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.
Dr. Philip L. Myer Announces Retirement
Earlier this week, long-time Manning health care provider Dr. Philip L. Myer announced he would be retiring.
“It’s with mixed emotions that I received word from Dr. Myer that he would officially be retiring at the end of the month,” says John O’Brien, Manning Regional Healthcare Center CEO. “Dr. Myer has been a cornerstone of health care in the Manning community for more than four decades. He’s seen, treated and come to know generations of families here, and he will be greatly missed at MRHC.”
A native of Beebeetown, Iowa, Dr. Myer attended medical school at the College of Osteopathic Medicine (now Des Moines University). In 1973, he started his family practice in Manning, initially working with Dr. Wm. P. Chandler in the Anderson Clinic. Following Dr. Chandler’s departure in 1976, the clinic was renamed the Myer Clinic. Dr. Myer practiced out of this clinic at 310 Main Street, Manning, until January 1981, when the clinic was moved to a house at 116 Madison Street. Dr. Myer continued to practice out of that building in north Manning until July 1994, when the practice moved to a new facility located at 321 Center Street, just across the street from the Manning Hospital and Plaza. At that time, the clinic was renamed the Family Healthcare Center. Dr. Myer joined the MRHC team in 2010 when the Family Healthcare Clinic united with the Manning Hospital to create the Manning Regional Healthcare Center.
Over the years, Dr. Myer has treated hundreds, if not thousands, of patients, welcoming them as the delivering physician when they were born, and holding their hands as seniors. He will truly be missed at Manning Regional Healthcare Center and the MRHC Board of Directors, management team and staff wishes him all the best in retirement.
Patients currently being seen by Dr. Myer can schedule future appointments with any one of MRHC’s health care providers by calling (712) 655-2072.
West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation Seeks Scholarship Applicants
Foundation Announces Nine Scholarships Available for Coming School Year
The West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation (WCIHF) is currently seeking applicants for student scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in a health care related field. Scholarship amounts vary.
“The West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation recognizes the importance of a good education for students interested in a career in the health care industry. There is an increasing need to fill health care related positions locally and we’re proud to support area students as they pursue their educational goals, in hopes that they’ll consider returning to Manning or the surrounding communities,” commented Sherry Huehn, WCIHF’s executive director.
The nine scholarships being offered this year are (click on the bold heading for the actual application, description follows):
- The Mary Meiners Scholarship. In honor of Mary Meiners, assistant director of nursing at Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) for over 24 years, this scholarship is sponsored by the Mary Meiners family and recognizes and awards efforts of those planning to pursue a career in nursing or to further their education in nursing. Applicants for this scholarship must reside within 15 miles of MRHC or be currently employed or have a family member currently employed by MRHC. Two scholarships will be awarded, each scholarship worth $1000. Past Mary Meiners Scholarship recipients are not eligible to re-apply.
- The Mary Jo Farr Memorial Scholarship. Mary Jo Farr was a long-time resident of the MRHC – Plaza, and this scholarship is awarded in her memory. Sponsored by the Mary Jo Far family, this scholarship is available to MRHC – Plaza employees and their family members. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in a health care related field. One scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $500.
- Philip L. Myer, D.O. Scholarship. This scholarship is open only to students entering or already enrolled in medical school to become a doctor. One scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $5,000. Past Philip L. Myer, D.O. Scholarship recipients are not eligible to re-apply.
Heart Art Display at MRHC Honor’s American Heart Month
Manning Regional Healthcare Center has teamed up IKM-Manning High School art students to fill MRHC’s hallways with “Heart Art” for the month of February.
“February is American Heart Month and we wanted to do something to remind our patients and the local community of the importance of heart health,” explains Sarah Foley, marketing coordinator for MRHC. “Working with Mrs. Jean Ferneding at the IKM – Manning High School, she had several students interested in helping us by creating Heart Art for our walls.”
MRHC supplied Mrs. Ferneding’s class with canvases, and the students were asked to paint whatever “heart” meant to them. The result? A variety of beautiful and unique acrylic paintings, from scenery to various heart designs.
“The artwork is absolutely wonderful and it gives our patients and community members something to look at, and to think about during this important heart health month of observation,” adds Foley.
The student’s artwork is on display in MRHC’s main corridors for public viewing. At the end of February, the artwork will be returned to the student artists for them to keep.
Influenza 101: Reminders for Us All
The flu season is here and this year it’s making big headlines. Here are a few friendly reminders to get you through the last of this year’s flu season.
Follow the C’s to prevent infection:
- Clean your hands frequently. Soap & water work well – hand sanitizers are convenient.
- Cover your coughs & sneezes. Throw away tissues immediately and have lots of tissues available.
- Confine germs by staying home when you are ill.
- Clean your work area frequently. The disinfecting wipes work quickly to kill germs on desks, door handles, handrails, remotes, pens/pencils, and keyboards.
Symptoms of influenza include:
- Fever (greater than 100.0)
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion
- Body aches
- Stomach symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea – are more common in children than adults)
Most importantly, if you are feeling under the weather or exhibiting any flu-like symptoms, consider staying home or away from others where you could possibly spread illness or germs. This is particularly important for anyone dealing with the public or those who may have compromised immune systems.
An important note for parents…
Understandably, keeping an ill child home from school or daycare is a burden for parents who don’t want to miss work, but the consequences of spreading this infection to others with weakened immune systems or chronic health problems could be fatal. Remember, you should keep your children home until they are 24 hours fever free without the use of any medication to keep the fever down. If your child does have any symptoms of influenza, consider having them checked out by a healthcare provider. When children are sick they need lots of fluids: water, pedialyte, popsicles, jello, etc. If they cannot keep these things down you may need to contact your health care provider. Running a humidifier in a child’s room can help with congestion as well as the use of cough drops for sore throat, and other over-the-counter products available at your pharmacy. Additionally, when people are ill, adults and children, they need lots of rest.
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.