May 12th, 2010

Thirty-two area organizations will receive disbursement checks from Great River Health Systems' Community Endowment Foundation during a reception at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, in Great River Medical Center's Oak Room. The amount provided by Great River Health Systems to these organizations totals $163,205.24. The public is invited to attend the disbursement event. Refreshments will be served.

Community Endowment Foundation recipients are selected based on community need and relevance to the foundation's health-care and health-improvement mission. In 12 years, the Community Endowment Foundation has provided more than $1.3 million to foster 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, 306 applications have received funding.

Organizations/projects receiving funding support this year from the Community Endowment Foundation are:

  • Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services of Southeast Iowa, $4,053, automatic external defibrillator
  • Biggsville Ambulance Service, $1,025, portable lighting system
  • Burlington Area Community YMCA-YWCA, $1,700, instructors packet for cardiopulmonary resuscitation; includes four adult and four baby manikins
  • Burlington Community School District, $3,465, vision equipment for school nurses
  • Burlington Public Library, $1,000, consumer health material
  • Community Action of Southeast Iowa, $20,000, Medication Assistance Program
  • Cradle of Hope, $1,000, car seats, baby beds and mattresses for new mothers
  • Dallas City Fire Department, $5,400, vehicle stabilization system
  • Denmark Fire and Rescue Department, $8,750, hydraulic rescue tool
  • Flint River Recreation Trail, $10,000, recreation trail
  • Gladstone Volunteer Ambulance Service, $1,715, stair chair
  • Gladstone Volunteer Fire Department, $9,440, thermal-imaging camera system
  • LaHarpe Volunteer Ambulance, $5,000, pagers, radios, narrow bands, emergency medical technician training
  • Louisa County Public Health, $1,500, help for families with newborns making the transition from the hospital to home
  • Media-Stronghurst-Terre Haute Fire Protection District, $8,000, rescue and first-aid equipment
  • Mediapolis Community School, $3,600, heart-rate monitors, physical activity assessment equipment
  • Morning Sun Community Ambulance, $6120.24, air-powered patient-transfer aid
  • Niota Fire Department, $7,500, equipment
  • Notre Dame Schools, $2,400, wellness program
  • Oquawka Volunteer Ambulance Service, $1,625, automatic external defibrillator
  • Oquawka Volunteer Fire Department, $1,400, stream lights
  • Prevent Child Abuse Iowa-Louisa County Council, $3,000, household safety items, cribs and mattresses, car seats and booster seats
  • Quad Township Fire Department, $9,000, emergency medical services and rehabilitation equipment
  • Safe Kids Iowa Coalition, $3,290, infant car seats
  • Southeast Iowa Area Breastfeeding Coalition, $5,000, breastfeeding discharge bags
  • Special Needs Foundation, $7,500, medical equipment
  • The Nest of Des Moines County, $4,000, items for incentive program
  • Wapello Community Ambulance Service, $10,000, defibrillator
  • Wapello Fire and Rescue, $4,200, confined-space rescue equipment
  • Wapello Substance Abuse Task Force, $1,000, supplies for substance-free event
  • YMCA/YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter, $8,022, supplies
  • Young House Family Services, $3,500, health-care kits for new families

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