CANNON FALLS, Minn. — When Jeromy Mouw relocated to Cannon Falls with his family in 2004, he wanted to give back to his community. He joined the Cannon Falls Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service while offering financial advising to community residents at Edward Jones. As his family has grown, so has the town he now calls home. “We’ve seen a library, an addition to the fire station, an addition to the school,” says Mouw. “Now we need a bigger, updated medical center so we continue to be an attractive place for families.”
Mouw sees this need firsthand in his work as an Emergency Medical Technician. “It’s fantastic what the staff can do with such limited space in the emergency department,” he says. “But we absolutely need a new space to better serve emergencies, especially since we are so close to potentially dangerous roads and highways.” The proposed new medical center is currently seeking community support and funding. The plans include a drive-through ambulance bay so that emergency patients aren’t exposed to the elements, and an on-site helipad.
To Mouw, a donor and member of the community capital campaign committee, the partnership with Mayo Clinic is a win-win situation for Cannon Falls. “Mayo is providing most of the funding, and its status as a premier non-profit center for care, education and research reflects well on our community.” Community support will supplement funds from Mayo Clinic, with $2.2 million remaining to raise locally. “We’re going to benefit from the new center with better access to services, and also economically because we’ll be attractive to relocating families. This will benefit the community, so it makes sense that the community provides some support.”
Earlier generations of Cannon Falls saw this need in the 1950s when city government and citizens of Cannon Falls partnered in funding the town’s first hospital. The city paid for construction of the $295,000 facility, but community members had to raise $116,000 to equip and furnish it. Cannon Falls community involvement is once again critical to ensuring citizens have access to exceptional health care.
Ultimately, Mouw sees his role in the campaign as part of his duty as a parent. “As anyone with kids can tell you, when one gets sick, they all do. And as they grow up, I know a visit to the ED is inevitable. I just want my family and other families to have the best care right here at home.”