New and Expecting Parents Benefit from Mommy Marketplace
From prenatal care support and education programs, to well child visits, Manning Regional Healthcare Center’s new Mommy Marketplace program is designed to promote health and wellness for area infants and their families.
“This program is free to participate in and open to any new or expecting mothers and fathers, and those with children up to two years of age. You don’t need to be an MRHC patient to participate, our primary goal is healthy and happy babies and families,” explains Jackie Olson, MRHC’s OB coordinator.
Program participants must be expecting a child and/or have a child under the age of 2 years old to participate. An application is available by contacting Jackie Olson at (712) 655-8167, Jill Arp at (712) 655-8170, or by requesting an application from the MRHC – Clinic. Once an application has been approved, a program participant will receive a points book, which will be used to catalog prenatal visits, well child visits, educational opportunities attended and more. Each of these well child and well family events earns the participants “points.” The points may then be redeemed for items from the Mommy Marketplace. Available items include diapers, formula, clothing, feeding supplies and other well child items.
“The goal of this program is to promote good habits, beginning even before birth. Healthy habits early on form the foundation for lifelong well-being,” adds Olson.
Mommy Marketplace inventory is provided through donations and grants. Applications are currently being accepted to participate in the program. The Mommy Marketplace will be open to program participants beginning May 1. For more information contact Olson at (712) 655-8167 or call (712) 655-2072.
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.
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.