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‘Growing a Healthy Community’ in Dubuque

Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque
Dubuque, IA

Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, along with Convivium Urban Farmstead, hosted an interactive day of nutrition education in October for over 40 second-grade students from Marshall Elementary in Dubuque. During the “Growing a Healthy Community” event, students rotated through stations where they participated in hands-on activities such as preparing a nutritious take-home meal and planting…read more

Elkader Hospital Helps Keep Athletes Well and Safe

Central Community Hospital
Elkader

Sports injuries are constantly in the news, whether the result of a professional, college or high school sporting competition. High schools across the US are dealing with this concern and have added either a full-time athletic trainer or use services provided by hospitals or clinics to take care of their athletes. According to a national…read more

Decorah Hospital Puts Summer Camp within Reach of Kids with Diabetes

Winneshiek Medical Center
Decorah

Sometimes, having diabetes makes kids feel very different than others. Such was the case for Lauren Luzum of Decorah, who wanted to go to diabetes camp so she could “have fun and not be the only one with diabetes.” Lauren, daughter of Brian and Jennessa Luzum, applied for a campership to Camp Hertko Hollow, an…read more

‘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

“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

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