News in May, 2018

  • Great River Health System names excellence award winners

    West Burlington, Iowa, May 18, 2018 – Great River Health System presented Excellence in Practice Awards Thursday, May 17, to six employees and one physician who have shown exemplary practice or performed specific deeds that exceed expectations to help patients, patients’ families, coworkers, the community or their professions. The Clinical Excellence Award recognizes outstanding ...

  • Better sleep topic of May 24 Great River Health System program

    Sleep is as important as diet and exercise

    West Burlington, Iowa, May 9, 2018 – Great River Health System’s educational series for women and men continues at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24. Great River Sleep Disorders Center Medical Director Anil Dhuna, MD, will discuss how to get a better night’s rest. Sleep is as important to good health as diet and exercise. Light snacks will be available. The registration deadline is ...

  • Great River Health System offers diabetes classes in June

    West Burlington, Iowa, May 10, 2018 – Great River Health System-Diabetes Education offers four-week group diabetes classes every month. The next afternoon series will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays beginning June 11. Morning classes will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning June 14. Group diabetes classes are for people newly diagnosed, making a change in treatment, or having ...

  • Eads named Great River Health System EXCEL Service Hero

    Nominated for exceeding Cafeteria customers' expectations

    West Burlington, Iowa, May 9, 2018 – Jimmy Eads, Nutrition Services, has been named an EXCEL Service Hero at Great River Health System. The health system recognizes employees who demonstrate actions that extend beyond routine, expected employee behavior. Criteria for the service hero award are based on the health systems’ philosophy of care. EXCEL stands for Enthusiastically friendly, ...

  • Great River Health System offers free diabetes program June 7

    Know your numbers; improve your health

    West Burlington, Iowa, May 10, 2018 – Knowing and understanding blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar numbers are critical for good health. Learn what they mean at Great River Health System-Diabetes Education’s Coffee Talk quarterly support group. It will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Great River Health System-Family Medicine, Mercy Plaza, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West ...

  • Balance class begins June 5 at Great River Health System

    Helps older adults reduce fall risks and increase activity

    West Burlington, Iowa, May 10, 2018 – A nationally recognized program that helps older adults reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels begins Tuesday, June 5. Classes in the eight-week session will be from 10 to noon at Great River Health System-Health Fitness, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. Participants learn to: View falls as controllable Set goals for increasing ...

  • Great River Medical Center recognized for delivering quality, affordable maternity care

    One of 18 Iowa hospitals to receive Wellmark designation

    West Burlington, Iowa, May 3, 2018 – Great River Medical is one of 18 Iowa hospitals to receive Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield Blue Distinction ® Center+ for Maternity Care designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. The designation helps prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality, affordable maternity care. Nearly 4 million babies are born in the ...

  • Great River Health System Junior Volunteen applications due May 18

    Summer experience set for June 11 to Aug. 3

    West Burlington, Iowa, May 3, 2018 – Great River Health System’s summer Junior Volunteen Program for youths 16 to 18 years old is scheduled from Monday, June 11 to Friday, Aug. 3. The eight-week program provides opportunities to explore health care careers, gain work experience and fulfill volunteer requirements for school and service projects. Positions for Junior Volunteens are ...

  • Sleep therapy open house May 15, 16

    West Burlington, Iowa, April 23, 2018 – Great River Health System-Heritage Medical Equipment and Supplies will host a Sleep Therapy Open House from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 and Wednesday, May 16, 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. Durable medical equipment ...

  • Great River Health System offers diabetes classes in May

    West Burlington, Iowa, April 12, 2018 – Great River Health System-Diabetes Education offers four-week group diabetes classes every month. The next afternoon series will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays beginning May 7. Morning classes will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning May 17. Group diabetes classes are for people newly diagnosed, making a change in treatment, or having ...

  • Stress and relaxation topics of April 26 Great River Health System program

    Identify stress causes and create a relaxation plan to improve your life West Burlington, Iowa, April 17, 2018 – Learn how stress affects your body, consequences of chronic stress and what you can do about it at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Blackhawk Room in Great River Health System’s Wellness Plaza, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. The program is part of the health ...

  • Boot Camp for "Franco" set for May 5

    Free exercise class honors former employee and firefighter West Burlington, Iowa, April 23, 2018 – Great River Health System-Health Fitness is offering a free community boot camp session from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, on Great River Medical Center’s Cafeteria patio, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. The class is in memory of Jim “Franco” Franciskovich, a Great ...

