News in June, 2019

  • Digestive Health Topic of June 27 Great River Medical Center Program

    Great River Medical Center physician Cara Sawyer, DO, will discuss digestive health at the next Healthy U class sponsored by Great River Medical Center. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27, in the Blackhawk Room at Great River Wellness Plaza, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington, IA. Symptoms of digestive problems including bloating, burping, gas, diarrhea, heartburn and ...

  • Great River Health System Offers Diabetes Classes in June

    Great River Diabetes Education offers four-week group diabetes classes every month. The June class will meet from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays beginning June 10. Group diabetes classes are for people newly diagnosed, making a change in treatment, or having complications or concerns. A physician referral for diabetes education is required. Class topics include: Proper eating for diabetes Managing ...

  • Great River Health System Offers Free Diabetes Program June 6

    Learn about Medicare coverage for people who have diabetes at Great River Diabetes Education’s Coffee Talk quarterly support group. The program will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at Family Medicine, Mercy-Great River Medical Center, Mercy Plaza Suite 159, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington, IA. The guest speaker will be Fred Kelly, a volunteer with the State of Iowa’s Senior ...

  • Great River Health System Names Excellence Award Winners

    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 Advanced Practice Award recognizes outstanding patient care, leadership and citizenship provided by ...

  • Hospital Communication Network to Shut Down for 90 Minutes

    Great River Medical Center’s communication network will shut down for maintenance from 2 to 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21. During this time, a cellphone will be dedicated for incoming calls. The number is 319-768-6317. Two-way radios and cellphones will be used for communication in the hospital during the downtime.

  • Great River Friends donates $22,890 to Great River Health System

    Great River Friends donated $22,890.80 to Great River Health System at its annual recognition event this month. The money will be used to fund 12 projects, including four at Great River Klein Center, a long-term and skilled nursing facility on the health system’s West Burlington Campus. All projects will enhance patient and elder experiences. One will improve staff skills, too. Virtual ...

  • Great River Health Fitness Offers Free Classes May 6 to 10

    Great River Health Fitness is offering free introductory sessions on its Pilates Reformers Monday, May 6 though Friday, May 10. A Pilates Reformer works muscle groups through smooth, continuous motions that strengthen and stabilize the body’s core. Exercises are performed in a variety of positions to develop a balanced musculoskeletal system. Exercising with a Pilates Reformer can: Develop ...

  • Great River Medical Center to Host Welcome to Medicare Seminar

    The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) will present a Welcome to Medicare seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the Oak Room at Great River Medical Center, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. The two-hour seminar will cover Medicare Parts A and B benefits, prescription drug benefits (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance. The reservation ...

  • Great River Medical Center to Host Nurses Week Candlelight Walk May 9

    In recognition of National Nurses Week, active and retired nurses are invited to participate in a candlelight walk Thursday, May 9, at Great River Medical Center, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington, IA. Participants will gather on the Cafeteria patio at 6:30 p.m., and begin the lakeside walk at 7 p.m. National Nurses Week is Monday, May 6 through Sunday, May 12. It recognizes the the contributions ...

  • Great River Health System Offers Diabetes Classes in May

    Great River 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 6. Morning classes will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning May 23. 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 Sponsors Book and Gift Fair May 7 to 10

    In keeping with its mission to support Great River Health System, Great River Friends is sponsoring a Collective Goods book and gift fair. It is scheduled in the Mercy Plaza lobby, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington, on these dates: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 9 The fair also will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 10, at ...

  • Great River Friends Awards $12,000 in Scholarships

    Great River Friends recently awarded $12,000 in scholarships to students pursuing health care careers. Twelve $1,000 scholarships were given in two categories. Scholarships for high school seniors were awarded to: Grace Dupuis, Notre Dame High School, pre-pharmacy, University of Iowa Jamie Gerhardt, Burlington Community High School, nursing, University of Iowa Zakkary Getz, West Burlington Arnold ...

