Thanks to two recent donations, Gundersen Harmony Care Center is less than $500 from its fundraising goal for its new generator. A $1,000 gift from Gundersen Medical Foundation and $3,000 from Gundersen Health System Community Benefit Contribution brings the fundraising total to $75,075. The goal is $75,500.

In a letter sent with the donation, Sarah Havens, chair of the Gundersen Health System Community Benefit Contribution, stated, "The decision regarding support was based on criteria that reflects Gundersen Health System's mission of excellence in patient care, education, research and improved health in communities we serve. Gundersen Health System is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen and to support those activities that enhance the health and quality of life for the service region."

The idea for a generator replacement project began with a discussion at the Gundersen Harmony Care Center safety committee meeting. One of the safety committee members volunteered to approach Greenfield Lutheran Church Endowment Committee with the idea for a new generator which netted a contribution of $3,360 toward the project. Early in the campaign, Joyce and Murrell Jacobson quickly moved the generator project forward by giving a significant gift of $50,000.

Encouraged by these two donations and with support from Cliff Johannessen, chairman of the Gundersen Harmony Care Center's board of directors and chairman of the Harmony Community Healthcare Foundation, now-CEO Tim Samuelson began soliciting donations from various groups, churches and individuals in the community. Another significant boost to the campaign was a $10,000 pledge made by the city council of Harmony.

"I am happy and overwhelmed with the generosity of this community towards this important project," Samuelson said. "I believe the need is apparent that a generator providing emergency electricity to the entire building of Gundersen Harmony Care Center and Gundersen Harmony Clinic will benefit the community and the safety of the people living in and near Harmony."

The load capacity of the new generator will ensure that the services provided by the Gundersen Harmony Care Center and Gundersen Harmony Clinic will be uninterrupted in a power outage emergency. Installation of the generator is anticipated to begin in late June or early July.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the generator project can make out their check to Harmony Community Healthcare Foundation and mail it to 815 Main Ave S, Harmony, MN 55939. Excess funds will remain in the Harmony Community Healthcare Foundation, a separate 501c3 organization from the Gundersen Harmony Care Center, to be used to improve and enhance the resident life at the nursing home.