Meth-Wick’s Rejuvenate Capital Campaign


About The Campaign

The Rejuvenate campaign is a $5 million project, including the only warm water therapy pools in a healthcare environment within a 75-mile radius of Cedar Rapids and a physical therapy space addition. Proceeds from the Rejuvenate campaign will also fund necessary updates to The Woodlands, Meth-Wick’s skilled nursing facility. The renovations will enhance the feeling of home at The Woodlands for residents who live there. The updates will also create very comfortable accommodations for short-term stay residents and bariatric patients.

Click here to download a PDF of the campaign case statement

Campaign elements:

$2.5 million for the new therapy building and HydroWorx therapy pools:

  • The HydroWorx therapy pools will be located in a new addition with a separate entrance. Those needing therapy while staying at The Woodlands will have easy indoor access near the short-term stay rooms. Residents and friends will have a secure entrance with parking nearby, behind The Woodlands.
  • Near the two HydroWorx pools there will be locker rooms for men and women. When using the pools for exercise classes, residents will have comfortable restrooms and an area to shower and change.
  • In addition to aqua therapy, the new building will include other therapy areas. Kitchen space and other types of settings will be set up for occupational therapy. Physical therapy equipment will also be available in a spacious – yet private – area in the new building.

“Pool therapy is utilized to improve circulation, restore mobility, strengthen muscles, provide gait training and reduce stress on weight-bearing joints. It improves psychological and emotional outlook. I fully support Meth-Wick Community’s plan for installation of therapeutic pools.”

– Craig A. Dove, DO, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, President of Medical Staff, St. Luke’s Hospital

$2.5 million for renovations to The Woodlands:

  • By the time the project is complete, the current building will look as nice, new and inviting as the addition. We will update carpet, wall coverings, lighting and furniture and make other changes to accommodate the new programming. Lobbies, hallways, resident rooms and common spaces will also be upgraded.
  • Five current resident rooms will be converted into short-term stay rooms. Each room will be fully furnished so our residents can recuperate with the comforts of a hotel. The rooms contain a wider bed to ease therapy, lounge chair, seating for guests, cable TV and a telephone.
  • Three rooms will be converted for specialized bariatric care.
  • A section of the current dining room in one neighborhood will be converted to a private dining room for our short-term guests. This will be more comfortable for short-term residents as well as our long-term residents.
  • We will also enhance the garden area in the center of The Woodlands. This outdoor courtyard will have nice shade, a wheelchair swing, a water feature and hard-surface therapy walkways. It is a beautiful spot to visit, and it can be seen from several resident rooms.

“Betty’s recuperation lasted two-and-a-half months at The Woodlands after her surgery. We really appreciated the excellent care she received, and she made some lifelong friends among the staff. We feel the therapy pool addition is essential to the future of Meth-Wick.”

– Betty and John Cuthbertson


How To Give

When you’re ready to help add new life to wellness opportunities, physical therapy and skilled nursing care in Cedar Rapids and Rejuvenate The Woodlands, there are several ways you can give. Please choose the best way for you. Please give generously.

  • For every $2.00 donated, the Hall-Perrine Foundation will match with $1.00 thanks to a very special $1.5 million challenge grant.
  • Gifts will be accepted according to Meth-Wick Community’s gift acceptance policies.
  • Gifts may be made in cash or securities.
  • Gifts can include bequests, real estate, life insurance, grain and personal property.
  • Matching gifts through your employer or spouse’s employer can double or even triple your gift.
  • Pledges are encouraged and may be extended over a period of up to five years. A reminder will be mailed to you.
  • Your gift may be made in honor or in memory of someone. A letter recognizing your gift will be mailed to the person you are honoring or the family of the person you are memorializing.
  • Please know your gift to enhance Meth-Wick Community is tax deductible to the greatest extent of the law.

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“We are pleased with the support of the Hall-Perrine Foundation. Gifts from Hall-Perrine, Transamerica, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, staff, the board and residents have really committed themselves to bring the Rejuvenate campaign along, and we hope the community at large will follow their lead and help us support this project.”

— Ernie Buresh, honorary campaign co-chair


Naming Opportunities

All contributors to The Woodlands renovation and addition campaign will be recognized in a commemorative program at the grand opening. All gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a permanent, centralized recognition display.

Many of the areas of The Woodlands project may be named for an individual or organization as a result of a major gift. Recognition of these gifts will appear in a prominent place in the designated area.

Click here for a list of available naming opportunities

“Just because you’re strong and healthy today doesn’t mean that you will be tomorrow and you would really appreciate having this kind of a facility where you could come for a few weeks and rejuvenate and get on with your life again.”

– Mary Bess Chester, Meth-Wick Resident


Campaign Leadership And Volunteers

Campaign Chair
G. Richard Johnson

Campaign Vice Chair
Arlon Berkhof

Honorary Chairs
Ernie & Joanne Buresh

Steering Committee
Dianne M. Austad
Susan E. Benjamin
Wendy Buresh, MD
Christine Casey
Mary Bess Chester
Teresa Dusil
Gary D. Ernst
Deborah J. L. Gertsen
Amy Johnson
Robin K. Mixdorf
Fred J. Pilcher, MD
Brian Scott
Leadership Gifts Team
Doug Allemang
Kent Baker
Paul Draper
Mike Dulaney
Liz Mathis
Dan Mineck
Ruth Nebergall
Mary Ann Osborn
Jim Russell
Mary Stearns
Sally Stewart
Dr. Mark Tyler
Jim Vancura
Robert Vancura

“St. Luke’s Hospital, Mercy, PCI, orthopedic physicians and many surgeons in the community support Meth-Wick in this campaign. This is a tremendous thing for the Cedar Rapids community, adding water therapy as an option for rehabilitation.”

– G. Richard Johnson, Board member, co-chair of capital campaign


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