The Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce that the new ambulance has arrived and is in service. Gifts to the 2015 Annual Fund supported the purchase of the new ambulance for Winneshiek Medical Center. The 2016 fully-equipped ambulance cost $208,000. It replaces an existing ambulance that served the region and community members well, and joins two other ambulances in the Winneshiek Medical Center fleet.
- Power Cot and Power Load – Mechanically assists paramedics with lifting patients into and out of the ambulance.
- Zoll X series – 12-lead EKG to determine/assess if person is having a heart attack. Capable of monitoring six vital signs in addition to the 12-lead capabilities, and transmits data back to the Emergency Department to help medical staff is prepare to receive the patient.
- InMotion Mobile Computing – Gives paramedics access to the internet and data to transmit data to receiving hospitals. Also, provides access to mobile mapping with our local dispatch center.
- Zoll Auto Pulse – Provides manual chest compressions, which are more effective than rescuer-provided chest compressions.
- Suction unit – Provides means of effective airway clearing.
- Hydraulic Ride – Improves patient comfort during the ride in the ambulance.
Diet and exercise are two important elements of living with diabetes. The WMC Foundation supports every patient that enters our doors to receive diabetes education with a pedometer (track steps) and a calorie counting book.
In cooperation with generous donors, the WMC Foundation and WMC Diabetes Education is able to offer two scholarships ($650 value/scholarship) to area youth diagnosed with Diabetes. Selected youth attend a week long camp at Camp Hertko Hollow – Iowa’s camp for kids with diabetes, www.CampHertkoHollow.com
Home Health & Hospice
Donors to the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation can choose for their gift to benefit the Home Health & Hospice department at WMC. Donations support updated equipment, staff development, and new technology and more.
John “Java John” Klimesh, of Decorah looked for an outlet to express his feelings of grief following the loss of his brother. He found relief in attending the grief support sessions offered by Winneshiek Medical Center Home Health and Hospice. “I found comfort in knowing that I wasn’t alone,” said John.
After picking up a new hobby, John felt inspired to give back to the program that he found so helpful during his time of need. “It’s my way of giving back,” says John. His creativity led him to making and selling concrete flower pots, stepping stones and bowls- with all proceeds being donated to WMC Home Health and Hospice.
Community Mental Health
In November 2014, the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation was fortunate enough to award five grants to local groups/ agencies working to serve the mental health needs in our community. The grants were part of WMC’s Commemorative Fund for Community Mental Health, and were raised with the purpose of giving back to the community around an identified need.
- $3500 to Decorah High School to expand their student support services for students who face mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
- $5000 to Helping Services of Northeast Iowa to pilot a new therapeutic program for DARC (Domestic Abuse Resource Center) staff, clients, and their children.
- $5000 to Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center and Families First Counseling Services to organize and support a local National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) affiliate.
- $2173 to Alternative Treatment Associates to further train staff and purchase therapeutic items for students.
- $1300 to Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health, Inc., to improve the physical health of individuals with mental health and co-occurring issues.
Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
The Winneshiek Medical Center Parkinson’s disease support group regularly meets the last Wednesday of every month (excluding January) from 1:30 – 2:30 pm on the lower level of Winneshiek Medical Center. Anyone with Parkinson’s disease or other neurological diseases, their caregivers, and interested family and friends are welcome to attend this free support group, sponsored by the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation.
Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation was awarded a $1,700 grant from the Depot Outlet for the purchase of portable DVD players and Apple iPads to help the WMC Cancer Resource Center provide patients additional comforts while they receive treatments. Additionally, the funds support a personalized cancer resource support binder for each patient filled with cancer support booklets, DVDs, treatment tracking forms, and other helpful information.
Norman C. Bradish remembered the Winneshiek Medical Center in his will. He bequested us money to furnish six private hospital rooms in loving memory of his relatives. Two times a year we continue to receive a set amount of money to be used for the upkeep of the six memorial rooms.
Winneshiek County Physical Therapy Center (WCPTC) was a non-profit organization operated from donations and memorials. WCPTC awarded scholarships, provided financial assistance for care to children residing in Winneshiek County, along with camperships for physically challenged individuals, physical therapy equipment purchases and continuing education for therapists employed at Winneshiek Medical Center. Donations have also assisted in the John Cline School and Phelps Park play equipment.
The Board of Winneshiek County Physical Therapy Center voted to dissolve the organization and transfer funds to Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation. In return, Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation uses the funds for continuing education for Winneshiek Medical Center Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine staff and an annual campership to Camp Sunnyside.