KENT, Carver Trust to offer matches for clinic project

Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Early this spring, the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine shared the first images and plans for the new physician clinic it will build on the UnityPoint Trinity Muscatine Hospital campus as part of their ongoing commitment to ensuring Muscatine County residents have access to high quality healthcare. Part of these plans included securing funding to move the $14 million project forward. KENT and the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust have announced they will contribute to fundraising efforts by offering matching funds.

To cover some of the costs of construction, the Community Foundation has allocated up to $4 million from the Muscatine Health Support Fund to the project. Muscatine County has also committed an additional $875 thousand from their American Rescue Plan Act funds to assist with the construction.

In order to help the Community Foundation raise the additional $9,125,000 they need to complete the building, KENT will match up to $4 million in donations. KENT Corporate Spokesperson Carol Reynolds shared KENT felt moved to offer the matching funds as a way to make a significant investment in Muscatine, where they have their corporate offices, “The Muscatine Health Support Fund Committee, along with the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, has done a tremendous job in the planning and development of the Mulberry Clinic,” Reynolds observed. “With the replacement of the facility, the new clinic building has the potential to provide the people of Muscatine with first-class healthcare for another 50 years.”

The Carver Trust has also committed to supporting the project. Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine Vice President of Operations Jamie Leza detailed that they, “committed a $1 million matching grant in support of the project to Trinity Muscatine Foundation, contingent on matching support from local corporate donors.”

With multiple matching opportunities available, the Community Foundation encourages anyone interested in financially supporting the new clinic building project to donate to it now. Donors may contribute either through the Community Foundation’s website or by writing checks payable to the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine and writing Mulberry Clinic on the memo line. People writing checks may mail or bring them to the Community Foundation’s office at 104 West Second Street in Muscatine.

With support for the clinic building replacement project growing, both Leza and Reynolds feel excited to watch the community unite to support excellence in local healthcare. “We are inspired by the generosity of KENT Corporation to support quality healthcare and leverage community resources through their matching gift,” stated Leza. “Contributions from the community will now have double the impact to ensure access to local primary healthcare, ultimately leading to improved outcomes and increased quality of life.”

Reynolds added: “As a family business nearing our centennial, we have a longstanding legacy of meeting the diverse needs of individuals, families, and businesses, not only in Muscatine but worldwide. We are honored to support our home community through such an impactful project – one that hits on so many of our core values. We will continue to do our part to ensure we have a thriving and vibrant Muscatine today, tomorrow, and for future generations to come.”

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