On behalf of Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa's Board of Trustees, we are pleased to support the River City Renaissance project. We endorse this project because it will further revitalize the downtown area and serve as a catalyst for additional growth in the community.

We also based our support on recruitment and retention efforts that are essential to the availability of health care services in the area. The new amenities the River City Renaissance project provides will increase the number of fun, family friendly experiences in the area. These entertainment activities are an important factor in recruiting and retaining health care professionals. People want to live and work in a vibrant community. The River City Renaissance project is aimed at increasing the area's vibrancy. We believe this vitality will support our efforts to recruit and retain physicians, nurses and other colleagues to the area.

Recruitment and retention is key to offering citizens quality health services. These efforts are a priority for us, especially since 30 percent of our physicians will be within retirement age in the next five to seven years.

We are pleased to support the efforts of those involved in the River City Renaissance project to help make the project a reality. We encourage Mason City residents to support the project by voting "yes" on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Sherry Becker, Analisa Haberman, Mark Hewitt, Mary Kopacek, Mark LeDuc, Phil Lee, Timothy Lucas, Kim Pang, Bob Ritz, Matt Schiller, Maurita Soukup, Dan Varnum, Gary Wattnem

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