News in July, 2020

  • Dr. McCoy Receives Outstanding Service Award

    Great River Health Chief Medical Officer Michael McCoy, MD, received the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s 2020 Outstanding District Service Award. The award recognizes effective leaders and outstanding contributions performed by a Fellow of the organization on behalf of his or her district. Dr. McCoy serves District VI, which comprises Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, ...

  • 50-Year Nursing Career Comes to an End

    You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go Judy Brueck had been a nurse for 20 years when Dr. Seuss published “Oh, the Places You Will Go.” But she refers to the book as the theme of her 50-year career. The longest-tenured employee in Great River Medical Center’s history ...

  • Great River Health Allowing More Visitors

    Great River Medical Center has begun allowing limited visiting in many inpatient and outpatient areas of the hospital. In March, visiting restrictions were implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most inpatients may have one visitor per day between noon and 5 p.m. Patients must give the name of their visitor to a member of their health care team before the visitor arrives. Visitors must: ...

  • Great River Health to Open Test Iowa Site for COVID-19

    In partnership with the State of Iowa, Great River Health will provide the only Test Iowa drive-thru coronavirus test site in the southeast region of the state. It will open Wednesday, May 27. The Test Iowa Initiative began April 21 in an effort to expand testing capacity to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa. “Having a Test Iowa location in West Burlington will help save lives,” ...

  • Great River Health Announces More Changes As Services Reopen

    Great River Health is making more changes to resume normal operations as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. These three things will occur Tuesday, May 26: · The temporary respiratory clinic for people who have respiratory symptoms that may indicate COVID-19 will move to Great River QuickCare, 624 S. Roosevelt St., Suite 102, Burlington. Appointments are required. Call 319-768-1009. · ...

  • Great River Health-Keokuk Resumes Services, Opens Respiratory Clinic at New Location

    Great River Health-Keokuk will expand hours and resume services Monday, May 18. To protect the public and staff, patients who are experiencing respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath or coughing, will be examined at another location. The Keokuk Clinic will reopen temporarily May 18 for examination of patients with respiratory symptoms, which may indicate COVID-19. The address is 1603 ...

  • Great River Medical Center to Resume Some Services

    Great River Medical Center is beginning to lift its temporary restriction on appointments and procedures due to COVID-19 precautions. This includes outpatient occupational, physical and speech therapy, mammography and DEXA bone-density scanning. Some clinics also are resuming appointments. Great River Health Fitness will announce its reopening plan soon in response to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ ...

  • Great River Friends Awards $12,000 in Scholarships

    Great River Friends recently awarded $12,000 in scholarships to students pursuing health care careers. Twelve $1,000 scholarships were given in two categories. Scholarships for high school seniors were awarded to: Elena AbouAssaly, Burlington Community High School, pre-medicine, University of Iowa Kendall Dascher, homeschooled, nursing, Truman State University Allyson Farley, New London High ...

  • Great River Health-Keokuk Changes Hours, Adds Visitor Restrictions

    Great River Health-Keokuk has made changes in its ongoing effort to prevent or reduce transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the community. Patients who have symptoms of the disease – cough, difficulty breathing or fever – will be seen by a health care provider in a designated area of the clinic. Everyone, including staff, is screened before entering the building. Patients with ...

  • 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.

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