News in December, 2016

  • Great River Health Systems recognizes EXCEL Service Heroes

    Great River Health System recognized seven EXCEL Service Heroes in 2016. They were: Julie Brooks, Heart and Vascular Center Jessica Cramsey, The Keokuk Clinic Angie Deggendorf, Great River Nephrology Gary Elises, Great River Business Health Heather Mosley, Great River Business Health Codianne Thompson, Intensive Care Unit Margo White, Great River Klein Center Service Hero awards are given to ...

  • Dr. Lazar to join Great River Cardiology

    Cardiologist Anthony Lazar, M.D., will join Great River Cardiology Monday, Jan. 2. He has been on Great River Medical Center’s medical staff and in private practice in the Burlington area since 1983. Great River Cardiology is in Eastman Plaza Suite 109, 1223 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. The telephone number is (319) 768-1820. The other physicians in the group are Abdullah Alwahdani, M.D.; ...

  • Great River Health Systems offers diabetes classes

    Great River Diabetes Education Program offers four-week group diabetes classes every month. The next afternoon series will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 9. Morning classes are from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning Jan. 19. Group diabetes classes are for people newly diagnosed, making a change in treatment, or having complications or concerns. A physician referral for diabetes ...

  • Great River Friends to hold book and gift fair Dec. 7 to 9

    In keeping with its mission to support Great River Health System, Great River Friends is sponsoring a Collective Goods book and gift fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Great River Klein Center, 1307 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. It will continue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in the Mercy Plaza lobby, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. ...

  • Great River Friends Love Trees remember, honor loved ones

    The holiday season is a time of remembrance, and Great River Friends offers an opportunity to help. Loved ones are remembered and honored each year through its Love Tree program. Their names will be placed on donors’ choice of three trees at Great River Health System. With donations of $25 or more per person, name cards will be accompanied by ornaments. Love Trees are in: Great River Hospice ...

  • Great River Health Systems to host blood drive Nov. 23

    Someone in the U.S. needs blood every other second. Although nearly 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent do. There is a greater need for blood during the holidays because traumatic accidents increase while donations decrease. Great River Health System is hosting a “Give Thanks, Give Blood” drive from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, in ...

  • Family volunteer fair planned for Nov. 19

    Individuals and families are encouraged to attend the Thanks for Giving Volunteer Fair between 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Mercy Plaza lobby, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. More than 20 community organizations will be at the fair to increase awareness of their services and recruit volunteers of all ages. They include: Arts Community pride Conservation Education Fitness Health ...

  • Sleep therapy open house Nov. 16, 17

    Heritage Medical Equipment and Supplies will host a Sleep Therapy Open House from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 17, at 624 S. Roosevelt Ave., Burlington. Staff will provide free maintenance checks on CPAP and BiPAP machines, and a variety of mask styles will be on display. Besides have sleep-therapy equipment checked regularly, users should: Wash masks daily to help ...

  • Vein health topic of Nov. 15 Great River Health Systems program

    Cara Sawyer, D.O., Great River Surgeons, will discuss vein health as women age at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. The final program in this year’s Red Hot Mamas series will be in the Blackhawk Room on the lower level of Great River Wellness Plaza, 1401 W. Agency Road, West Burlington. Veins carry blood to the heart. They can weaken and reduce circulation as people age. Without care, aging veins ...

  • Great River Friends sponsors luxury linen sale Nov. 14, 15

    Great River Friends is sponsoring a luxury linen sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Great River Medical Center’s lobby, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. Items include sheet sets in sizes from extra-long twin to California king, Sherpa throws and blankets, imitation mink blankets, quilt and ...

  • Great River Health Systems offers Men's Health Fair Nov. 19

    Great River Health System is bringing information about men’s top health issues to one location. A Men’s Health Fair is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Great River Family Practice Clinic, 1225 S. Gear Ave., Suite 159, Burlington. A light breakfast and door prizes will be available. Topics and speakers will be: 8:30 a.m. – Heart Health, Walid Saad, M.D., Great ...

  • Painting parties coming to Mercy Plaza Nov. 10 and 12

    Great River Friends and the Art Center of Burlington are offering Painting in the Plaza in November. Art center instructors will guide participants in painting a creative heart or whimsical winter scene on canvas. Two sessions are offered: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, or 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Mercy Plaza lobby, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. The $40 cost includes ...

  • Miles & Memories 5K Run/Walk benefiting Great River Hospice set for Nov. 5

    The ninth annual Miles & Memories 5K Run/Walk (previously named the Great River Hospice Fun Run/Walk) is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, on Great River Health System’ campus, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. The event is presented by Two Rivers Financial Group. Proceeds will support Great River Hospice House. People who are visiting Great River Health System during the run/walk ...

