May 24th, 2001

On May 30, 16 organizations from throughout southeast Iowa and west-central Illinois will be presented with disbursement checks from Great River Health Systems’ Community Endowment Foundation. The amount provided by Great River Health Systems to these organizations totals more than $91,000.

The disbursement checks will be presented at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the Oak/Walnut conference rooms at Great Rive Medical Center, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington, Iowa. Representatives from each organization will accept the donations, and the public is welcome.

The Community Endowment Foundation was established in 1999 to help foster the development of health-care services that may otherwise not be available to the community. The foundation was funded by a $1 million grant from the Great River Health Systems Foundation.

Great River Health Systems received funding requests for 42 projects. The Community Endowment Foundation Board of Directors reviewed all applications and selected this year’s recipients based on community need and relevance to the foundation’s health-care and health-improvement mission.

Organizations receiving funding support from the Community Endowment Foundation are:

 Burlington Family YMCA

 Caring CommUNITY of Des Moines and Louisa Counties

 Danville Fire and Rescue

 Great River Christian School

 Great River Medical Center Nursing Scholarship Program

 Hope Haven Area Development Center Corporation

 Iowa Wesleyan College

 LaHarpe Ambulance Service

 Louisa County Public Health

 Mediapolis Public Library

 Planned Parenthood of Southeast Iowa

 Prevent Child Abuse-Louisa County

 Southeast Iowa Breastfeeding Coalition

 Southeast Iowa SAFE KIDS Coalition

 Southeastern Community College Emergency Medical Services Department

 Wapello Community Ambulance Service

“We are very pleased with the number of applications we received this year,” said Mark Richardson, president and CEO, Great River Health Systems. “In a little over two years, the foundation has established itself as a viable alternative to agencies and other organizations that have limited resources to fund important community projects and programs.”

“Although not all of the applications we received were funded, that certainly does not mean that the project was not worthy or did not meet our application criteria,” said Jim Olson, board member, Community Endowment Foundation. “Each year, the board targets a certain amount of money to disburse, and there were some very tough decisions we had to make with the number of applications we received. All of the organizations who did not receive funding support this year are encouraged to resubmit their projects for consideration next year.”

For more information about the Community Endowment Foundation, please contact Mark Richardson, president and CEO, Great River Health Systems, 1221 South Gear Avenue, West Burlington, Iowa 52655; (319) 768-3250.