Community Health Needs Assessment – Davis County

Davis County Hospital & Davis County Public Health Conducting Community Health Needs Assessment

 Davis County Hospital and Davis County Public Health are working together to complete the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for Davis County.

Completing a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is a federal requirement for non-profit hospitals, and must be completed at least every three years with input from the broader community, including public health. Data from this CHNA survey will help health care providers and community organizations improve the overall health and wellness of our community, and identify community needs, establish priorities for programs and services, and inform strategies to address gaps between critical needs and services.

All Davis County, Iowa residents and business leaders are encouraged to participate. Included in the 2018 CHNA surveys are questions dealing with community health regarding service delivery, fitness, nutrition, and access to care. All survey responses are anonymous and completing the survey takes less than 10 minutes.

If you would like to participate in the survey, please go to https://goo.gl/paiiqn. You may also fill out the survey in paper form by contacting Davis County Hospital at 641-664-7093. All surveys must be received by October 15, 2018.

Thank you in advance for your help in completing this confidential, important survey.

If you have any questions about the survey or survey process, please call Devyn Pitlick at Davis County Hospital, 641-664-2145.

 

Survey Link –> https://goo.gl/paiiqn

 

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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

CNO Receives 100 Great Iowa Nurses Award

Bloomfield, IA – A nurse at Davis County Hospital has been selected as part of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2018! Sue Pankey, Chief Nursing Officer, was named as one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses of 2018.

In all, over 500 Iowa nurses were nominated for this honor. Those nominations came in from patients, colleagues and friends. Reviewers looked for those nominees who made meaningful, lasting contributions to their patients, colleagues and the nursing profession, and are viewed as mentors to other nursing professionals. Those selected are known for their courage, competence and commitment to the field of nursing.

The nurses will be honored at the 14th annual celebration of Iowa’s Great Nurses on May 6 at the Iowa Events Center’s Community Choice Credit Union, Des Moines, Iowa. The event is a prelude to National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

Thank you for all you do for Davis County Hospital and our patients, Sue.

All nurse honorees can be found at: http://www.greatnurses.org/honorees-2/.

 

Specialty Clinic Welcomes Women’s Health Provider

Davis County Hospital is pleased to announce Melissa Gingrich, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, is joining Davis County Hospital’s Specialty Clinic provider group. Melissa is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) with Ottumwa Women’s Health Clinic, who will see patients at Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield every Friday. Melissa specializes in Women’s Health including gynecology, prenatal/postnatal care, contraception, and well woman care.

Melissa received her Associates Degree from Indian Hills Community College, and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Iowa. She received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.

“We are extremely pleased to add Melissa to the Specialty Clinic provider team at Davis County Hospital,” stated Kirby Johnson, CEO of Davis County Hospital. “Her experience and skills are a strong addition to our talented team of providers.”

“Providing women’s health, contraception and prenatal care in Ottumwa has been my passion for the last seven years,” said Mellissa Gingrich, ARNP. “I am excited for the opportunity to expand our services and build relationships with the women in the Davis County community.”

For expecting mothers utilizing prenatal services at Davis County Hospital, they will have the convenience of receiving all services required during their prenatal appointments including pregnancy confirmation, lab draws, and ultrasounds up through 36 weeks of pregnancy, all in one location.

“We are excited to start a partnership with Ottumwa Women’s Health Clinic to provide prenatal/postnatal care, and women’s health care services to the Davis County community,” said Kirby Johnson, CEO at Davis County Hospital. “With most of our expecting moms delivering in Ottumwa, the partnership allows us to maximize local prenatal and postnatal care options right here in Bloomfield. To be able to provide this service locally for women that are planning a family, is a critical part of us keeping quality care close to home in Davis County.”

Melissa will begin to see patients at Davis County Hospital on Friday, March 2nd. To schedule an appointment with Melissa, please call 641-682-8761.

Davis County Hospital Hires New General Surgeon

Davis County Hospital (DCH) is proud to announce the addition of Dr. John Harrington, MD, General Surgeon, to their medical staff. Dr. Harrington will begin practice at DCH in the Spring of 2018.

Dr. Harrington graduated from the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID with a Bachelor of Science. He received his medical degree at Loma Linda University in California and completed his General Surgery residency at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency in Phoenix, AZ. He grew up in Idaho and has spent most of his surgical career in Nebraska. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.

“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Harrington to Davis County Hospital and to the Bloomfield community,” said Kirby Johnson, Chief Executive Officer at Davis County Hospital. “The addition of Dr. Harrington to our medical staff will increase patient access to general surgery services and will aid in Davis County Hospital’s goal of providing a continuum of care in the community.”

“I am excited to join the team at Davis County Hospital, and help further their mission of delivering high quality, patient-centered care,” said Dr. Harrington. “I went into medicine with the goal to help sick and injured people, caring for them like family, and understanding them as unique human beings. I have a heart for small town America, and look forward to serving and being available to the people of Bloomfield and the surrounding communities.”

Dr. Harrington and his wife, Stacie, have four children; Joshua, age 17; Matthew, age 14; Michael, age 10; and Brandon, age 8. In his spare time, Dr. Harrington enjoys jogging, hiking and spending time with his family. “My wife and I feel very fortunate to have been chosen to move to Bloomfield and continue to raise our family there,” commented Harrington.

“Dr. Harrington’s patient-centered mentality is exactly what the community of Bloomfield is looking for in a surgeon,” said Tom Prosapio, Davis County Hospital Board of Trustees Chair. “We are excited Dr Harrington is clearly motivated to serve our patients.”

