Manning Regional Healthcare Center
Manilla Family Welcomes First Child with the Help of Manning Regional Healthcare Center and St. Anthony Regional Hospital
On Friday, February 24, 2017, Eric Herbert Christensen entered the world at 9:36 a.m. Nicknamed by his uncle the “blizzard boy,” Eric was born to LeeAnn and Ronald Christensen of Manilla during a typical Iowa snow storm.
“We knew the snow storm was predicted, so we decided to get a hotel in Carroll that Thursday night,” LeeAnn said. “I was already two days past my due date, and we didn’t want to risk being able to get to the hospital. The minute we got on the road, the snow began to come down.”
The couple, LeeAnn originally from Manilla and Ronald of Irwin, took their time traveling to Carroll and even ordered a pizza for delivery on their way to the hotel. But LeeAnn was already beginning to feel “different.”
LeeAnn and Ronald headed to St. Anthony Regional Hospital where they checked in, and nurses on staff coordinated with LeeAnn’s Obstetrician Douglas McLaws, D.O., Manning Regional Healthcare Center.
“I was scheduled to be induced the following Tuesday by Dr. Bella [Isabella Ahanogbe, M.D., Manning],” LeeAnn said. “But Eric had other plans.”
LeeAnn, a compliance and privacy officer and revenue cycle supervisor at Manning Regional Healthcare Center, made the decision to doctor at Manning knowing both providers, Dr. McLaws and Dr. Bella, were well-respected for their abilities and passion for serving patients.
“Throughout the pregnancy, I was able to quickly get to and from appointments,” LeeAnn said. “With each visit, I alternated between Dr. McLaws and Dr. Bella, so each was knowledgeable about my pregnancy. We discussed the delivery process ahead of time, so I knew step-by-step how the process would work and that I would give birth at St. Anthony.”
Though she had not received care at St. Anthony prior to delivering Eric, LeeAnn felt right at home following a tour and meeting with The Birth Place staff at St. Anthony in December.
“St. Anthony has a great program and procedures, which made me feel comfortable,” LeeAnn said. “They offered a tour of the OB and c-section rooms and nurse's station. We were also able to meet with Pat Hogan, RN, director of the Birth Place to learn breathing techniques and more about the hospital’s free, online resources that walk you through the stages of labor.”
Once there for delivery, LeeAnn said that the little things St. Anthony offered ended up going a long way.
“As my contractions continued and I began to dilate, the in-room whirlpool tub was a Godsend,” LeeAnn said. “It helped me to relax before I was able to get my epidural. The staff members were extremely experienced and the hospital even had a room with beverages and snacks for family members to refuel. The attention to detail was outstanding.”
The nurses at St. Anthony kept a close eye on LeeAnn’s progression and stayed in touch with Dr. McLaws as he drove through the blizzard to deliver the baby.
“I was told it took him an hour to drive the 20 miles from Manning to Carroll in that snow storm,” LeeAnn said. “I had so much confidence in the nurses and their ability, I didn’t worry about that aspect of the delivery.”
Dr. McLaws, who had been with LeeAnn throughout her pregnancy, arrived to deliver and welcome Eric.
“The obstetrics partnership between Manning Regional and St. Anthony works like a well-oiled machine,” said Dr. McLaws. “Patients from the Manning area have the convenience and expertise of OB professionals locally, and access to skilled nurses and obstetrics staff at St. Anthony. This means our patients receive the best care possible, with local physicians by their side every step of the way.”
“I am glad we ended up going to Carroll,” LeeAnn said. “We were surrounded by a support network and health care professionals that are skilled and knowledgeable. I had complete confidence in both Dr. McLaws and Dr. Bella. The OB nurses at St. Anthony made me comfortable throughout the entire delivery process. After all, this is what they do all day, every day – they’re in OB for a reason.”
Based on her experience, LeeAnn offers a word of advice to expecting mothers who are deciding where to deliver their child.
“Don’t let the delivery location influence your decision,” LeeAnn said. “If you’re on-the-fence, give your provider and the facility a call. Communicate and talk through your wishes and concerns. Your health care provider needs to know what you’re thinking and feeling so they can give you the best care possible.”
