Grinnell Mutual pledges $260,000 in Grinnell Regional Medical Center Campaign

Grinnell Mutual pledges $260,000 in Grinnell Regional Medical Center Campaign

Grinnell Mutual, together with its employees and foundation, has pledged more than $260,000 toward Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s comprehensive Moving at the Speed of Life Campaign. The fundraising campaign will support technology and facility enhancements throughout the medical center. Grinnell Mutual has dedicated its pledge for enhancements to the Warren H. Bower Surgical Center, specifically the da Vinci Surgery System. Grinnell Mutual President and CEO Larry Jansen and Manager of Advertising and Community Relations Barb Baker presented the donation to campaign co-chairs Dan Agnew and Debby Pohlson on Monday, May 6, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center.

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Grinnell Mutual presented its donation to Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Moving at the Speed of Life campaign on Monday, May 6. From left to right: Campaign Co-Chair Debby Pohlson, Grinnell Mutual President and CEO Larry Jansen, Campaign Co-Chair Dan Agnew, Dr. Nick Kuiper, Grinnell Mutual Manager of Advertising and Community Relations Barb Baker, and GRMC Director of Communications and Development Denise Lamphier.

“The viability of our company, community, and surrounding communities is deeply dependent upon the services of Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Without a modern hospital, businesses and communities experience difficulties attracting and retaining quality employees and residents,” said Jansen. “As a local resident and president of the largest employer in the area, I am grateful for the services we receive from Grinnell Regional.  That’s why I asked our employees to join me in financially supporting this superb facility. I am overwhelmed by their generous response.”

“We are all here at GRMC to provide our patients the best healthcare possible. This wonderful gift from Grinnell Mutual, and its employees and foundation, is helping GRMC offer safe, high-quality, innovative surgical care to our patients,” says Todd C. Linden, GRMC president and CEO. “This is the future of surgery and it’s now available at GRMC because of this important lead gift from Grinnell Mutual. We are humbled and grateful for the vision and commitment of everyone at Grinnell Mutual for making this possible.”

Grinnell Mutual employees exceeded their fundraising goal by donating more than $38,600 to the hospital campaign.  Grinnell Mutual has committed $125,000 in corporate funds toward the project and the Grinnell Mutual Group (GMG) Foundation has pledged $100,000 in support of the campaign.

“Our employees recognize the importance of having and supporting a local hospital in the community. Any of us could need its services at any time,” said Baker.

About the Moving at the Speed of Life Campaign
Grinnell Regional has identified several enhancements totaling $8 million that will serve patients with state-of-the-art care and conveniences.

• da Vinci Surgical System is a surgeon-operated robotic system that allows doctors greater precision, control and access to hard-to-reach areas within the patient. Extremely complex operations can be conducted through small incisions. Purchase and use of this robot will strengthen the hospital’s capacity to serve more patients and make Grinnell Regional a leader in this field.

• Brownell Emergency & Trauma Center will receive renovations to improve flow, efficiency, and privacy for patients. Every room will have monitoring capability with new equipment and beds.

• After Hours, Walk-In Clinic will open in 2013. This clinic will offer medical care on a walk-in basis and will be open during non-business hours when physician offices are closed.

• A new chemotherapy treatment area will provide easier patient access, a private procedure room, six new chemo bays, new ventilation system, and a small waiting area.

• The CT scanner will be upgraded to a 64-slice or greater, which will offer better resolution, faster scan times, and quicker diagnosis.

• Postels Community Health Park upgrades will house integrated medicine services as well as wellness programs under one roof. The facility will include a new glass door entrance, an indoor walking path, a dedicated Spinning® room, kid’s area, kitchen, restrooms, and new sound and lighting.

• Mental Health Services is a new service line. This office is located in the Ahrens Medical Arts Building.  An endowment will be created to assist with the on-going costs of providing mental health services.

For more information about Moving at the Speed of Life: A Comprehensive Campaign for Grinnell Regional Medical Center, please contact Director of Communications and Development Denise Lamphier at 641-236-2589 or