August 8th, 2003

Great River Medical Center has been a part of the community for 108 years. Now, the hospital is inviting people age 55 or older to become part of their new community—The Great Club. Membership is free, and the rewards are plentiful.

Gentle exercise is the topic of the first quarterly Great Club meeting, which is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, in the Blackhawk Room, Great River Center for Rehabilitation, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington.

Participants will learn and practice specific exercises led by exercise physiologist Jody Ellison, M.S. Also, Connie Borschel, R.N., B.S., care coordinator at the hospital’s Joint Care Center, will discuss hip/knee pain and available treatments, and the hospital’s Joint Care Center. Refreshments will be available.

To register for the first meeting of The Great Club, please call the hospital’s Education Department at (319) 768-4070. Club enrollment forms will be available at the meeting.

Great Club membership includes: quarterly newsletter featuring health and nutrition information, recipes and the latest news about Great River Medical Center; quarterly programs that combine education and socialization; and special events that may include entertainment and bus trips.

Great Club participants will receive a membership card good for discounts with various health-system services, including:

Heritage Medical Equipment and Supplies—10 percent discount on cash-and-carry items

Great River Audiology—10 percent discount on non-reimbursable items

Great River Center for Rehabilitation—25 percent discount on annual health-fitness membership; every eighth massage is free

Patio Garden Café—Employee prices on all purchases

Right Weigh—25 percent discount on 10-week Right Weigh comprehensive weight-loss program or free 30-minute nutrition check-up

If you cannot attend the Aug. 26 meeting and would like to join The Great Club, or if you want more information, please call Great River Medical Center’s Public Relations Department at (319) 768-3303.