Thursday, May 28, 2015

Grinnell Prize Winners in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Each prize carries an award of $100,000, half to the winning individual(s) and half to their organization.
In 2014, Susan Sanning, director of service learning and civic engagement, and Saunia Powell, assistant director of post-graduate service and coordinator of the Grinnell Prize, visited three organizations in Africa that received The Grinnell Prize. They will be the featured speakers at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center SE*ED program on Monday, June 8. Sanning and Powell will share their experiences and discuss what these organizations are doing to benefit the people in the region. The program meets at 10 a.m. in the Caulkins Community Room at Drake Community Library. All are invited to this free program. Refreshments are served beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Parking is available at the Drake Community Library, along Park Street, on Fifth Avenue, and in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot.
Seniors needing transportation may call GRMC Communications and Development, 641-236-2593, by Thursday before the program.
If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance,
please call 641-236-2593. For more information about upcoming speakers please check GRMC’s website at or call 641-236-2593.


GRMC Wins Marketing Award for the Second Year in a Row

Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Office of Communication and Development has won two Aster Awards in marketing for the second year in a row.
            Aster Awards honor exceptional advertising or marketing in the healthcare field. Judging criteria included creativity, layout and design, functionality, message effectiveness, production quality and overall appeal. All entries are judged by industry experts and are scored on multiple criteria with a possibility of 100 total points. Over 3000 entries from across the country were recognized. Participant’s entries competed against similar-sized organizations in their specific groups and categories.
            The elevator skin celebrating GRMC’s third year as an A-rated Leap Frog hospital won a silver award in the category of “Single Poster/Display.” Silver awards honor entries that scored within the top 12 percent in the nation.
GRMC won a bronze award in the category of “Service Line – Emergency.” The campaign announcing the opening of the Manatt Family Urgent Care clinic featured advertisements, promotional magnets, and outdoor promotions. A bronze award recognizes a score in the top 16 percent in the nation.

            Designer of the elevator skin, Jen Hawkins, graphic designer, said that both campaigns have been effective of communicating the quality of GRMC and were deserving of this recognition. 

GRMC Hosts 26th Annual Golf Tournament

Grinnell Regional Medical Center invites the public to its 26th annual golf outing on Friday, July 10, at the Oakland Acres Golf Club. The public is welcome to register to golf for the morning or afternoon tee times. This year’s outing will again support the Moving at the Speed of Life comprehensive campaign, designated for the emergency department renovations.
The format is a four-player, best shot tournament. A special recognition award will be given to the Poweshiek County team with the lowest score, as local teams compete for bragging rights. GRMC will also award the “Best Dressed Man” and “Best Dressed Woman” titles to individuals.
GRMC will award prizes to the top two flights of three teams with the lowest scores. Prizes will also be awarded for unique contests at several of the holes along the course. The contests at each hole will be chosen depending on the conditions and challenges that each hole offers, such as longest drive, longest putt, and closest to the bed pan.
“We are very proud to have raised over $315,000 from this annual golf outing over the past years,” says Todd C. Linden, GRMC president and CEO.  “This truly is an event that welcomes and brings together players in the community. From business sponsorship to teams from the area, it showcases how supporters of Grinnell and its communities can have fun and help out the medical center.” 
Entry fee for the tournament is $75 per person and cart rental is $20. Registration deadline is July, 3. Online registration can be found at
“We are grateful for our event sponsors as we continue this longstanding tradition in Grinnell,” Linden says.
Eagle Sponsors are: Associated Computer Systems, Ltd.; Bernie Lowe & Associates; Brown's Medical Imaging; Graham Construction Company; Grinnell College; Grinnell State Bank; Heartland Finishes, INC; Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors; Manatt's Inc.; and Mayflower Community
Birdie Sponsors are: ASI Signage; Dr. Nickolas and Stacy Kuiper; Seim Johnson; and Wes Finch Auto Plaza.
19th Hole Sponsors are: Electronic Engineering; Family Dentistry; Jensen Optometrists; Lincoln Savings Bank; Todd and Angela Linden; The 801 Group of Morgan Stanley; Pagliai's Pizza; and The Straub Corporation/PAW Marketing.
Pin/Hole Sponsors are: Ahrens Park Foundation; Dayton Meats Products, Inc.; Mary and James Duke; HyVee of Grinnell; and KJWW Engineering Consultants.
Flight sponsors are: Julin Printing Company; Leila Maring; Poweshiek Publications; Schoon Construction; and University of Iowa Community Credit Union.
Raffles and donations provided by: Cirks Financial; Cory Hall Photography; Mary and James Duke; Todd and Angela Linden; Linder Tire Service; Meskwaki Casino & Resort; Pagliai’s Pizza; Solera Wine Bar; and Van Meter Inc. Raffle prizes are still being accepted.
Mayflower Community will cater the breakfast. GRMC’s catering services will provide the mid-day meal; and afternoon refreshments will be provided by the Oakland Acres Golf Club.
For more information, contact Jan Veach, GRMC, at 641-236-2946 or email

Thursday, May 21, 2015

SE*ED: Gluten? Wheat? What's the Deal?