Today, LeeAnn and Ronald are raising their family on the acreage where LeeAnn grew up outside of Manilla, where they remain close to family and continue to receive health care services at the Manning Regional Healthcare Center.
“Following the delivery, we have received all of our health care in Manning,” LeeAnn said. “From well-child check-ups and immunizations to fevers and other health concerns, we rely on our local providers for care, and we appreciate the partnership between Manning Regional Healthcare Center and St. Anthony Regional Hospital.”
Mommy & Me, And the 3 Ps
Manning Regional Healthcare Center and St. Anthony Regional Hospital invite community members to attend a free program entitled Mommy & Me, and the 3 Ps: Planning, Pregnancy and Parenthood. During the event local experts from both hospitals, including Dr. McLaws, Dr. Bella, Pat Hogan, RN, and Roxi Doyle, LPN, will discuss how to achieve a healthy pregnancy, the delivery process, caring for your child after birth and much more.
The event will be held Thursday, November 30 at Brickhaus Brews in Manning. The program will kickoff with a social hour at 6:00 p.m., followed by programming from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Reserve your spot today by calling (712) 655-2072
Mommy & Me, and the 3 Ps Program
On November 30, Manning Regional Healthcare Center and St. Anthony Regional Hospital hosted a free community program entitled, Mommy & Me, and the 3 Ps: Planning, Pregnancy and Parenthood. The event, which included a social hour and program, was held at Brickhaus Brews in Manning. There, 20 community members listened to a panel of experts as they discussed how to achieve a healthy pregnancy, the delivery process, caring for your newborn and much more.
Both hospitals were represented by trusted, local physicians and obstetrics staff, including OB/GYNs Douglas McLaws, D.O., and Isabella Ahanogbe, M.D., and Roxi Doyel, LPN, of Manning Regional Healthcare Center, and Pat Hogan, RN, The Birth Place Director at St. Anthony Regional Hospital.
“It was a wonderful experience to see the obstetrics providers from Manning Regional Healthcare Center and St. Anthony together, interacting with the community,” said LeeAnn Christensen, Manilla resident and program attendee. “By making themselves available to answer our questions, it showed each provider’s commitment to working collaboratively toward the common goal of caring for my family’s well-being.”
Dr. McLaws shares his insight on the event and collaboration between the two health care facilities.
“Our goal with this program was to provide a community event where our friends and neighbors could learn about the services we still offer right here in Manning for family planning and family care,” said Dr. McLaws. “Manning is a forward thinking community, and our unique partnership with The Birth Place at St. Anthony proves just that. We want the very best for our patients.”
Manning Regional Healthcare Center and St. Anthony Regional Hospital collaborate to provide the highest quality and continuity of care to every patient. Manning residents are encouraged to continue all of their doctor care in Manning and deliver in The Birth Place at St. Anthony.
Pat Hogan, director of The Birth Place, said the unit is staffed with 19 RNs who have 320 years of combined experience.
“Our nurses are a very skilled and compassionate group of professionals who are ready to handle every situation and provide the highest quality of care to each mother and newborn,” Hogan said. “Our nurses are trained to handle tough situations too. We make sure that all of our nurses have the education and tools they need to handle all situations quickly and expertly. They are all trained in basic life support, advanced life support, neonatal resuscitation and newborn stabilization to provide the highest quality of care to each and every patient.”
Pictured (left to right): Dr. McLaws, Ronald Christensen, LeeAnn Christensen, Eric Christensen, Dr. Bella, Taya Vonnahme and Taylor Potthoff
MRHC Daisy Award Recipient
On June 16th the DAISY Award Ceremony was held in Des Moines, Iowa, at Mercy where Taya Vonnahme, LPN, of Manning Regional Healthcare Center was recognized for making an extraordinary difference in her patients, and their families, experiences in healthcare. Vonnahme works as a nurse in the MRHC substance abuse unit and also does discharge planning in the acute unit. The award was presented by Mrs. Tena Barnes Carraher, Vice President and Co-Founder of the DAISY Foundation. The internatinally known DAISY Award started, and continues to be, in honor of her late husband to recognize nurses who go above and beyond the call of duty. Since it debut in 1999, over 2,600 healthcare facilities worldwide honor nurses with the DAISY Award.
