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2016-2017 Seasonal Influenza Season – Vaccination Clinics Offered

2016-2017 Seasonal Influenza Season Grinnell Regional Public Health will offer public vaccination clinics at locations throughout the county for the seasonal influenza vaccine. The upcoming season’s flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. GRMC will offer a quadrivalent flu vaccine, designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A …

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Avoiding Norovirus

  Avoiding Norovirus With the onset of the new school year, Grinnell Regional Public Health advises taking precautionary steps of handwashing and avoiding school or work while ill to avoiding the spread of illnesses such as noroviruses. Norovirus has been identified in the community. The most common symptoms are nausea with vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps. People of all ages have …

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GRMC Golf Outing Breaks Record with $25,000 for ER Renovations

  GRMC Golf Outing Breaks Record with $25,000 for ER Renovations GRMC’s emergency department renovations received a power drive as golfers from around the area raised $25,000 during the 2016 Grinnell Regional Medical Center Golf Outing. The sponsorships, contests, and golf registrations raised a record-breaking amount from the one-day event with morning and afternoon tee times. GRMC welcomed 140 golfers …

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New Physician at Grinnell Regional Family Practice

New Physician at Grinnell Regional Family Practice Robert Koller, DO, primary care physician, will begin practicing at Grinnell Regional Family Practice (GRFP) on July 18, 2016. Koller will accept all patients, including obstetrics and geriatrics. He joins Roy Doorenbos, MD; Michelle Rebelsky, MD; Jacob Boyer, PA; and Kristen Phelps, PA. Koller completed his residency at Mercy North Iowa Family Medicine …

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Capstone to Expand into Poweshiek County

Capstone to Expand into Poweshiek County A collaboration among four Iowa organizations promises to improve access to mental health services in Poweshiek County. Beginning later this year, Capstone Behavioral Healthcare—a Newton-based service—will begin offering mental health services in the former Poweshiek County Mental Health Center offices on Fourth Avenue in Grinnell. The four partners working to make this arrangement possible …

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GRMC Auxiliary Scholarship Recipients Honored

GRMC Auxiliary Scholarship Recipients Honored Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized four area students pursuing healthcare careers at its annual gathering held in April. GRMC Auxiliary scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors, current students, or adult students pursuing a healthcare career. These funds are also available to those currently working in healthcare and seeking advanced training. The 2016 …

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GRMC Welcomes New Director of Surgery

Grinnell Regional Medical Center announces the hiring of Paul Topliff, RN, CNOR, as the new director of surgical services. Topliff joins the surgical team in response to the retirement of Deb Reding, RN, who has been with GRMC for nearly 35 years. Topliff comes back to GRMC after working in Oskaloosa for six years, most recently as the director of …

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GRMC Recognized Volunteers and Auxiliary

  Grinnell Regional Medical Center hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in conjunction with the Auxiliary Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 12, as part of National Volunteer Week. This was the first time these events have merged into a dinner recognition reception. More than 75 guests attended the celebratory event, and enjoyed a photo booth, buffet-style dinner, a thank you video, …

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Jones and Lacey Named as 100 Great Iowa Nurses

Grinnell Regional Medical Center nurses Kim Jones, RN, obstetrics, and Janet Lacey, RN, director of patient experience and quality, received the 100 Great Iowa Nurses award. This program, supported by the Iowa Nurses Foundation, recognizes 100 outstanding nurses every year in Iowa for their courage, competence, and commitment to patients and the nursing profession. The 100 nurses earn the recognition …

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Medicaid Transition to Privatization Underway

Medicaid Transition to Privatization Underway Area healthcare and health service providers who care for Iowa’s low-income residents through Medicaid began the transition to privatized care effective April 1.  Traditional Iowa Medicaid patients will now be under the supervision of three state contracted health plans or Managed Care Organizations (MCOs): Amerigroup Iowa, Inc., AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa, Inc., and UnitedHealthcare Plan of …

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Kids Against Hunger – Feeding Families Around the World… and Around the Corner

The mission of Grinnell Kids Against Hunger is to reduce hunger around the world through local volunteers working together to package food. At Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Senior Education program on Monday, April 18, KAH board president Heidi Ramaeker Pearson will present a program about how local volunteers help feed hungry children and families all over the world. Since the …

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Is a merger between Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Mercy Hospital in the immediate future?

No, said members of the GRMC board of directors on Wednesday night, Jan. 27.  The board had until Jan. 31 to decide whether to: – Maintaining the current “affiliate” agreement between the two; – Having GRMC become a Mercy-managed facility or; – Joining the Mercy Health Network. The two entities will maintain the status quo. “The board recognizes that GRMC …

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HLV Students Bring Holiday Cheer to GRMC Patients

HLV Students Bring Holiday Cheer to GRMC Patients Teaching youth to pay it forward lead three HLVs sixth graders to bring Christmas presents to patients at Grinnell Regional Medical Center on Christmas day. “At the beginning of the school year, my students chose to have a ‘Pay it Forward’ theme for our room,” says Lynette Lender, HLV’s sixth grader teacher. …

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Bernie Lowe and Associates, Inc., Helps GRMC with Physician Recruitment Efforts

Bernie Lowe and Associates, Inc., Helps GRMC with Physician Recruitment Efforts  A strong commitment to Grinnell Regional Medical Center is driving Bernie Lowe and Associates, Inc., to make a generous contribution toward the organization’s physician recruitment efforts. “We really see the value in having a local, community hospital,” says Bernard ‘Skip’ Lowe, III, president and CEO. “GRMC is the number …

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GRMC Explores Options For the Future

