Gerard Circle Spotlight: Jan & Bruce Erpelding
- Name: Jan and Bruce Erpelding
- Hometown: Jesup, IA
- Employment: UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital
- Year Joined Gerard Circle: 2015
Connection to Allen
Jan’s original connection is with the Allen Memorial Hospital School of Nursing where she graduated from the diploma program in 1969. Jan has stayed connected with the college and is a past member of the Allen College Alumni Association Advisory Board. Both Jan and Bruce are current employees of UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital in the HR and Plant Services departments respectively. Jan started the first ten years of her nursing career at Allen Hospital before returning in 1998. She is currently a nurse recruiter. Bruce joined the plant services team at Allen in 2010.
Why are you inspired to give back to the Allen Foundation?
“In my experiences, I’ve really seen what philanthropy can do – especially for health care,” says Jan, who has spent over 50 years working as a nurse. Jan had a dream to start a scholarship at Allen College, and when a memorial scholarship was established in honor of a friend, she was inspired to begin her own. Over their years as employees of Allen Hospital, the Erpeldings have often generously donated through their bi-weekly paychecks.
Why have you chosen to give so generously to your workplace and alma mater?
The Erpeldings feel that there is never enough to go around, and that giving makes things possible. “You can make something happen for a patient, a student, or a fellow team member. You really can help make someone’s dream come true.”
What does being a member of Gerard Circle mean to you?
The Erpeldings had always honored and respected those in the Gerard Circle giving society. They aspired to be a part of this group because of their belief that it is so important to give back. Jan knew Dr. Gerard as a surgeon during her time at the Allen School of Nursing.
What is something unique about the Erpeldings we should know?
Jan enjoys a special connection with the College as a nurse recruiter. She loves interacting with students on their journey to graduation, and for some, landing their very first job at Allen Hospital. “It makes my heart sing to hire Allen College graduates and to celebrate with them when they pass boards and can begin work as a registered nurse.” She enjoys supporting students at a very critical time in their lives and finds joy in hiring quality graduates for Allen Hospital.
Any hobbies or interests?
“Grandchildren!” The Erpeldings have seven grandchildren and they enjoy partaking in any activity the grandkids do.
Gerard Circle honors the work of longtime Allen physician and philanthropist Dr. Russell S. Gerard. Membership in Gerard Circle symbolizes a lifelong commitment to quality health care in the Cedar Valley and we are grateful for the impact these gifts make each and every day. Click here to learn more or make a donation.