Retired physician creates lasting legacy

March 16, 2018

Dr. Walter Frank was a pioneer of cardiology at Sanford Health in Bismarck. He joined what was then Bismarck Hospital in 1979 and over the next 34 years helped establish the first modern catheterization lab as well as nuclear cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation and other lifesaving heart programs.

“It was a lot of work, but it was very exciting,” Dr. Frank said. “It was very rewarding and always interesting to be on the leading edge of cardiology.”

But for Dr. Frank, the best part of the job was getting to know his patients. He made a point to spend time talking with them, rather than looking at charts.

“I still believe in talking to people and connecting with the patient,” Dr. Frank said. “The best part of my job was creating long relationships with the patients and helping people who were sick get better and stay better.”

Dr. Frank retired four years ago, but his legacy lives on through his impact as a physician and as a generous donor to the Sanford Health Foundation. Dr. Frank and his wife, Carolyn, have been loyal supporters for many years. Carolyn was a member of the Foundation’s Investment Advisory Committee for many years.

“We believe in being part of the community and giving back to the community,” Dr. Frank said. “This hospital has been a part of my life for a long time, and I would like to see it rise.”

Recently, the Franks chose to establish the Dr. Walter and Carolyn Frank Endowment for Cardiology.

“We want to leave a legacy,” Dr. Frank said. “I hope it’ll benefit the community and the organization, and it’s also a way to be remembered.”

To learn more about creating your own legacy, like the Franks have done, please contact the Foundation at (701) 323-8450.