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Virginia Gay Nursing & Rehab Administrator Mike Riege Receives Prestigious Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators

Washington, DC – May 10, 2018 – The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) honored Mike Riege, Administrator of Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab in Vinton, with the 2018 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. The award was announced during the ACHCA’s 52nd Annual Convocation and Exposition in Orlando, Florida. Fewer than 11% of facilities nationwide qualify for the award. Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab was 1 of 1,717 facilities to meet the selection criteria. The award is based on the premise that facility excellence reflects leadership excellence, and the Eli Pick Facility Award recognizes the Administrator of record who provided such leadership for the full 2017 calendar year. “I’m honored to be selected for this award,” says Mr. Riege, “but I believe Nurse Manager Jessica Henkle, RN and her staff of highly trained professionals at VGH Nursing & Rehab are the ones who deserve to be recognized. Jessica and her staff routinely earn zero deficiencies from state surveys and 5 Star ratings from Medicare for their outstanding work. I truly admire them for the consistently outstanding work they do. They care for our elders with compassion, in an atmosphere focused on dignity, and their dedication is a source of pride for our entire staff.” Eligibility for this award is based on three years of survey data, including the Health, Fire Safety, and Complaint Surveys, as well as top...

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Won’t you consider saving a life this month?

Year after year blood centers across the country see a drastic dip in donations during the warmer months due to donors’ plans for summer fun: weddings, vacations, and outdoor events take up time when donors would normally come in and make a lifesaving gift. If you’ve never donated before or it’s been awhile since you have, now would be a great time to give blood. Virginia Gay Hospital will be hosting another community blood drive with LifeServe Blood Center on Tuesday, May 22 from 1:00-5:30 pm. The drive will once again be held in the cafeteria located on the lower level of the hospital at 502 N. 9th Avenue, Vinton. Just one pint of donated blood can help up to three different people. LifeServe Blood Center and Virginia Gay Hospital rely on charitable community members to help provide blood to people in need. Giving blood is a safe, simple procedure. New blood donors who are not familiar with the blood donation process are encouraged to ask questions before, during and after their blood donation. As part of the LifeServe Blood Center’s incentive program, all summertime donors can redeem their points for a limited edition “Not All Superheros Wear Capes” t-shirt for just 200 points in the LifeServe Online Store. John’s Qwik Stop/A&W is also providing coupons for free root beer floats to donors at this blood drive while supplies...

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Grand Opening set for Vinton Family Medical Clinic

A Grand Opening celebration for Virginia Gay Hospital’s new Vinton clinic will be held Thursday, May 10th, starting with social time at 11 am. The ribbon cutting will follow at 11:30. Tours of the new facility will start after the ribbon cutting and continue until 1 pm. Light refreshments will be served in the clinic conference room located on the upper level during the event. The new clinic building has made it possible for Virginia Gay to attract two new doctors. Dr. Erica Silbernagel, D.O., husband Colman, and son Lincoln will be coming to the Vinton Family Medical Clinic this fall. She is a graduate of the College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University and the Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine. Now completing her third year of residency at the La Crosse-Mayo Family Medicine Residency, she is looking forward to her family moving into a home they recently bought in Vinton. Dr. Emily Guerber, M.D., will be joining the Vinton practice in the fall of 2019. She is also in the La Crosse-Mayo Family Medicine Residency, currently in her second year. Dr. Guerber is a graduate of Michigan State University and received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Minnesota. Her family includes husband Michael and daughter Margaret. The Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation contributed $500,000 to the construction of the new clinic from foundation...

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Virginia Gay announces extended hours for the Atkins Family Medical Clinic

Virginia Gay Hospital’s Atkins Family Medical Clinic is now scheduling appointments as early as 7:00 AM Monday through Friday and will remain open until 8:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, beginning Monday, April 30th. The clinic will close at 4 pm on Fridays. The added hours are possible as new provider Samantha Isaac, PA-C, joins the Atkins clinic with longtime Atkins provider Stephanie Vogeler, PA-C. Samantha graduated last year from the Physician Assistant program at Des Moines University. She began seeing patients at the Virginia Gay Family Medical Clinic in Vinton soon after graduating but is now accepting new patients, as well as helping make the clinic in Atkins a more convenient primary care home for Stephanie’s patients. “It’s pretty hard for people to take time off work, maybe run to the babysitter for the kids, be here for an appointment, and then try to scramble back to work,” Stephanie says. “That’s why I’m pleased that we are giving patients the chance to have an appointment at a more convenient time and still be able to maintain their relationship with one provider.” “An advantage for the patient,” explains Samantha, “is our ability to work as a team. A patient may regularly see Stephanie but have a schedule that doesn’t always allow an appointment with her. Because we share the same computerized patient record, I can see what Stephanie and the...

