April 18th, 2011

At its annual meeting Thursday, April 14, Great River Friends awarded $10,000 in scholarships and donated $43,582.48 to Great River Health Systems.

Ten area high-school seniors who will begin studying health-care careers received $1,000 scholarships. They are:

  • Cody Carson, Carthage, Ill., Illini West High School, physician
  • Jaclyn Hoaglin, Hillsboro, Iowa, Harmony High School, nursing
  • Amber Jackson, New London, Iowa, New London High School, nurse practitioner
  • Jacob LaFayette, Wapello, Wapello High School, physical therapy
  • Ashley Lekander, Burlington, Burlington Community High School, nursing
  • Courtney Orth, Burlington, Burlington Community High School, ultrasound technology
  • Dylan Pieper, Dallas City, Ill., Illini West High School, physical therapy
  • Jessica Stevens, Burlington, Burlington Community High School, physician
  • Lindsi Tillo, West Burlington, West Burlington High School, physician
  • Sally Weisinger, West Point, Iowa, Ft. Madison High School, physician assistant

The $43,555.61 donation to the health system will be used for:

  • Communication boards for patient rooms in the Acute Care Center, Rehabilitation Unit and Transitional Care Unit
  • Halo® Sleep SacksTM for newborns in the Women and Family Center
  • Patient spa room for Great River Hematology and Oncology
  • Patient-simulation curriculum for continuing staff education
  • Remodeling Great River Gift Shop, Great River Friends’ main source of revenue for donations to the health system
  • Resource and reference materials for the health systems Library
  • Surgical pillows for Day Surgery patients
  • Televisions, DVD players and a surround-sound system for the Klein Center
  • Video camera to enhance physician and volunteer recruitment, continuing education and corporate communication

 Great River Friends is a community of donors and volunteers that supports Great River Health Systems with their gifts of time, talent and treasure. For more information or to join, please call Volunteer Services at (319) 768-3340.