(Left to right) Judy Bahe with her sister on a recent trip to Hawaii; Judy and her siblings; and Judy with Miss America.

Defining a legacy: Judy Bahe

April 18, 2019

Judy Bahe has dedicated her life to working with children.

As a physical therapist and now manager of Sanford Bismarck Children’s Therapies, she’s helped countless children and young adults improve mobility and, in the long term, live more independently.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with children,” Bahe said. “It’s just rewarding to see the progress and improvement over time. I get to see those who have graduated from our program blossom as adults and have fulfilling lives.”

Bahe started at Bismarck Hospital 35 years ago and has gotten to know many of her patient’s families not only during her workday but as a participant in the annual Great American Bike Race. The event benefits many of the children and young adults Bahe and her team work with in pediatric therapy.

“We’re one big happy family,” Bahe said.

Even though she still loves her work, Bahe has started planning for retirement. After a long and fulfilling career, she is thinking about how she can continue to give back and have an impact on more kids and families.


Values-based estate planning

The Sanford Health Foundation connected Bahe to Thompson & Associates, a values-based estate plan review and education service offered free to donors.

“I had been thinking about estate planning for a long time,” Bahe said. “After my parents passed away, I was going through all kinds of documents, and started thinking, ‘Who is going to have to deal with this stuff for me?'”

Over a series of monthly meetings, Doug Olson, vice president at Thompson & Associates, helped Bahe view her estate as one big picture and identify her priorities.

“Doug was open to any questions I had and gave a lot of insight,” Bahe said. “It’s been very helpful.”

Through her estate plan, Bahe could help ensure Sanford Bismarck Children’s Therapies always has the latest technology and can give local kids their best chance in life. She also wanted to give back to other local charities, her church and her family.

“It’s never too early to start planning,” Bahe said. “It’s comforting to know something is in place, and if something unexpected were to happen, there is a plan in place, and I know my wishes will be honored.”


Ready to create or update your estate plan? 

Start by downloading our free estate planning guide at sanfordhealthfoundation.org/IWill. It’s a great resource to help think through your goals for the future.

If you’re ready to take the next step, the Sanford Health Foundation also offers unbiased third-party values-based consultation through Thompson & Associates.

The service is complimentary to donors with no hidden agendas or pressure. There are no obligations, no time restraints, and conversations are kept in the strictest confidence without the presence of any Foundation staff member.

For more information about legacy giving and the Thompson & Associates estate planning services, contact Kristi Schmidt, lead major gift officer at the Sanford Health Foundation, at kristi.schmidt@sanfordhealth.org or (701) 323-8457.