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Great River Health Foundation

The Great River Health Foundation connects the hospital to the communities it serves. Great River Health and its hospital, Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center, provide health care to people in a nine-county tristate region. The Foundation partners with community members, organizations and businesses to raise financial resources to support the continuing delivery of high-quality health care.

Ways to Donate

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Areas of Commitment

Health care
The Foundation makes key investments in capital items that enhance patient and family experiences. From exploring beverage stations to furniture purchases, the Great River Health Foundation and the Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center Auxiliary help enhance health care on our campuses.


  • The first major gift as part of this strategy was a pledge of up to $10 million to Southeastern Community College to significantly expand its nursing program and increase the number of health care workers for generations.
  • Through the Foundation, the Kathleen Canella Family Scholarship and Tracey Howe Scholarship provided a combined $7,000 to eight students in 2022. The awards will be used to fund education for health careers.

Great River Health is committed to recruiting, training and retaining the very best in health care talent. As part of our commitment to employees, the Foundation is investing $1.7 million into establishing a childcare facility on the Fort Madison campus. This investment will provide a practical solution with peace of mind to our employees with children.

Livable communities
Besides providing high-quality health care, our health system serves southeast Iowa in other ways. The Foundation is engaged in a variety of community initiatives and is considered a thought leader on economic and community development strategies.

About the Foundation

The Great River Health Foundation was established in 1995 as the Fort Madison Community Hospital Foundation. For more than a quarter-century, it has been a thriving philanthropic organization. That role is expanding.

  • In 2018, Great River Medical Center in West Burlington and Fort Madison Community Hospital became partners under Great River Health, a health system serving the southeast Iowa region.
  • In 2021, the hospitals became Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center, one hospital with two campuses.
  • The same year, the Fort Madison Community Hospital Foundation changed its name to Great River Health Foundation to align with the health system’s regional perspective.
  • The Foundation operates as a 501(c)3 charitable organization governed by a 17-member independent board of directors.
  • Jason Hutcheson is executive director of the Foundation. Contact Jason at or 319-768-3247.