‘Summer Soiree’ to support local healthcare for the most important moments of life

T-R PHOTO BY MIKE DONAHEY - Photographed recently in the UnityPoint-Health-Marshalltown Women’s Care Center are from left, nurses Kaitlyn Dobraska, Nancy Pins, Calinda Sublett and Jen Weitzell. The 2018 Summer Soiree: Amazing Lives Start Here event Aug. 25, will fund department modernization and expansion.

It’s been a tough few weeks in Marshalltown. It has also been an amazing few weeks with the community coming together. And one of the most hopeful signs for the future is new babies being born every day at UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown.

Just eight days after the July 19 tornado cut a vicious path through town and closed the hospital, the Women’s Care Center reopened. Hours later, the first baby was born. Over the next 12 days, 12 more babies would come into the world here. Thirteen babies in 13 days following a major catastrophe. It’s been a remarkable return to normal for the families who choose UnityPoint-Marshalltown to bring new life into the world.

“Providing a safe and welcoming environment for birthing is one of the most important services a local hospital offers,” Jackie Mason, UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Foundation Board Member said. “Many families value the opportunity to choose local when it comes to birthing for many reasons including quality of care, convenience and a continuation of family legacy. It’s not unusual for three — or more — generations of the same family to have been born at our local hospital.”

At 6 p.m. on Aug. 25 at Elmwood Country Club, the ‘Summer Soiree: Amazing Lives Start Here’ kicks-off the “commitment of supporting UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown’s modernization and expansion of Women’s Care Center services for moms and families,” co-chair Linda Kuhl said.

“We believe the event is important for continued care of moms and families,” Co-Chair Kathy McCune said. “If one would like to join us and haven’t had an opportunity to sign up, one can do so on the Foundation’s webpage. All are welcome.”

“As our community rebuilds following the tornado, it’s a heart-warming return to normal to know a new generation of babies are being born,” Mason said. “Our objective is to partner with UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown to make the experience a great one and to expand the options for keeping more babies right here at home.”

To sign up visit https://marshalltown.unitypoint.org/foundation/foundation-events/ or call the Foundation office, 641-754-5005.

Tickets are $75 per person.

UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization committed to supporting quality healthcare in our communities.

IF YOU GO …

What: Summer Soiree fundraiser

When: 6 p.m., Aug. 25

Where: Elmwood Country Club, Marshalltown