Program Support at UnityPoint Health - Meriter

Investments in Patient Care

Meriter Foundation invests more than $1 million in patient care programs and the care environment every year.  

Donor support makes the difference in advancing quality health care for our patients and families.  Enhancing the physical environment, improving care and offering continuing education for our staff are all important ways Meriter Foundation is moving health care forward in our community.

Because of your generosity, the following projects received funding in 2017.  Over $2 Million in departmental funding supported patient care, equipment needs, research and community outreach.


Capital and Equipment
Mother-Baby Expansion $1.5 Million released
New Reclining Chairs for NICU 
NICView Camera System 

Community Outreach
Childhood Obesity Prevention Program 
Community Paramedic Project 
Dental Sealants 
Emergency Preparedness Software 
Group Prenatal Care 
HEALTH Program  
Patient Education on Opioid Use
PulsePoint Mobile App and AEDs
Responsible Opioid Prescription Practices
Take One Tablet 
Transport Van (Donor-designated gift)
Trauma Tourniquets 

Patient Support 
Bereavement Support for Birthing Families
Breast Feeding Lounge 
Breast Pump Loaner Program 
Car Seats/Beds for families in need
Comfort Bears for Pediatric Patients 
Comfort Kits for babies born dependent on opioids 
Family Support and Supporting Parents in the NICU (SPIN)  
Forensic Camera for Forensic Nurse Examiners
Hospital Elder Life Program Supplies 
Mobile Scale for Medical/Surgical Units
Movement-Based Therapy 
Patient Emergency Support 
Take Home Scales for Heart Patients 
Ultrasounds for Vascular Access
Ultrasound for Emergency Services
Vocera for Volunteers 
Yarn for Newborn Hats

Cardiology Research in Thoracic Aortic Disease
Cardiology Research in Cardiomyopathy
Clinical Trial Management System 

Staff Education
Iams Lectureship in Pediatric Practice 
Medical Library Reference Collection
Dementia Conference 
Digital Recorders for Simulation Debriefing
Dr. Ken Devries Memorial Health Profession Scholarship 
Ganser Fellowships Internships
Gastroenterology Certification 
Governance Workshop 
Mental Health First Aid 
Moss Dermatology Lectureship 
Neonatal Resuscitation Program 
Non-violent Crisis Intervention Training 
Obstetrics Manikin for Obstretics Simulation
Palliative Care Education 

Digital Archivist for Meriter Archives project 
     (Donor-designated gift)
Hospital Lobby Piano Upgrade  
Software for the Children's Center