Tuesday, June 29, 2010

21st Annual GRMC Golf Outing a Success

Dr. Jeffrey Knobloch lines up for a putt on hole 9.

Grinnell Regional Medical Center hosted the 21st Annual GRMC Golf Outing on a picture-perfect summer afternoon Friday, June 25. Eighty golfers played 18 holes in the afternoon raising more than $12,500 for the medical center.

“I think everyone had a great time this afternoon raising funds for GRMC,” says Todd C. Linden, CEO and president of GRMC. “We could not have asked for a more beautiful day and the money we raised for the medical center is very much appreciated.”

This year’s major event sponsors were Bernie Lowe and Associates, Grinnell State Bank, Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors, and Iowa Telecom/Windstream.

The GRMC golf outing is a best shot, four-person team format.

Teams played 18 holes during the afternoon session. The score is divided into two flights and three placings in each flight.

In the first flight, first place position, the team representing Wes Finch Auto (Jeff Finch, Wes Finch, John German, and Hugh German) won with a score of 57. The second place team, with a score of 58, included Dave Smith, Shane Hart, Rich Shell, and Shawn McKay. Posting a score of 60 was the third place team in the first flight, Rich Gogg, Laura Gogg, Jim Ramsey, and Darcy Swick.

Dr. Dave Smith putts while his teammates look on.

In the second flight, the first place team of Jane Axmear, Dillon Fisher, Tom Szary, and Heidi Thompson scored 65. The second team in the flight also posted a score of 65 with team members Steve Bodensteiner, Scott Schuler, Tyler Harter, and Chelse Monnier. The third place team represented Bernie Lowe & Assoc. (Skip Lowe, Mark Thayer, Rod Swager, and David Cummins) and posted a score of 67.

The GRMC golf outing includes contests at each hole. At holes 1 and 10, golfers tried to see who could land closest to the pin in one shot. The winners were Diane Chodur and Rich Gogg. Each won $50 HyVee gift cards, courtesy of HyVee Food Store.

Holes 2 and 11 were hole-in-one contests to win $300 in cash. No one was able to take either prize.

Jane Axmear and Steve Bodensteiner each won $50 gift certificates to the Grinnell Golf and Country Club, courtesy of Ramsey Weeks Inc., for the longest drives on holes 3 and 12.

On holes 4 and 13, Darcy Swick and Mark Carlock each won $50 in Grinnell Chamber Bucks, sponsored by Mercy Health Network for sinking the longest putt.

At holes 5 and 14, Julie Gosselink and Todd Linden claimed the contest landing their ball closest to the bedpan and each won $50 in Pagliai’s Pizza gift certificates.

Diane Chodur and Dave Smith each won a $50 gift certificate to Michael’s for getting his shot closest to the line on holes 6 and 15. The prize was donated courtesy of Michael’s.

Shannon Reding and John German won the prize for the longest drive on holes 7 and 16. Winners received $50 Grinnell Chamber Bucks, sponsored by The Straub Corporation.

Laura Gogg and Rick Ryan each earned $50 in Grinnell Chamber Bucks for getting closest to the tiger on holes 8 and 17. Prizes were sponsored by Gronewold, Bell, Kyhnn, and Co., P.C.

The circle game gives golfers the challenge of teeing off and landing in a circle around the 9th pin. All golfers who landed in the circle are entered in a drawing with the winner drawn from these golfers. This year’s prize basket from various donors was awarded to Laura Gogg. John German won the 50/50 putt-putt contest.

Troy Gosselink follows through on his shot at the 50/50 putt-putt game.

Sponsors and donors included Bernie Lowe and Associates, Grinnell State Bank, Iowa Telecom/Windstream, Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors, Baldwin White Architects, Grinnell College, Todd C. Linden, Associated Computer Systems, Health Enterprises of Iowa, KGRN AM 1410/Energy 106.7, Lincoln Savings Bank, Mike and Susan Witt Foundation, VanderLinden Construction – Dave and Sue VanderLinden, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, Leila Maring, Poweshiek Publications – Pennysaver and Poweshiek County CR, Awards Unlimited, Beckman Gallery II, Bourbon Street, Brown’s Shoe Fit, City of Grinnell Recreation Department, Danish Maid Bakery, Family Dentistry, GRMC, Hy-Vee Food Store, Iowa Hospital Association, Linder Tire Service, Montezuma Country Club, Prairie Knolls Country Club, Russ’ All Sports Consignments, Subway, and The Glass Gift Box.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Clinics Closed for Holiday

The following medical clinics associated or affiliated with Grinnell Regional Medical Center will be closed on Monday, July 5, for the Independence Day holiday:
  • Foot and Ankle of Iowa – Dr. McKnight
  • Grinnell Health Alliance – Kristin Phelps and Dr. Cranston
  • Grinnell Medical Associates – Drs. Doorenbos and Francis and Wendi Beck, PA
  • Grinnell Regional Pain Clinic – Dr. Gessner
  • Lynnville Medical Clinic – Diane Nutter, ARNP
  • McCaw Family Care – Dr. McCaw
  • New Sharon Memorial Clinic – Diane Nutter, ARNP
  • Rebelsky Family Practice – Dr. Rebelsky
  • Victor Health Center – Dr. Cranston and Jackie Harris, ARNP

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Community Helps GRMC Meet Annual Fund Challenge

A $25,000 jumpstart challenge for Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s 2010 Annual Fund Drive has exceeded everyone’s expectations by helping the hospital top its accomplishments from the same time last year.

