May 29th, 2008

Thirty area organizations received disbursement checks from Great River Health Systems’ Community Endowment Foundation during a reception at the hospital Wednesday, May 28. The amount provided by Great River Health Systems to these organizations totalled $160,017.

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, 205 applications have received funding totalling $872,867.

This year, Great River Health Systems received funding requests for 66 projects. The Community Endowment Foundation Board of Directors reviewed all applications and selected the recipients based on community need and relevance to the foundation’s health-care and health-improvement mission.

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

• Biggsville Ambulance Service, $2,674, equipment and training
• Burlington Area YMCA-YWCA, $1,750, automated external defibrillators
• Burlington Junior League Baseball, $10,000, lights and installation
• Burlington Noon Lions Club, $4,053, free screening services to area daycares, preschools and Head Start
• City of Mediapolis, $6,250, swimming pool
• Community Action of Southeast Iowa, $15,000, Medication Assistance Program
• Cradle of Hope, $2,500, pregnancy crisis center
• Dallas City Fire Department, $5,000, Jaws of Life
• Denmark Fire Department, $2,500, updated equipment
• Des Moines/Louisa County Caring commUNITY, $4,500, supplies to reduce head lice in schools
• Flint River Recreational Trail, $10,000, bike trail
• Girl Scouts of Shining Trail Council, $6,000, healthy habits program for girls in kindergarten through fifth grade
• Gladstone Volunteer Fire Department, $4,855, updated rescue tools
• Lomax Ambulance Service, $9,500, defibrillator
• Media-Stronghurst-Terre Haute Fire Protection
District, $6,000, CPR instructor training and equipment • Morning Sun Community Ambulance Service, $13,500, defibrillator
• Nauvoo Fire Protection District, $3,500, staff and equipment
• Niota Fire Department, $5,000, auto extraction equipment
• North Hancock County Ambulance-LaHarpe Unit, $3,000, monitor for ambulance
• Prevent Child Abuse Iowa-Louisa County Council, $3,000, education/incentive program for pregnant parents or parents with children under age 6
• Quad Township Fire District, $4,300, replace broken gas detector
• Southeast Iowa Safe Kids Coalition, $4,450, safety items for vehicles
• Sunnyside Elementary School, $575, pedometers and heart-rate monitors
• The Nest of Des Moines County, $3,000, health and safety items for incentive store
• Wapello Community School, $1,000, nursing office equipment
• Wapello Fire and Rescue, $10,000, upgraded cardiac monitor/defibrillator
• Wever Fire and Rescue, $2,100, medical and protective equipment
• Yarmouth Fire Department, $5,500, GPS units, carbon monoxide pulse oximeter, gear rack system
• YMCA/YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter and Sexual Assault Program, $7,510, support for survivors of domestic abuse
• Young House Family Services, $3,000, health-care kits

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.