Stewart Memorial Community Hospital Receives Grant from WCCTA


(Left to right) SMCH board members Mary Lauver, Marcie Boerner, and Joyce Schleisman, DON Amy Schumacher, board members Kathy Baker, Jean Blum, Chuck Schmitt, and Jo Grodahl, CEO Cindy Carstens, CFO Jim Henkenius, Ripple Effect Program Director Ethan Pitt, and SMCH Foundation Director Jesse Underwood pose in the hospital's new emergency room entrance.

On Wednesday, November 9, 2022, Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association awarded the Stewart Memorial Community Hospital grant funds in support of their Putting People First campaign. This $31 million expansion and renovation project aims to enhance the overall patient experience, broaden available healthcare services, recruit and retain the best medical staff, and be a catalyst for economic development. WCCTA and their telecommunications partner, Aureon each granted $5,000 to the hospital, totaling $10,000, through the Ripple Effect program. These funds will be used to cover engineering costs associated with the expansion.

Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association provides Internet, landline telephone, and television service in North Central, Iowa. As a cooperative, it is locally based and owned by all its members, and at a reasonable cost, provides the best possible service to all of its subscribers.

Aureon is a premier business solutions provider, with expertise in IT services, consulting, and customer care.

Developed through a partnership alliance between Aureon and Iowa Area Development Group (IADG), the Ripple Effect program helps Independent Telecommunication Companies, and the communities they serve, become catalysts for advancing the economic health and vitality of rural Iowa.