Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s new bed campaign has collected $109,627 so far thanks to the successful completion of a $25,000 challenge grant from the Claude W. Ahrens Charitable Trust. The challenge was issued on Aug. 1, 2012, and was quickly met by the community in just one month.
“We are so thrilled the challenge we set forth has been met by area communities,” says Susan Witt, trustee of the Claude W. Ahrens Charitable Trust and a member of the GRMC board of directors and foundation board. “It was our goal to raise funds and awareness for the bed campaign and to keep the patient’s needs in the forefront of people’s minds.”
George Drake, GRMC foundation board president, adds, “I’ve been on the board for several years now and each time the hospital has had a need, the community has stepped up and met it. It shows how much our community cares about the well-being of others. We are grateful to the Claude W. Ahrens Charitable Trust for their challenge gift and to the community for meeting this challenge.”
Donations continue to be accepted for this year’s bed campaign. GRMC seeks to raise $253,000 to purchase 23 new beds. To date, GRMC has purchased eight beds with donations received thus far.
“Hospital beds provide many benefits for medical staff, patients, and caregivers. The importance of a good night’s sleep can aid in a patient’s recovery and we want their experience at GRMC to be as positive as possible,” says Denise Lamphier, GRMC director of communications and development.
There is still time to make a gift or pledge to the 2012 bed campaign and the annual fund. To earn naming rights, a $10,000 donation is requested but gifts of all sizes make a difference. Go www.grmc.us and click the link “Make a Donation” or call Lamphier at 641-236-2589. Donations may also be mailed to the Office of Communications and Development, GRMC, 210 4th Ave., Grinnell, IA 50112.