2015 Dream Lights Giving Tree Park to Debut at Weihnachtsfest
Funds Raised Will be Used to Purchase Automatic Defibrillators for Community
The West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation (WCIHF) is kicking off it’s 2015 Annual Dream Lights Campaign with a new twist. This year, the Foundation has created a giving tree park, and trees within the park can be sponsored by donors. Once a tree is sponsored, it will be lit for the holiday season.
“WCIHF has hosted the Dream Lights fundraising campaign for many, many years. Funds raised throughout the years have been used to purchase medical equipment for Manning Regional Healthcare Center, support community wellness programs and contribute to the scholarships the Foundation awards annually,” explains Sarah Foley, Foundation director.
In the past, donations would light a light bulb on a Foundation Christmas tree located on Main Street Manning. Different colored light bulbs would represent different sized donations received. This year, the Dream Lights Campaign has been completely revamped.
“We had room right on Main Street and Highway 141 – a very visible spot – and we wanted to utilize that to the best of our abilities, to gain momentum and publicity for this wonderful program,” adds Foley.
This year, the Foundation has 54 plywood trees that will be “planted” in the empty lot on Main Street, where the MRHC – Hospital previously stood (just south of the MRHC – Plaza facility). These trees are 3’, 4’ and 5’ in height and were crafted in three different styles. Each of these 54 trees can be sponsored for $25, $50 or $100, respectively. Once sponsored, the tree will be lit for the remainder of the holiday season. Sponsored trees will include a little placard in the center denoting the sponsoring family, or if the tree is being named in honor or memorial of an individual or family.
Mommy Marketplace Taking Program Applicants
MRHC’s Mommy Marketplace is now taking program applicants. Program participants must be expecting a child and/or have a child under the age of 2 years old to participate. An application is available by contacting Jackie Blackwell at (712) 655-8167, Jill Arp at (712) 655-8170, or by requesting an application from the MRHC – Clinic. Once an application has been approved, a program participant will receive a points book, which will be used to catalog prenatal visits, well child visits, educational opportunities attended and more. Each of these well child and well family events earns the participants “points.” The points may then be redeemed for items from the Mommy Marketplace. Available items include diapers, formula, clothing, feeding supplies and other well child items.
“This Mommy Marketplace program is free to participate in and open to any new or expecting mothers and fathers, and those with children up to two years of age. You don’t need to be an MRHC patient to participate, our primary goal is healthy and happy babies and families,” explains Jackie Olson, MRHC’s OB coordinator.
Mommy Marketplace inventory is provided through donations and grants. For more information contact Olson at (712) 655-8167 or call (712) 655-2072.
2013 Community Health Needs Assessment Report Released
The 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment Report is now available by clicking on the link below. Printed versions will also be available at the Manning Regional Healthcare Center hospital lobby and the Manning Regional Healthcare Center – Clinic. These reports summarize the findings of a comprehensive community health care needs survey.
COMPLETE 2013 CHNA REPORT
From Small Beginnings…Come Great Things: Prenatal Classes Scheduled
Congratulations on becoming a parent. It is a very joyous and exciting journey, but at the same time, you may feel nervous about what to expect. At Manning Regional Healthcare Center, we want to help you through the labor and delivery process by offering prenatal classes to help you prepare for your new arrival.
To schedule a prenatal class, please call Jackie Blackwell, RN and OB Coordinator, at (712) 655-8167 to schedule a class
During the class, we spend time discussing a wide variety of topics: from what to pack for the hospital, when to come to the hospital, what to expect during labor and how to take care of yourself and your new baby after delivery.
Snacks and beverages are provided, along with samples and handouts with helpful information for you to take home. The cost for the class is $25 per couple. We look forward to seeing you there.
If you have additional questions, please contact Jackie Blackwell at (712) 655-8167 for more information.