Author: Virginia Gay Hospital

Mediacom outage impacts VGH phone lines

Virginia Gay Hospital, Clinics, Home Health, Nursing and Rehab is currently working to implement their back-up phone system due to a fiber optic issue in Cedar Rapids with Mediacom this afternoon (12/14/16).  “We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to set-up our backup system,” says Sherri Isbell, Chief Information Officer. The public is advised to please call 911 in the event of a medical...

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Building a Strong Foundation

(Article reprinted from Virginia Gay Hospital’s bi-annual publication, “Thrive” Fall/Winter 2016 issue) Virginia Gay Hospital Healthcare Foundation is more than just the Tree of Lights annual appeal for funds each holiday season. It’s an integral part of providing healthcare in Benton County. Dr. Maggie Mangold: “Many times a parent tells me the book I shared with their child and sent home with them was their child’s first book. For parents struggling to keep the lights on and the kids fed, books can be a luxury, of both time and money. That’s why I believe in this program and am so pleased that our community and all the primary care providers at Virginia Gay support this program.” In 2014, the Foundation began raising funds to start a local “Reach Out And Read” program.  To date the program has received donations of $10,000 and has given more than 2,000 books to children visiting Virginia Gay clinics. Rick Murphy: “In 1992, my mother died of breast cancer at the age of 53. Six years later my dad died of colon cancer. Our sister Jill, always the brain in the family, switched careers to fight cancer; she became a cancer researcher. It was just five years after dad died, in March of 2003, that cancer took my sister Jill’s life when she was just 40 years old.” During the past 18 years the...

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VGH Hospital and Clinics continues transition to new healthcare information system

Patients are experiencing the need for a bit more patience at Virginia Gay’s Family Medical Clinics as a result of upgrades to health care software that will improve access to all their health information. “We’re setting-up every patient’s information when they come for their first appointment now that we’re using the new software and unfortunately, that takes more time,” explains Melissa Macku, Director of Clinic Operations, “It also means we’re not able to see as many patients as usual and that’s causing delays in getting appointments. At the same time we think it’s worth the inconvenience now because the new system is going to give our patients and our care providers access to all the health information in one place, whenever they need to access it.” Melissa also explains that while there is no good time to do a software installation, cold and flu season makes it worse. “We’ve been working on this for months. Unfortunately the hospital partner guiding us through the process, University of Iowa Health Care, and the electronic healthcare software provider, EPIC, only had this time slot available for us.” Patients of Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics will soon be able to see their own medical record 24 hours a day, 7 days a week wherever they are. Patients will be able to track their own test results and read the notes from their visits....

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VGH welcomes Julie Samora, PA-C

Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics has added another Physician Assistant to its staff. Julie Samora, PA-C, will be working in the emergency department and also as a hospitalist. Mike Riege, Virginia Gay Hospital Administrator, is pleased to welcome Julie as part of the team. “We are growing and we need to attract new providers if we are to deliver the excellent care our patients have come to expect from Virginia Gay. There are two things to be excited about with Julie’s decision to join us. First, she’s a well-qualified, bright person committed to patient care. Secondly, the advantages we offer; our quality of life and the opportunity to grow as a professional, is what attracted Julie to Virginia Gay. As a community, and as a health care community, I think we’re on the right track for a bright future.” Ms. Samora is the first of a number of new staff members being recruited and hired to expand access to health care at Virginia Gay Hospital and its Family Medical...

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