Medical Center Moment - July 2017

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What a quick summer!  For many of us, the end of July means last-minute vacations and then busy preparations for a busy back-to-school fall.  The same is true at the medical center.

A July 11 joint public meeting with the Board of Public Health and the Board of Supervisors helped clarify how both can move forward with necessary decisions on the future of public health in the county.  Medical center leaders sat in to help clarify past arrangements, budgetary constraints and ways to move forward that best benefits Greene County.  I feel confident that the two boards will be able to successfully work together.

I will hold a come & go community coffee at the Churdan Public Library this week.  These informal gatherings allow community members a chance to ask questions about their healthcare or the impact national decisions have at a local level.  I enjoy these events and hope to see more of you at the ones that remain to be scheduled in Rippey, Paton and Grand Junction yet this year.

With school starting on Wednesday, August 23, I want to  again remind parents about the important new Iowa law requiring incoming 7th and 12th grade students to have proof they have received the required vaccine for meningitis.  Please contact your primary care provider or public health (386-3228) for a vaccination appointment if your child still needs one.  School physicals are also a requirement for many students.  Providers at UnityPoint Clinic, located on the medical center campus, can do this.  And Valerie Martin, ARNP, with the medical center’s Women’s Health Clinic, is available to do school and sports physicals for female students in the area.

We plan to end the summer and begin the new school year with the same clear vision — Always Here, Always Caring.

Thank you for your support and for entrusting us with your care.

Always Here, Always Caring,
Carl Behne, CEO