Stephanie Beck Monday, Dec 07, 2020

CRMC Donates Reusable Masks to Area School Districts


Over the past several weeks, Cherokee Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has been donating masks to school districts within the CRMC service area to help slow the spread of COVID- 19 amongst students and school personnel.

In all CRMC has donated over 5,000 masks, assuring that every student, teacher, administrator, and other school support staff each has a reusable mask bearing the logo of the school district they represent. Alta-Aurelia, Cherokee, MMCRU, Remsen Saint Mary’s, Ridgeview, River Valley, and South O’Brien school districts each received masks.

“People from all over our service area supported our organization this spring with donations of masks, gowns, exam gloves, face shields, food for our front line workers, etc., so we decided this would be a great way to give back to communities that have been so generous to us during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Gary Jordan, CEO/ President of Cherokee Regional Medical Center. “We figured that if we could give every student and school employee a mask, it would go a long way towards helping to protect the families within each of these wonderful communities.”

With COVID-19 activity rapidly increasing over the past few weeks, Jordan reminds everyone to try and do their part to slow the spread of the virus.  “It is very important to wear masks when out in public in the presence of others, especially when social distancing is difficult”, says Jordan. “In addition, everyone needs to practice good hand hygiene, take disinfecting seriously, and stay home if sick and not feeling well. The last thing you want to do is spread illness to your co-workers, classmates, or others throughout the community.”

In addition to the mask donations, Cherokee Regional Medical Center is also offering free COVID-19 rapid testing to all area students and school personnel exhibiting symptoms. Anyone falling into this category and exhibiting symptoms should call (712) 225-1514 to schedule a test.

“Area hospitals are filling up, long term care facilities are having outbreaks, schools are on the verge of virtual learning, and we are losing people to this virus,” claims Jordan. “COVID-19 is real and is active within our communities. Now, more than ever, we all need to be diligent in our efforts to keep our families and communities safe.”




Cherokee (Left to right): Rachel Doeden (School Nurse), Thomas Ryherd (HS Principal), Gary Jordan (CRMC CEO/President), Brian Christiansen (Elem. Principal), Dr. Kimberly Lingenfelter (Superintendent)

MMCRU: (Left to Right Front Row) Kayla Schroeder (High School Guidance Counselor), Jodi Lennon (Substitute Nurse), Liz Koenig (Elementary Guidance Counselor); (Left to Right Back Row) Dan Barkel (Superintendent), Gary Jordan (CRMC CEO/President), Travis Sprague (Elementary and High School Principal)

South O'Brien: (Left to Right) Tiffany Behrenfuss (Instructional Coach – Literacy), Melissa Cunningham (CRMC VP of Clinical Services), Heath Reichle (Technology Instructional Coach), Steven Bruder (Junior High and High School Principal), Denise Phillips (Lead & Mentor Teacher), Wade Riley (South O’Brien Superintendent)

Ridgeview: (Left to Right Back Row) Mike Richard (Galva-Holstein Elementary Principal), Barry Andersen Middle School Principal/7th-12th Activities Director), Josh Sussman High School Principal), Jon Wiebers (Superintendent); (Left to Right Front Row) Gary Jordan (CRMC CEO/President), Kent Lundquist (CRMC VP of Support Services)

Alta-Aurelia: (Left to Right) Kent Lundquist (CRMC VP of Support Services), Jeannie Henningsen (Aurelia Elementary Principal), Melissa Cunningham (CRMC VP of Clinical Services)

River Valley: (Left to Right) Adam Bisenius (MS/HS Principal and Athletic Director), Kent Lundquist (CRMC VP of Support Services), Melissa Holtz (Elementary Principal)

Remsen St. Mary: (Left to Right Front Row) Mrs. Phillips (Principal), Alexis Delerpdang, Kailey Arens; (Left to Right Back Row) Xavier Galles, Mrs. Schiltz (Spiritual Life Director), Blaine Harpenau