  • Great River Health Systems offers Men's Health Fair Nov. 19

    Great River Health System is bringing information about men’s top health issues to one location. A Men’s Health Fair is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Great River Family Practice Clinic, 1225 S. Gear Ave., Suite 159, Burlington. A light breakfast and door prizes will be available. Topics and speakers will be: 8:30 a.m. – Heart Health, Walid Saad, M.D., Great ...

  • Great River Health Systems craft fair scheduled Nov. 10

    Great River Health System’ Employee and Volunteer Craft Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Mercy Plaza, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. Handmade items will include baby bedding, candles, deer antler lamps, greenery and wreaths, greeting cards, home and holiday décor, jewelry, leather goods, lotions, ornaments, tree skirts, tutus and bows, and walking ...

  • The Keokuk Clinic offers program on contraception choices Nov. 8

    The Keokuk Clinic will present a program on contraception choices from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Room 406 on Southeastern Community College’s Keokuk campus, 335 Messenger Road. Women’s health nurse practitioner Laura Martin will discuss more than 10 options. A free light lunch will be available. Reservations are requested, but not required. Register online at ...

  • Balance class begins Nov. 1 at Great River Health Fitness

    Great River Health Fitness offers A Matter of Balance, an eight-week program that helps older adults reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. A new session will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. Matter of Balance is a nationally recognized program developed at Boston University. Participants learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to ...

  • Great River Orthopaedic Specialists adds second location

    Seymour Foot and Ankle Center joined Great River Health System Monday, Oct. 3. The Mount Pleasant, Iowa, clinic has been renamed Great River Orthopaedic Specialists. The clinic’s providers are podiatrists Micki Gerdes-Boelens, D.P.M., and Tiffany Hauptman, D.P.M. Dr. Hauptman has been on the health system’s medical staff since 2001. Dr. Gerdes-Boelens joined in 2006. Great River ...

  • Great River Friends to hold jewelry fair Oct. 19 to 21

    In keeping with its mission to support Great River Health System, Great River Friends is sponsoring its last jewelry fair of the year. It is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 and Friday, Oct. 21, in the Mercy Plaza lobby, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. Thousands of items from Masquerade jewelry, including scarves, watches and other ...

  • Depression topic of Great River Health Systems program Oct. 27

    Psychiatrist Amanda Winters, M.D., of Great River Women’s Health will discuss depression at 5:30 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 27. The ninth program in the 10-month Red Hot Mamas series will be in the Blackhawk Room on the lower level of Mercy Plaza, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. Women are twice as likely to have depression as men of the same age, and menopause contributes to depression. It can ...

  • Great River Gift Shop to have trunk show Sept. 29

    Great River Gift Shop will host a fashion accessory trunk show from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Select items will be discounted 20 percent. The gift shop is in Great River Medical Center’s lobby, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington, Iowa. The trunk show is sponsored by Great River Friends, a community of donors and volunteers who support Great River Health System with their gifts of ...

  • Hot flashes topic of Great River Health Systems program Sept. 29

    Kimberly Marshall, M.D., Great River Women’s Health, will discuss hot flashes at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. The eighth program in the 10-month Red Hot Mamas series will be in the Blackhawk Room on the lower level of Mercy Plaza, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. About 75 percent of women have hot flashes, mostly as they begin their menopause journeys. They often continue for several ...

  • Great River Medical Center invites inpatient rehabilitation patients to dinner

    Twenty years ago, Great River Rehabilitation Services threw a party at the request of former patients. After being discharged from the hospital, the patients wanted to return to show the skills they had continued to regain after going home and see friends made during their stays. The party has become a fall tradition. This year’s party is set to begin with social time at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, ...

  • Health system offers sports medicine clinic for student athletes

    Two Great River Health System services – Great River Orthopaedic Specialists and Great River Athletic and Performance Center – are providing a walk-in sports medicine clinic to area student athletes. Free assessments are offered from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays, Aug. 27 to Oct. 15, at Great River Orthopaedic Specialists, Wellness Plaza, Suite 101, 1401 W. Agency Road, West Burlington. At ...

  • Thyroid problems topic of Aug. 25 Great River Health Systems program

    Hannah Heckart, M.D., will discuss thyroid disease at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. The seventh program in the 10-month Red Hot Mamas series will be in the Blackhawk Room on the lower level of Great River Wellness Plaza, 1401 W. Agency Road, West Burlington. Dr. Heckart is a family physician at Great River Women’s Health. Women are five to eight times more likely than men to develop thyroid ...

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