Foundation gives nearly $3 Million to Covenant Medical Center

posted 7/1/2018 in News

Pictured left to right front row: Foundation board members Dawn Pilipchuk-Kruth, Kim Fettkether, board chair Don Temeyer, Wheaton Iowa CEO Jack Dusenbery, board member Nancy Weber. Left to right back row: Board members Brian Sayer, Tony Thompson, Dr. William Kasten, Tara Thomas, Dr. Brian Sims, Becky Mudd, Tammy Bedard, Dan Keagle, and Wheaton Iowa VP of Operations Ryan Meyer.
Not Pictured: Board members Dave Bowling, Jim Coloff, Shirley Dunlap, Stacy Folkers, Amber Schuchmann and Steve Thorpe.

Covenant Foundation, Inc. announces a donation of nearly $3 million to Covenant Medical Center. The gift provides funding for numerous projects in the hospital system and is a result of the generous donations from associates, providers, public donors and the Otto Schoitz Foundation.  

"Covenant Foundation is now more important than ever based on health care conditions identified among those we serve," said Foundation Board of Trustees chair Don Temeyer. "We are blessed and extremely thankful to all of our gracious donors to be able to provide this gift to Covenant Medical Center."

"We are committed to providing high-quality health care, and appreciate the support of so many in our community who believe in our mission," said Jack Dusenbery, president and CEO of Wheaton Iowa. "The ongoing generosity of our donors allows us to reinvest in our operations. Thank you!"

The donation of $2,841,708 will provide funding for the following projects:
  • $1,050,000 for Cardiology renovation and equipment upgrades, including a new Cath Lab machine with the latest software, one new equipment room, a new office area for supervisor, and converting two existing holding rooms to code-compliant storage rooms. The entire cardiology suite receives new flooring, paint and LED lighting. Spaces include stress test, ECHO, EEG and EP lab. 
  • $900,000 for a new clinic location in the community of Independence, adding Covenant Clinic to a new market with space located near Highway 20. This 4,400 square foot clinic has seven exam rooms, two procedure rooms and X-ray, space for two full-time providers, a Licensed Independent Social Worker and space for rotating specialists in Nephrology and Urology. The clinic will begin seeing patients in July 2018. 
  • $360,000 for a Behavioral Health room addition in Covenant Medical Center's Emergency Department (ED), which includes new equipment and technology. The new 1,800 square foot area creates four additional holding rooms and a common area for stable adult behavioral health patients. The environment will provide a safe and secure area within the hospital's ED to avoid or diminish escalating harmful behaviors until placement is available. 
  • $231,308 to fund upgrades for the pediatric clinic in the Covenant Professional Office Building. Work includes new cabinetry and flooring in exam rooms that have not been changed since the original construction, new paint themes specific to pediatrics, and new finishes in the waiting room to better serve both sick children and well-check patients. Renovations to nurse stations will add space to enhance work flow. 
  • $230,100 for technology upgrades in Covenant Medical Center's Family Birth Center, including nine fetal monitors and carts to give all 22 labor rooms technology for better security, monitoring contractions and babies' heartbeats. The funding also provides three new birthing beds, two epidural carts, a transport ventilator, medical gases, a courtesy ice machine, and new carpet. 
  • $70,300 provides a repurposed area specifically designed for podiatry, updating walls, flooring, and LED lights to accommodate a new podiatrist. The area includes new equipment, reconfigured nurses' stations in hallways for staff, and added radiology equipment for quicker response to podiatry patients.