.


Born and raised in South Dakota, Alicia has been dedicated to many local ...
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Alicia Cotton

Executive Assistant