News in September, 2018

  • Great River Health System among Iowa's best workplaces for sixth year Ranking based on employee surveys

    West Burlington, Iowa, Sept. 18, 2018 – Great River Health System is one of the best places to work in Iowa, according the Des Moines Register’s 2018 Top Workplaces survey. The survey ranked 150 employers in small, midsized and large categories. The only hospital or health system named in the large-company category, Great River Health System ranked 22 nd. This is the sixth consecutive ...

  • Great River Hospice to host Sept. 21 free workshop for widows and widowers

    West Burlington, Iowa, September 12, 2018 – Great River Hospice is sponsoring a workshop to help widows and widowers cope with feelings and experiences associated with the death of a spouse. Participants will learn about legal concerns, coping skills and tips for cooking for one. Table for One: A Workshop for Widows and Widowers is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in the ...

  • Medical Explorers Open House Set for Sept. 19

    High school students take in-depth looks at health careers West Burlington, Iowa, Sept. 13, 2018 – Great River Health System’s Medical Explorers program is hosting an open house at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Walnut Room on the lower level of Great River Medical Center, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. Through Medical Explorers, high school students take in-depth looks at ...

  • Great River Health System Offers Diabetes Classes in October

    West Burlington, Iowa, Sept. 13, 2018 – Great River Diabetes Education offers four-week group diabetes classes every month. The next morning series will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning Oct. 4. Afternoon classes will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Oct. 8. Group diabetes classes are for people newly diagnosed, making a change in treatment, or having complications or ...

  • Diabetes Topic of Sept. 27 Great River Health System Program

    West Burlington, Iowa, Sept. 13, 2018 – Great River Health System’s educational series for women and men continues at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. David Carlson, MD, Great River Family Medicine, will present “Diabetes: What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You.” The program will be in the in the Blackhawk Room, Wellness Plaza, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. Light ...

  • Family Planning Clinic Open House Set for Sept. 20

    West Burlington, Iowa, Sept. 11, 2018 –Family Planning of Southeast Iowa will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at 801 S. Roosevelt Ave., Suite C, Burlington. It will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Refreshments will be available. Family Planning of Southeast Iowa provides comprehensive, confidential reproductive health care for women and men. Clinic services ...

  • Balance class begins Oct. 9 at Great River Health System

    Helps older adults reduce fall risks and increase activity West Burlington, Iowa, Sept. Sept. 17, 2018 – A nationally recognized program that helps older adults reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels begins Tuesday, Oct. 9. Classes in the eight-week session will be from 10 to noon at Great River Health Fitness, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. Participants learn to: View ...

  • Great River Health System Offers Free Diabetes Program

    DiaBingo makes learning about diabetes fun

    West Burlington, Iowa, Aug. 31, 2018 – Learn about diabetes in an entertaining game at Great River Diabetes Education’s Coffee Talk quarterly support group. The program will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at Great River Family Medicine, Mercy Plaza, Suite 159, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington, IA. DiaBingo winners will receive prizes. Reservations are required. Supportive ...

  • 60-Plus Lifestyle Expo set for Sept. 12

    West Burlington, Iowa, Aug. 31, 2018 – A 60-Plus Lifestyle Expo is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Westland Mall, 550 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. The expo is for people who are 60 years old and greater, and their caregivers. It will provide information on health care, community services, government agencies, leisure activities, senior housing, volunteer opportunities ...

  • Thyroid Awareness Topic of Aug. 30 Great River Health System Program

    About 60 percent of people with thyroid disease don’t know they have it. West Burlington, Iowa, Aug. 15, 2018 – Great River Health System’s educational series for women and men continues at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. Family physician Hannah Heckart, MD, will discuss the purpose and function of the thyroid gland, and associated problems. About 60 percent of people who have ...

  • Health System and Health Department Seek Responses to Community Survey

    West Burlington, Iowa, Aug. 16, 2018 – Great River Health System, in collaboration with Des Moines County Public Health, is conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment for Des Moines County. County residents are invited to complete a survey to help identify barriers, opportunities and issues they face when trying to improve their health. The survey is available online at ...

  • Great River Health System offers diabetes classes in September

    West Burlington, Iowa, Aug. 21, 2018 – Great River Diabetes Education offers four-week group diabetes classes every month. The next afternoon series will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning Sept. 6. Afternoon classes will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 10. Group diabetes classes are for people newly diagnosed, making a change in treatment, or having complications ...

  • Great River Klein Center Receives National Award

    West Burlington, Iowa, July 25, 2018 – Great River Klein Center has been named a 2018 Silver – Achievement in Quality Award recipient by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The award is the second of three distinctions awarded by the organization’s National Quality Award program, which recognizes dedication to improving ...

