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Medical Center’s Community Benefit Report Released

Medical Center’s Community Benefit Report Released Grinnell Regional Medical Center provides more than $7.9 million in community benefits to the GRMC service area, according to a recently completed assessment of those programs and services. That amount, based on 2013 figures, includes $1.2 million in free or discounted community benefits that GRMC specifically implemented to help area residents. It also includes …

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GRMC Clinics Welcome Brienna Cameron, PA-C

  Grinnell Regional Medical Center announces the arrival of Brienna M. Cameron, PA-C, as a primary care provider for GRMC clinics, as needed. Cameron began September 1. Prior to joining the GRMC affiliated clinic staff, she worked at the Spine and Pain Center of Nebraska, in Lincoln, Neb. She earned her master of physician assistant studies from the University of …

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Hospice to Offer End-of-Life Training Class

Hospice to Offer End-of-Life Training Class Grinnell Regional Hospice will host a hospice volunteer training for residents in the GRMC service area. This class is intended for people who are interested in learning more about end of life issues and care. The training will be two days, Wednesdays, Oct. 22 and 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in GRMC’s …

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Medication Take Back Scheduled for Sept. 27

Medication Take Back Scheduled for Sept. 27 Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Pharmacy department and the Grinnell Police Department will offer the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Anyone may drop off expired and unused medications on Saturday, Sept. 27. The service is free and …

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GRMC’s 2013 Annual Report Available

GRMC’s 2013 Annual Report Available Grinnell Regional Medical Center released its annual report, “Transformation,” that summarizes the hospital’s activities and finances during 2013. The annual report can be found online at www.grmc.us. This year’s report focuses on the transformation of healthcare both nationally and locally through landmark changes such as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, advances in medical …

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Grief Support Program Scheduled Beginning October 8

Grief Support Program Scheduled Grinnell Regional Hospice is offering a monthly Grief Support Group. This group is designed for adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one or friend.  It provides a safe place for people to express their emotions and move through the grieving process. Group meetings will be held the second Wednesday of each month beginning …

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Allergies and Allergic Diseases Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program Sept. 22

Allergies and Allergic Diseases Upcoming Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program Grinnell Regional Medical Center is pleased to welcome Miles Weinberger, MD, professor of pediatrics and founder of the University of Iowa Pediatric Allergy and Pulmonary Division. Weinberger will be the speaker at the GRMC SE*ED program on Monday, September 22. The program begins at 10 a.m. in the Caulkins Community Room …

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Progress for Northern Ireland Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program Sept. 8

Progress for Northern Ireland Upcoming Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program Derry-Londonderry was a bloody battle ground of “The Troubles” of the late 1960’s through the early 1990’s. The city’s selection as United Kingdom City of Culture 2013 gave a boost to the redevelopment of the local economy and culture. Derry, still the most segregated city in Europe, with the Protestants …

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Iowa State Fair Stories to be Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program Aug. 25

Iowa State Fair Stories to be Upcoming Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program “Our State Fair – Iowa’s Blue Ribbon Story” is the book that chronicles 150 years of Iowans who have made up that unique August experience. Author Mary Kay Shanley will share stories of fairgoers at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center SE*ED program on Monday, August 25. The program …

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Giving Gardens Supply MICA

Giving Gardens Supply MICA The bountiful Giving Garden at Grinnell Regional Medical Center supplies fresh, locally grown produce to the Mid-Iowa Community Action food pantry. The Giving Gardens, one of the many Community Transformation Grant projects, encourages county residents to improve their health by eating more fresh produce. Community Transformation Grant funds helped purchase the refrigerator at MICA as well …

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GRMC Becomes First in State to Offer New daVinci® XI Robotically Assisted Surgeries

Grinnell Regional Medical Center announced today that it is now using the latest Intuitive daVinci® Xi robotic surgical system – the only location in Iowa where this technology is available. In fact, GRMC is one of only 30 hospitals in the world to be using the newest robotic surgical system. The new system offers three-dimensional, high definition visualization and allows …

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GRMC and Knoxville Hospital Knock it Out of the Park

Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Knoxville Hospital and Clinics have entered a new agreement to share leadership for radiology services. Matthew M. Byrd, CNMT, RT (N)(CT), will join the staff at both hospitals as the director of radiology/diagnostic imaging. GRMC will employ Byrd and then contract his services to the Knoxville Hospital and Clinics. Byrd joins the Iowa hospitals after …

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Obesity and Metabolism Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program August 11

 Join Brandon Davis, PhD, on Monday, August 11, to learn more about obesity and how one’s metabolism contributes to obesity and overweight. Davis will provide a brief overview of the history of obesity as well as the current factors that maintain it. One of those factors is metabolism, which was the focus of his recent study. His groundbreaking research documented …

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Making the Most of the Longevity Dividend is Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program August 4

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average life expectancy in the U.S. is now 77 years, compared to 47 years in 1900. Average life expectancy continues to grow generation-to-generation. It will be increasingly more common for Americans to celebrate 100th birthdays. What does this mean for us as we plan our lives? Karla Erickson, associate professor of sociology at …

