Making a Difference

Whether you designate your gift to promote health and healing, offer care to the terminally ill, or support education of those in health-related fields of study, your contributions through the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation help us provide specialized care with a personal touch.

Below are a few of the projects for which we are actively raising funds. With your contributions, the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation continues to support these valuable health care services.

William R. Bliss Cancer Center

The William R. Bliss Cancer Center is dedicated to bringing patients the best cancer care close to home. Generous donations help support many areas, including numerous screening programs and community education.

Cancer Resource Center

The Cancer Resource Center provides patients, families and community members a full range of services, including support groups, educational programming, personal research assistance, genetic education and more.

Dr. Joe Rhoades Cancer Compassion Fund

Video: Dr. Joe Rhoades Cancer Compassion Fund

VIDEO: Dr. Joe Rhoades

Dr. Joe Rhoades was a long-time radiation oncologist in the William R. Bliss Cancer Center who left behind a legacy of compassion and generosity. Watch this short video to learn more.

The Dr. Joe Rhoades Cancer Compassion Fund provides support to patients and families beyond what the hospital is able to provide. Assistance is based on financial need and is designed to respond to the unique medical needs of patients and their families, which can include gas cards for those who travel far distances, overnight accommodations and special treatment related needs.

For someone in the battle of their life, these expenses can quickly become a financial hardship and an overwhelming distraction from their healing process. The Compassion Fund provides the ability to help patients and families who need that extra little bit of assistance in order to help them live the best quality of life while going through treatment. In addition, these funds help bring peace of mind during a time that is extremely stressful.

Israel Family Hospice House

The Israel Family Hospice House provides special care and support for the terminally ill, their families and loved ones. The tranquil setting of the Garden of Remembrance provides a special space for families to honor the lives of their loved ones. More than 600 bricks donated in memory of loved ones currently line the paths.

Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center

Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center provides educational services and nutritional information for those with diabetes and other nutritional concerns. Youth diabetes and eating disorder support groups are just two examples of how the center is helping people manage their conditions and maintain healthy lifestyles.

Education & Scholarships

The Foundation supports a number of scholarships, community outreach efforts and staff education.

Area of Greatest Need

By designating your gift to the "area of greatest need," you help Mary Greeley Medical Center staff provide the very best services and care to central Iowans. For more information about these and other projects, please contact us.

Recognizing Your Generosity

The generosity of all donors, no matter the size of their gifts, enables Mary Greeley Medical Center to be the medical center of choice in central Iowa.

For more information about our recognition programs, please contact us.

The Greeley Society

Mary Greeley Medical Center recognizes contributors who have named the medical center as a beneficiary of a planned gift. Named in honor of Captain Wallace Greeley, the Greeley Society honors those who have invested in Mary Greeley Medical Center long into the future.

Those who establish a planned gift of any size play a key role in securing the medical center’s future. These donors have remembered Mary Greeley Medical Center with a lifetime income gift or as a beneficiary of a will, trust, retirement plan, or life insurance policy.

By notifying the MGMC Foundation of your gift commitment, you will be included among the donors recognized by the Greeley Society. We are deeply grateful for these gifts and know they will have a tremendous impact well into the future.

Greeley Society Honor Roll

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Claire B. Andreasen
Janice and Kenneth Augustine
Sandra and David Austin
Pat and Louis Banitt, M.D.
Beverly Bock *
J. Ben and Sarah Buck
William M. Buck *
Agatha Burnet *
Beverly * and R. Jewell Crabtree
Phyllis Crouse
Linda and John Dasher
Gillian Draper
Garnet Dunn
David Fagle *
Dr. Jon L. Fleming
Barbara Forker *
Mary Frahm
Rita and Mark Gilbertson
Joan Grabenstetter, M.D.
Phyllis and Michael Heffron
Patricia and Robert Jester
Harold K. Jewell *
Gregor Junk *
Diane Knoot *
Sharon and Daniel Krieger
Melissa and Brian McGarry
Donna and Dale Messenger
Lynn Miller
Ruth and Larry Neppl
Frankee and Jim Oleson
Karen and Robert R. Ravenscroft
Kimberly A. Russel
Janice and Robert Samuelson
Julia Sanders * and Wallace Sanders
Sandra Searl
Suzan and John Shierholz, M.D.
Joanne and Ted Tedesco
Mary T. Watkins *

* Denotes that a donor is being honored posthumously.

Donor Walls

Throughout the medical center are donor walls and displays to honor our supporters. Inside the main entrance is the cumulative giving wall, recognizing those who have contributed $1,000 or more. The Israel Family Hospice House, Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center, Cancer Resource Center, and Auxiliary Gift Shop house special recognition for their supporters.

Annual Sponsorship Program

Community leaders have the opportunity to directly impact the health and lives of thousands of people each year through their participation in the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation Sponsorship Program.

Greeley Awards

The Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation held its annual celebration at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center on September 11, 2018 and awarded Greeley Awards to Phyllis Crouse and First National Bank / Ames National Corporation. Greeley Awards celebrate those who demonstrate a commitment to philanthropy, and whose contributions and leadership are invaluable to Mary Greeley Medical Center through support of the Mary Greeley Foundation.

“We are extremely grateful to our award winners and all of our donors and volunteers who invest in our mission to advance health through specialized care and personal touch,” says Melissa McGarry, Executive Director of the Mary Greeley Foundation. “In this changing healthcare environment we are grateful for the constant of their leadership and inspirational commitment.”

Greeley Award Winner 2018 - Phyllis CrousePhyllis Crouse, MPH, BSN, RN began her career with Mary Greeley Medical Center in 1956 as a nurse on the medical surgical floor when it was a 70 bed hospital. Now, more than 60 years later, Phyllis continues to stay connected to the medical center and her much-loved profession of nursing. She held a variety of positions including House Manager, Director of Nursing, Vice President of Nursing and finally Executive Director of Older Adult Services where she developed the Prime Time Alive program for older adults, which is still popular today. 

Early in her career, Phyllis recognized the importance of continuing education. She not only achieved her own educational goals, she encouraged the nurses under her leadership to work toward advanced degrees, many of whom are leaders with Mary Greeley and other organizations today.  To continue this legacy, she established the Phyllis E. Crouse Nursing Legacy Scholarship.

In addition, Phyllis is a member of the Greeley Society. She will establish the Brenda Lynne-Lorenz Smith Innovation Fund to honor her daughter and invest in the future of the medical center and health care in our community. Phyllis’s long career of service and generosity will have a lasting impact on the mission of Mary Greeley Medical Center and our community.

Greeley Award Winner 2018 - First National BankeFirst National Bank and Ames National Corporation have supported the vision and mission of Mary Greeley Medical Center for 30 years.  They have supported major campaigns with gifts to the Israel Family Hospice House, Cancer Resource Center, Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center and most recently the Extraordinary Visions building project. In addition, they provide ongoing annual support through our sponsorship program.

First National Bank and Ames National Corporation also have a long history of encouraging their employees to serve in volunteer leadership roles at the medical center including service on the Mary Greeley Foundation Board, the Mary Greeley Auxiliary Board, campaign and special event committees.

The Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation supports the mission of Mary Greeley Medical Center through philanthropy and engagement.

Past Greeley Award Winners 

Sarah Buck, 2016
The Burke Family, 2016
Danfoss, 2017
Sharon & Dan Krieger, 2017
Mary Greeley Auxiliary, 2016
McFarland Clinic, 2016

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