Long-time Knoxville Couple Makes Gift that Leaves a Lasting Impact
Don and Margaret Long knew they wanted to make a donation to the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics Foundation that would bring about change.
“Over the years, we’ve had the benefit of receiving very good care at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics. We wanted to help the community,” said Don.
The Knoxville Hospital & Clinics had a vision to provide cutting-edge orthopedic care to not only residents of Marion county, but to people from across the state. The partnership with Dr. Todd Peterson and Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine to enter the innovative world of robotics has been very successful, and Knoxville Hospital & Clinics remains one of the first hospitals in Iowa to offer partial and total knee replacement surgery.
Thanks to a generous gift from Don and Margaret, the hospital continues to make orthopedic care a priority.
“It’s a privilege to support the hospital in this way. We’re getting to the stage of life where we need orthopedic services,” said Don. “It’s important to have those services available close to home.”
Don added that he and Margaret like to give to projects where they get to see the impact the gift has on the organization and people it serves.
The Longs moved to Knoxville in 1969 when Don was transferred by Continental Telephone Company. Margaret was a long-time elementary teacher in the Knoxville school district, they are both now retired.
Their relationship with the hospital has always been strong, but it grew when Don served on the board of directors in the mid-2000s.
“Serving on the board really opened my eyes to what it takes to make a hospital successful,” said Don. “This hospital benefits our entire community. Not only does it provide outstanding medical care close to home, but it also provides jobs and a boost to our local economy.”
Kevin Kincaid, CEO, Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, is very excited about the direction the organization is heading.
“We have a vision to become the best community hospital in the state and we took a big step in that direction with the $15 million renovation project that we completed in the spring of 2016. The community’s support is very important as we continue to tackle vital updates and improvements to our medical facility. I’m extremely grateful for Don and Margaret’s investment in Knoxville Hospital & Clinics.”
Coming Together to Make a Difference
McKay Insurance Agency Makes Pledge Towards Pleasantville Clinic Expansion Project
The belief that a community needs a strong hospital at its base is one of the reasons McKay Insurance Agency has pledged $10,000 to the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics Foundation for the expansion and renovation of the Pleasantville Clinic.
“There are several things that must be very strong to be the base of the community and we believe those are a school and hospital,” said Todd Chambers, Principal at McKay Insurance Agency. “We are excited to partner with the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics and see what the clinic expansion will provide the Pleasantville residents.”
Last March it was announced that Peoples Bank would be donating the current bank facility in Pleasantville to Knoxville Hospital & Clinics for expansion of the Pleasantville Clinic. The project, expected to begin this spring, will renovate and expand the clinic to accommodate increased patient volumes, expanded clinical services, and additional space to provide care for patients in a healing, comfortable, and more private environment.
“We are very grateful to Todd Chambers and McKay Insurance Agency for their generous donation to initiate the success of this fundraising campaign,” said Kevin Kincaid, CEO, Knoxville Hospital & Clinics. “Their thoughtful, community-minded approach to business and leadership is a valuable support in our efforts to meet the changing needs and demands of the Pleasantville Clinic.”