May 27th, 2009

Thirty-five area organizations received disbursement checks from Great River Health Systems’ Community Endowment Foundation during a reception at the hospital Wednesday, May 27. The amount provided by Great River Health Systems to these organizations totalled $199,000.30.


Recipients are selected based on community need and relevance to the foundation’s health-care and health-improvement mission. In 10 years, the Community Endowment Foundation has provided nearly $1.1 million to help foster the development of services that may otherwise not be available to the community. It was funded in 1999 by a $1 million grant from the Great River Health Systems Foundation. Since the foundation began, 240 applications have received funding.  Organizations that receive funding support this year from the Community Endowment Foundation were:

  • Biggsville Ambulance Service, $5,313, equipment replacement
  • Burlington High School, $3,200, cardio equipment
  • Burlington High School, $5,000, hand sanitizer for classrooms, office, gym and cafeteria 
  • Burlington Public Library, $2,500, health reference database
  • Burlington Junior League Baseball, $10,000, lighting 
  • Community Action of Southeast Iowa, $20,000, Medication Assistance Program
  • Dallas City Fire Department, $7,195, cutter/spreader 
  • Danville Community School, $3,500, CPR instruction supplies and automatic external defibrillator (AED)
  • Des Moines County Sheriff's Office, $1,550, emergency medical supplies 
  • Des Moines County Tobacco-free Coalition, $1,785, Freedom from Smoking curriculum for NEST participants
  • Des Moines Township Fire and Rescue, $3,000, AED
  • Des Moines/Louisa Caring Community, $4,500, head lice supplies 
  • Flint River Recreation Trail, $10,000, recreation trail
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa, $7,500, Positive Power Unleashed Program 
  • Gladstone Volunteer Fire Department, $5,845, mini cutters and extension hose
  • Lee County EMS Council, $4,214, AED trainers· 
  • Lomax Fire Department, $7,000, extraction equipment, cribbing and airbag restraints
  • Media-Stronghurst-Terra Haute Fire Protection District, $7,000, equipment 
  • Morning Sun Ambulance, $3,121.30, crisis manikin
  • Nauvoo Fire Protection District, $3,506, carbon monoxide measurement device 
  • Oakville First Responders, $3,150, emergency medical training
  • Prevent Child Abuse Iowa-Louisa County Council, $5,570, child safety items 
  • Quad-City Helicopter EMS/Med Force, $9,546, Alaris Med-System III Pumps
  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Des Moines County, $4,500, transportation services for the elderly 
  • Southeast Iowa Alliance for Critical Incident Stress Management, $2,500, professional training
  • Southeastern Chapter, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa, $6,000, project to help blind people identify their prescription containers 
  • Southwest Iowa Area Breastfeeding Coalition, $5,000, breastfeeding education and materials
  • Special Needs Foundation, $15,000, medical equipment  
  • The Nest of Des Moines County, $5,000, health and safety items for the incentive store
  • Wapello Community Ambulance Service, $3,200, two CPAP devices 
  • Wapello Rescue Unit, $5,000, Life Pak 12
  • Weaver Fire and Rescue Foundation, $2,250, new pagers 
  • West Burlington Transformers, $5,000, drug and alcohol-free activities in West Burlington 
  • YMCA/YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter and Sexual Assault Program, $8,555, care services
  • Young House Family Services, $3,000, health hygiene safety kits 

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