MRHC Employees Participate in 2nd Annual Patient Safety Fair
Fun, Two-Day Event Focuses on Employee Efforts to Keep Patient Safety Top Priority
On Wednesday and Thursday, March 15 and 16, Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) employees had the opportunity to participate in a two-day Patient Safety Fair at MRHC.
“The purpose of this event is to highlight five or six key priorities for employees when it comes to the safety and care of our patients and to provide employee education for additional improvement in these areas,” explains Linn Block, MRHC’s Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).
During the 2nd Annual Patient Safety Fair, employees toured six educational booths set-up in MRHC’s main conference area, focusing on hand washing, preventing employee back injuries, two-patient identification methods, medication safety, patient falls and hand-off patient care communication.
“Patients are provided care surveys when they visit MRHC to provide feedback regarding their visits and the care they received here. We utilize the feedback we get from these surveys to focus our employee education efforts in an attempt to continually improve the care we provide our friends and neighbors,” adds Block. “The six education areas we pinpointed in our 2nd Annual Patient Safety Fair have been specifically selected to help us improve the care we provide our patients and the safety of our employees.”
During the Safety Fair employees were treated to a pizza lunch, raffles were held throughout the event and employees were quizzed on the topics presented.
MRHC Contributes to 3rd Annual IKM-Manning Gala
For the third year in a row - since it's inauguration - MRHC has made a $2,500 donation to support the IKM - Manning Gala and it's agenda of maintaining and incorporating STEM technologies and education into our local schools. MRHC is proud to support this important event and happy to partner with the IKM - Manning Gala committee.
MRHC Hosts First Ever Healthcare Career Fair
On Thursday, March 2, Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) hosted its first ever healthcare career fair.
“Our goal this year was to showcase the various careers that go into running a hospital, clinic or nursing home. Too often, when it comes to healthcare, we think of nurses and doctors, but there are so many more opportunities in healthcare, whether it’s physical therapy, radiology, social work or even dietary and environmental services,” explains Shelli Lorenzen, Chief Human Resources Officer at MRHC. “We wanted to show our local students that whether they plan to go to college after high school, or if they’re looking to enter the workforce, there are opportunities right here at home waiting for them.”
During the two-hour healthcare career fair, students had an opportunity to visit up to 10 career stations, highlighting the various roles throughout MRHC. Students would stop at each station and learn more about the daily activities in a given career or position, and the type of education needed to work in that role. In some cases, stations would have real life examples a student could try. As an example, at the surgical nursing career station, students were able to give a vaccine to an orange, and at the acute care career station, students were able to practice starting an IV on a training mannequin. In radiology, students got a complete tour of MRHC’s radiology equipment, including the CT scanner, DEXA scanner and mammography machine. And in physical therapy, students were able to explore the various PT equipment used to help with daily therapy activities, and even try out a few of the common therapy exercises.
Before leaving, all students were given information about this year’s West Central Iowa Healthcare Foundation (WCIHF) scholarship opportunities, and information regarding MRHC’s nursing education reimbursement program.
“This was a great opportunity for our local students to learn more about healthcare and the career opportunities available to them. We look forward to hosting this event again next year,” adds Lorenzen.
For more information regarding MRHC’s career opportunities or the 2017-2018 WCIHF scholarship programs, visit www.mrhcia.com.
Fuller to Move on to New Opportunities
With a heavy heart, Manning Regional Healthcare Center’s Nate Fuller, PA-C, has announced that he will not be renewing his contract with the Manning facility.
“There are many things I love about working at MRHC such as my co-workers, my patients, and living in this wonderful town that has been so good to me and my family,” explained Fuller in his notice to MRHC CEO John O’Brien.
Fuller’s contract with MRHC is good through Friday, June 30, 2017, and he will continue to practice and see patients until that time. After leaving MRHC he plans to pursue work with a family practice clinic in Waukee, Iowa, which will allow him more flexibility in his daily work schedule.
“I want to thank the MRHC team…I have received some excellent experience that has prepared me well for any circumstance I will find myself in. I have also made great friends that have been there for me through it all. I will truly miss all those here at MRHC that I have come to love,” added Fuller.
MRHC is currently pursuing the hire of an additional Nurse Practioner (NP) or Physician’s Assistant (PA) to complete its health care provider team.