Author: Virginia Gay Hospital

Scam Alert: Be aware of Caller ID Spoofing in this area

People are receiving calls from scammers using altered caller ID to make it falsely appear that Virginia Gay Hospital is the caller. The scammers try to sell products or sometimes attempt to gather sensitive personal information. No one from Virginia Gay Hospital or Clinics will ever call you to sell something. If you get such a call you can be certain it is a scam. If you are at all concerned about the source of the call please ask for the person’s name, hang up, and call Virginia Gay at 472-6200 to ask for that person. If the caller won’t leave a name or they attempt to pressure you into talking with them it is a scam. Using a false caller ID in an attempt to scam someone is a violation of the Federal Truth in Caller Act and is a crime. Theft of personal and financial information is a crime as well. You can report scam calls to the Federal Trade Commission at 877-382-4261 or at...

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Virginia Gay Hospital celebrates National Blood Donor Month at January blood drive

Since 1970, January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month to remind the public about the importance of donating blood. This is also a time to thank blood donors for the vital role they play in providing a safe and adequate blood supply to hospitals within their communities like Virginia Gay Hospital. Virginia Gay Hospital is hosting a community blood drive with LifeServe Blood Center on Tuesday, January 23 from 1:00-5:30 pm. The drive will be held in the cafeteria located on the lower level of the hospital at 502 N. 9th Avenue, Vinton. Blood is living tissue that cleans and nourishes the human body while also fighting infections, healing wounds and performing many other vital functions for the human body. It is a fragile substance that cannot be manufactured and can only be stored for a very limited time. There is no substitute for blood. Donors are the only source of blood for patients who need it. 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 an added “thank you” for...

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I <3 Nursing!

(This article is part of Virginia Gay Hospital’s bi-annual publication, “Thrive” Fall/Winter 2017 issue and has been updated. An online version of the entire publication can be found at https://myvgh.org/thrive/) TYLER HENKLE IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND LOVING EVERY MINUTE! For Tyler Henkle the transition to being one of Virginia Gay’s only male clinic nurses has been fulfilling and smooth. “I have experience working as a CNA in a nursing home and working as a nurse in long-term care as well,” says Tyler. “Before that, one of my experiences was compounding sterile IV medications for home infusion. I worked in Cedar Rapids and wore a sterile gown, sterile gloves, and worked in a sterile room. Supplies would come into the room with instructions for making the medication; I would follow the directions, send the medication out and start over again. I often worked four hours or more without talking with anyone. My family tells me this role at the Vinton Family Medical Clinic fits my personality much better.” There are a number of things Tyler especially enjoys about working as a nurse in Virginia Gay’s Vinton location. “On a practical level I enjoy the four block commute instead of the drive to Cedar Rapids,” explains Tyler, “and I also like the benefits we have as employees of Virginia Gay. It’s the best of both worlds really, working close to home...

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Virginia Gay Home Health says “Thanks!”

The Virginia Gay Hospital Home Health Agency is extending their gratitude and appreciation to everyone for the success of their 4th Annual “Angel Tree”. They were able to collect and distribute gifts for a total of 57 clients this year. “Once again we had an amazing response from employees at Virginia Gay Hospital and our community. Every client got a gift and we are so thankful for everyone’s generosity. It truly warms our hearts being able to share these gifts with our clients and seeing their face light up when they receive the gifts,” states the Director of Home Health/Public Health, Melissa Smith, RN, BSN. In addition, to the individual donations received, members of Revolution Church, located in Vinton, generously donated multiple boxes of items so the Home Health department was able to give their clients multiple gifts in addition to their “Angel Tree” gifts. “You have truly helped make Christmas a special time for our clients,” Smith continued, “Each person gave so willingly, and we thank you for your generosity!” Read more about this year’s VG Home Health Angel Tree program...

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Conquering Diabetes Family Style

(This article is part of Virginia Gay Hospital’s bi-annual publication, “Thrive” Fall/Winter 2017 issue. An online version of the entire publication can be found at https://myvgh.org/thrive/) A Type II Diabetes diagnosis gave Maureen Haisman and her family an opportunity to get serious about healthy habits and good nutrition. When she received a diagnosis of Type II diabetes, Maureen Haisman felt like it was the beginning of the end. “My dad was diabetic and my mother’s family had a history of diabetes,” explains Maureen. “My sister is diabetic as well. I knew that if I didn’t do something, diabetes was going to kill me.” There are two types of diabetes. Telling them apart can be confusing because both involve imbalances of insulin, but the differences are important to understand. Your body breaks food down and in the process of digestion, glucose is secreted by the pancreas. The energy for life comes from insulin moving glucose from the bloodstream into the cells. Type I diabetes, also known as “juvenile diabetes” because it is most commonly diagnosed in children, occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin. Treating this condition requires close monitoring of glucose levels in the blood and administration of insulin through shots or an insulin pump. Type II diabetes is the result of a complex interplay between obesity, carbohydrates and sugar, and genetic predisposition, resulting in either insulin resistance or...

