May 25th, 2007

Thirty-four area organizations received disbursement checks from Great River Health Systems’ Community Endowment Foundation during a reception at the hospital Thursday, May 24. The amount provided by Great River Health Systems to these organizations totalled $196,579, which is the most funding provided through the program in its nine-year history, and it is the fifth consecutive year that the total disbursement has increased over the previous year.

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 Great River Health Systems Foundation. Since the foundation began, 175 applications have received funding totalling $766,850.

Great River Health Systems received funding requests for 64 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.

"As a not-for-profit community-based health system, our board of directors believes that a significant part of our mission is to 'give back' to the communities we serve," said Great River Medical Center President and CEO Mark Richardson. "It's very gratifying to be able to provide assistance to organizations that have such a positive impact on so many people in the region."

Organizations/projects that received funding support from the Community Endowment Foundation were:

• Alzheimer’s Association, $3,000, educational program “Beginning the Conversation”
• Biggsville Ambulance Service, $5,324, ambulance cot and accessories
• Burlington Area Organ Transplant Support Group, $2,000, advertising, projection equipment, educational videos and materials
• Burlington Community School District, $8,994, six automated external defibrillators
• Community Action of Southeast Iowa, $20,000, Medication Assistance Program
• Dallas City Fire Department, $6,000, Jaws of LifeTM equipment
• Danville Fire Department, $7,500, LifePak 12® monitor/defibrillator, automated external defibrillator, manikin and software
• Denmark Fire Department, $2,000, rope rescue equipment and full rescue suits
• Des Moines County C.A.R.E.S About Children, $2,175, resources and handouts for the sexual abuse prevention curriculum
• Des Moines/Louisa Caring CommUNITY, $3,500, lice eradication project in Des Moines and Louisa counties
• Girl Scouts of Shining Trail Council, $5,000, healthy living program for girls in southeast Iowa
• Gladstone Volunteer Ambulance Service, $9,822, bariatric transport stretcher and vital sign monitoring device
• Hope Have Area Development, $7,300, industrial food processors and other adaptive medical equipment needs
• Iowa Wesleyan College, $5,000, equipment and teaching modules for Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
•: Louisa County Emergency Medical Service Association, $5,000, emergency supplies for mobile disaster unit
• Louisa County Public Health, $1,375, educational materials for new parents and an Imex Pocket Doppler®
• Media, Stronghurst and Terre Haute fire departments, $7,500, auto extrication equipment
• Mediapolis Public Library, $2,000, CPR Anytime Program
• Morning Sun Community Ambulance Service, $786, updated CPR manikins and materials
• Nauvoo Fire Protection District, $4,395, advanced life support manikins
• North Hancock County Ambulance, $5,000, equipment and training materials
• Prevent Child Abuse Iowa-Louisa County Council, $4,634, health and safety items for The NEST store
• Quad City Helicopter Emergency Medical Service/Med-Force, $7,954, landing-light safety kits
• Quad Township Fire District and West Burlington Fire Department, $7,500, Hot Shot extinguisher
• Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Des Moines County, $3,000, paying mileage to volunteer drivers
• Southeast Iowa Area Breastfeeding Coalition, $5,000, breastfeeding education and breastfeeding hospital discharge bags
• Southeast Iowa SAFE KIDS Coalition, $2,000, infant car seats
• Special Needs Foundation, $10,000, medical equipment for the loan closet
• The NEST of Des Moines County, $2,000, health and safety items for The NEST store
• Wapello Community School, $4,600, vision screening machine, digital scale and ice maker
• Wapello Fire and Rescue, $3,500, Res-Q-Jacks and rescue airbags and accessories
• West Burlington Lions Club, $5,200, MTI Photo Screener
• YMCA and YWCA, $14,510, equipment for youth fitness program, automated external defibrillator, and prescription assistance and medical and dental care for women and children who are victims of abuse
• Young House Family Services, $3,000, 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.