The Mercy Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce a $1.5 million gift from Wayne and Nan Kocourek for the creation and formation of the Wayne and Nan Kocourek Neighborhood at HallMar Village.
The Wayne and Nan Kocourek Neighborhood will be the independent living apartments located within HallMar Village, an innovative and inclusive senior living community in northeast Cedar Rapids that is being developed by Mercy in partnership with Presbyterian Homes & Services. HallMar Village will also include neighborhoods for residential living and skilled nursing and will provide specialized care for those living with dementia.
The Kocoureks said they were inspired to support this project, in part, because of a personal connection they have with a family friend who was diagnosed with early onset dementia at the age of 46.
“When Wayne and I were presented with the vision of the HallMar Village project, we both knew that this was something we wanted to get behind and support financially,” Nan said. “It is much-needed and will be an incredible addition to an already wonderful community.”
“Dementia can be devastating not only to the person living with the disease, but it has far-reaching implications for the whole family, especially the direct caregivers,” Wayne added. “HallMar Village will provide better quality of life to those living with dementia and to the ones who love and take care of them. We are thrilled to be a part of this innovative project to create an inclusive environment for people of all ages.”
Nan Kocourek lived in Cedar Rapids for many years and raised her children here. Her four adult children continue to live in the Cedar Rapids area, while Wayne and Nan now reside in Chicago.
Construction of HallMar Village is anticipated to begin yet this year, with completion expected in 2023. For more information, please visit https://www.mercycare.org/hallmarvillage.