Projects Made Possible
Gifts to the Finley Health Foundation help us fulfill our Mission.
Since 1986, the Foundation has put the gifts received back to work into UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, providing education, equipment and services to patients, employees and members of the community.
Following are examples of recent projects made possible in part through generous private donations:
UnityPoint Health - Finley Health Foundation Awarded DRA Grant
UnityPoint Health - Finley Health Foundation was a recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Dubuque Racing Association. The grant will support Finley Hospital's Inpatient Physical Therapy Unit in purchasing a car transfer simulator.
The simulator is the first of its kind in the Dubuque community. The simulator is the front end of a car with working doors, handles, locks, seat belts, bucket seats, gas pedal, brake and steering wheel. The car simulator is height adjustable, so that physical therapists may match the simulator to the type of car, truck or SUV utilized by each patient.
Finley Hospital's team of therapists works closely with patients, families and other caregivers to help them prepare their home for the patient's return, and how to properly assist patients in daily activities after a hospital stay.
The car transfer simulator will be used by post-surgical and other patients with mobility issues to learn and practice entering and exiting a vehicle before returning home. Practicing with a simulator will help patients use correct body mechanics for transferring into and out of a vehicle.
"Providing a car transfer simulator and working with patients and care givers significantly improves the recovery process by reducing the chance of patients re-injuring themselves when they return to their home," said Tim Ahlers, Chief Financial & Operating Officer of Finley Hospital. "Having this piece of equipment will benefit families in our community and we thank the DRA for supporting our mission to improve the health of the people and communities of the Tri-State area."
United Way Grant Awarded to Finley Health Foundation for VNA Program
UnityPoint Health - Finley Health Foundation is a recipient of a $25,000 grant from the United Way of the Tri-States. The grant will support the Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association's Representative Payee program.
The VNA's Representative Payee program provides financial management for Social Security and Social Security Income beneficiaries who are unable to manage their Social Security or SSI payments because of a mental or developmental disability. This service is critical to each client's quality of life.
VNA payee coordinators work directly with the individuals to not only ensure they have access to basic necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter, but also enhance their access to health insurance, routine medical and dental care, medications, counseling and other important community support.
The grant is a result of the United Way's New and Targeted Initiatives program, developed to improve social services and programs in the Dubuque area.
"The VNA is so appreciative of United Way for their support of our Representative Payee program, without their financial support VNA would be unable to provide these needed services," said Stacey Killian, Director of Dubuque and Clayton County VNA. "United Way truly impacts the lives of area residents with their continued community involvement and leadership."
The Finley Health Foundation's 2018 Miracles on the Mississippi Gala, Spurs and Bling – It's a Country Thing, was held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Diamond Jo Casino. The Gala was a tremendous success! Attendees were treated to great food, fun and entertainment by Grammy and CMA Award Winner, Jo Dee Messina!
This year's event netted an amazing $121,000.00 in support of Pediatric Rehabilitation Services at Finley Hospital, with each dollar raised being matched by the Sunshine Circle.
We are grateful to all those who sponsored the event, attended the Gala, bid on live auction items and supported this year's cause through Fund-A-Need. We look forward to seeing everyone again next May for the 2019 Miracles on the Mississippi Gala.
Nursing Scholarships Awarded
UnityPoint Health Finley Health Foundation and the Finley Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association are pleased to announce that a total of $18,000 has been awarded to area students who are pursuing a nursing degree in higher education for the 2018-2019 academic school year. A full list of scholarship recipients is available here.
Scholarship funding is provided by the Finley Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, Finley Hospital Auxiliary, Edith Kritz Scholarship Endowment, Dr. Peter Kearney Scholarship Endowment, Colonel Fred and Ellen Phelps Scholarship Endowment, Andrea Hayseltt-Trilk Memorial Scholarship, and Carole A. Smith-Miller Memorial Scholarship, both Finley Hospital School of Nursing alumnae. In the past twelve years, $178,500 has been given in scholarships to area students.
For more information about nursing scholarship opportunities, contact the Finley Health Foundation at (563) 589-2358.
Finley Health Foundation Awarded Grants from Eagles
UnityPoint Health Finley Health Foundation has been the recipient of grants from the Fraternal Order of Eagles Charity Foundation, Eagles Club #568, and Eagles Eyes on the Future Committee since 1981. This year's grants will benefit several programs within UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital and the Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association.
The first grant, in the amount of $2,500, assisted the Wendt Regional Cancer Center in purchasing Vac-Lok BlueBags for cancer treatments. The positioning bags will allow precise positioning for a patient during multi-week treatment plans. The bags mold to a patient, and allow the patient to relax during their treatments, and prevents healthy tissue from being unnecessarily exposed to radiation during a patient's cancer treatment. The bags provide reproducible positioning to reach maximum impact by focused radiation therapy, and will save time with fast positioning during treatment area alignment.
The second grant, in the amount of $2,500, assisted the hospital's diabetes program to produce educational materials to patients diagnosed with diabetes, and those with pre-diabetes.
The Eagles Eyes on the Future Committee has awarded two grants to the Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association to assist with the Parent Education Program, in the amount of $250, and the Mammography program, in the amount of $100. The parent education program assists families in building relationships in order to prevent child abuse and neglect. The VNA's Mammography program provides referrals and assistance to low income women to obtain pap smears and mammograms through community health providers.
UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital and the Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association are grateful to have the Fraternal Order of Eagles Charity Foundation, Eagles Club #568, and Eagles Eyes on the Future Committee as generous partners, and thank them for their continued support. Since 1981, the Eagles have contributed more than $165,000 toward the improvement of health care through Finley and the VNA. The programs they support are important to the health and well-being of our patients, clients and community members.
Visiting Nurse Association Awarded DRA Grant
UnityPoint Health - Finley Health Foundation is the recipient of a grant from the Dubuque Racing Association. The Foundation was awarded a $5,000 grant to the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) to purchase mattress encasements and other supplies to fight the spread of bed bugs in the Dubuque community.
The VNA provides more than 12,000 services to their clients each year. As many VNA's clients are health vulnerable, supplying clients with mattress encasements and other cleaning supplies helps community members maintain their health and safety, and prevent the spread of bed bugs in our community.
"Receiving this grant from the DRA will have a positive impact on VNA clients who are affected by bed bugs," said Tim Ahlers, COO/CFO of Finley Hospital. "We are grateful to have the DRA as a generous partner and thank them for their continued support."
Dubuque VNA Awarded Grant from Theisen's More for Your Community Program
UnityPoint Health - Finley Health Foundation is the recipient of a grant from the Theisen's More for your Community grant program. The Foundation was awarded a $1,500 grant to support the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Parent Education Program.
The VNA Parent Education (PE) Programs are voluntary, in-home parenting programs designed to prevent child abuse and improve family interactions. The programs teach positive parenting skills, assist parents in understanding child growth and development needs, develop life-long coping skills, teach families how to work together in resolving conflicts, and assist families in developing a positive support network. VNA staff members help parents find joy and satisfaction in raising their children, which leads to healthy children.
"Receiving this grant from Theisen's will have a positive impact on parents and children in our community who participate in the Parent Education Program," said David Brandon, President and CEO of Finley Hospital.