(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.

Through her estate plan, Bahe has made a gift to 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.