Gentiva Home Health and Hospice Donate for Fountain at MRHC
Representatives of Gentiva Home Health and Hospice, Carroll, recently presented Manning Regional Healthcare Center staff with a donation of $300 to be used for the purchase of a fountain in MRHC’s comfort care room and family lounge.
“We’re honored to have received this generous donation and look forward to the addition of a calming fountain in our comfort care and family lounge areas,” says Sherry Huehn, MRHC director of development.
The donation came through a grant request submitted by the Carroll, Iowa, Gentiva Home Health and Hospice office to Gentiva Hospice Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia. Initially, the fountain will be placed in the comfort care room located in MRHC’s acute care wing. Once fundraising and construction of a family lounge are completed, the fountain will be moved there. The West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation has been fundraising for a family lounge addition at MRHC for a little over a year. The project is expected to cost $100,000 and currently the Foundation is just $15,000 short of their monetary goal.
Shown in the photo, from l to r: Nancy Danner, PA-C, MRHC; Dr. Isabella Ahanogbe, MRHC; Gina Nelson, Gentiva Home Health and Hospice executive director; Ann Lengeling, Gentiva Home Health and Hospice manager of clinical practice; Sherry Huehn, MRHC director of development; Dr. Douglas McLaws, MRHC; Kristi Schroeder, Gentiva Home Health and Hospice hospice specialist; John O’Brien, MRHC CEO.
MRHC – Clinic Laboratory Recognized for Quality Laboratory Services
The Manning Regional Healthcare Center – Clinic has recently met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrated continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous onsite laboratory review. The MRHC – Clinic has earned COLA accreditation as a result of long-term commitment to provide quality service to MRHC patients.
“Thanks to the dedication of our providers and nurses, we’re able to provide MRHC patients outstanding care and continued service,” says Karen Nelson, MRHC – Clinic director. “I’m proud of our entire clinic staff and am happy to see our laboratory recognized with this accreditation.”
COLA is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement and accreditation. COLA is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians – American Society of Internal Medicine.
Manning CHNA Committee Hosts Second Volunteer Day
When the 2013 Manning Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) indicated a need for additional services in the Manning area, the senior services committee of the CHNA got to work. Since then, the committee has hosted two successful community volunteer days.
“The community survey found our seniors had no one to turn to for additional help around the house and simple maintenances were slipping through the cracks,” explained Mindi Boyle, Manning CHNA senior services committee member. So the committee, comprised of Manning community volunteers, got to work on how to help alleviate this problem. Their solution? A volunteer day.
“We’d heard of other communities offering days where seniors could receive assistance with simple household chores such as raking, washing windows, cleaning gutters and other chores that sometimes would get missed,” explains Boyle. The committee hosted the first volunteer day in Fall 2013, after finding the workforce of volunteers they needed through IKM-Manning High School Principal Brian Wall. After a successful first year, the committee scheduled their second volunteer day for Thursday, October 9.
“This year, the school has introduced a Silver Cord program,” explains IKM-Manning High School Principal Brian Wall. “The program recognizes students for their community service through volunteer opportunities such as the Manning volunteer day. The CHNA committee approached me and asked if we’d be interested in partnering with them, and it seemed like an appropriate fit with our Silver Cord program. It’s opportunities like this that we’d love to see our students involved with.”
In total, 80 students and nearly 20 community volunteers assisted with household chores and activities at 22 sites in the Manning community, as well as at the Heritage Park. Volunteers assisted local seniors with raking their leaves, cleaning gutters, staining decks, washing windows and moving furniture. A group of volunteers also worked at the Heritage Park, helping to clean and spruce up the facility before it’s October Fest event on October 11. At the end of the day, Heritage Park staff treated the volunteers to homemade bars and refreshments.
“It was a great day. We accomplished quite a bit for area residents who may not have been able to complete these projects on their own, and our students had an opportunity to really step up and have a positive impact in our community,” commented Boyle.
Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative Donates to West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation
Funds to be Used to Purchase Portable Ultrasound Machine
Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative (RVEC), in partnership with CoBank and Basin Electric, presented the West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation (WCIHF) with a $15,000 donation recently. Each of the entities donated $5,000.
“Concern for community and cooperation among cooperatives are long standing cooperative principles,” explains RVEC Director of Key Accounts and Economic Development Jim Gossett, “Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative is proud to contribute to this project on behalf of our members.”
