May 17th, 2006

Next week, 35 area organizations will receive a combined total of $150,947 from Great River Health Systems’ Community Endowment Foundation. The money provided by Great River Health Systems to these organizations is nearly 50 percent more than the amount awarded in 2005.

The disbursement checks will be presented at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 25, in the Oak Room. Representatives from each organization will accept the donations and describe how the funds will be used to improve health and health-care services in their communities. 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 48 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/projects receiving funding support from the Community Endowment Foundation are:

• Alzheimer’s Association—Alzheimer’s resource library materials
• Burlington High School Activities Department—Six automatic external defibrillators (AED) for district school buildings
• Burlington High School Franklin Covey Youth Leadership Program—Making Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program
• Caring CommUNITY Inc.—Lice-eradication project
• Community Ambulance Service of Northern Des Moines County—Cardiac monitors with basic and advanced life support capabilities
• Danville Fire Department—Radio communication equipment for EMS rescue personnel
• Denmark Fire and Rescue—Manikins and casualty kit
• Des Moines County C.A.R.E.S. about Children—Program resources for sexual abuse prevention curriculum
• Girl Scouts of Shining Trail Council Inc.—Healthy living program for area girls
• GRADE A PLUS—Identification scanner
• Hope Haven Area Development Center Corporation—Adaptive medical equipment
• Louisa County EMS Association—Small cargo trailer for emergency supplies
• Louisa County Public Health—Educational materials for new parents
• Mediapolis Public Library—“CPR Saturday” community project
• Montrose Fire and Rescue—Locked key system and training
• Morning Sun Community School District—Vision screening machine and sick bed
• Nauvoo Fire Protection District—Fitness equipment for the fire station
• The NEST of Des Moines County—Health and safety items for The NEST Store
• Notre Dame Elementary School—AED
• Oakville Rescue—AED and software
• Planned Parenthood of Southeast Iowa—Audiovisual equipment and materials
• Southeast Iowa Alliance for Critical Incident Stress Management—New and ongoing training in critical incident stress management
• Southeast Iowa Area Breastfeeding Coalition—Breastfeeding education and breastfeeding hospital discharge bags
• Southeast Iowa Community Action Organization—Funding for Medication Assistance Program
• Special Needs Foundation—Equipment, fixtures and supplies
• St. John’s Conference of St. Vincent DePaul—Refrigerator for food pantry
• Wapello Community Ambulance—Conversion of monophasic defibrillator to biphasic capability
• Wapello Community School—Two AEDs
&$0149; Wapello Fire and Rescue—Funds to replace rescue vehicle
• West Burlington Fire Department—Medical equipment
• Wever Fire and Rescue—Emergency lighting for rescue vehicle
• Yarmouth Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department—Set of stabilization struts
• YMCA/YWCA—Equipment for youth fitness program
• YMCA/YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter and Sexual Assault Program—Prescription assistance and funding for medical and dental care for women and children who are victims of abuse
• Young House Family Services—Health/hygiene kits for clients

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.