  • FMCH AND GREAT RIVER MEDICAL CENTER TO PARTNER

    West Burlington, Iowa, July 24, 2018 – Healthcare in southeast Iowa is about to get stronger. The Board of Directors at Fort Madison Community Hospital (FMCH) has signed an affiliation agreement to join Great River Medical Center as partners under the Great River Health System corporate umbrella. The agreement will become effective Wednesday, August 1. This partnership, of two independent ...

  • Great River Hospice Offers Workshop to Help Youth Overcome Loss of a Loved One

    Free event helps children know they are not alone

    West Burlington, Iowa, July 18, 2018 – Great River Hospice is hosting a free program to help youths ages 7 to 15 who have experienced a loss that has greatly affected their lives. The Climb: A Workshop to Help Youth Overcome the Loss of a Loved One is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Great River Hospice House, 1306 S. Washington Road, West Burlington. Participants will ...

  • Balance class begins Aug. 7 at Great River Health System

    Helps older adults reduce fall risks and increase activity

    West Burlington, Iowa, July 20, 2018 – A nationally recognized program that helps older adults reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels begins Tuesday, Aug 7. Classes in the eight-week session will be from 10 to noon at Great River Health Fitness, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. Participants learn to: View falls as controllable Set goals for increasing activity Make ...

  • Ophthalmologist Joins Great River Eye Specialists

    Jordan Gross, MD, is a University of Iowa graduate

    West Burlington, Iowa, July 11, 2018 – Ophthalmologist Jordan Gross, MD, has joined Great River Eye Specialists, a clinic for the treatment of diseases and other conditions of the eyes. The Great River Health System clinic is in Suite 309 in the Eastman Plaza, 1223 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington, Iowa. Dr. Gross received his medical degree from the University of Iowa, and he completed his ...

  • Joint Replacements and Alternatives Topics of July 26 Healthy U Program

    Nonsurgical treatment also can improve mobility

    West Burlington, Iowa, July 11, 2018 – Great River Health System’s educational series for women and men continues at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Theron Jameson, DO, and Lia Kempker, PA-C, will discuss joint-replacement surgery and treatment options for improving mobility and reducing pain. The program will be in the in the Blackhawk Room, Wellness Plaza, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West ...

  • Great River Health System Offers Pre- and Postnatal Workshops

    Women will learn about nutrition and exercise

    West Burlington, Iowa, July 11, 2018 – Great River Health Fitness is offering interactive pre- and postnatal workshops Saturday, July 28, in Wellness Plaza, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. The workshop for women in their first and second trimesters is scheduled from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The third-trimester and postnatal workshop will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $10 each, or $15 ...

  • Great River Health System Offers Diabetes Classes in August

    West Burlington, Iowa, July 12, 2018 – Great River Diabetes Education offers four-week group diabetes classes every month. The next morning series will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning Aug. 9. Afternoon classes will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Aug. 13. Group diabetes classes are for people newly diagnosed, making a change in treatment, or having complications or ...

  • Diabetes: You Could Be at Risk

    Ninety percent of people with prediabetes don't know it. Are you one of them?

    Take the Prediabetes Quiz Although the term “prediabetes” has existed for about 15 years, many people don’t know what it is and, more importantly, how to stop it. Having prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 10 to 30 percent of people with ...

  • Great River Sleep Disorders Center and EEG Services Reaccredited

    Sleep testing helps identify causes of sleep apnea, insomnia and other problems West Burlington, Iowa, June 28, 2018 – Three services at Great River Medical Center recently received reaccreditation. Accreditation provides independent, objective verification of quality and enhances credibility. Great River Sleep Disorders Center was granted five-year reaccreditation from the American Academy ...

  • Great River Health System offers diabetes classes in July

    West Burlington, Iowa, June 21, 2018 – Great River Health System-Diabetes Education offers four-week group diabetes classes every month. The next morning series will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning July 12. Afternoon classes will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays beginning July 16. Group diabetes classes are for people newly diagnosed, making a change in treatment, or having ...

  • Headaches are topic of June 28 Great River Health System program

    Headaches are annoying, but usually not life-threatening West Burlington, Iowa, June 15, 2018 – Great River Health System’s educational series for women and men continues at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28. Doug Peters, MD, Great River Family Medicine, will discuss causes and cures of headaches, which usually are annoying but not life-threatening. They can be caused by dehydration, ...

  • Great River Friends awards scholarships

    West Burlington, Iowa, June 7, 2018 – Great River Friends recently awarded $10,000 in scholarships to students pursing health care careers. Ten $1,000 scholarships were given in two categories. Scholarships for high school seniors were awarded to: Carleigh Cass, Central Lee High School, Pre-Medicine, University of Iowa Thea Good, Notre Dame High School, Nursing, Luther College Gunnar Hoffer, ...

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