IOWA NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION
Iowa Donor Network to break ground in Altoona on new recovery facility
Altoona, IA - Iowa Donor Network will hold a ground breaking ceremony at 320 Adventureland on April 11 at 11am, the same day as National Wear Blue and Green Day in support of organ donation. The new facility is scheduled to be completed in January of 2015 and will replace the current facility in Johnston. Administrative headquarters will remain in North Liberty. In addition to the Ground Breaking, Iowa Donor Network is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2014.
"We are very excited to break ground on this state of the art recovery center," said CEO Suzanne Conrad. "Due to the generosity of Iowans choosing to the give the gift of life, we have out grown our current facilities. This center will allow us to recovery more organs and tissue and honor the wishes of those that have registered as donors in Iowa."
The environmentally sound building will use native grasses that will not require watering and natural lighting throughout the interior. The open design concept will have very few walls or offices, which will encourage team work and foster creativity. Approximately 60 employees will work out of the new building which includes two new dedicated tissue recovery suites. Iowa Donor Network operates a communication center that is staffed 24 hours a day handles over 65,000 phone calls each year.
After the building is complete, Iowa Donor Network will start on a memorial garden for donors and their families. The garden will be built adjacent to the pond on the property. The total building project will encompass three acres.
The Ground Breaking is open to the public. Attendees include Iowa Donor Network employees and board members, donor families and recipients, Miss Outstanding Teen of Greater Des Moines, and members of the Altoona city council. Press is encouraged to attend as well.
Based in North Liberty, Iowa Donor Network is the fully accredited and federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving Iowa. Certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, IDN coordinates with health care professionals, funeral directors and others involved in the donation process. IDN also works with donor families before, during and after donation, to educate, support, and help families work through their grief. For more information, log on to www.IowaDonorNetwork.org, or call (800) 831-4131.
Iowa Donor Network