2021 Donor Journal


A year of extraordinary care... because of YOU. 

At UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, we firmly stand behind our mission of delivering outstanding health care in the communities we serve. For more than 100 years, especially during the last two years, we embraced change, welcomed opportunities and met challenges head on, keeping the well-being of our patients and our staff at the forefront. You have been right there with us. 

Because of you, we continue to meet the unique health care needs of our patients and families who walk through our doors. Our team members rise to challenges every day to offer the highest level-of-care, and with each new day, they envision a brighter tomorrow. 

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a challenge like none we have faced in our history of delivering care, our team members have demonstrated their resilience and strength. We are dedicated to serving our communities, keeping you healthy and earning your trust. 

Every one of your donations makes a difference, especially this past year. Thanks to all of you, in 2021, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines accomplished so many great things, including these highlights:

• Blank Children's STAR and Developmental Center continued its great work in providing our most vulnerable children the extra support they need to grow and thrive.

• The COVID-19 Relief Crisis Fund continued to help both patients and team members during this very challenging time. 

• What started in 2020 to serve patients during the pandemic, Meals that Matter continued to grow in 2021 providing over 8,000 meals to patients and caregivers and became a part of our regular services available at John Stoddard Cancer Center. 

• Blank Children's Child Life program once again thrived because of your support and helped thousands of patients in the hospital and in our clinics. 

• Quality health care provided to a record number of patients and families needing care at our William C. Knapp Emergency Department & Trauma Center and Critical Care Units.

As the leadership of the Foundation, we are proud to report that you – our donors and friends – had an incredible impact this past year. The results speak for themselves: 6,250 donors generously made over 10,000 gifts totaling $11.6 million to the Foundation in 2021. In addition, we provided over $10 million in funding for our hospitals that benefited thousands of people last year.

Outstanding health care depends on strong donor support like yours, year after year. We are proud to say that 100% of your gifts benefit the programs and services you choose to support. The UnityPoint Health – Des Moines family would not be what it is today without the generosity and compassion of people like you.

Please accept our deepest appreciation for your wonderful support. Words cannot express our gratitude or
fully share the impact you have made. Thanks so much!

Click here to see a full list of our 2021 Donors. 

Rick Pertzborn
Board Chair 
UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Foundation

Dennis W. Linderbaum
UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Foundation

David Stark
President & Chief Executive Officer
UnityPoint Health – Des Moines

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