PRESS RELEASE October 30, 2015 For immediate release For more information contact: Denise Lamphier 641-236-2589   Grinnell Regional Medical Center began discussions this fall with Mercy Health Network of Iowa that focus on the potential development of a different form of alignment between the organizations. No decisions have been made at the time of this publication. The primary goal of …

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GRMC Board Elects 2015 Officers

Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s governing board elected the 2015 officers and committee chairs. Leading the board in 2015 is Todd Reding, Grinnell, chief operating officer/vice president for investments, Charrette Venture Group. The chair-elect is Wendy Kadner, owner of WSK Solutions, LLC, and Grandma’s House, Grinnell. Bill Menner, Grinnell, the Iowa state director for rural development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, shifts …

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GRMC Auxiliary Healthcare Scholarship Recipients Honored

Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized four area students pursuing a healthcare career at its annual spring luncheon on April 29. Scholarships are for graduating high school seniors, current students, or adult students pursuing a healthcare career. These funds are also available to those currently working in healthcare and seeking advanced training. The 2015 GRMC Auxiliary scholarship recipients are: Allisyn …

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Grinnell Students Pledge to be Tobacco Free

I-STEP (Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention) is Iowa’s youth-led tobacco prevention movement and is now at Grinnell Community High School. This past week, 118 Grinnell high school students signed the “I pledge to be Tobacco Free,” as a commitment to better health. The pledges are on display at the front of the high school. The Grinnell high school …

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Be the Match, Save a Life April 22

  By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Nichole Bushong is an example of how easy it is to save a life. The idea of being a bone marrow donor never crossed Bushong’s mind until a family member – her uncle’s brother – needed help. The family rallied and many of them joined the Be The Match registry ( www.bethematch.org ), which is …

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Todd Linden to Receive AHA Board of Trustees Award

The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced that Todd Linden, president and CEO of Grinnell Medical Center, will be awarded its 2015 Board of Trustees Award. The award is presented to individuals or groups who have made substantial and noteworthy contributions to the work of the AHA. Linden will receive the award at a ceremony at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting …

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The Power of Positive Psychology Topic at SE*ED April 20

The Power of Positive Psychology Upcoming Topic at SE*ED April 20 What is positive psychology and why is it gaining mainstream attention? A definition from Psychology Today defines it as the psychology of happiness. Positive psychology is a relatively new field of study as psychology has typically focused on diagnosing and treating mental illness. Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s SE*ED program …

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What is Broadband and Why It’s Important to You Upcoming Topic at SE*ED April 13

What is Broadband and Why It’s Important to You Upcoming Topic at SE*ED April 13 Broadband is defined by the Federal Communications Commission as high speed internet access that is always on and faster than traditional dial-up access. There are several different kinds of broadband and what kind of broadband you are able to access differs by your community and …

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GRMC Receives Statewide Award for Patient Safety Achievements

GRMC Receives Statewide Award for Patient Safety Achievements Mar 26, 2015 Outstanding work in reducing early elective infant deliveries at Grinnell RegionalMedical Center has garnered the medical center the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative’s (IHC) patient safety award for reducing hospital acquired conditions. The 2015 IHC Patient Safety Awards were featured at the statewide Patient Safety Conference on March 12 at The …

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Nominate an Exceptional Nurse for The DAISY Award

Nominate an Exceptional Nurse for The DAISY Award Grinnell Regional Medical Center invites members of the public to nominate an outstanding nurse for The DAISY Award. GRMC will honor all nursing staff during National Hospital Week with The DAISY Award. Nominations are due Thursday, April 16. The award was established by The DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, …

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GRMC Outlines Plans to For Complete Emergency Department Renovation

GRMC Outlines Plans to For Complete Emergency Department Renovation  Eggman Family Supports Cause for Personal Reasons   Grinnell Regional Medical Center is seeking funds to completely renovate and upgrade the emergency department. More than 10,000 patient visits happen annually in this certified Level III/Area trauma center. Significant improvements are needed and planned for GRMC’s emergency services to continue to meet the …

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You Can Help Prevent Measles in Poweshiek County

You Can Help Prevent Measles in Poweshiek County The United States is currently experiencing a multi-state outbreak of measles. More than 100 people from 14 states have been confirmed as having measles. Fortunately, as of February 9, there are no confirmed measles cases in Iowa. “This national measles outbreak has brought the protection provided by vaccinations back into the spotlight,” …

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Imagine Grinnell Supports GRMC with New Lighting

Imagine Grinnell Supports GRMC with New Lighting   Imagine Grinnell, a community improvement foundation, has made a grant to Grinnell Regional Medical Center to upgrade GRMC’s lighting to be more energy-efficient. New LED light fixtures in the main first floor east-west hallway in the hospital and in the glass tower of the Ahrens Medical Arts Building were paid for through …

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Healthcare Day at the State Capitol

 Healthcare Day at the State Capitol The GRMC Auxiliary invites the public to participate in the annual Iowa Hospital Association’s Legislative Day, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25. Legislative Day allows area residents to be healthcare advocates about the government’s role in healthcare policy and funding. This year’s Legislative Day will begin with lunch and program at the Veterans Memorial Convention …

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GRMC Leads Iowa Into Battle Against Infections

GRMC leads Iowa into battle against infections By Keith Brake   When assigned to a patient room at Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) you’re as safe from picking up a “super bug” or other hospital-acquired infection as you can be anywhere in the country. That’s thanks to an already-low patient infection rate – and some technology the hospital put in …

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Caregiver Support Group Scheduled

Caregiver Support Group Scheduled Grinnell Regional Hospice is offering a monthly Caregiver Support Group. This group is designed for adults who are providing care for an adult loved one. The group provides caregivers with the opportunity to gain support, strength and encouragement from each other. This group is open to anyone providing care to an adult loved one who may …

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