Ramsey-Weeks and Lincoln Savings Bank Support GRMC Fundraising Campaign

Ramsey-Weeks and Lincoln Savings Bank Support GRMC Fundraising Campaign


Ramsey-Weeks, Inc., and Lincoln Savings Bank have each made gifts of $25,000 to Grinnell Regional Medical Center for the Moving at the Speed of Life comprehensive campaign.

“We are honored to have the support of these two great Grinnell businesses,” says Denise Lamphier, director of communications and development at GRMC. “Their gifts have already been put to use for projects underway at the medical center and we are grateful.”

There is a strong history between Ramsey-Weeks, Inc., and GRMC, dating back to the start of the business in 1923. The legacy of Anna Ramsey and her tireless support for accessible, quality healthcare in Grinnell is evident today.

“Ramsey-Weeks has always supported the hospital in Grinnell, even before the merger of St. Francis and Community Hospital,” says Paul Pohlson of Ramsey-Weeks. “It is an important investment for our customers. Our business thrives with GRMC here. We have invested our profits into the community in many ways, such as improvements to our hospital and recruiting outstanding medical professionals. ”

Generations of the Ramsey-Weeks, Inc., family have served and continue to serve in volunteer leadership roles at GRMC. Rick Ramsey and Debby Pohlson have both served on the GRMC board of directors. Ramsey was the chair of the board from 1984 to 1985 and Debby Pohlson served as board chair from 2005 to 2006. She is currently a co-chair of the GRMC Moving at the Speed of Life comprehensive campaign. Jim Ramsey, son of Rick and grandson of Anna, serves as a volunteer on the current comprehensive campaign. Sarah Smith, daughter of Paul and Debby Pohlson and wife of Ramsey-Weeks, Inc. employee, Dustin Smith, recently joined the GRMC board of directors.

“The economic impact of GRMC on our area is often under-realized,” says Jim Ramsey. “When businesses seek to relocate or expand, they consider housing, schools, and accessibility to healthcare as factors in making their decision. A strong healthcare sector is very important to our area economy.”

This gift from Ramsey-Weeks will be recognized with a named examination room in the new F.A. Jones Physical and Occupational Therapy Center.

While the relationship between GRMC and Lincoln Savings Bank hasn’t been as long as the history with Ramsey-Weeks, Lincoln Savings Bank is a very strong supporter of the medical center.

“As a community bank, we’re committed to serving and supporting those things that make for a healthy and vibrant place to live,” says Jim Thielen, Lincoln Savings Bank.

Over the years, Lincoln Savings Bank has supported annual fund drives, sponsored golf outings, fundraising events, and capital campaigns.

In recognition of this gift from Lincoln Savings Bank, the urgent care waiting area is named for Lincoln Savings Bank, LSB Foundation.

“One of our core values is to be a steward of the communities we serve,” Thielen says. “That’s the function of the LSB Foundation and it allows the bank and our associates to give back to the communities that have been so good to us.”

“We certainly appreciate the generous support of time and funds that Ramsey-Weeks, Inc., and Lincoln Savings Bank provide to GRMC,” Lamphier says. “In smaller communities like ours, we all work together for the greater good. These businesses are great examples of that cooperative spirit.”

Gifts to the Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Moving at the Speed of Life comprehensive campaign to raise funds for:

  • Extensive renovations to the emergency department to modernize it.
  • The creation of an urgent care clinic.
  • The establishment of an endowment for mental health care services.
  • The creation of a new chemotherapy and infusion department.
  • The purchase of a state-of-the-art daVinci® surgical robotic system and new CT scanner.
  • Renovations to Postels Community Health Park to accommodate GRMC’s growing wellness program.
  • Replace equipment for obstetrics and radiology departments, patient rooms, and nutrition services.

For more information about making a gift to the Moving at the Speed of Life campaign, please contact Lamphier at 641-236-2589 or

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