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Weeknight Wonders

(This article is part of Virginia Gay Hospital’s bi-annual publication, “Thrive” Fall/Winter 2017 issue. An online version of the entire publication can be found at https://myvgh.org/thrive/) As the weather starts to nip at your nose but your schedule doesn’t slow down, it is always good to have a couple healthier meal options ready to go, whether it’s using the crock pot or having it prepared ahead of time so you just need to pop it in the oven! Crock-Pot Chicken Carrot “Noodle” Soup 8 c. chicken low sodium broth/stock 1 c. celery, sliced thin 1 c. yellow onion, diced small 1 garlic clove, minced 3 bay leaves 1-2 garlic cloves, diced small ½ tsp. dried thyme, or 2 tsp. fresh thyme 3-4 large boneless chicken breasts (bone-in creates more flavor) 2½ c. shredded thin carrot “noodles”* salt and pepper to taste *Use a Spiralizer to create curly carrot “noodles” from peeled, large carrots; you can also use zucchini or any other root vegetable of your choice. In 4½ to 6-quart slow-cooker, add broth, celery, onions, garlic, bay leaves, and thyme. Then add raw chicken. Cover slow- cooker. Cook on low 8-10 hours or high 4-5 hours. Transfer cooked chicken to cutting board. Remove bay leaves from soup. Add carrot “noodles” to slow-cooker; cover with lid and cook 30 additional minutes. While carrot “noodles” cook, chop meat to bite size pieces....

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Virginia Gay Hospital takes workforce shortage concerns to Washington DC

Robin Martin represented Virginia Gay Hospital in Washington, DC recently as part of group of education and business leaders from across the nation to discuss workforce needs, concerns about workforce shortages and the need for training to increase the pipeline of employees for in-demand positions with congressional offices. They were sponsored by Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU) and National Council of Workforce Education. Martin was joined by Amy Lasack (Kirkwood Community College) and Amanda Russell (Bazooka Farmstar) and met with Senator Joni Ernst, Representative Dave Loebsack and staffers for both Representative Rod Blum and Senator Chuck Grassley on the trip that took place the first week of December. BLU is comprised of employers from a range of industries across the nation who are concerned about our nation’s skills gap, who are working with local partners to train and hire community residents for skilled jobs, and who want our country’s policymakers to follow suit and invest, aggressively and effectively, in the skills of America’s workers. The collaboration between NCWE and BLU allows community colleges to leverage the employer voice as a messenger, to talk about what business truly needs when it comes to training, and how federal policies can better support access to job-driven training and credentials for their current and future workforce. For more information on policy briefs, click on the following links: Making Pell Grants Work...

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VGH Home Health Agency sponsors Fourth Annual “Angel Tree”

Virginia Gay Hospital Home Health Agency has announced that for the fourth year, they will again be hosting an “Angel Tree” to benefit those they currently serve. The community is invited to help make the season brighter for a Home Health patient by purchasing a new gift for an angel that’s been selected from the “Angel Tree” located at Virginia Gay Hospital on the main floor, behind the front registration desk, near the elevator. Tags will be displayed on the tree starting Monday, December 4. Wrapped gifts should be returned to the hospital’s lobby desk by Monday, December 18. Those interested in helping are asked to select a tag from the “Angel Tree,” purchase and wrap a new gift from the suggestions listed on the tag.  Donors are cautioned that used items of any condition cannot be accepted, nor can monetary donations. If multiple items are being donated for the same angel, you are asked to package them together securely along with the tag. This ensures the right gift(s) get to the right angel. Melissa Smith, RN, BSN, Director of Home Health/Public Health explains, “ We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of giving by members of our community in the past couple of years and we are excited to help our clients have another joyful, meaningful Christmas again this year. Many of our clients, who all live in...

