Ryan Koopmans guest speaker at HRH Foundation Banquet

Posted March 21, 2018 at 9:36 pm

Hawarden Regional Healthcare Foundation held its annual Banquet March 13 at the Community Center in Hawarden. Guest speaker was Chief Policy Advisor and Senior Legal Counsel for Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, and West Sioux graduate, Ryan Koopmans.

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Ryan Koopmans

Hawarden Regional Healthcare Administrator Jayson Pullman welcomed everyone. He thanked Hulshof Farms for the donation of the prime rib for the dinner. Or, as Pullman jokingly called it, “squirrel!”

Pullman also noted that ground for the new hospital was broken May 21, 2015, and the completion will be May 17, 2018. A grand opening celebration is being planned for that day.

Foundation Board President Mike Wiggins announced the recipient of the $1,000 scholarship given to a senior high school student interested in the medical field. Applications are taken from four schools: West Sioux, Akron-Westfield, Unity, and Alcester-Hudson. This year’s recipient was A-W’s Jordan Neubrand who was unable to attend the banquet. Jordan plans to study nursing at South Dakota State University. She is also top of her class at A-W.

During his speech, Koopmans discussed his job in Des Moines and announced that Iowa was recently announced as the No. 1 state in the nation and No. 3 in health care. He also made mention of another West Sioux graduate, Lt. Governor Adam Gregg.

Four things Koopmans will take away from his job are:

1. It’s never too late to get what you want and chase your dreams.

2. You can’t be afraid of risk or failure. Learn from your failures.

3. Humility

4. Government can’t fix everything. Koopmans’ fear is everyone is angry and doing nothing. He’d like to see less anger and more positivity from people.

The evening ended with a large Koopmans family photo.

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