If you are curious about the rise in gluten-free products at the grocery store and aren’t even exactly sure what gluten is, you are not alone. Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s SE*ED program will explore this topic on Monday, June 1, with Elaine Hammes, MS, RDN, LD, GRMC dietitian. The program meets at 10 a.m. in the Caulkins Community Room at Drake Community Library. All are invited to this free program. Refreshments are served beginning at 9:30 a.m.
For people who live with Celiac disease these products are necessities. It is estimated that 3 million Americans have Celiac disease. Celiac is an auto-immune disorder and not a food allergy.
Looking forward on the schedule, Susan Sanning and Saunia Powell will present, “Social Justice in Sub-Saharan Africa – Grinnell Prize Winners,” on June 8. On June 15, GRMC will welcome Tom Gallo, PT, speaking about the new F.A. Jones Physical and Occupational Therapy Center.
Parking is available at the Drake Community Library, along Park Street, on Fifth Avenue, and in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot.
Seniors needing transportation may call GRMC Communications and Development, 641-236-2593 by Thursday before the program.
If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance,
please call 641-236-2593. For more information about upcoming speakers please check GRMC’s website at or call 641-236-2954.


GRMC Neon Cafe

The Neon Café at Grinnell Regional Medical Center offers a variety of specialty hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, salads, soup of the day, daily sandwich special, drinks and various sweet treats.
    Tucked away on the first floor in the northeast corner of the hospital, the Neon Café offers some unique sandwiches, some named after medical terms, others named for departments in the hospital.
    For instance, the AMA (Against Medical Advice) is loaded with beef, genoa salami, turkey, Italian dressings, onion, green pepper, mustard, mayo and provolone on a hoagie. And there is the HMO, Club Med, Pharm Yard (named for the hospital pharmacy), Radio Wrap (for the hospital radiology department), the BLTT (bacon, lettuce, tomato and turkey), and the Kick’n Roast Beef Wrap, which café staff says is spicy.
    There are favorites such as peanut butter and jelly, chicken salad, egg salad, and tuna salad as well as specialty salads such as the Nutty Cran Man or Chicken Bacon Club, and the Popeye wrap, which is filled with chicken breast, spinach, croutons, lettuce, tomato and Caesar dressing.
    There is also a daily special that includes favorites such as a panini, hot sandwiches or fish tacos.
     Open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the café is not only a lunch and supper spot for hospital employees and families of patients, the general public is welcome to stop in and check out the offerings. A small eating area with tables and chairs is located next to the café.
    “All the meats are sliced in house,” said Kris Gilman, director of nutrition at GRMC. “We work with our supplier to purchase as much Iowa-grown vegetables and food products as possible.”
     The Neon Café was previously called the Corner Café and was located in a kiosk near the employee entrance. In 2007, the hospital revamped the area and created space for the café. It was  designed with a grab-n-go concept in mind for staff. The café name, Neon Café, was the brainchild of Todd Linden, president and CEO of GRMC.
    “The concept was started for those hospital departments who have a hard time getting away for lunch, such as surgeons and surgery staff,” said Gilman. “Even if they only have five minutes, we want hospital staff to feel refreshed and revived as if they were just starting their work day. There are a lot of intense jobs in the hospital.”
    There are 12 employees who alternate between the Neon Café and the main kitchen, which is open 365 days per year.
    The nutrition department purchases around $4,400 worth of food per week. During the summer months, and when possible, the department utilizes the fresh-grown vegetables raised in the Giving Garden located behind the Light Center.
    On average, the nutrition department prepares and serves about 60 patient meals per day, and the Neon Café serves around 180 customers per day.
    “That can be anything from grabbing a can of pop to eating a sandwich,” said Gilman of the Neon Café.
    The kitchen also handles all of the hospital in-house catering for board and foundation meetings, staff meetings and fundraisers. Staff prepare and serve an average of 1,900 catered meals each month.
    The hospital has 400 permanent staff with an average 250 staff members working around-the-clock on any given day.  According to Gilman, having a full-service lunch area, which is open Sunday through Friday, and the Neon Café, gives staff and families of patients a couple of healthy options without leaving the hospital campus.
    “One of the most important thing we do at the Neon Cafe is provide the hardworking healthcare staff a break and a nutritious meal,” she said.
    Check out the Neon Café menu at

