An Update from Manning Regional Healthcare Center
On Saturday, May 10, Manning Regional Healthcare Center hosted an open house for the Manning and surrounding communities at its new facility, located on the southwest side of Manning. Nearly 600 were in attendance for an afternoon of touring, scavenger hunts, free blood pressure checks and a visit by Mercy One life flight helicopter out of Des Moines.
Following the open house, hospital, clinic and recovery center staff spent the week of May 12 moving and transitioning to the new facility. MRHC – West Campus was open for patients on Monday, May 19 and saw its first patients at 8:00 a.m.
“The move and the transition went rather smoothly. Our team was organized and coordinated and we were able to move some areas ahead of schedule,” explains John O’Brien, MRHC CEO.
Meanwhile, construction has begun on remodeling the MRHC – Main Street campus, which houses the Plaza. Updates are being made to specific areas of the hospital to better accommodate the Plaza residents and staff. These updates are expected to be completed within 60 days. The vacated portion of the hospital will be closed off, pending a decision regarding the property’s future use. The former MRHC – Clinic building is for sale.
“We’re excited to be in our new facility and we’re looking forward to the benefits the one-story, patient-centered design health care center facility will offer. The building was specifically designed to be able to offer our patients more efficient access and use of our space, and to allow our health care team similar efficiencies,” adds O’Brien.
Finishing touches on landscaping are currently being completed.
Auxiliary Awards $10,000 to MRHC for Equipment Purchase
On Tuesday, June 3, the Manning Regional Healthcare Center Auxiliary presented MRHC CEO John O’Brien with the first installment of $5,000 to be used for the purchase of a bladder scanner for MRHC.
“We can’t thank the Auxiliary, and all of our donors, enough for what they do to support MRHC and the services we provide. The purchase of a bladder scanner will allow our health care team to better serve our patients effectively and efficiently, providing the latest in technology and patient care. That is always our goal,” explains O’Brien.
Tuesday’s donation of $5,000 is the first installment of two that the Auxiliary plans to make for the purchase of the $10,000 bladder scanner. A bladder scanner can be utilized by several departments, including the emergency department, acute care, OB and even pre and post-operations.
In the past, Auxiliary donations have been used to purchase a pulse ox machine, neonatal probes, a urine analysis machine, comforters for the Manning Family Recovery Center, a shampoo wet station and salon chair for the Plaza, and an EKG machine, among other items. The Auxiliary raises funds through sales at the MRHC – Main Street campus snack bar, bake sales and raffles.
Shown in the photo from l to r: Sherry Huehn, MRHC development director; John O’Brien, CEO; Audrey Phillips, MRHC Auxiliary; JoAnn Ohl,, Auxiliary; Eileen Halbur, Auxiliary; Theda Wiese, Auxiliary; and Bev Grundmeier, Auxiliary.
Dr. Isabella Ahanogbe to Join Manning Regional Healthcare Center Provider Team
Manning Regional Healthcare Center CEO John O’Brien is pleased to announce that Dr. Isabella Ahanogbe will be joining the MRHC team as a full spectrum family medicine provider with specialty interests in women’s health, obstetrics and global health. Dr. Ahanogbe will begin practice at MRHC on August 22.
“We’re very excited to have Dr. Ahanogbe joining the MRHC team. She’ll be a great asset to our local community and to the services MRHC provides here. Dr. Ahanogbe has a great deal of experience working with a wide spectrum of families, but specializes in women’s health and obstetrics care, which will be a great benefit to our local community,” says O’Brien.
Dr. Ahanogbe is completing her residency at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. There, she is working in the Family and Community Residency Program as a Family Medicine Resident. Prior to her residency, she earned her Doctor of Medicine at Ross University of Medicine (Portsmouth, Dominica), and before beginning her doctoral education, Dr. Ahanogbe worked as an LPN in Washington, DC.
Dr. Ahanogbe is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics. She is also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
“I am excited to be coming to Manning for many reasons. It feels like the perfect small town to live in, being closely knit, forward thinking, and very rich in culture. I am also excited to be a part of all the new innovations including the hospital and the community’s new fire station,” explains Dr. Ahanogbe.
In her spare time, she enjoys biking, hiking and swimming. Dr. Ahanogbe will be relocating to the Manning area.
MRHC’s Bridget Jensen, RN, Recognized for Nursing Excellence with Annual Daisy Award
Manning Regional Healthcare Center’s Bridget Jensen, RN, was honored with the National Daisy Award Friday, May 9, which recognizes extraordinary nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The Award at MRHC is co-sponsored by Mercy Central Iowa Network
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
Each year, a nurse is selected by MRHC administration to receive The DAISY Award. Friday, during a surprise presentation given in front of Jensen’s colleagues, family and friends, Jensen received a certificate commending her for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” She will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.
One day while Pat was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon® cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit. With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, The DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the Award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families.
Said Bonnie Barnes, President and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at MRHC are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”
“We’re very pleased to be able to present this award to Bridget for her hard work and dedication to MRHC patients and their families. Bridget and our nursing staff work tirelessly to ensure our patients are well taken care of and their needs are met with compassion and precision,” says Amy Dawson, MRHC’s chief clinical officer.
What Does it Mean When They Ask, “Do You Have Advance Directives?”
When checking in at a hospital or clinic you may be asked, “do you have Advance Directives?”
“Regularly, we like to share some information on advance directives and ask patients and the community to consider whether these documents would be helpful for yourself and your loved ones when the time comes,” explains Julie Hodne, Registered Nurse and Coordinator for Education and Discharge Planning at Manning Regional Healthcare Center.
What are Advance Directives?
Advance directives are documents enabling you to make decisions now about future medical care. They offer guidance to family and doctors when you cannot speak for yourself, and help to assure that your values and wishes are carried out.
There are two advance directive documents recognized legally in Iowa. Either can help free your family of the responsibility and stress of making difficult decisions for you.
- Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care – The Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care is a legal document that allows you to choose someone as your agent to make health care decisions when you can’t. This agent is required to make decisions according to directions you provide either verbally or in writing. The Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care must be filled out and witnessed while you are still capable of making decisions for yourself.
- Living Will – A Living Will is a document directing your physician to withhold or withdraw certain treatments
(life-sustaining procedures) that could prolong the dying process. They explain your wishes for health care in the event you can’t communicate as a result of a terminal condition or irreversible coma.
It is necessary to give copies of advance directives to your doctor, family members and close friends, as appropriate. You can change or cancel the forms at any time, but they are virtually useless if no one knows about them when the need arises.
“If you do not have an advance directive developed, I would encourage all families to look into this and make sure that your loved one has these documents on file,” adds Hodne.
Additional information regarding advance directives and copies of the forms can be found at area health care facilities, or you can contact the Iowa Bar Association. Free forms that can be downloaded off of the Iowa Bar Association web site at www.iabar.org. Click on “Public” and then “Legal Form.” The forms are listed on the bottom of the page.
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, July 8, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 5, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 9, 9:00 – 1:00 p.m.
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.
Click here to sign up!