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GPCF Founder’s Day Celebrates Leadership, Vision and Generosity

  GPCF Founder’s Day Celebrates Leadership, Vision and Generosity The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) celebrated its second annual Founder’s Day on June 2, the birthday of GPCF founder Tom Marshall who passed away in 2015. Marshall, who started the community foundation in 1989, was remembered for his “leadership, vision and generous spirit” in building GPCF to its current strength …

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Anonymous Donors Keep Mayflower Residents on the Move

Anonymous Donors Keep Mayflower Residents on the Move Generous friends of Mayflower Community have provided gifts of nearly $130,000 to purchase two vehicles that literally keep Mayflower residents on the go. The gifts by anonymous donors allowed Mayflower to purchase “Lester,” a 15-passenger bus, and “Daisy,” a conversion van that accommodates two wheelchairs. The new bus transports active residents on …

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CENTRAL PARK CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE – THANKING DONORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT

CENTRAL PARK CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE – THANKING DONORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT   The Central Park Campaign is in full swing with more than $500,000 gifted or pledged to the project.  Because of the overwhelming community support for the project, the Committee wanted to take time to publicly thank those donors who have supported the campaign.  With the project beginning in just …

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Opioid Pain Control Epidemic Examined at SE•ED June 6

         Opioid Pain Control Epidemic Examined More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record. The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve opioids, which are prescription pain medications. Healthcare providers play a critical role in changing this epidemic. Jennifer Paisley, MD, Grinnell Regional Internal Medicine, will present at the …

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New Primary Care Physician Joins Grinnell Family Care

New Primary Care Physician Joins Grinnell Family Care Marjorie M. Renfrow, MD, began seeing patients at Grinnell Family Care on Tuesday, May 24, joining the primary care providers in the clinic, located at 217 Fourth Ave., West, Grinnell. Renfrow comes to Grinnell from a geriatric clinic in Bella Vista, Ark., where she provided care for individuals in the mature years …

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CSS Reaches 10th Anniversary of Serving Those Who Serve Others

May 31, 2016 CSS Reaches 10th Anniversary of Serving Those Who Serve Others The Community Support Services (CSS) program of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF) has reached its 10-year anniversary, and according to CDAF President and CEO Julie Gosselink, the program has “exceeded all expectations.” CSS has also become a model for other foundations, and in 2010, …

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Three Local Grinnell Residents Donate $25,000 or more to the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign

  (Grinnell, IA – May 23, 2016)  Isadore Berman, Betty Hammond and Jewel Kintzinger have each donated $25,000 or more to the St. Francis Manor Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, to construct the Hammond Center for Assisted Living community on the St. Francis Manor campus. “We are very grateful to these three individuals who have continued to support our vision …

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Toaster kicks off Friday Fest series June 3

Toaster kicks off Friday Fest series June 3   GRINNELL, Iowa– Toaster, a rock and roll cover band, will perform a free concert at Friday Fest on Friday, June 3, in downtown Grinnell.   Toaster will perform on stage from 7 to 10 p.m.  Toaster is a cover band that performs covers of songs from a wide range of artists …

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Grinnell Games weekend to feature new UV Splash nighttime run

Grinnell Games weekend to feature new UV Splash nighttime run   GRINNELL– Online registration is open for the Grinnell Games, which will take place June 11 and 12. Those wishing to participate in events may sign up at www.grinnellgames.com. The Grinnell Games, Iowa’s Family Sports Festival, is presented by Grinnell State Bank.   Saturday, June 11, will be filled with …

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Grinnell College announces Summerfest will take place June 11

Grinnell College announces Summerfest will take place June 11 Free celebration offers performances, workshops, family-friendly activities   GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College’s Summerfest on Saturday, June 11, offers a daylong celebration of learning, discovery and entertainment for curious minds of all ages, topped by an evening performance by Chicago’s Aloft Circus Arts.   Summerfest, which is free and open to …

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Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Makes Matching Gift Pledge to the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign

Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Makes Matching Gift Pledge to the                       Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign     (Grinnell, IA – May 16, 2016)  Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation recently made a $25,000 5-year pledge to the St. Francis Manor Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, to construct the Hammond Center for Assisted Living community on the St. Francis Manor campus. …

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New Physician at Grinnell Regional Family Practice

New Physician at Grinnell Regional Family Practice Robert Koller, DO, primary care physician, will begin practicing at Grinnell Regional Family Practice (GRFP) on July 18, 2016. Koller will accept all patients, including obstetrics and geriatrics. He joins Roy Doorenbos, MD; Michelle Rebelsky, MD; Jacob Boyer, PA; and Kristen Phelps, PA. Koller completed his residency at Mercy North Iowa Family Medicine …

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Two Seeland Park Residents Make Matching Gift Pledges to the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign

Two Seeland Park Residents Make Matching Gift Pledges to the                       Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign (Grinnell, IA – May 9, 2016)  Seeland Park resident Ken Eggman has made a $50,000 pledge to the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign in memory of his wife, Verleen, who passed away in 2015.  Ken’s first donation toward his 5-year pledge …

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Grinnell Chamber E-Newsletter takes Publication of the Year Award

Emily Counts, tourism director for the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce takes first place in the Mid-America Chamber Executives association “Publication of the Year” award. The award is granted for the Grinnell Chambers weekly “Get into Grinnell E-Newsletter” informing subscribers of local and area happenings with over 6,000 subscribers. Congratulations Emily !

