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Event supports hospital specialty clinic expansion, health grants

October 4, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

More than 280 ladies gathered for the annual Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) Foundation's Fall Fling luncheon and style show in rural Reinbeck. The fundraiser supported the hospital's plans to renovate the original 1952 hospital building and expand its specialty clinics to meet increased needs for specialty care. In addition, an appeal to support the Community Health Grant program was met with enthusiasm from those in attendance.

The Fall Fling offers women from around the area an opportunity to enjoy lunch and a style show presented by Jennifer's on Main in Cedar Falls with special featured fashions by Lillian's of Grundy Center. A raffle drawing for a Jennifer's gift certificate, a Dubuque over-night, and an evening at the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony, plus the chance to win one of more than forty purse and accessory prizes completed the event. More than 100 local businesses and individuals supported the Fall Fling as table sponsors and donors of the scarves, jewelry, and purses that were given away to the ladies in attendance.

GCMH CEO Jennifer Havens provided the audience a preview of plans to renovate and restore the 1952 portion of the hospital, which is home to administrative, business and support functions. She explained that the building still has its original roof, windows, and mechanicals, and a facelift will allow full use of the second floor. The project will provide room to grow for the popular specialty clinics, which serve area residents with more than a dozen medical specialists who visit Grundy County to see patients locally.

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The successful 2015 Fall Fling Lunch and Style Show is providing financial support to a renovation project at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital, as well as for Community Health Grants to benefit local health promoting projects. Fall fashions were modeled by area women, including Jan Ehrig of Reinbeck.
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The success of the Community Health Grant program was shared with the audience, who learned about the projects which received the funding from the hospital foundation in the first year of the grant program. Community Health Grants are available to a variety of area non-profit organizations for projects that support community health needs such as disease prevention, chronic disease management, access, and wellness. The ladies in attendance responded generously by giving $9,700 to the Foundation's grant program. "Our guests' overwhelming response to the appeal for Community Health Grants demonstrates not only widespread support for the hospital, but support for the critical needs of health education and disease prevention," remarked Erin Schildroth, GCMH Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator. "We are very appreciative of the committee who organizes this fun event, as well as the almost three-hundred guests who contribute to its success each year!" says Schildroth. She encourages area health, education, and service organizations to apply for funding to support health projects in area communities. Grant applications are available on the hospital website and applications are accepted year-round. For more information about the Community Health Grant program, contact Schildroth at or phone 319-824-4147.

The Fall Fling was organized by a committee of thirteen women: Kate Durbin, Susan Jaspers and Amy Swanson-Haan of Parkersburg; Toni Nederhoff representing Eldora; Jan Ehrig and Judy Martens of Reinbeck, Juanita Fulster, Pat Goos, and Shirley Miell of Gladbrook, Kim Heinrich and Rhonda Samo representing Grundy Center, Mary Zimmermann of Wellsburg, and Audrey Kuhl of Conrad.



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