The project RVEC is contributing to is the purchase of a portable ultrasound machine for Manning Regional Healthcare Center. A portable ultrasound machine can be utilized in several situations. There are several medical conditions, such as diabetes and cancer, that can make it difficult for medical staff to find a vein to stick a needle into, and the portable ultrasound machine can show the exact location of veins, allowing the RN to see the tip of the needle for exact insertion. The same machine can also assist in finding veins in pediatric patients.
The portable ultrasound machine is also used for inserting long-term IV’s (PICC – Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) and in emergency situations. Another procedure the portable ultrasound machine can be used for is called ultra-sound guided trigger point injections. These injections are performed on patients who suffer from Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Myofascial Pain Syndrome is pain that originates from myofascial trigger points located in skeletal muscle. It is important to know the exact location of the trigger point to identify the location of the injection. With the portable ultrasound machine, the medical team can see the location of need and assure accuracy of the injection site.
“We’re so grateful to Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative, its members, and Jim Gossett, for their generous donation,” says Sherry Huehn, WCIHF executive director and MRHC director of development, “We appreciate donations such as this from RVEC, CoBank and Basic Electric as the Foundation eyes purchases of more specialized equipment to enhance the care and services we provide our patients.”
MRHC’s “Mammos for Misses” Event Huge Success
Manning Regional Healthcare Center’s first ever ladies night awareness event Mammos for Misses, was a huge success. Held Wednesday, October 15, at the MRHC – West Campus, 15 women received mammograms and more than six more scheduled future mammograms that night.
“We hosted this event as a breast cancer awareness event, to highlight the importance of regular screenings and mammograms,” explains Linda Croghan, MRHC’s director of radiology. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Women who had a mammogram during the event, or scheduled one during the event, received a breast cancer awareness themed cup, which could then be taken to Third and Main in Manning to be filled with the drink of their choice. They also received pink socks and a pink post-it note pad.
In addition to having an annual mammogram, those who attended had an opportunity to do some shopping at the Mammos for Misses marketplace. The marketplace featured 13 vendors, including Pampered Chef, Silpada Jewelry, Tupperware and more. Free manicures from local IKM – Manning students were also provided and munchies were served, including special mammo-graham treats.
“We’re already looking ahead to 2015 for our 2nd Annual Mammos for Misses event. We want to increase attendance in 2015 and increase the number of mammograms we’re able to provide during the event,” says Sarah Foley, MRHC’s marketing coordinator. The 2015 event will be scheduled again in October, to correspond with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Pictures from the event can be found on MRHC’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/manningregionalhealthcarecenter.
2nd Annual Monster Stomp 5K Scheduled for October 25
The 2nd Annual Monster Stomp 5K has been scheduled for Saturday, October 25. The 2014 event is sponsored by the Manning Health & Wellness Committee.
“This is a fun event, intended to give our community another option for getting out and getting active,” explains Sherry Huehn, chairperson of the committee.
The 5K event will start at the Manning City Park and wind through Manning. The event is Halloween themed, and participants are encouraged to dress in costume. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.
Registration forms are available here and from the Manning Rec Center. There is a $25 registration fee and those registered by October 9 will be guaranteed a 2014 Monster Stomp commemorative t-shirt. Registrations will also be accepted after October 9, however t-shirts cannot be guaranteed for later registrations. This event is open to participants of all ages. For more information, contact Sherry Huehn, 655-8116.
CDC Encourages Taking Action to Prevent Flu
MRHC to Host Fall Flu Shot and Wellness Clinic
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, with serious cases sometimes resulting in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at a higher risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
The upcoming season’s flu vaccine will protect against the influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one or two influenza B viruses, depending on the flu vaccine. Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) has four different types of vaccines available this year: the flu mist (for ages 2-49), pediatric quadrivalent (for ages 6 months-36 months), regular quadrivalent (for anyone above 3 years), and high dose (especially designed for those 65 and older).
“It’s important to get your flu vaccine as soon as soon as possible, and make sure to get one every year, in order to get the best protection against the flu,” explains Jill Arp, MRHC’s infection control nurse. “Everyone aged six months or older should consider getting vaccinated, and especially those who regularly work with the public, such as health care workers, day care providers and teachers.”
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. Our classes are currently scheduled as follows:
Tuesday, November 4
Tuesday, December 9
Parents may also call to arrange alternate class dates and times if the above options do not work for a couple’s schedule. To schedule an alternative date/time, please call Jackie Olson, OB Coordinator, at (712) 655-8167.
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.
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