Local hospital foundation seeks $190K for new ambulance

Auxiliary gifts $50,000

UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Foundation President Kathy McCune addresses a standing-room only crowd Aug. 16, at the “Lights, Sirens, Keep Them Rolling” theme-event at Elmwood Country Club. McCune urged attendees to enthusiastically support an initiative to raise $190,000 for a new ambulance.

UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Foundation was back in

action under its new name Aug. 16, to a full house at Elmwood Country Club. With a goal of $190,000 for a new ambulance, the Foundation launched its 2017 annual campaign, “Lights and Sirens– Keep Them Rolling” with more than $70,000 in early commitments.

Kathy McCune, Foundation President, welcomed UnityPoint Health to Marshalltown, and noted the healthcare opportunities it brings to the community. She introduced Lance Horbach, Chairman of the UnityPoint Health Marshalltown-Board of Directors.

Horbach introduced hospital board members, noting they are local individuals, and not UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown employees.

“We prize our local hospital and it still is in our hands and your hands,” he said. “This is our Board, not a UnityPoint Health board. We need your engagement and will work to earn your respect, your trust and your care.

Dustin Wright, UnityPointHealth-Marshalltown Chief Executive Officer, said: “Philanthropy support has never been more promising to insure we can deliver on our mission of improving the health of the people in the communities we serve. We are excited to have this relationship with UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Foundation.”

Wright also announced the return of Dr. Lance VanGundy to the UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Emergency Department in coming months. Wright also stressed the high ambulance workload and dedication of the EMS staff under the direction of Steve Vannatta.

UnityPoint Health Marshalltown Auxiliary members Susan Eberhardt, Josette Peterson, and Peggy Schoer announced the Auxiliary gift of $50,000 to the ambulance campaign.

On display in the Elmwood parking lot was an early ambulance/hearse provided by Mitchell Family Funeral Home. A current ambulance was also on display. Wright noted the ambulance to be replaced was scheduled to be at the event, but is currently in the shop.

For more information about the Foundation or Lights and Sirens–Keep Them Rolling campaign, contact Deirdre Gruendler at 641-754-5005.