David Remley has been extremely generous with both his time and treasures when it comes to our local hospital, Jones Regional Medical Center. Dave was part of the Anamosa Community Hospital Board of Directors prior to his service as Judge of the Sixth Judicial District of Iowa. After his retirement, he very willingly stepped up to the plate to serve once again, this time to serve on the Jones Regional Foundation Board of Directors.
Dave knows the importance of quality local healthcare, both personally and for the entire community, and wants to support it. Dave and his family have always known the importance of having a good county hospital for healthcare services, but they also believe the economic impact of a county hospital is significant. For the community, it is so important to have strong healthcare and education because they add to a strong financial community. Once you have strong healthcare and education, other industry and community needs can fall into place. Dave stressed how important this is in a rural community like Jones County.
Dave knows the impact Jones Regional has on patients and their families firsthand. Dave joked that his mother, Betty Remley, visited the Emergency Department so frequently that he thought they had an express check-in just for her. “We saw the real value of local, quality healthcare when my mother needed immediate attention to her healthcare needs,” said Dave, as he remembered his late mother’s visits to Jones Regional. “As she was going through the aging process, we saw that need intensify.”
When Dave’s mother, Betty Remley passed away in 2018, memorials were requested to benefit Jones Regional Medical Center. Dave and his family appreciate all the healthcare services offered at Jones Regional, especially the outpatient specialists who come to Anamosa, the availability of surgical procedures being done in the facility and the ability to be transferred to a larger hospital easily, if the need arises.
In addition to his service on the governing boards, Dave and his family have been supportive philanthropically. “We wanted to help with the new hospital,” said Dave. “When we heard about the plans for the expansion, we wanted to once again do what we could to make that process work.”
Dave and his wife, Betsy, are also proud members of the Legacy Society, which means that they have included the Jones Regional Medical Center Foundation in their estate planning. “Jones Regional is very important to our family – we want to do what we can to help it out after we are gone,” said Dave.
As a retired attorney, he encourages others who are doing long range planning to determine their priorities and decide what organizations they would like to see have continued success after they pass on.
If you would like to join the Remleys in supporting the Jones Regional Medical Center Foundation, contact the foundation office at 319-481-6118 or go to https://www.unitypoint.org/anamosa/ways-to-give.aspx.