June 3rd, 2013

Great River Health Systems’ Community Endowment Foundation recently disbursed $119,720 to 24 area organizations. Recipients are selected based on community need and relevance to the foundation’s health care and health-improvement mission.


In 14 years, the Community Endowment Foundation has provided more than $1.5 million to help 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.


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

·         Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services of Southeast Iowa, $2,500, nicotine patches for clients

·         Alzheimer’s Association, $2,500, caregiver education and support services

·         Biggsville Fire Protection District, $5,520, equipment for accident scenes

·         Burlington Community School District, $1,000, bicycle helmets and Safety Town scholarships

·         Burlington Noon Lions Club, $10,000, digital camera for eye examinations

·         Burlington YMCA-YWCA, $5,000, fitness equipment

·         Community Action of Southeast Iowa, $20,000, Medication Assistance Program

·         Danville Lions Club, $2,500, digital vision screening camera and equipment

·         Des Moines County Child Abuse Council, $600, educational material about shaken baby syndrome

·         Des Moines/Louisa Early Childhood Iowa, $4,500, head lice program supplies

·         Hope Haven Development Center, $20,000, van with wheelchair lift

·         Lomax Fire Department, $4,000, equipment for accident scenes

·         Media-Stronghurst-Terre Haute Fire Department, $3,000, rescue saw and first aid kits

·         Montrose Fire Rescue, $2,700, emergency medical personnel extraction gear

·         Morning Sun Community Ambulance Service, $2,000, two XPS side rails and power cot mattresses

·         Nauvoo Fire Protection District Ambulance, $2,300, two blood pressure devices for ambulances

·         Niota Fire Department, $2,000, patient-care items

·         Oquawka Police Department, $2,000, automatic external defibrillator (AED), first aid kits and traffic-safety vests

·         Quad-City Helicopter EMS/Med-Force, $6,500, flight helmets for medics and nurses

·         Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Des Moines County, $4,500, mileage reimbursement for volunteers who drive people to medical appointments

·         The Nest of Des Moines County, $4,000, health and safety items for babies

·         Wapello Community School District, $4,600, three AEDs

·         Wapello Fire and Rescue, $3,000, trauma kits, spinal immobilization equipment and airway supplies

·         YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter and Sexual Assault Program, $5,000, health services for clients


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, IA 52655; 319-768-3250.