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Grateful Patient

Many patients and their loved ones express their gratitude through smiles, letters of thanks and homemade treats. The Grateful Patient Program offers another way for patients and families to recognize UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) team members who have made a difference in their lives. By choosing to recognize our staff, you are also making a meaningful impact on our ability to provide quality care.

A donation to the GRMC Foundation will honor any employee, doctor, nurse, volunteer or department of your choosing.

A Gift of Gratitude that says "Thank You"

Hearing the words "thank you" from a patient or family means so much. Gifts received through the Grateful Patient Program pay tribute to caregivers who have enriched your life while helping to provide you, your family, and our community with a healthier tomorrow.

Grateful patient gifts may be of any amount and directed to any area of the hospital. The caregivers that you are thanking will be notified of your donation, unless you wish to remain anonymous.

Grateful Patient - Feature Story

Curt began to not feel right and the next thing he knew, he was in aCurt and Kindra  small hospital, with severe chest pain. An X-ray showed air in the free spaces in his abdomen and the decision was made to be life flighted to GRMC.

It was quickly determined that Curt was suffering from a perforated ulcer and was taken into surgery. "We went home after spending a week in the hospital while Curt was recovering," explained Kindra, Curt's fiancé. "While Curt was at home recovering, he began to run a fever. We returned to the hospital emergency room with a temperature of almost 104."

The emergency department staff went into action and closely observed Curt and administered an X-ray that showed an infiltration on his lung. Curt was admitted back into the hospital for another four weeks, where he underwent another major surgery followed by several procedures.

"We returned home after four weeks only to return with an infected Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) line. While the stay seems extremely long and unbearable, I can honestly say that the staff made it much easier to handle," said Kindra. "Dr. Coster and Jarrod Phelps, PA-C were excellent about explaining everything. Dr. Coster continued staying on top of Curt's case, bringing in Dr. Mathew W. Severidt, DO and Jarrod. They were a fantastic team, and genuinely cared about how Curt was doing each day. They also went above and beyond making sure that I had all of my questions answered."

"Then there was the nursing staff and technicians! I can't say enough about them and the way they handled every problem with ease and excellent judgement. They were huge advocates for Curt when he was struggling with pain and infection and trying to get medications figured out. They were not only excellent in their care of Curt, but they were beyond supportive of me," stated Kindra.

Curt expressed, "Kindra and I are so thankful for the staff at GRMC who every day came dedicated to their work and caring for patients like me. I am grateful for a local, community hospital, close to home."Curt began to not feel right and the next thing he knew, he was in a small hospital, with severe chest pain. An X-ray showed air in the free spaces in his abdomen and the decision was made to be life flighted to GRMC.

It was quickly determined that Curt was suffering from a perforated ulcer and was taken into surgery. "We went home after spending a week in the hospital while Curt was recovering," explained Kindra, Curt's fiancé. "While Curt was at home recovering, he began to run a fever. We returned to the hospital emergency room with a temperature of almost 104."

The emergency department staff went into action and closely observed Curt and administered an X-ray that showed an infiltration on his lung. Curt was admitted back into the hospital for another four weeks, where he underwent another major surgery followed by several procedures.

"We returned home after four weeks only to return with an infected Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) line. While the stay seems extremely long and unbearable, I can honestly say that the staff made it much easier to handle," said Kindra. "Dr. Coster and Jarrod Phelps, PA-C were excellent about explaining everything. Dr. Coster continued staying on top of Curt's case, bringing in Dr. Mathew W. Severidt, DO and Jarrod. They were a fantastic team, and genuinely cared about how Curt was doing each day. They also went above and beyond making sure that I had all of my questions answered."

"Then there was the nursing staff and technicians! I can't say enough about them and the way they handled every problem with ease and excellent judgement. They were huge advocates for Curt when he was struggling with pain and infection and trying to get medications figured out. They were not only excellent in their care of Curt, but they were beyond supportive of me," stated Kindra.

Curt expressed, "Kindra and I are so thankful for the staff at GRMC who every day came dedicated to their work and caring for patients like me. I am grateful for a local, community hospital, close to home."