MRHC Contributes $10.3 Million Annually to Local Economy
Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) generates 285 jobs that add more than $10.3 million to the local economy, according to a recent study released by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA).
The figures released show that MRHC directly employs 179 full-time employees, and another 106 employees are generated as a result of the business MRHC does locally. In addition, MRHC’s annual payroll is listed at $7.5 million (salaries and benefits), while an additional $2.8 million is generated through jobs that depend on MRHC.
The study also shows that MRHC employees, by themselves, spend an estimated $2.8 million in local retail sales, and contribute $171,881 in state sales tax revenue.
“It’s big business in our small town,” says John O’Brien, MRHC’s CEO. “We’re proud to be a major employer and economic contributor in the Manning area. The patients we see are friends and neighbors, and we’re happy to be able to support them, just as they support us.”
The IHA study examined the jobs, income, retail sales and sales tax produced by hospitals and the rest of the state’s health care sector. The study was compiled from hospital-submitted data on the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey of Hospitals and with software that other industries have used to determine their economic impact.
The study found that Iowa hospitals directly employ 71,324 people and create another 50,131 jobs outside the hospital sector. As an income source, hospitals provide $4.2 billion in salaries and benefits and generate another $1.8 billion through other jobs that depend on hospitals.
In all, the health care sector, which includes offices of physicians, dentists and other health practitioners, nursing home and residential care, other medical and health services and pharmacies, contributes $14.3 million to Iowa’s economy while directly and indirectly providing 293,758 jobs, or about one-fifth of the state’s total non-farm employment.
New DEXA Scan Finds Home at MRHC
Piece by piece Manning Regional Healthcare Center’s new DEXA Scan rolled through the hallways on Wednesday, February 18, making its way to its new home in MRHC’s radiology department.
“We’re very excited,” says Linda Croghan, director of radiology at MRHC, “This new DEXA Scan will be a great asset to providers as they work with patients to determine bone density and the onset of osteopenia, osteoporosis and other bone health issues.”
A DEXA Scan scores a patient’s bone density or content to see if they are losing or gaining bone. A DEXA Scan can also be used to measure a person’s body composition, breaking down the exact amount of fat, bone and tissue a person has. Digital images and results are created instantly for review by a radiologist or health care provider. This particular DEXA Scan is a GE Healthcare product, able to do the equivalent of 16 passes over a patient’s body in a single pass or scan.
“Most commonly we see patients being referred for a DEXA Scan as a way of determining potential bone loss or osteoporosis, but the machine can also be used in preventative measures,” adds Croghan.
MRHC has offered DEXA Scan services in the past, however they’d previously only been available one day a month, when the mobile scanner came to MRHC. Now, patients will be able to have their DEXA Scan done onsite, any day, Monday through Friday. A DEXA Scan is available with a provider’s referral.
West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation Seeks Scholarship Applicants
Foundation Announces Nine Scholarships Available for Coming School Year
The West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation (WCIHF) is currently seeking applicants for student scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in a health care related field. Scholarship amounts vary.
“The West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation recognizes the importance of a good education for students interested in a career in the health care industry. There is an increasing need to fill health care related positions locally and we’re proud to support area students as they pursue their educational goals, in hopes that they’ll consider returning to Manning or the surrounding communities,” commented Sherry Huehn, WCIHF’s executive director.
The nine scholarships being offered this year are (click on the bold heading for the actual application, description follows):
- The Mary Meiners Scholarship. In honor of Mary Meiners, assistant director of nursing at Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) for over 24 years, this scholarship is sponsored by the Mary Meiners family and recognizes and awards efforts of those planning to pursue a career in nursing or to further their education in nursing. Applicants for this scholarship must reside within 15 miles of MRHC or be currently employed or have a family member currently employed by MRHC. Two scholarships will be awarded, each scholarship worth $1000. Past Mary Meiners Scholarship recipients are not eligible to re-apply.
- The Mary Jo Farr Memorial Scholarship. Mary Jo Farr was a long-time resident of the MRHC – Plaza, and this scholarship is awarded in her memory. Sponsored by the Mary Jo Far family, this scholarship is available to MRHC – Plaza employees and their family members. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in a health care related field. One scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $500.
- Philip L. Myer, D.O. Scholarship. This scholarship is open only to students entering or already enrolled in medical school to become a doctor. One scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $5,000. Past Philip L. Myer, D.O. Scholarship recipients are not eligible to re-apply.
2013 Community Health Needs Assessment Report Released
The 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment Report is now available by clicking on the link below. Printed versions will also be available at the Manning Regional Healthcare Center hospital lobby and the Manning Regional Healthcare Center – Clinic. These reports summarize the findings of a comprehensive community health care needs survey.
COMPLETE 2013 CHNA REPORT
From Small Beginnings…Come Great Things: Prenatal Classes Scheduled
Congratulations on becoming a parent. It is a very joyous and exciting journey, but at the same time, you may feel nervous about what to expect. At Manning Regional Healthcare Center, we want to help you through the labor and delivery process by offering prenatal classes to help you prepare for your new arrival.
To schedule a prenatal class, please call Jackie Olson, RN and OB Coordinator, at (712) 655-8167 to schedule a class
During the class, we spend time discussing a wide variety of topics: from what to pack for the hospital, when to come to the hospital, what to expect during labor and how to take care of yourself and your new baby after delivery.
Snacks and beverages are provided, along with samples and handouts with helpful information for you to take home. The cost for the class is $25 per couple. We look forward to seeing you there.
If you have additional questions, please contact Jackie Olson at (712) 655-8167 for more information.