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.
WCIHF’s 23rd Annual Charity Golf Classic to Benefit the Plaza
Annually, the West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation (WCIHF) hosts a summer golf tournament to benefit a local health care organization with a specific need, or a local organization with a wellness initiative. Proceeds from this year’s golf tournament will be used to complete the construction of a family garden at the MRHC – Plaza.
The golf tournament is set for Friday, July 15, at the M&M Golf Course between Manning and Manilla. The tournament is a four-person best ball and will start at 12:00 noon. A complimentary lunch is provided by the Larry Hagedorn and dinner is also included with team registration. The total fee for a four-person golf team, two carts, lunch and dinner is $300, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Plaza Family Garden project. Space is limited to the first 20 teams. For more information on the golf tournament, contact Sarah Foley at (712) 655-8121.
The Plaza Family Garden project will transform the area south of the Plaza (where the hospital formerly stood) into a green space garden area with walking paths and a patio for use by Plaza residents. The area will feature benches, mobility impaired picnic tables, a grill for use by Plaza residents and their families, and more. The area may be utilized by residents for enjoyment and relaxation, physical therapy and activities, as well as for get-togethers and visiting with family, friends and neighbors. The project has already gotten started with a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Carroll County. The first phase of this project includes seeding the lawn area and pouring an initial cement walkway. Future phases will include additional walkways, patio areas, greenery, benches, picnic tables and more.
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 Cheryl Lahr, RN and OB Coordinator, at (712) 655-8180 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 Cheryl Lahr at (712) 655-8180 for more information.