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Faces of the Foundations – Bach

Medicine Hat Health Foundation Executive Director Heather Bach, born and raised in the Medicine Hat area, started the foundation 15 years ago.  Prior to her time at the foundation, she worked in retail management for a number of years.  She is also a lifelong volunteer and enjoys giving back to her community.

Medicine Hat Health Foundation Executive Director Heather Bach, born and raised in the Medicine Hat area, started the foundation 15 years ago. Prior to her time at the foundation, she worked in retail management for a number of years. She is also a lifelong volunteer and enjoys giving back to her community. Photo by Lea Hennel.


Meet Heather Bach of the Medicine Hat Health Foundation


Story by Amelia Schofield | Photo by Lea Hennel


Alberta Health Services recognizes May as Health Philanthropy Month. All month long we’ll be celebrating our philanthropic partners as they raise money for healthcare across the province.


The Faces of Foundations profile series introduces you to leaders in healthcare philanthropy in Alberta. This week we are proud to profile Heather Bach, Executive Director of the Medicine Hat Health Foundation.


Why did you become involved with the Medicine Hat Health Foundation?


After several years in retail management, a job that worked 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and a growing family, I knew it was time for a change. To be honest, I started at the foundation through a job advertisement in our local newspaper, and I was the lucky candidate. I started in a major giving role at the foundation and it was a huge career change. It was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever done in my life – changing after sixteen years of being in my comfort zone – but I’m sure glad I did it. Why is health philanthropy important to you?


In my opinion, it is an honor to be part of healthcare philanthropy. I have always had a fascination and interest in healthcare, but I didn’t think I was emotionally equipped to work as a healthcare professional. I have to admit that I wanted to end up in healthcare after high school, that was kind of my dream, I just didn’t know where, what or how. It’s not where I ended up and that’s okay. Now I have the best of both worlds. I get to support healthcare professionals through philanthropy and see all their great work, but I get to do it from an outside perspective. What does it mean to you to be a leader in healthcare philanthropy?


Being in healthcare philanthropy puts me on the positive side of healthcare and making an impact on our healthcare heroes. I also get to make a difference for my entire community because at the end of the day, everyone has access to healthcare at some point in their lives, so this is my way of being able to make a significant impact on the people around me. I know that the work of the foundation will impact them at some point and it is an honor to be a part of that.


What recent foundation achievements are you most proud of?


I am proud that our foundation has done nothing but grow, become stronger and have a greater impact in healthcare in recent years. We are a growing team and have reached a level where we can add capacity, so I am proud of how far we have come as an organization, how we have become stronger and brought more impact to the community.


What initiatives will there be for the foundation?


We’re currently campaigning to replace all the heart monitors at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital at a cost of $1.2 million, so we’ve been quietly working on that behind the scenes. We are almost halfway done and will be launching our campaign in the coming months.


What is the best way for Albertans to support the foundation?


We always encourage Albertans to donate to their local health foundation, but I think the other thing they can do is thank a healthcare hero. They do great work and we want them to know we appreciate them. There are so many ways to show gratitude – a thank you card, a pat on the back, simply saying thank you – that can be so meaningful to the healthcare professionals in our communities.



For more information about the Medicine Hat Health Foundation, visit ourhealthfoundation.ca.