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Virginia Gay Hospital’s Sam Jirak receives 2020 All Star Award

Congratulations to Virginia Gay Hospital's Sam Jirak, ARNP for receiving a 2020 All Star Award! The All Star Award is in conjunction with the ICR Iowa Sector Board Partnerships and Kirkwood Community College working to raise awareness of career opportunities and workforce development in the ICR seven-county region (Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington counties).

FDA warns about serious problems with high doses of allergy medicine Benadryl

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that taking higher than recommended doses of the common over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medicine diphenhydramine (Benadryl) can lead to serious heart problems, seizures, coma, or even death. We are aware of news reports of teenagers ending up in emergency rooms or dying after participating in the “Benadryl Challenge” encouraged in videos posted on the social media application TikTok.
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Words on Wellness October Newsletter

Attached you will find your edition of the October 2020 Words on Wellness newsletter.Click to View.This edition features:·     Home Food Preservation: Apples and Tomatoes·     Recipe for Apple Cinnamon Bread·     Take a Hike·     Lunch and Learn! Stay well,For resources to use during the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit our Finding Answers Now page.

Sauer retires after 42 years of service

Leeann Sauer, an LPN for Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab has retired after 42 years of service. She was the longest-serving nurse at VGNR. "She dedicated her life to making the resident's lives better. Leeann has always gone the extra mile by spending time with residents, making them something that would make them smile-often on her own time. No matter what circumstance she was presented with, she led with her heart to give the best care.

Keeping the Blood Supply Safe for Patients in Need

Each year, LifeServe Blood Center performs more than one million tests on blood products collected from volunteer blood donors. Each individual blood unit is put through fifteen tests to ensure its safety! These tests are performed in a state-of-the-art laboratory to make sure every blood product is safe to transfuse to a hospital patient.

Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation asks you to “Round Up for Hope”

The Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation (VGHHCF) is partnering with Vinton’s Fareway Meat and Grocery Store from September 14-19 to raise funds in support of women’s health in Benton County. The “Round Up for Hope” campaign will collect the change when customers choose to round their transactions up to the nearest dollar amount. Those donations will be directed to the VGHHCF program, Gifts of Hope.

Generation Rx: Free Prescription Drug Misuse Education Program for Benton County

Generation Rx—a free and educational initiative to promote safe medication practices in an effort to prevent the misuse of prescription drugs, is being offered to any group in Benton County that is interested in participating. The educational program includes a short presentation on safe medication practices followed by an interactive trivia game, all in an effort to prevent prescription drug misuse.

Vinton Community Red Cross Blood Drive, September 30

The next Vinton Community Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Wednesday, September 30, at the Vinton Skate Center, 1703 C Avenue, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Due to Covid-19, please wear your mask and make an appointment at redcrossblood.org

Labor Day 2020 COVID-19 and Food Safety Guidance

As Iowans gather with their families this Labor Day to celebrate the accomplishments of American workers, and mark the unofficial end of summer vacation, IDPH reminds all Iowans that COVID-19 is still circulating in Iowa. All Iowans should continue to take precautions to protect the health of themselves and their families. Before attending a family gathering or cookout, please take a moment to review this guidance to help you understand how the virus spreads and how to protect yourself and others.

Benton County Public Health Reminds Residents to Gather Responsibly Over Weekend

As Iowans prepare to celebrate the accomplishments of American workers and mark the unofficial end of summer vacation this Labor Day weekend, Benton County Public Health urges residents to be informed about how COVID-19 spreads and steps they can take to reduce the spread of the virus. “The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus in the first place,” said County Public Health Director Katie Cox.
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