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Vital diagnostic equipment benefits hospital patients

Grundy County Memorial Hospital receives $2,495 Monsanto Fund grant

August 19, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

Doctors and nurses are passionate about caring for others, and the instruments they use to diagnose and treat patients have a direct effect on the quality of care they provide. The staff at Grundy County Memorial Hospital strives to deliver the best possible outcome for every patient. Thanks to the Beaman Monsanto site, which nominated the hospital to receive a $2,495 grant, staff members will now be able to purchase a new instrument that will help achieve that goal.

The hospital will use the grant to purchase a Transpalpebral Tonometer, an instrument used in the diagnosis of serious eye injuries.

"Certain eye injuries can only be diagnosed with this particular instrument,"

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Pictured from left to right: Lance Wrage, Monsanto representative; Dr. Lenard Kerr, emergency medicine; Jodee Knox, inpatient manager.

said Keely Harken, Grundy County Memorial Hospital Foundation development and community outreach manager. "Permanent eye damage can often be avoided when an injury is diagnosed promptly with the Transpalpebral Tonometer."

Lance Wrage, International Organization for Standardization technician at the Beaman Monsanto site, also was excited to play a part in the donation.

"It is a very good feeling to be able to help the hospital receive this grant," Wrage said. "They have done wonderful things for our community, and the Beaman Monsanto site is proud to give back in return."

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, presented the $2,495 grant to the Grundy County Memorial Hospital during a presentation at the Grundy County Fair on July 26.

"Our emergency department staff is extremely pleased to be able to put these funds to good use, ensuring our E.R. is equipped with the best diagnostic tools available," Harken said.

This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded 100 site grants to nonprofit organizations in 26 states. In Iowa alone, 19 site grants were awarded that totaled $219,094. The Monsanto Fund continues to provide support to organizations such as the Grundy County Memorial Hospital, to help strengthen communities where farmers and Monsanto employees live and work.



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