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Recent Measles Exposures Reported in Des Moines, Ankeny

Benton County Public Health Director, Melissa Smith, RN, BSN is making the following information available from the Iowa Department of Public Health. It contains details the public should be aware of regarding measles exposures in Des Moines and Ankeny. According the news release dated April 23, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has informed the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) of a confirmed measles case who exposed Iowans to the highly contagious disease at locations in Des Moines and Ankeny. The infectious individual from Missouri traveled through Iowa and visited the following locations. Anyone who was in the locations at the referenced dates and times was exposed to measles. Friday, April 13 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Hardees (excluding the drive-through) 3621 Merle Hay Rd. Des Moines, Iowa Monday, April 16 Noon to 4:00 p.m. Panera Bread 2310 SE Delaware Avenue Ankeny, Iowa If you were at the places during the times listed above, it is too late to receive preventive measures; therefore, if you have any symptoms consistent with measles (fever, cough, red/pink eyes, runny nose and/or a rash), call your health care provider immediately and arrange to be seen safely. Do not go to the doctor’s office, ER, local public health agency, or a walk-in clinic until arrangements are made to be seen by your health care provider in a place and manner that...

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What to Expect After a Rotator Cuff Surgery

Rotator cuff surgery is a common treatment for a torn rotator cuff. There may be some situations where surgery is the best treatment and then other cases where no surgery is needed. The surgical procedure is the most straightforward aspect of the treatment, and the rehab and recovery is the most challenging. The first days after surgery are focused on making sure your pain in under control. Your doctor may prescribe medications to help with the discomfort. Don’t forget about icing the shoulder, this will be the most important part of the pain control. You will have to wear a sling for about 3-6 weeks depending on the doctor to help support that surgical arm. You will also be told to not drive for at least 6 weeks after surgery or when your doctor clears you. Sleeping after shoulder surgery can be a challenge for everyone. Many patients find it most comfortable sleeping in a recliner in a semi-upright position. If you don’t have a recliner just get a lot of pillows and prop yourself up in bed. A sleep aid medication may be beneficial to get a good night’s sleep. The first phase of recovery is passive ROM. This is when the therapist moves your arm into all planes of motion and you relax (at least try to relax). This will allow improving the elongation of the rotator...

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Thank you to all who participated in the 4th Annual Benton County Health & Wellness Fair

The Fourth Annual Benton County Community Health & Wellness Fair was well attended by the community with over 450 people in attendance. Over 50 different displays showcased a wide range of health, wellness and community services at this one-day event. As the title sponsor, Virginia Gay Hospital is pleased to sponsor this event that provides awareness to the public of all the services available in our community. Winners of prize drawings provided by many of the participating vendors are: Prize #1 – Ted Jessen Prize #2 – Matt Stickley Prize #3 – Karrie Hamling Prize #4 – Bobbie Bell Prize #5 – Camron Hall Prize #6 – Leona Ender Prize #7 – Tammy Hepker Prize #8 – Kristie Davis Prize #9 – Calli Torres Winners may pick up their prizes at Virginia Gay Hospital. Please call Robin Martin 472-6375 with any questions. Virginia Gay Hospital extends a special a thank you to all the heroes who stepped up to make this event a great success including Dave Kelchen, Fareway Manager for providing the weather radios along with Justin Gehrtz and KCRG for programming and distributing them; Mary Jo Hainstock, Matt Kingsbury, Andrew Noe and Les Bearbower for the use of the VSHS Gym and all the efforts to make this possible; all of the VGH volunteers who gave of their time; Alan Merchant and VPRD for use and transportation...

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Do You Have To Live With Sciatic Pain?

Sciatic nerve pain (sciatica) can disturb sleep and limit mobility. But don’t jump to the conclusion that the nerve is the direct cause of your pain and that nothing will help. Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve. It originates in the lower back, travels across the buttock and hip to the lower leg. The cause can be a herniated disk, bony issues of the vertebrae, or compression of the nerve from tightness or inflammation of the muscles around the sciatic nerve. The pain from sciatica can be felt anywhere from the back to the calf area and can vary widely in intensity and frequency. It can also cause numbness. What to do about it? Seek medical care if symptoms don’t go away in a week or so. Your care provider can assess if you have a herniated disk or other issues requiring medical treatment. They can also diagnose other causes of the pain such as muscle strain, bursitis, or ITB syndrome that can mimic symptoms of sciatica. Therapy can effectively treat the cause if a herniated disc and other factors have been ruled out. A therapist will evaluate your posture and mobility. They will give you targeted stretches to perform and use manual therapy to relieve muscle spasms and pain.   A stretching program to perform at home can relieve pain and help...