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GRMC Wins Marketing Awards

  Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Office of Communications and Development has been recognized nationally for the redesign of the GRMC Healthletter and for the Blue Jean Ball 2013 advertising campaign. The Healthletter redesign won the APEX 2014 Award in the newsletter-print category. APEX 2014 is presented through the 26th Annual Awards for Publication Excellence, an international competition. GRMC also won …

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Grin City Collective’s CultureLab is July 28 Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program

This summer and fall, Grin City Collective brings together artists, writers, scientists, and educators for a special residency that uses innovation and design to build creative, interactive projects exploring the ways we interact with our world. Molly Rideout and Kenji Yoshino will present, “CultureLab: Art + Science +Education” on Monday, July 28, at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center SE*ED program. …

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GRMC Launches Pulmonary Rehab Service

Grinnell Regional Medical Center has added a comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program to its growing list of on-site patient care services. Pulmonary rehab assists individuals with chronic lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, asthma, and chronic bronchitis. GRMC Nurse Manager Beth Kirton, who oversees the new program, says that individuals with chronic lung disease “can be very restricted …

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GRMC Auxiliary Supporters Rise to the Challenge to “Drop it For a Cause”

           More than 2,100 golf balls dropped from a helicopter hovering over the 18th fairway at Oakland Acres Golf on Saturday, July 12. An estimated 300 in attendance watched carefully in hopes that their numbered ball would be the one that landed in the hole designated for the $5,000 grand prize.             After the balls had …

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Rain Dampens 25th Anniversary GRMC/Chamber Golf Tournament

Rain Dampens 25th Anniversary Golf Tournament Golfers from around the area gathered at Grinnell Golf and Country Club on Friday, June 27, for the 2014 Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. For the first time in 25 years, the tournament was not scored because the afternoon teams were only able to play four of …

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Preparing for School Includes Vaccinations

Grinnell Regional Public Health offers vaccinations to prepare children for school. Getting all the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health. “Protect children from diseases and missed school,” says Patty Hinrichs, Grinnell Regional Public Health director. “And, vaccines protect more than just children. Some diseases such as the whooping cough …

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Better Health Class Offered in Summer Beginning July 30

Better Health Class Offered in Summer Grinnell Regional Medical Center Public Health will offer the “Better Choices, Better Health” workshop at the end of July. This six-week program provides individuals who have chronic conditions, as well as their caregivers, the tools to better manage their health and symptoms. This session will be held on six Wednesdays, beginning July 30 in …

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Teaching Area Children about Giving through Gardening is Topic at GRMC SE*ED July 21

  Churches, civic organizations, and day campers across Grinnell are tending community gardens helping those in need to have access to fresh locally grown produce. Chad Nath, GRMC director of wellness and integrated services as well as the organization’s day camp director, will be the featured speaker on Monday, July 21, at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center SE*ED program. This …

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Shingles Vaccine Now Available – Call 641-236-2385

Prevention of Shingles Grinnell Regional Public Health now offers a vaccination for the shingles virus. Shingles is the older adult version of the chickenpox virus but is much more challenging. To prevent this painful virus, the vaccination, Zostravax, is available that reduces the risk of shingles by 50 percent and reduces the pain associated with shingles for those who do …

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Radon Kits Available from Public Health Office

  Iowa leads the nation in the percent of homes with excessive radon levels. With the high risk for all homes in the state, the Iowa Department of Public Health is working with county public health offices to offer an inexpensive short-term radon test kit. Grinnell Regional Public Health has the $5 Radon Test kits in the office. Radon can …

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GRMC Announce Leadership Changes

  Grinnell Regional Medical Center has promoted Kyle Wilcox, MHA, to serve as the medical center’s new assistant vice-president of finance. He will share financial leadership responsibilities with Mike Creary, GRMC’s controller. This shift in the top financial position occurs following the announcement that Jack Fritts, CFO at GRMC, will retire effective May 23. Fritts had been with GRMC for …

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Medical Reserve Corps to Host Conference in Grinnell

The Poweshiek County and Tama County Medical Reserve Corps will host a training session for all individuals who want to be a part of the reserve corps to assist others during crisis and disasters. The conference will be Wednesday, June 18, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Grinnell College’s Recreation and Athletic Center, 1201 10th Avenue, Grinnell. Conference program includes …

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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 30. 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. 2014 GRMC Auxiliary Scholarship recipients are pictured: Juan …

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Golf Ball Drop to Support New Chemotherapy and Infusion Suite July 12th

The GRMC Auxiliary wants you to “Drop it for a Cause” with a unique fundraising event this summer. On Saturday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m., a helicopter filled with numbered golf balls will hover over a fairway at Oakland Acres Golf Club. The fairway will have at least 10 designated targets, each with a corresponding prize. When the thousands of …

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Blue Jean Ball Nets National Award

GRMC’s second Blue Jean Ball has earned a bronze award from the Thirty-First Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards. This year more than 3,700 entries were received. A national panel of judges reviewed entries based on creativity, quality, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design, and overall impact. Gold awards were given to 297 entries; silver awards to 279 entries; and bronze awards …

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