||Earl Bakken retired to Hawaii Island in 1990 after an illustrious career as the co-founder of Medtronic, Inc., the world’s leading biomedical technology company. He was soon enticed to join a small community grass-roots effort to establish a new hospital in Waimea, and within a year was chosen President of the Board of Directors. Earl led the Board through the planning, design, construction and opening of the hospital and served as a Director for the initial years of operation. As one of the most generous individual donors to date, his gifts have been thoughtful and strategic. Aside from his substantial monetary contributions, his vision provided NHCH with two invaluable underpinnings: a Mission statement as a compass to continually guide the organization, and the distinction of being a pioneering model for the integration of high-touch with high-tech medicine, offered within a healing environment.