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Businessman and father, Mark Kravik knows first hand the need to support local health care

As the leader of a rapidly growing business, Mark Kravik has worked hard to draw new employees to the area. In fact, when he moved his family to Osceola in 1978, he was only the 12th employee hired at his father’s company, Northwire. Since then, he served as president and then owner before selling the company – now with 200 employees – to his daughter.

“When people think about moving here, they want to know about three things: schools, churches and the closest hospital,” Kravik said. “As my business grew, it became really important that we had a viable hospital here.”

That’s one reason Kravik has worked extensively as a volunteer with the Osceola Community Health Foundation, as its board member and chair for the Osceola Medical Center capital campaign, which successfully raised $7.6 million for the new medical facility.

But there’s another reason – a personal one.

When his four children were younger, three of them were in the same car on their way to school when they were critically injured in an accident.

“I learned first hand the value of having medical services nearby,” Kravik remembered.

The children were immediately assessed at Osceola Medical Center before being transferred for more advanced care. They all recovered just fine.

“I’ve always felt a debt of gratitude to Osceola Medical Center,” he said. “And I would imagine our story is similar to many others. From time to time, everyone finds themselves in a situation when they need a helping hand. It’s just so important to have medical care available here and by people who know you and care.”

Along with raising funds for the new medical campus and ongoing Foundation grants and scholarships, Kravik was chair of the Foundation’s campaign to raise $2.5 million to help bring Christian Community Home to Osceola. This new nursing home and memory care facility opened in November 2011 on the medical campus.

“There are many worthwhile charities to support,” Kravik said. “But when we support the Osceola Community Health Foundation, the gift goes right into our immediate area to help people get well and stay well. It’s doing something good.”