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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

Trustee: Hospital Filled with Passionate People

Boone County Hospital
Boone, IA

Like any community business person and leader, Troy Thompson of Boone has done his share of volunteering and committee work. He started to look for something more important and fulfilling — and he found it at the community hospital. “I remember saying to my wife, ‘I’m just done with these committees that don’t have a…read more

In Cancer Battle, She Fights for the Home Team

Trinity Regional Medical Center
Fort Dodge, IA

Christen Sewell enjoys a good challenge. And early in her career, she shouldered a big one when she became manager of  oncology and infusion services at the brand new cancer center at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge. As a highly trained radiation therapist, she is a front-line veteran in the…read more

Trustee Takes Pride in Her Hospital, Community

Waverly Health Center
Waverly, IA

Trustees are the critical connection between hospitals and the communities they serve. It is their mission to form and guide the hospital’s vision while representing the interests of the community. In Waverly, Susan Vallem has proudly fulfilled that role in the local hospital for decades. “I enjoy seeing the interaction between the community and hospitals….read more

Mother and Son Thrive as Clinton Hospital Nurses

Mercy Medical Center-Clinton
Clinton, IA

Carol and Justin Nylin love their nursing jobs at Mercy Medical Center and serving their hometown of Clinton. “I am proud to be an employee of Mercy Hospital,” says Carol. “I have a lot of coworkers and a lot of nurses that I know that I know that they give good care…We’re all the advocates…read more