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GC students host FREE music event Saturday May 7th

Grinnell College students are hosting an event, “The Grinnellian”, on the Grinnell College campus behind the Herrick Chapel Saturday May 7th from 12:30p to 3:30p. Several student-run bands will be performing for this FREE event and the public is invited.

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Capstone to Expand into Poweshiek County

Capstone to Expand into Poweshiek County A collaboration among four Iowa organizations promises to improve access to mental health services in Poweshiek County. Beginning later this year, Capstone Behavioral Healthcare—a Newton-based service—will begin offering mental health services in the former Poweshiek County Mental Health Center offices on Fourth Avenue in Grinnell. The four partners working to make this arrangement possible …

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GRMC Auxiliary Scholarship Recipients Honored

GRMC Auxiliary Scholarship Recipients Honored Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized four area students pursuing healthcare careers at its annual gathering held in April. GRMC Auxiliary scholarships are awarded to 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 2016 …

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Shane Hart begins work as Grinnell College Golf Course manager

Shane Hart begins work as Grinnell College Golf Course manager He was a board member, interim manager of former Golf and Country Club   GRINNELL, Iowa – Shane Hart, a longtime Grinnell resident and member of the Grinnell College Golf Course community, started his new position as general manager of the Grinnell College Golf Course on Friday, April 29.   …

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GRMC Welcomes New Director of Surgery

Grinnell Regional Medical Center announces the hiring of Paul Topliff, RN, CNOR, as the new director of surgical services. Topliff joins the surgical team in response to the retirement of Deb Reding, RN, who has been with GRMC for nearly 35 years. Topliff comes back to GRMC after working in Oskaloosa for six years, most recently as the director of …

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Local organizations eligible for Grinnell United Way grants

Grinnell United Way invites local organizations that serve Grinnell residents to apply to receive funding. “Grinnell United Way advances the common good in Grinnell through our partner agencies, supported by our generous donors,” said board president Rachael Kinnick. “Together, we use the key building blocks of education, income, and health to improve these people’s lives by dealing with the underlying …

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Winners For Heritage Park Brochure Announced-Prizes and Certificates Awarded

Mrs. Taylor’s sixth through eighth class at Central Iowa Christian School were invited by the Board of Directors of the Poweshiek County Heritage Park to participate in a contest to create a brochure promoting Heritage Park.   On March 10 all the students in this class were bused to Heritage Park for a presentation by board member, Phyllis Meredith about Heritage …

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Behrens to Share City Park Update at SEED April 25

Behrens to Share City Park Update at SEED The roar of construction has begun in Grinnell. Join Russ Behrens, Grinnell city manager, at the Monday, April 25, Senior Education Program to learn about the city park update and other projects slated for the summer and fall. The SEED program is a weekly educational program of Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Behrens …

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GRMC Recognized Volunteers and Auxiliary

  Grinnell Regional Medical Center hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in conjunction with the Auxiliary Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 12, as part of National Volunteer Week. This was the first time these events have merged into a dinner recognition reception. More than 75 guests attended the celebratory event, and enjoyed a photo booth, buffet-style dinner, a thank you video, …

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Jones and Lacey Named as 100 Great Iowa Nurses

Grinnell Regional Medical Center nurses Kim Jones, RN, obstetrics, and Janet Lacey, RN, director of patient experience and quality, received the 100 Great Iowa Nurses award. This program, supported by the Iowa Nurses Foundation, recognizes 100 outstanding nurses every year in Iowa for their courage, competence, and commitment to patients and the nursing profession. The 100 nurses earn the recognition …

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Medicaid Transition to Privatization Underway

Medicaid Transition to Privatization Underway Area healthcare and health service providers who care for Iowa’s low-income residents through Medicaid began the transition to privatized care effective April 1.  Traditional Iowa Medicaid patients will now be under the supervision of three state contracted health plans or Managed Care Organizations (MCOs): Amerigroup Iowa, Inc., AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa, Inc., and UnitedHealthcare Plan of …

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Kids Against Hunger – Feeding Families Around the World… and Around the Corner

The mission of Grinnell Kids Against Hunger is to reduce hunger around the world through local volunteers working together to package food. At Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Senior Education program on Monday, April 18, KAH board president Heidi Ramaeker Pearson will present a program about how local volunteers help feed hungry children and families all over the world. Since the …

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Protect Yourself from Financial Abuse | SE•ED Monday August 20

Protect Yourself from Financial Abuse With the ever-present changes in technology, scammers are coming up with more ways to take advantage of elderly populations. Learn more about the steps you can take to protect yourself or a loved one from elder financial abuse at the next UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education program on Monday, Aug. 20. …

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Updates on the Zone of Confluence

  Working with the City of Grinnell and private investors, Grinnell College strives to bring economic and social vitality to downtown Grinnell. One initiative involves developing the Zone of Confluence – the neighborhood located between the Grinnell College campus and downtown Grinnell. Learn about this initiative with John Kalkbrenner, Grinnell College’s assistant vice president for Auxiliary Services and Economic Development, on …

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Applying the Goodness of Soy

Applying the Goodness of Soy Follow a non-GMO soybean on its journey through production in Iowa at the Monday, Sept. 18, Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education Program. Dan Walker, Natural Products Operations Manager, will take the audience from the day the farmland was prepared to be planted, the growing season, the harvest and into the NPI processing plant; where …

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Giving Kids the World

Giving Kids the World Gary and Becky Downey of Grinnell will be sharing their volunteer experience at Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, Fla., on Monday, Sept. 11, during the Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education Program. Give Kids the World Village (GKTW) is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their …

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