October 5, 2020


Dear UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's School of Nursing Alumni,


Greetings fellow Alumni, it's hard to believe we are 8 weeks post the devastating damage left behind by Derecho.  Our team members and community are still feeling the impacts as we continue in our recovery efforts.  Even though it is not business as usual, we stand united in our mission to give the health care we'd like our loved ones to receive.


In our last communication to you, we shared our initial plans in vacating the Resource Center (former St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing) and finding ways to commemorate the history and legacy it's served since opening in 1927.  We know this building holds a special place in the hearts of our St. Luke's School of Nursing alumni. We've created a website to keep you updated on the demolition, and what we are doing to keep the School of Nursing legacy alive.  To learn more, visit nursing.givesmart.com. 

Some future activities include:

       History Commemorative Book featuring classmate memories, photo's, special events

       Legacy Brick Campaign (details to follow in the coming weeks) supporting an Alumni Terrace

       Launch of Inaugural Golden Lamp Society (annual giving with gifts going towards educational priorities)

       Save-the-Date:  Alumni Ceremony/Terrace Dedication

                                   May 12, 2021

                                   Nurse Week - Florence Nightingale's Birthday


Again, thank you for your dedication and commitment to the St. Luke's School of Nursing Alumni.  Please look for opportunities to support our Alumni Terrace in your mailbox soon.



Carmen Kinrade Kleinsmith, Class of '84                    Mona Sonkens Cook, Class of '81

Co-Chair Commemorative Committee                       Co-Chair Commemorative Committee

Carmen.Kleinsmith@unitypoint.org                             Ramona.Cook@unitypoint.org