Medical Center Moment - June 2017

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June passed through with a strong wind, didn’t it?  It seems like I was just attending high school graduation parties and now I’m planning a 4th of July celebration with my family.  I’m sure everyone in the community must feel the same.

The 37th Annual Bell Tower Festival was hot and windy, but fun for all.  It’s always nice to hear that the medical center’s first aid station, staffed by ER and Acute nurses and techs, was only needed for minor medical aid.  A big public thank you to staff who dedicated time to take care of our community in this way.

As we move into July and then suddenly August, I think it might be helpful to remind parents in the community about the important new Iowa law requiring incoming 7th and 12th grade students to have proof they have received the required meningococcal vaccine.  This vaccine protects against four strains of meningitis, which is a serious and life-threatening disease.  While this shouldn’t be new news, as it was reported in many ways, including public health offering vaccinations at both the middle school and high school in May, please contact your primary care provider or public health (386-3228) for a vaccination appointment if your child still needs one.

I also encourage those with students needing a school physical to make that appointment now.  Providers at UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine - Greene County, located on the medical center campus, can do this.  And Valerie Martin, ARNP, with the medical center’s Women’s Health clinic, is also available to do school and sports physical for female students in the area.

July means a month filled with vacations for many of us.  Rest assured, however, that the medical center staff will continue to be available 24/7 for our community.  Our vision is clear — Always Here, Always Caring.

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

Always Here, Always Caring,
Carl Behne, CEO