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New ambulance arrives at UPH-Marshalltown

Public celebration slated for Saturday

T-R PHOTO By MIKE DONAHEY - Staff from UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown pose with the facility’s new ambulance oustide the hospital’s main entrance Thursday. From left are President Dustin Wright, Emergency Services Manager Nick Heintz, UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Foundation Director Dierdre Gruendler and Paramedic Tanner Wolken.

“Out with the old, and in with the new.”

The adage was exemplified at UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown as a new ambulance was delivered Thursday by Lifeline Ambulances of Sumner. The UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Foundation recently concluded a successful fundraising campaign, collecting $400,000 to purchase two much-needed ambulances, including emergency pediatric equipment and a chair stair for moving patients who need to be transported on a stairway. More than 500 donations from area organizations, businesses and individuals made the purchase possible.

“We are so grateful to our communities for their support of the ambulance campaign and hope the public will enjoy celebrating with us,” Foundation President Kathy McCune said.

“The new ambulance is much better to drive than the old ambulances,” Paramedic Tanner Wolken said. “We are excited to have it, and appreciate the community support.”

The ambulance will be on display for the public from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Medical Park.

JBS will have their new 20 foot smoker/griller to provide brats to the crowd as long as quantities last. The second ambulance has been ordered, and is estimated to be delivered late summer or early fall. For more information, contact the Foundation at 641-754-5005.

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Contact Mike Donahey at 641-753-6611 or mdonahey@timesrepublican.com

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