  • Great River Hospice to have annual flower fundraiser

    Great River Hospice and Zaiser’s Florist & Greenhouse have teamed up for a spring flower fundraiser to benefit patients at end of life and their families. The fundraiser is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at Zaiser’s Florist & Greenhouse, 2400 Sunnyside Ave., Burlington. A portion of the proceeds from annuals and perennials sold May 1 will be donated to Great ...

  • Eye Care Topic of April 25 Healthy U Program

    Eye care is the next topic in Great River Health System’s Healthy U educational series. Jordan Gross, MD, will present the program at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25. He is an ophthalmologist at Eye Specialists-Great River Medical Center. Vision is your body’s most-dominant sense. Up to 80 percent of what you perceive comes through your sense of sight. That’s why it’s ...

  • Great River Health System Offers Diabetes Classes in April

    Great River 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 8. Morning classes will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning April 18. 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 Health System Offers April 6 Parkinson's Program

    Parkinson’s Update, a program for people with Parkinson’s, their loved ones and others, is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Great River Health System’s Wellness Plaza, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. The program will include information about treatments including deep-brain stimulation, medication and surgery, and research. It will end with a 30-minute ...

  • Balance Class Begins April 9 at Great River Health System

    West Burlington, Iowa, March 20, 2019 – A nationally recognized program that helps older adults reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels begins Tuesday, April 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 falls as controllable Set goals for increasing activity Make ...

  • Great River Friends to Hold Jewelry Fair April 3, 4

    In keeping with its mission to support Great River Health System, Great River Friends is sponsoring its last jewelry fair in April. It is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in the Mercy Plaza lobby, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. Thousands of items from Masquerade jewelry, including scarves, watches and other accessories, will be ...

  • Great River Medical Center to Host Welcome to Medicare Seminar

    West Burlington, Iowa, March 5, 2019 – The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) will present a Welcome to Medicare seminar at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in the Oak Room at Great River Medical Center, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. The two-hour seminar will cover Medicare Parts A and B benefits, prescription drug benefits (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare ...

  • Patient visiting restricted at Great River Medical Center

    Increasing flu cases in southeast Iowa reason for temporary change West Burlington, Iowa, March 5, 2019 – To protect patients, Great River Medical Center is limiting visitors until flu season ends. Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and it can lead to death. General visiting People who are 14 or younger are not allowed to ...

  • Great River Health System Offers Free Diabetes Program March 7

    DiaBingo makes learning about diabetes fun West Burlington, Iowa, Feb. 19, 2019 – 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, March 7, at Family Medicine, Mercy-Great River Medical Center, Mercy Plaza Suite 159, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington, IA. DiaBingo ...

  • Maintaining a Healthier Heart Topic of Feb. 28 Program

    Great River Health System’s Healthy U classes continue West Burlington, Iowa, Feb. 11, 2019 – Maintaining a Healthier Heart is the next topic in Great River Health System’s Healthy U educational series. The presentation at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, will help participants learn how reduce risks for heart disease and how to improve their health if they are diagnosed with a heart ...

  • Great River Health System Offers Diabetes Classes in March

    West Burlington, Iowa, Feb. 15, 2019 – Great River 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 March 4. Morning classes will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning March 21. Group diabetes classes are for people newly diagnosed, making a change in treatment, or having complications or ...

  • Pack the Gym in Pink

    Pack the Gym in Pink Feb. 13 The Fifth Annual Pack the Gym in Pink event is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Southeastern Community College’s Loren Walker Arena, 1500 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. Great River Hospice will receive money raised at SCC men’s basketball game against Illinois Central College. Admission to game is free. The Blackhawks will wear pink jerseys in ...

  • Weather Closures & Information

    Many Great River Health System clinics will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 30, because of extremely cold weather. A complete list is below. The clinics will attempt to notify all affected patients and reschedule appointments. Patients may call their provider’s office with questions. Clinics and departments that will BE CLOSED: Athletic Training Business Health Cardiology Eye Specialists Healthy ...

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