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Published on May 03, 2017

Mercy celebrates 10-year anniversary of Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy 

In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, the Mercy Foundation, along with presenting sponsor, Lil’ Drug Store, invites the public to a luncheon on Wednesday, May 17, featuring guest speaker Deborah Grassman.

The luncheon takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eastbank Venue and Lounge, 97 3rd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.

Guest speaker, Deborah Grassman, CEO of OPUS Peace, is the nation’s leading expert in caring for veterans nearing end-of-life. She is a mental health nurse practitioner whose career at the

Department of Veterans Affairs spanned nearly 30 years. Grassman is most well-known for her pioneering “Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle” presentation, the first of its kind to identify the unique needs of veterans as they age. She also introduced “pinning ceremonies” to honor dying veterans — a ceremony that has now become standard practice in hospices and long-term care facilities throughout the nation.

Grassman’s appearance is sponsored by the Robert C. and Mary B. Tilden Endowment. 

Tickets to the May 17 luncheon are $50 per person and reservations are required by May 10. Call (319) 398-6206 or email the Mercy Foundation at to RSVP.

Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit Hospice House patient care services.

To find out more about how the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy serves our community, visit

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