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Everything you thought you knew about “Owies” is wrong

Legions of kids grew up with the wisdom of allowing a skin injury to “dry out” so a scab could form. A common phrase was that the scab was “nature’s bandage.” If you were one of those kids, or you’ve been teaching your kids the same thing, it’s time for a better way to heal wounds more quickly and with less risk of infection and scarring. Virginia Gay Hospital’s wound clinic is offering patients the opportunity to receive ongoing wound care without time-consuming travel. Serious wounds often require professional monitoring and frequent changes to the treatment plan as the injured area changes over time. Patients who have experienced treatment for serious wounds know about the weeks or months sometimes required for healing. Virginia Gay Hospital nurse Melissa Sivola, RN, WCC, is a trained wound care provider. Here are some of her tips for better wound care. A covered wound helps tissues stay at the moisture level and temperature of the surrounding healthy skin: the optimum environment for the enzymes and cell functions important in wound healing. It can take as many as four hours after changing a dressing for the wound to return to optimum conditions, and the delay slows wound healing. Tissue cooling also leads to an increased risk of infection by causing constriction of the vascular network. Vascular constriction, whether from smoking, lymphedema, or cooling decreases the...

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Virginia Gay Hospital’s Holiday Tree Walk inspires donations

The Eighth Annual VGH Holiday Tree Walk is now complete. Thanks to the generosity of this year’s title sponsor, Farmers Savings Bank & Trust and a host of other area individuals and businesses who both donated and bid on the numerous holiday items on display almost $9,000 was raised for the Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation’s Annual Tree of Lights Campaign. As in year’s past, the hospital’s lobby was decked out in a grand array of holiday decorations from November 1 until November 22. The public was then able to tour through and place silent auction bids on their favorites until bidding ended as it traditionally does promptly at 5 pm on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. This allows winning bidders the opportunity to take home their purchases and use them for this year’s decorating. “We raised $8,970 for our Health Care Foundation,” states Kim Frank, Human Resources Director for the hospital and one of the organizers of this yearly event. “But we also raised the spirits of both patients and staff. It’s tough to have a loved one in the hospital, especially this time of year. This is one way we can support our community’s commitment to providing excellent health care, and maybe brighten someone’s day in the process.” For a complete list of those who donated trees as well as the winning bidders, visit this link on...

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Tree of Lights Annual Campaign celebrates 25th Anniversary

(This article is part of Virginia Gay Hospital’s bi-annual publication, “Thrive” Fall/Winter 2017 issue. An online version of the entire publication can be found at https://myvgh.org/thrive/) Hard work and dedication have created a giving tradition spanning twenty-five years The annual fundraising campaign known as the Tree of Lights is in its 25th year. The campaign that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars during the last quarter century began with the hard work of Ruth Mayhew. Mike Riege, Virginia Gay Hospital Administrator, remembers Ruth fondly. “Ruth was my Administrative Secretary until her retirement in 1999,” explains Mike. “She was a tireless worker filling the roles of secretary, Board Secretary, human resources duties, payroll clerk and benefits administrator. Granted we were a lot smaller then, but it was still a lot of work that three full-time people do now. It was Ruth’s idea to start the Tree of Lights back in 1992. She was very proud of her work at the hospital and her part in reopening of the Youngville Café at the intersection of the Lincoln Highway (now highway 30) and Highway 218.” The photo of Ruth and her husband George was the last one taken of them together and was provided by her son Jim Mayhew. Jim says, “I still hear stories about my mom and dad from people I meet who worked with them or knew them personally.”...

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Giving Opportunities with Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation

(This article is part of Virginia Gay Hospital’s bi-annual publication, “Thrive” Fall/Winter 2017 issue. An online version of the entire publication can be found at https://myvgh.org/thrive/) We believe the legacy of Virginia Walcutt Gay’s establishing donation is still alive in every act of generosity bestowed on Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics. Virginia moved back to Ohio to be close to family after the death of her husband. Her gift arrived 38 years after she had moved from the community. Worth more than $1 million when adjusted for inflation, Virginia’s gift surprised Vinton, a community without a hospital but a community Virginia held close to her heart. “I have an affection for Vinton and its people because most of the years of my life were spent in it and among its people. They were my happiest years.” — Virginia Walcutt Gay Generosity is an integral part of health care in a small community We live in a troubled world where humanitarian disasters that might have escaped our attention in times past now instantly grab headlines, often on our smartphones. When disasters strike we want to help, and as a nation our citizens are often extremely generous. It’s also true that very personal disasters of all kinds befall friends, neighbors and loved ones every day, but meeting those needs is sadly often more complicated. If someone can’t afford a necessary diagnostic test,...

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