In February, the Gosselink family, the Witt family, the Claude & Dolly Ahrens Foundation, and the Claude Ahrens Charitable Trust announced that they would match donations from all first-time donors to the medical center as well as any increases in donation amounts from givers to last year’s annual fund appeal.

The hospital announced this week that the challenge has been achieved. To date, the 2010 annual fund drive has raised $131,747 from 516 donors compared to $104,322 from 473 donors at the same time last year.

“The challenge really helped us accomplished more than we had hoped in terms of raising additional dollars and expanding our donor base,” says Mindy Uitermarkt, director of development. “This wonderful accomplishment could not have happened without the help of so many fantastic donors not to mention the generosity of the Gosselink and Witt families and Ahrens foundation and trust.”

About 350 donors qualified for the challenge. Of those:
  • 181 increased their gift or pledge over their 2009 gift to the annual fund.
  • 94 were first-time donors to a GRMC fund-raising campaign.
  • 75 were first-time donors to GRMC’s annual fund drive or gave to the medical center again after a break in donations.
“I’m elated that the community has responded so well to the challenge. The hospital does so much to enhance our lives in the community,” says Susan Witt, on behalf of the families and foundations. Witt is the vice-president of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation. She also chairs the GRMC Board of Directors.

“It is exciting that we exceeded last year’s giving amount and donor numbers,” Witt adds. “I want to send a special thank you to those who gave to the medical center for the first time. These gifts will touch many lives throughout the year. The hospital has many needs, which the annual fund helps support. It is our hope that all the new and reinstated donors will continue to support the medical center for years to come. Continued support from the community is essential to the high-quality care we expect from GRMC.”

David Menninga, 32, a Grinnell native now serving as a police officer with the Grinnell Police Department, was one of the many new donors who helped GRMC meet the challenge. Menninga appreciated that the Ahrens and Witt families offered the challenge and matched his donation dollar for dollar.

“I was born in that hospital. It has given my family a lot of support over the years,” he explains, adding that as a child he made several crucial visits to the emergency department.

“The hospital is a good cause. I think the Grinnell hospital is a great entity. As a law enforcement officer, I am at the hospital a lot. I respect all that it does for the community,” he says.

Annual fund-raising efforts will continue. The annual fund drive supports hundreds of programs and services—from life-changing surgery and treatment for chronic pain to a fast-moving aerobic dance class or support from a compassionate healthcare provider.

Witt encourages everyone to consider what might work for him or her personally to support the annual fund drive even though the challenge has been met.

“Opportunities exist to support the medical center every day throughout the year,” she says.

To make a gift or pledge to the 2010 annual fund drive, jump onto the GRMC website at www.grmc.us and go to the link “Make a gift to GRMC” or call 641-236-2961. Donations may also be mailed to the Office of Development, 210 4th Ave., Grinnell, IA 50112.

Friday, June 18, 2010

10 Years of Integrated Medicine in Grinnell

Grinnell Regional Medical Center will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Postels Community Health Park with an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 24. Free samples of 10-minute massages and paraffin wraps will be available. The open house will allow guests to tour the facility at 807 Broad St. and sample services.

The integrated medicine services available at Postels Community Health Park include massage (Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, couples, and chair), paraffin body wraps, ear candling, reflexology, acupuncture, and chiropractic care. The building also houses the new GRMC Outpatient Physical Therapy services, Stork’s Nest, The Galaxy, and GRMC Youth Fitness Center. Acupuncture is available from both Acupuncture Clinic of Grinnell as well as GRMC Acupuncture services. Chiropractic services are offered through Strovers Chiropractic Care.
The Postels building previously served as the headquarters of Grinnell Beverage. In 1999 Joanie and Arnie Heimsoth and Dick Postels, who owned the business, donated the facility to GRMC. After renovations, the facility opened in June 2000 with a new focus.

“From beer barrels to body massages, the transformation of the Postels building was as much symbolic as it was structural back in 1999,” explains Cory Jackson, GRMC wellness services director. “GRMC has been a leader in providing integrated therapies and complementary medicine. This building was a major catalyst in allowing the organization to dedicate space to these optimal healing therapies.”

Integrated medicine services in Grinnell also received a major boost when the community was selected to participate in an international study with Chicago; Munich, Germany; and Bolzano, Italy. The intent was to develop a template to build healthy communities using effective alternative therapies. The study involved two test groups: one following traditional medical standards and the other receiving nontraditional or alternative medicine therapies in addition to western medicine.

“The study’s findings showed that your health status is a direct correlation with your willingness to take responsibility for your own health,” says Suzanne Cooner, GRMC vice-president of operations. “Most participants in the integrated medicine group reported a noticeable improvement in overall well-being. They reported that they felt they were listening to their bodies.”

Since the 1999 study, GRMC has continued to expand and refine integrated services available for inpatients and outpatients.

“We invite everyone to stop in on Thursday for free chair massages and paraffin dips as well as giveaways and refreshments. Take a few moments to learn about the latest research and techniques for integrated medicine therapies to improve well-being,” Jackson says.