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HCHC Foundation to fund new aquatic lift and microscope

Union photo by Ashley Duong

Henry County Health Center Foundation leaders and members of the Make A Difference for HCHC committee members gathered for a ribbon cutting on Sept. 18 to kickoff fundraising efforts. The foundation is hoping to raise $20,000 for a new aquatic lift and microscope for the health center.
Union photo by Ashley Duong Henry County Health Center Foundation leaders and members of the Make A Difference for HCHC committee members gathered for a ribbon cutting on Sept. 18 to kickoff fundraising efforts. The foundation is hoping to raise $20,000 for a new aquatic lift and microscope for the health center.

MT. PLEASANT — The Henry County Health Center (HCHC) Foundation and Make A Difference (M.A.D.) for HCHC are hoping to raise $20,000 to help the health center purchase new equipment. The foundation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 18 to kick off their fundraising events.

The fundraising foundation, which was founded in May of 1990, is helping to fund a new aquatic lift that will be used as part of the Rehabilitation Services department as well as a microscope used in ears, nose and throat procedures.

HCHC Foundation Director Mark Hempen noted that the microscope is generally used to put tubes into children’s’ ears to help them hear and that about 80 ENT procedures are done each year at the health center, a standard number for rural health centers.

In addition, because the health center often does joint replacement surgeries, exercises in the center’s pool is part of patients’ rehabilitation process, which requires an aquatic lift to help those who may have difficulty getting in and out of the pool.

“The foundation wants to try to reduce the burden on the budget of the health center,” Hempen said of the fundraising efforts.

“It allows the health center to continue to serve patients,” Hempen noted.

Hempen also said that the foundation is dedicated to helping provide “high quality health care to southeast Iowa,” and looks to “plan, promote and fund important health initiatives.” In addition to working with the health center, the foundation also offers grants to organizations in the county that are working on prevalent health initiatives as well.

As part of their fundraising efforts, the foundation is hosting a banquet on Oct. 3, where attendees will have an opportunity to win a trip to the Ark Encounter, which has been donated to the foundation by Burlington Trailways.

At the ribbon cutting, the company stationed a luxury bus in the health center’s parking lot to show community members the motor coach the winners of the trip would be traveling in. Carla Meierotto, a staff member of Burlington Trailways who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony said that the business is “community minded” and was happy to “provide items the foundation needs and give back.”

The foundation also will be holding M.A.D Mayhem events to bolster their fundraising efforts, which will include a change roundup at the Mt. Pleasant Hy-Vee from Sept. 20 through Sept. 22, a gas pump event from noon to 6 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant PepStop and the Kramer’s in Salem, as well as raffles at the New London High Shcool and Winfield-Mt. Union High School Football games on Sept. 20 as well as the Mt. Pleasant High School Homecoming football game on Sept. 27.

For more information about the HCHC Foundation or upcoming fundraising events, Mark Hempen can be reached at hempenm@hchc.org.