WMC announces cancellation of 2020 Grand Community Picnic

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Posted: April 21, 2020

April 21, 2020



Contact: Mary Marx, Director of Marketing & Communications

563-387-3020 ● marxm@winmedical.org



WMC announces cancellation of 2020 Grand Community Picnic


Winneshiek Medical Center has announced the Grand Community Picnic will not be held in 2020, due to COVID-19 precautions.  Typically, the picnic takes place the end of August.


“The Grand Community Picnic has been a fun tradition for many families as summer winds down each year.  We are saddened by the need to cancel the 2020 event, and look forward to the future when we can safely gather for the event again,” says Lisa Radtke, chief administrative officer, Winneshiek Medical Center.


The primary influencing factors in this decision were as follows:

  • The amount of dedicated time, staff and dollars required to plan the picnic when energy is focused on the medical center’s COVID-19 response and recovery.
  • Concern for our community’s safety at a large event, even if state guidelines have been lifted to allow for gatherings to resume.
  • Our desire to respect other organizations that support WMC’s efforts in making the picnic successful when they are focusing time, energy and expense on their own COVID-19 responses.

Radtke says, “This decision was made with great discernment. We believe it is the best decision at this time so we may focus our efforts on caring for our patients, staff and communities during the height of the pandemic.”