Published on December 13, 2011

Medical Community Provides Extraordinary Support for Mary Greeley Medical Center Project

$1.2 million pledge by physicians is largest in McFarland Clinic history.

AMES, IA – The 184 physicians of McFarland Clinic have made a $1.2 million pledge to the Mary Greeley Medical Center Extraordinary Visions campaign. The gift was announced Monday by Dr. Michael Kitchell, chairman of the McFarland Clinic Board of Directors. 

“McFarland Clinic physicians fully support the vision of Mary Greeley leadership for an expanded hospital facility that provides a healing environment for our patients,” says Kitchell. “As a clinic our vision is to provide coordinated care dedicated to individual well being. Mary Greeley Medical Center’s Extraordinary Visions project is a complement to our vision.”

“The $1.2 million pledge is our physicians’ largest gift of community support to date,” says Steve Koger, CEO of McFarland Clinic. “The hospital is doing its part to meet the needs of patients and our physicians are stepping forward in a big way to help.” 

The Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation launched the Extraordinary Visions campaign in late September. The $6 million campaign will support the medical center’s $129 million building project, the largest in the hospital’s history. To date, $3.6 million has been raised, including the gift from McFarland Clinic.

A central focus of the project is enhancing the medical center’s healing environment. The new six-story tower will feature larger patient rooms that will improve the experience of patients and visitors. The generously sized rooms will accommodate state-of-the-art technology and increase efficiencies for physicians and staff. 

Other features of the project include expanding and relocating the emergency department; a new main entrance with an enclosed skywalk; and a new power plant that will support current and future needs of the medical center.

Mary Greeley Medical Center and McFarland Clinic have had a strong relationship working together to meet the changing needs of healthcare for residents throughout central Iowa. The collaboration between these two medical entities has resulted in increased services and advanced technology, including a shared electronic patient records system.

“Our relationship with McFarland Clinic is an incredible asset to the communities that both organizations serve,” says Brian Dieter, president and CEO of Mary Greeley Medical Center. “We’re grateful for the generous support from the physicians because it will help us transform our facilities and impact the quality of patient care we provide.”