Great River Friends donates $49,241 in scholarships, program funding

Great River Friends recently awarded $10,000 in scholarships to students pursing health care careers and donated $39,241.85 to Great River Health System.

Ten $1,000 scholarships were given in three categories. Scholarships for high school seniors were awarded to:

  • Margaret Brueck, Notre Dame High School, Burlington, pre-medicine, Creighton University
  • Jackson Gerot, WACO High School, Wayland, Iowa, pre-medicine, University of Iowa
  • Ashley Machholz, Mediapolis High School, pre-physical therapy, Iowa Wesleyan University
  • Luis Rascon, Mount Pleasant High School, pre-medicine, University of Iowa

Continuing-college scholarship winners were:

  • Morgan Bobb, University of Iowa, medicine
  • Lorin Fisher, University of Iowa, pharmacy
  • Marshall Moyer, University of Iowa, medicine
  • Danielle Watznauer, Drake University, pharmacy

The recipients of Great River Friends’ Southeastern Community College scholarships were:

  • Mikayla Brown, nursing
  • Toni Wakeland , nursing

Great River Friends also donated $39,241.85 to Great River Health System for these projects:

  • Acute Care Center – Take-home icepacks for patients who have surgery
  • Great River Cancer Center – Wigs, head coverings and makeup for patients; materials for handmade quilts given to patients at the end of radiation treatment
  • Great River Health Fitness – Exercise equipment
  • Great River Hospice – Folding chairs for family rooms
  • Great River Klein Center – Renovation of a room with a calming environment for elders with dementia
  • Medical Care and Rehabilitation units – Elastic shoelaces for wearing shoes without tying
  • Rehabilitation Services – Lifting equipment for moving patients safely
  • Spiritual Care – Care Channel upgrade – provides soothing music and pictures on televisions in patient rooms
  • Volunteer Services – Charging stations for patients’ and family members’ electronic devices; materials for comfort pillows made for patients by volunteers
  • Women and Family Center – Swaddling sleepers for newborns to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome; breast milk from Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa

Great River Friends is a community of donors and volunteers that supports Great River Health System with the gifts of time, talent and treasure. For more information, please call Great River Medical Center Volunteer Services at (319) 768-3340.