News in March, 2020

  • Great River Medical Center: More COVID-19 Changes

    Great River Medical Center will add greater visitor restrictions Friday, March 27, in an effort to prevent or contain COVID-19 (coronavirus) transmission in southeast Iowa. Screening for respiratory symptoms, recent travel and body temperature continues. Outpatients at the hospital for clinic, Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory appointments, and Emergency Department care may not be accompanied by a ...

  • Great River Health Establishes Call Center, Respiratory Center

    Great River Health has established a 24-hour public call center to provide answers to questions about COVID-19 and direct callers to health system resources. The telephone numbers are 800-871-3313, toll-free, or 319-768-1009. The call center is staffed by registered nurses who can answer questions about respiratory symptoms and potential exposure to the illness. Callers who have a cough or ...

  • Great River Medical Center Further Restricts Visitors

    West Burlington, Iowa, March 22, 2020 – Great River Health will add greater visitor restrictions Monday, March 23, in an effort to prevent or contain COVID-19 (coronavirus) transmission in southeast Iowa. Great River Medical Center and Fort Madison Community Hospital, which also is part of Great River Health, are announcing changes separately. At Great River Medical Center, visiting is ...

  • Great River Medical Center Makes Visitation and Other Changes Because of COVID-19

    To protect patients, staff and the community from potential coronavirus infection, Great River Medical Center will limit visitors beginning at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 18. As of 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 – coronavirus – at the hospital. “Our priorities are to protect our patients and employees, and provide accurate information to our ...

  • Great River Health Announces Changes Related to COVID-19

    Great River Health is working with Des Moines County Public Health, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent or contain COVID-19 (coronavirus) in southeast Iowa. “Our top priority is protecting our patients and employees, and providing accurate information to our community,” said Matt Wenzel, president and CEO. The health system ...

  • Great River Medical Center Begins Offering LASIK Eye Surgery

    Great River Medical Center will begin offering LASIK this spring. The outpatient eye surgery improves vision by permanently changing the shape of the cornea, the clear covering on the front of the eye. Many patients who have LASIK end up with 20/20 vision. LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. It can correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism, the main reasons ...

  • Great River Medical Center Offers Offers Advanced Test for Heart Disease

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. Early detection is important to successfully treating and possibly reversing the condition. To help identify potential heart disease, Great River Medical Center offers cardiac calcium scoring, a painless, safe and accurate test that estimates a patient’s heart attack risk by ...

  • Great River Medical Center Names Abbott Employee of the Month

    Sheena Abbott was named Employee of the Month at Great River Medical Center. She is a Rehabilitation Services manager. Abbott, who also is the athletic trainer for Southeastern Community College, invited three SCC student athletes to Thanksgiving dinner at her home. Coming from New Zealand, Haiti and South Africa, they had no place to spend the holiday. Abbott and her family provided a great meal ...

  • Great River Medical Center Offers Diabetes Classes in March

    West Burlington, Iowa, Feb. 18, 2020 -- Diabetes Education-Great River Medical Center offers a four-week group diabetes class every month. The March class will meet from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays beginning March 2. The group diabetes class is for people who are newly diagnosed, making a change in treatment, or having complications or concerns. A physician referral for diabetes education is ...

  • Great River Medical Center Offers Free Diabetes Program March 5

    West Burlington, Iowa, Feb. 18, 2020 – Learn how yoga may help diabetes at Coffee Talk, a quarterly support group sponsored by Diabetes Education-Great River Medical Center. The program will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Family Medicine, Mercy-Great River Medical Center, Mercy Plaza Suite 159, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington, IA. Reservations are required. Supportive family ...

  • Pack the Gym in Pink Postponed Until Feb. 15

    Predicted snowfall has postponed tonight’s Pack the Gym in Pink, a Southeastern Community College men’s basketball game fundraiser. It has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, when the Blackhawks take on Iowa Western Community College at SCC’s Loren Walker Arena, 1500 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. SCC will honor the Pack the Gym in Pink free admission. Proceeds from ...

  • Great River Medical Center Offers Health Careers Workshop Feb. 27

    Great River Medical Center will offer a health careers workshop for high school students and others to help them decide whether health care is a possible career choice. It will be from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Blackhawk Room, Wellness Plaza, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. The workshop will include a tour of Great River Medical Center, information about a variety of health ...

  • Great River Health Casual Day Donations Top $11,000

    Great River Health System employees donated $11,410 through casual day contributions in 2019. On designated Fridays, employees may wear jeans to work in exchange for $2 casual day stickers. The money was given to 22 organizations and services, including: Great River Friends Great River Hospice Honor Flight Humane Society of Des Moines County Iowa Donor Network Midwest Magic Special Olympics Ronald ...

  • Pack the Gym in Pink benefiting Great River Hospice set for Feb. 12

    The Sixth Annual Pack the Gym in Pink, a Southeastern Community College men’s basketball game fundraiser, is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at SCC’s Loren Walker Arena, 1500 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. Proceeds from the event will support Great River Hospice. Tickets to the game against Illinois Central College are free. They are available at the SCC Athletic Office and ...

  • Great River Medical Center Offers Diabetes Class in February

    Diabetes Education-Great River Medical Center offers a four-week group diabetes class every month. The February class will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning Feb. 6. The group diabetes class is for people who are newly diagnosed, making a change in treatment, or having complications or concerns. A physician referral for diabetes education is required. Class topics include: Proper eating ...

  • Great River Medical Center Names McCall Employee of the Month

    Angie McCall was named Employee of the Month at Great River Medical Center. She is a patient service associate in the Cardiovascular Care Unit. McCall took a patient home to Mount Pleasant after the patient was discharged. The patient didn't have any family or friends who could take her, and she would have had to pay a $75 taxi fee.

  • Health Fitness Offers Arthritis Exercise Class

    An Arthritis Foundation exercise program is set to begin Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Health Fitness-Great River Medical Center. Walk With Ease can reduce pain and improve health. Classes, led by Arthritis Foundation-trained fitness specialists, will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 28 through March 19, at Health Fitness, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. The cost is $50 for ...

  • Great River Friends Offers Scholarships for 2020-2021 School Year

    Applications for Great River Friends scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year are available. Two types of scholarships are offered to students pursuing health care careers. Applicants for high school scholarships must be seniors with minimum 3.0 grade point averages. They must live in or attend schools within Great River Health’s service area (about 60 miles). Applicants for continuing ...

  • Great River Medical Center to Host Welcome to Medicare Seminar

    The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) will present a Welcome to Medicare seminar at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Great River Medical Center. It will cover Medicare Parts A and B benefits, prescription drug benefits (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance. The two-hour seminar will be in the Oak Room on the lower level of the hospital, 1221 S. Gear ...