Plaza Family Garden Takes Shape
The grass is greening and a new path has been poured across most of the green space at the new Manning Regional Healthcare Center Family Garden at the Plaza facility. As crews continue to work on developing this, and fundraising efforts keep on, the Family Garden is beginning to take shape.
“We’re excited to see this project come to fruition. This is going to be a great space for our Plaza residents, their friends and family, and the community of Manning as a whole,” says Alyson Bornhoft, Plaza administrator.
In total, estimates for the Family Garden project top $30,000. To make things manageable, the project is being approached in three-phases, breaking the total cost of the project into $10,000 increments. The first phase has been completed, with the rolling of the green space ground, seeding and watering, and pouring the main through-way sidewalk and center circular sidewalk. This was completed with $5,000 in grant funds from the Community Foundation of Carroll County and matching funds from Manning Regional Healthcare Center.
In July, the West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation hosted its 23rd Annual Charity Golf Classic at the M&M Golf Course, raising nearly $10,000 in funds which will also go toward the Family Garden project. These funds will complete the second phase of garden construction, which consists of pouring concrete for the main patio area for residents and planting the larger trees set for the green space area. Phase two should be completed this fall.
Long-term goals for this area include several mobility-impaired and wheelchair friendly walk-ways, sitting benches, picnic tables, gardens and bird houses. The park would be constructed to meet state regulations for long-term care facilities. With its immediate proximity to the Plaza, all residents will have the opportunity to utilize the park. Visiting families will also have immediate access to the park for family gatherings. MRHC’s long-term care activities department can utilize this space for resident programs including group picnics, tailgating festivities, happy hours, gardening activities, bird watching, animal therapy visits and more. Outdoor activities can also be incorporated into each resident’s care plan goals and personalized wellness plan. Neighboring residents would be able to enjoy park benefits as well.
Fundraising efforts for this project continue. Anyone interested in making a donation can contact Sarah Foley, WCIHF director, at (712) 655-8121 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently, opportunities exist for the sponsorship of any one of the three main flower beds planned for the area, as well as a couple of the larger trees and picnic tables. Flower bed sponsorship’s are available for $500 and will include a personalized name plaque recognizing the donor. Two large maple trees are available for sponsorship for $300 and will also include a personalized name plaque recognizing the donor. Handicap accessible picnic tables and umbrellas may also be sponsored for $1,500 and will again have donor recognition placed them. Benches will be available for sponsorship, however those are not available at this time.
MRHC Suspends Birthing and Delivery Services
Manning Regional Healthcare Center’s management team announced this morning that they will be suspending all birthing and delivery services through the end of the year.
“There is no greater joy than welcoming a new life into the world, and Manning Regional Healthcare Center has had so many of these opportunities over the last 80 years. Unfortunately, today, we are in a situation where we will be indefinitely suspending those birthing and delivery services,” explains John O’Brien, MRHC CEO.
In recent years the number of women birthing at MRHC has decreased considerably, with only 17 births last year (2015-2016). One impact of the lower number of births is the reduced professional opportunity for staff to work in a best-practice model of care, and maintain their skills.
“Our number one priority always has been and always will be providing high quality care. At this point, we sincerely feel it is in the best interests of our patients to suspend these onsite services,” adds O’Brien.
How will this affect current expecting mothers receiving services at MRHC?
Expecting mothers and patients currently receiving prenatal care at MRHC may continue to receive their prenatal care in Manning with their current provider. MRHC has entered into an agreement with St. Anthony Hospital of Carroll to perform any delivery and birthing services at the St. Anthony Birthplace. MRHC providers Dr. Douglas McLaws and Dr. Isabella Ahanogbe will be performing birthing services at St. Anthony’s, so MRHC patients can continue their care with their familiar health care providers.
“We do understand the importance of a patient’s relationship with their provider, particularly when it comes to the birth of a child, and we want to make this transition as seamless as possible for everyone involved,” continues O’Brien.
MRHC will be working with all expecting mothers to arrange a tour of the St. Anthony Birthplace and to answer any questions they may have.
Questions regarding these changes in services may be directed to Linn Block, chief nursing officer, (712) 655-2072.
From Small Beginnings…Come Great Things: Prenatal Classes Scheduled
Yes, MRHC is CONTINUING TO OFFER prenatal care for expecting moms and prenatal classes, as well as after-care for moms and newborns.
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 Blackwell, 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 Blackwell at (712) 655-8167 for more information.