  • Great River Health System-Friends to hold book and gift fair May 8-11

    West Burlington, Iowa, April 19, 2018 – Great River Health System-Friends is sponsoring a Collective Goods book and gift fair in the Mercy Plaza lobby, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. The times and dates are: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 10 It also will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Great River Health ...

  • Great River Health System-Hospice to have flower sale fundraiser

    West Burlington, Iowa, April 5, 2018 – Great River Health System-Hospice and Zaiser’s Florist and Greenhouse have teamed up for a spring flower sale to benefit patients at end of life and their families. The sale is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Zaiser’s Florist & Greenhouse, 2400 Sunnyside Ave., Burlington. A portion of the proceeds from annuals and ...

  • Great River Medical Center Makes $158.2 Million Impact on Local Economy

    Iowa’s health care sector provides more than 330,000 jobs statewide Great River Medical Center generates 2,416 jobs that add $119.2 million to Des Moines County’s economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). Hospital employees by themselves spend $36.8 million on retail sales and contribute $2.2 million in state sales tax revenue. In total, Great River ...

  • Great River Health System Names Two Service Heroes

    Black and Hurt work at Keokuk clinic Kathy Black and Donna Hurt are Great River Health System’s newest EXCEL Service Heroes. They work at Great River Health System-Keokuk. Criteria for the Service Hero award are based on the health systems’ philosophy of care. EXCEL stands for Enthusiastically friendly, X-ceeding expectations, Caring and compassionate, Energetic teamwork, and ...

  • Group Diabetes Classes Begin in April

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

  • Great River Health System-Friends Sponsors $5 Jewelry Sale April 4, 5

    In keeping with its mission to support Great River Health System, Great River Health System-Friends is sponsoring its popular $5 jewelry and accessory fair in April. It is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the Mercy Plaza lobby, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. Thousands of items from Masquerade jewelry, including scarves, watches and ...

  • Medicine is Topic of March 29 Healthy U Program

    Third topic in Healthy U series for women and men Great River Health System’s educational series for women and men continues at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29. Pharmacist Matt Shivers will discuss how to take medicines properly, commonly prescribed and new medicines, the opioid crisis and medications shortages. Light snacks will be available. The registration deadline is Monday, March 26. ...

  • Balance Class for Older Adults Begins March 27

    A nationally recognized program that helps older adults reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels begins Tuesday, March 27. Classes in the eight-week session will be from 10 a.m. to noon at Great River Health System-Health Fitness, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. Participants learn to: View falls as controllable Set goals for increasing activity Make changes to reduce fall risks ...

  • Luxury Linen Sale March 13, 14

    Great River Health System-Friends sponsors fundraiser to support health system Great River Health System-Friends is sponsoring a luxury linen sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 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 ...

  • Great River Health System Leader Receives Patriot Award

    Great River Health System Director of Rehabilitation Services Jeffrey Taeger has recently received a Patriot Award for his efforts in supporting an employee who serves in the Army Reserve. The award was given by the Iowa chapter of Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve. Taeger was nominated by Maj. Craig Murphy, a Great River Health System physical therapist. Murphy participated in the ...

  • Rice Named EXCEL Service Hero

    Taylor Rice, Women and Family Center, has been named an EXCEL Service Hero at Great River Health System. The health system recognizes employees who demonstrate actions that extend beyond routine, expected employee behavior. Criteria for the service hero award are based on the health systems’ philosophy of care. EXCEL stands for Enthusiastically friendly, X-ceeding expectations, Caring and ...

  • Hospice Volunteer Training Begins April 4

    Great River Health System-Hospice is looking for additional volunteers to help meet the needs of people at end of life and their families in Des Moines, Henry, Lee and Louisa counties. A four-part training is scheduled from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25 at Great River Health System-Hospice House, 1306 S. Washington Road, West Burlington. Hospice volunteers primarily are ...

  • Great River Health System Offers Free Diabetes Program March 1

    Improve blood sugar with simple diet changes Simple Swaps is the title of Great River Health System-Diabetes Education’s Coffee Talk quarterly support group. It will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Great River Health System-Family Medicine, Mercy Plaza, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington, IA. Certified diabetes educator Tess Yakle, RN, MNHP, will discuss making simple food ...

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