GRHS-FMCH Community Health Foundation Donates $1.26 Million to P.O.R.T.

West Burlington, IA-  The GRHS-FMCH Community Health Foundation has donated $1.26 million in continuing support for Promoting Outdoor Recreational Trails (P.O.R.T.) of Fort Madison.

“We’re delighted to have partnered with the P.O.R.T. of Fort Madison project,” said Neal Dodd, foundation chairman. “These trails will be used and enjoyed by people from the entire Fort Madison area for years to come. This is another example of how our hospitals, now working as one, can reach beyond our campuses to positively impact the health and well-being of our communities.”

The GRHS-FMCH Community Health Foundation was created in 2018 as part of an agreement to provide funding for projects or initiatives that help improve the health of communities served by Great River Health System.

P.O.R.T. of Fort Madison is a subcommittee of the City of Fort Madison Parks & Recreation Department. The park system now has four trails totaling more than three miles.

The donation from the GRHS-FMCH Community Health Foundation consists of $769,260 in unrestricted funds that may be used for existing and future trail projects, as determined by the P.O.R.T. committee. The remaining $500,000 is restricted for the Rodeo Trail project signage, benches and shade structures.

In 2019, the GRHS-FMCH Community Health Foundation donated $1,578,000 to P.O.R.T. for the construction of a trail connecting to Rodeo Park in Fort Madison.