Thursday, May 14, 2015

GRMC Board Elects 2015 Officers

Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s governing board elected the 2015 officers and committee chairs. Leading the board in 2015 is Todd Reding, Grinnell, chief operating officer/vice president for investments, Charrette Venture Group. The chair-elect is Wendy Kadner, owner of WSK Solutions, LLC, and Grandma’s House, Grinnell.
Bill Menner, Grinnell, the Iowa state director for rural development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, shifts to the past-chair position. Rachelle Johnson, JD, West Liberty, attorney, University of Iowa, will continue her current leadership position as secretary for the board. Dan Agnew, Grinnell, retired president of Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, will continue as the treasurer and finance committee chair. Quality committee chair is Karla Erickson, associate professor of sociology, Grinnell College, from Grinnell. Dave Stoakes, EdD, retired superintendent, will be the trustee organization and education committee chair.
“GRMC’s board places a high priority on quality care and has added the quality committee chair to the executive committee,” says Reding. “I speak for the board when I say overseeing a hospital in today’s environment takes a highly engaged board with diverse experiences. We have a dynamic board with healthcare, technology, corporate finance, human resources, and legal expertise. We have tremendous knowledge on this governing board leading the medical center forward.”
The GRMC Board of Trustees includes the officers and committee chairs as well as Jodi Cahalan, PhD, West Des Moines; Ed Hatcher, Laura Ferguson, MD, Nicholas Kuiper, DO, Sarah Smith, all of Grinnell; and Brian Watson, Montezuma. Ex officio members of the board include Todd Linden, GRMC President and CEO; Rusty Jones, Grinnell State Bank; Ron Collins, MD, GRMC medical staff president; and Sally Lang, GRMC Foundation Board chair.
The board is responsible for overall governance of GRMC, a nonprofit, private medical center. Its primary roles include maintaining the mission and vision; strategic planning; appointing the medical and advanced practice providers; approving the annual budget and providing financial oversight; monitoring overall quality of services; and appointing the chief executive.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

GRMC Auxiliary Healthcare Scholarship Recipients Honored

Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized four area students pursuing a healthcare career at its annual spring luncheon on April 29. Scholarships are for graduating high school seniors, current students, or adult students pursuing a healthcare career. These funds are also available to those currently working in healthcare and seeking advanced training.
The 2015 GRMC Auxiliary scholarship recipients are:
Allisyn Brandenburg, Kellogg, daughter of Mark and Jodi Brandenburg. She currently attends Central College for exercise science.
Julia Groenenboom, Rose Hill, daughter of Doug and Cheryl Groenenboom. She will attend Dordt College for pre-physical therapy major.
Sydney Meek, Toledo, daughter of Michael and Kathy Meek. She plans to attend Mount Mercy University for nursing.
Brittany Sleeuwenhoek, Hartwick, daughter of Kim and Lynn Sleeuwenhoek. She will attend graduate school at St. Ambrose University, for a master’s of occupational therapy.
For additional information about the GRMC Auxiliary scholarships, please call the GRMC volunteer coordinator’s office at 641-236-2588.

Cutline: Sydney Meek, Toledo; Brittany Sleeuwenhoek, Hartwick; and Julia Groenenboom, Rose Hill, received their scholarships at the GRMC Auxiliary’s annual spring luncheon. Not shown: Allisyn Brandenburg.

Grinnell Students Pledge to be Tobacco Free

The Grinnell high school has a student governed club, Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU), that focuses on peers teaching tobacco prevention program. The I-STEP program complements their work with students in Iowa schools.
Lisa Leris, RN, Grinnell Regional Public Health nurse and I-STEP coordinator, explained, “We have 36 I-STEP and TATU members leading this drive to encourage their peers to be tobacco free. I’m really pleased and proud that 118 high school students stood up for something that promotes health.”
Leris began working with Grinnell High School in January. She has been working with students in Grinnell’s middle school since last September and has hosted three activities. Funding for activities comes from a three-year Iowa Department of Public Health grant. Leris will plan three different activities at each of the schools to support tobacco free students.
“Students make a difference,” Leris says. “They can influence peers and friends to make healthy choices. We want to prevent smoking habits. In the long-term for health and finances, we want students to avoid tobacco products and addictions.”
All students are welcome to activities. New members of TATU and I-STEP are welcome. Watch for information from the school offices.