Stewart Memorial Community Hospital receives Grant from Corn Belt Telephone

Representatives from Stewart Memorial Community Hospital were presented a check for $200 from Corn Belt Telephone through the Aureon Charity Grant Program. Pictured are (left to right): Jennifer Snyder, marketing assistant, Stephanie Bellcock, ARNP-C, Norma Wessling, clinic nurse, Mary Ludwig, director of marketing, volunteers and development, Lee Wuebker, general manager at Corn Belt Telephone and J.D. Siebert, area representative for Aureon.

Stewart Memorial Community Hospital (SMCH) is pleased to announce it has received a $200 grant from the Aureon Charity Grant Program through Corn Belt Telephone in Wall Lake. These funds will support the patient centered healing environment project at SMCH’s McCrary Rost Clinic in Lake View which had over 3,000 patient encounters in 2016.

The patient centered healing environment project focuses on the needs of patients who utilize the clinics in Lake View, Lake City, Rockwell City, and Gowrie. Built prior to the adoption of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the project will update restrooms and exam rooms to be accessible to patients of all abilities. Flooring, fixtures, and finishes will be updated to provide a positive, comfortable experience for patients. The project illustrates SMCH’s vision to provide exceptional experiences to its patients.

SMCH CEO Cindy Carstens comments, “As our organization strives to transform the health and wellness of our communities, it takes opportunities and partnerships such as the Aureon Charity Grant Program through Corn Belt Telephone in Wall Lake to help us make that transformation occur. By using the funds to improve access to restrooms and exam rooms in our clinics for those patients utilizing wheelchairs, walkers and crutches, we are assuring that those patients are able to receive quality care and have an exceptional patient experience with every encounter.”

Fundraising for the project, which totals $860,000 for all four clinics, began in 2016. In addition to the funding from Corn Belt Telephone, the hospital received a zero interest USDA loan through Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association. Another funding source is dollars raised by the hospital Auxiliary. The Auxiliary has committed to raising dollars to fund the project up to $200,000. The Auxiliary raises funds through membership, fundraising events, and hospital gift shop sales. The combination of these efforts resulted in a total of $67,000 for the 2016-2017 fundraising season. Stewart Memorial Community Hospital has committed additional funds from the capital budget. Also, 50 percent of the cost of labor will be contributed by Stewart Memorial in an in-kind capacity. Because SMCH is a private, not-for profit health facility, they rely on fundraising campaigns for additional improvements most recently creating a foundation board to help sustain long term financial support. Those interested in contributing to the fundraising efforts should contact Mary Ludwig, director of marketing, development, and volunteers at SMCH at 712-464-4117.