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Lung Cancer Screening Now Available at DCH

Bloomfield, IA – Davis County Hospital (DCH) is pleased to announce they’ve expanded their Medical Imaging service line to include a Lung Cancer Screening Program.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has found that having a low-dose CT of the chest in patients at high risk for developing lung cancer, reduces their mortality by 20 percent. As a result of NCI findings, Davis County Hospital has created a Lung Cancer Screening Program for individuals at high risk for developing lung cancer.

“Lung Cancer is the most common type of cancer in American men and women,” said Susan Haskell, Medical Imaging Manager at DCH. “It is also the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. and the world. More people in American die from lung cancer alone than prostrate, breast, and colon cancers combined. Most lung cancer cases are linked to tobacco smoking.”

Davis County Hospital’s lung cancer screening program works to detect lung cancer at its earliest stages and help patients get access to life-saving care as quickly as possible. Davis County Hospital’s dedicated Lung Coordinator works in collaboration with patient’s providers to evaluate participants for lung cancer risk, schedule those at high risk for screening tests (CT scans), and assure referrals for necessary follow-up care are made with minimal delays.

Screening Eligibility

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network has developed Guidelines to screen for individuals who may be at high risk. Risk factors include:

  • Age 55-77
  • A current smoker or have quit within the last 15 years
  • Have a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (for example, 1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 years etc.)
  • No current symptoms

Ask your provider today about starting your lung cancer screening program at Davis County Hospital.

Walk-In Clinic Hours Discontinuing

Wednesday, July 18th will be the last day of the Walk-In Clinic hours at Davis County Hospital Medical Associates. The Walk-In Clinic will remain open for its regular hours, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7am-9am, and 5pm -7pm until that date. The number of patients utilizing the Walk-In Clinic has been low since its opening in November of 2017, averaging only 2-3 patients per week, and the volume has not grown.

“While we have tried to expand access, and move towards additional walk-in clinic hours, we have not seen an increased usage with these extended times,” stated Catherine Hillestad, Interim CEO. “Since opening the Walk-In Clinic in November, we have seen less than 200 patients, which is not a sustainable option moving forward. We want to ensure that options such as a walk-in clinic, or extended hours, are being utilized to their best potential for our patients and community, as well as the best use of our resources.”

“Access to high quality care for the Davis County community remains a priority, therefore we are continuing to look at additional opportunities for patients to receive care outside regular business hours,” said Hillestad.

With the closing of the Walk-In Clinic, Davis County Medical Associates continues to encourage customers to utilize the extended appointment hours available, including same day appointments. Haleigh Skaggs, Family Practice Nurse Practitioner has appointment times available including some evenings, an early morning, and the lunch hour.

To schedule an appointment, you can contact Davis County Hospital Medical Associates at 641-664-3832. Davis County Hospital Medical Associates is located within Davis County Hospital at 509 N Madison, Bloomfield.

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DAISY Award 2018

Hannah Eastlick, LPN at Davis County Hospital Recognized for DAISY Award

Bloomfield, IA – Hannah Eastlick, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the Medical Associates primary care clinic at Davis County Hospital (DCH), was one of the Mercy Health Network Hospital recipients of this year’s DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Hannah was presented the award at the annual DAISY Award Celebration held on June 15th at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

The DAISY Award is in recognition of a young man, Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 related to an auto-immune disorder that took his life in just eight weeks. His family was so impressed with the level of knowledge, expertise and compassion they experienced with the nursing staff that they wanted to establish a forum to provide ongoing recognition of the extraordinary work nurses do every day. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

Davis County Hospital participates in the DAISY Award program each year, which gives patients, community members, and coworkers the opportunity to nominate a nurse who has gone above and beyond by showing compassion and skill. Six Davis County Hospital nurses were nominated this year, and through a voting process, DCH team members selected Hannah Eastlick, LPN as the recipient of this year’s DAISY Award.

Pictured: Hannah Eastlick, LPN and Beverly Oliver, ARNP