Health heroines honoured

Two dedicated women were presented with the Fondation Sana’s Prix Sana health prize for 2017 on Saturday, 2 December. Regine Schlaginhaufen and Ursula Tarnutzer have spent their lives working tirelessly for the well-being of their fellow human beings.


Every year, the Fondation Sana, Helsana's main shareholder, honours one or more individuals. This Saturday, at the Swiss Handicap trade fair in Lucerne, the prize went to two women who work selflessly for children and the sick.

Regine Schlaginhaufen, from Guschelmuth, and Ursula Tarnutzer, from Tamins, found themselves standing on the podium. Regine Schlaginhaufen was just 20 when she and her husband took in their first foster child. They went on to set up Sunneblueme, which became a new and extended family for many children from the most problematic families. Now 66, she has worked for it ever since, mainly without drawing a salary.

Ursula Tarnutzer has spent her life along with other women in her village volunteering to look after the sick, helping with domestic chores and washing the dead. Even now, at the age of 78, she takes little time out for herself. Despite her own osteoporosis and back trouble, she now looks after her husband, who is bedridden.

Find out more about their moving life stories in the video portraits on (in German).

You will also find there the conditions for entry for the 2018 prize, for which the Fondation Sana is already seeking candidates. The Prix Sana is worth a total of CHF 30,000. Do you know someone who deserves to win it? Then nominate them, and, with a little luck, you stand to win a hotel stay worth CHF 1,000. Register now at: (in German). 

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