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New Medicare cards are coming!

As a community service, Virginia Gay Hospital is sharing the following information about Medicare issuing new cards. Medicare is mailing out new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare starting in April 2018. See an example of the new Medicare card. 10 things to know about your new Medicare card Your new card will automatically come to you. You don’t need to do anything as long as your address is up to date. If you need to update your address, visit your mySocial Security account. Your new card will have a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number. This will help to protect your identity. Your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same. Mailing takes time. Your card may arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s. Your new card is paper, which is easier for many providers to use and copy. Once you get your new Medicare card, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new card right away. If you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO), your Medicare Advantage Plan ID card is your main card for Medicare—you should still keep and use it whenever you need care. However, you also may be asked to show your new Medicare card, so you should carry this card too. Doctors, other health care providers and facilities...

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What is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is a type of rehabilitation therapy that involves the eyes and brain to help children and adults with vision problems develop and improve visual skills. Vision therapy is offered to individuals when certain conditions cannot be adequately treated with glasses, contact lenses, patching or surgery alone. It can be a highly effective non-surgical treatment for many common visual problems. To be effective, treatments are individualized to each patient’s visual motor and/or perceptual-cognitive abilities. Common Conditions Which May Benefit from Vision Therapy Accommodative (Focusing) Disorders: This refers to when a person struggles to bring an object into focus clearly for a prolonged period of time due to muscle weakness. This causes objects to look fuzzy or blurred. Amblyopia (Lazy Eye): This is when the brain causes the person to favor one eye over the other which then suppresses images from the affected eye. Strabismus: When the eye is either constantly or intermittently turned in or out causing affected eye images to be suppressed. Convergence Insufficiency: When the eye muscles are unable to coordinate to see properly at near or far distances due to muscle weakness. Visual Processing Deficiencies: These may be due to stroke, traumatic brain injury or developmental disorders Signs You or Someone You Know May Benefit from Vision Therapy Skipping words or letters when reading or writing Reversed or substituted words when reading or writing Below...

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Virginia Gay Hospital responds to the Iowa Board of Medicine’s action against Dr. Margaret Fehrle

In response to recent media attention, Virginia Gay Hospital has issued the following statement: A recent press release from the Iowa Board of Medicine shared with many news outlets, including Vinton Today, indicated that orthopedic surgeon Dr. Margaret Fehrle will be investigated for the care she provided to 18 patients. Two of those patients were Vinton residents. We are most concerned about our patients who may now be questioning the quality of care they received, and with patients foremost in mind, we feel compelled to address this issue. We cannot ignore these allegations and the uncomfortable position it causes for patients and clinic providers. With these circumstances in mind, and in consultation with Dr. Fehrle, she will be on administrative leave until resolution of these issues. After conclusions are reached based on all the facts, we will make a decision about our future relationship with Dr. Fehrle. Dr. Fehrle’s attorney has answered the allegations with this message: “We are disappointed the Iowa Board of Medicine chose to file charges against Dr. Fehrle.  Unfortunately, the mere fact charges have been filed against her tarnishes her reputation.  Dr. Fehrle was not given ample time to complete a defense to the allegations before charges were filed.  The Iowa Board of Medicine did not obtain Dr. Fehrle’s office records in order to ensure they had all the facts, but it appears that 2...

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Virginia Gay Hospital announces the addition of a new hospitalist

Trevor Nelson, PA-C, has recently begun practicing at Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics. Trevor will be a hospitalist, and his duties will include care of hospitalized patients and emergency department duties. Trevor recently graduated from the Physician Assistant program at the University of Iowa and was a visiting student who worked for a month at Virginia Gay. Trevor grew up in northern Utah. When he was young, Trevor lived near his grandparents, about an hour from the nearest small town. While he was living close-by, his grandfather suffered a stroke. “I experienced how important it is to have access to a rural hospital when my grandfather had a stroke,” shared Trevor. “The hospital was smaller than Virginia Gay, but I saw how important it was for my family to have dedicated health professionals providing care close to our home.” After high school, while serving on a two-year religious mission to Argentina, he learned firsthand about extreme poverty. “I’d never seen anything like those conditions with so many little kids and elder adults who were very sick. People lived on dirt floors and in shacks made of crates and cardboard with tin roofs. It was eye-opening, and a blessing, to be there for two years immersed in the culture and getting to know the people. That experience,” says Trevor, “impacted me in a way that will stay with me forever....

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