Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Events!

Part of the fun of being a community hospital is celebrating the great relationship between GRMC and the friends of GRMC. We hope you can join us for some big events planned for the coming months.

GRMC Breakfast and Health Fair - Saturday, May 14, 7 to 10 a.m., at GRMC
Join us in the cafeteria for breakfast featuring made-to-order omelets, sausage, fresh fruit bar, mini-cinnamon rolls, and beverages. Come for breakfast and tour various informational displays on GRMC programs and services. We're partnering with the Iowa Egg Council on this fun event. Freewill donation will go toward our effort to purchase a new anesthesia machine for the GRMC surgery department.

GRMC Annual Golf Outing - Friday, July 22
This annual event brings together golfers from around the area. Golfers play nine holes in the morning and 18 in the afternoon on the beautiful course at Grinnell Golf and Country Club.

Blue Jean Ball - Saturday, September 24
Whether you wear stonewashed, designer, skinny jeans, or Levis, come enjoy an evening of dancing and fun. "The Dweebs" are a band with a wide following of fans throughout the Midwest. They play a little bit of everything for all who like to dance. There is also a great line up of silent auction items already coming together for this event. This is also the same day as the Optimists' Fly In Breakfast - head out with the family for French toast in the morning and come back in the evening for a night out with GRMC at Grinnell Municipal Airport.

Women's Health Focus and Baby Fair - Wednesday, October 5
Plans are coming together quickly for this great annual event. More than 400 women attend the Women's Health Focus and Baby Fair at Grinnell High School. Educational exhibits, vendors, prizes, giveaways, a fabulous meal catered by Mayflower Community, and an entertaining, inspiring speaker make this a wonderful night out for women of all ages.

Mark your calendars for these great events and make plans now to attend!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My 20-Week Ultrasound at GRMC

Guest blog – Ashley Grundler, Graphic Designer, GRMC

Last week I had my 20-week ultrasound. My husband held my hand as the ultrasound technician, Cassie, began to look at images of our baby. She carefully examined each body part and organ of the baby, and took lots of photos to send to our family physician (plus we were able to get a few).

The entire process took just under one hour. Baby Grundler made it a bit difficult by trying to hide some of the time. Cassie was great, and answered all of our silly questions… my husband’s main concern was making sure the baby had the right amount of fingers and toes. Then we asked Cassie to try to determine the gender of the baby. And while ultrasound is not 100 percent, she felt confident in saying we are having a baby girl!

At the very end of the ultrasound Cassie did some calculations to determine the size of the baby, and to see if my due date was accurate. As of last week, our baby girl is about four days ahead of schedule, and about an ounce and a half heavier than the average 20-week old fetus.

Overall this experience was amazing! We were able to see beautiful images of our little girl. We could see her move, wiggle, and hide her face behind her right hand. I am so happy I was able to experience this miracle at GRMC!

-Ashley Grundler