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‘Lady Doctor’ Looks Back on 50 Years in Medicine

Great River Health Systems
West Burlington, IA

An early ‘MacGyver’ of medicine, she’s ready to be ‘Grandma Jo’ full time In the mid-1980s, the television show “MacGyver” introduced an intelligent title character who devised creative solutions to get the job done. Before that, there was JoEllen Hoth, MD. In 1965, the 5-foot, 2-inch new physician was faced with a dilemma early in…read more

Mercy Council Bluffs: “Stop the Bleed” Campaign

CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs
Council Bluffs, IA

The “Stop the Bleed” campaign officially launched in 2015, but was formerly introduced in December 2012 after The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Victims of the shooting, including six-year old students, bled to death before emergency medical services were able to reach them. Bleeding is a leading cause of death, but can be prevented with…read more

Allen Hospital: Veteran and CEO Share A Unique Experience

UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital
Waterloo

Edward Johnson, an 88-year-old Navy veteran, volunteers three times a week at UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital in Waterloo. Over the years, Johnson has befriended Hospital President and CEO Pam Delagardelle. In the past, Johnson previously declined invitations to attend Honor Flights to Washington, DC for military veterans, as he has never wanted to take…read more

Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital: Gratitude Graffiti

Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital
Council Bluffs, IA

“I’m thankful for my good health.” “I’m thankful for my Jennie family.” “I’m grateful for life itself.”   Windows at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital are covered in color as employees and visitors show their gratitude with graffiti. Hospital guests are invited to grab markers and write notes at the “Gratitude Stop,” located between Registration and…read more

Mercy Council Bluffs: Landscaping For a Reason

CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs
Council Bluffs, IA

Traditionally, CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs has honored breast cancer fighters and survivors with an annual pink balloon release as part of October Breast Cancer Awareness activities. According to Mercy Oncologist Dr. Samer Renno, for every 200,000 patients that are diagnosed with breast cancer, 40,000 of them do not survive. For the past six years,…read more

Allen Hospital Welcomes K-9 Unit: Meet Krush

UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital
Waterloo

UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital in Waterloo recently welcomed its newest four-legged team member: Krush, a trained K-9 who will provide safety and comfort to patients, visitors, volunteers, students and staff. One of Allen Hospital’s sister hospitals, Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge, has already acquired a security K-9, which inspired Allen staff to invest in…read more

72 Years Cancer-Free and Then…

Manning Regional Healthcare Center
Manning, IA

Kae Rene Rogers, 72, of Manning, recognizes firsthand how important it is to receive annual mammograms. Having no family history of cancer, Rogers was not concerned about the risk of cancer. She had attended regular health care appointments, watched what she ate, stayed active with her grandkids and was living a healthy life. In February…read more

DeWitt’s Mental Health Respite House: An Alternative to Inpatient Care

Genesis Medical Center- DeWitt
DeWitt

After three years of planning and with big support from Genesis Health System, a peer-run mental health respite house has opened in DeWitt. The facility has been named “Rhonda’s House” in memory of local health care advocate Rhonda Shouse. Rhonda’s House uses six trained mental health support specialists, who provide individualized, voluntary care for up…read more

Injured by Abuse, Boy Advances Far Beyond Expectations

Genesis Medical Center- Davenport
Davenport, IA

At three months old, the little boy’s brain was already swollen and bleeding from violent shaking. The brain bleeding was so severe doctors said the boy had only a 1 percent chance of long-term survival and if he did survive, he would not be able to talk, walk or function independently. Jack Burken, now 8…read more

Nurse Shows Why It’s ‘Never Just a Job’

Iowa Methodist Medical Center
Des Moines, IA

“Recently, my husband passed away from acute myeloid leukemia,” wrote Phyllis Foster. “Because of this diagnosis and treatment, he spent a great deal of time as an inpatient on Powell 3 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. During one of his longer visits over the holidays, the patients and staff were treated to…read more