Dr. Harrington will share on-call duties within DCH and will be available for all general surgery emergencies and accident related injuries upon his arrival.

Davis County Hospital Launches eEmergency Service

Patients who arrive at Davis County Hospital’s emergency department will now be treated by local medical providers, with assistance from an online team of board-certified emergency physicians and critical care nurses.

The new eEmergency telemedicine program, funded by a $176,091 grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Health Program, went online recently at Davis County Hospital (DCH). The facility’s medical staff is now connected with Avera Health in Sioux Falls, S.D., where emergency professionals are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Using high-definition live video and sound equipment, Avera’s eEmergency virtual team can guide nurses and emergency staff until a local physician arrives. They can also consult with doctors on difficult cases.

“Davis County Hospital is committed to providing high quality, compassionate healthcare to our patients and their families,” says Sue Pankey, Chief Nursing Officer. “The addition of eEmergency technology allows us to continue this commitment and add a new benefit of Board Certified Emergency Physician oversight and support. With this grant, DCH will be able to continue improving emergency care and has the potential to reduce unnecessary transfer to distant tertiary care centers by having oversight of Board Certified Emergency Physicians readily available via telemedicine technology. We are grateful to the Helmsley Charitable Trust for their generous support in this endeavor.”

This type of hub-and-spoke health delivery, pioneered by Avera and Helmsley, is also being used to bring pharmacy services and intensive care specialty access to rural hospitals and patients across the seven-state region.

“In rural areas such as our seven-state region, a full complement of medical services is difficult to provide, especially in emergencies,” said Walter Panzirer, a Helmsley trustee and rural South Dakota resident. “The goal of the Helmsley Charitable Trust is to make quality healthcare available regardless of geography. eCare technology can help us do that.”

The eCare programs are part of the ongoing efforts of Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program to improve the lives of rural residents in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. Other efforts include training, emergency medical care, diagnostics, cardiac care, cancer care, and research into innovations that specifically address the challenges of healthcare delivery in rural America.

 

About the Helmsley Charitable Trust

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting exceptional efforts in the U.S. and around the world in health and select place-based initiatives. Since beginning active grantmaking in 2008, Helmsley has committed more than $2 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program funds innovative projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to emergency medical care, bring the latest medical therapies to patients in remote areas, and provide state-of-the-art training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel. To date, this program has awarded more than $320 million to organizations and initiatives in the upper Midwest states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa, and Montana. For more information, visit www.helmsleytrust.org.

The Flu Shot is Still Encouraged This Season

It’s never too late to get the flu shot. With the flu activity widespread in most of the United Sates, Davis County Public Health is encouraging individuals (six months of age and older) to still get the annual flu vaccine if they haven’t yet.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is projecting that flu season could extend out until May this year, as it hasn’t peaked yet,” stated Lynn Fellinger, Davis County Public Health Manager. “Even if someone has been sick with the flu this year, and hasn’t gotten their flu shot yet, we still highly encourage them to get the flu vaccination as it protects against many types of flu, and many strains are still circulating.”
The CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older be vaccinated against the flu every year. Flu vaccines are important for everyone, especially for people who are at greater risk for complications and those who live with or care for these individuals. These groups are:

• Pregnant women
• Children younger than 5 years of age
• Adults 65 years of age and older
• People whose immune system is weakened and those with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or conditions affecting the nervous system
• People who are overweight or obese
• People who work or live in nursing homes or long- term care facilities
• Health care personnel and child care workers

Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.
“Getting yourself vaccinated also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions,” said Fellinger.

“While the flu shot has been proven to be less effective at totally preventing the flu this year, it still could lessen the severity of the illness,” commented Sue Pankey, Chief Nursing Officer at DCH. “According to the CDC, the flu vaccination may make your illness milder if you do get sick. For example, a 2017 study showed that flu vaccination reduced deaths, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, ICU length of stay, and overall duration of hospitalization among hospitalized flu patients.”

Davis County Public Health has flu vaccines available, and is available by appointment Monday – Friday. To schedule a time to receive your flu shot, please call 641-664-3629.

DCH Now Offering In-Home Sleep Studies

Davis County Hospital (DCH) is pleased to announce they’ve expanded their sleep study service line to include in-home sleep studies. In-home sleep testing is an effective, cost efficient means of diagnosing sleep-related illnesses in the comfort of your own home.

In order to diagnose Sleep Apnea or other sleep disorders, a patient must undergo a sleep study. This is typically done in a sleep lab, requiring the patient to spend the night in a lab, while equipment records his/her physiological data. This new home sleep technology, now offers patients a cost effective, easy to use, and reliable device for the home diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). A patient is usually ordered a home sleep apnea test or “sleep study” by his or her doctor who suspects that the individual has OSA.

“Research shows that an estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80 percent of the cases going undiagnosed,” stated Kirby Johnson, CEO at Davis County Hospital. “Many people are not being tested or treated because of various obstacles with overnight lab testing, and we are excited to be in a position where we can now reach out to these individuals to make testing easier. We know these services will go a long way in helping people improve their sleeping habits and enjoy a good night’s rest.”

The in-home sleep study that Davis County Hospital is now offering, has minimal equipment and measures the following biologic parameters:

  • Nasal and Oral Airflow – by a thin wire that is taped by the nose and mouth – some sensors look like an oxygen cannula.
  • Respiratory Effort – by elastic belt bands that are placed across the chest and abdomen.
  • Oximeter Finger Probe – a small clip-like device that attaches to the fingertip and emits a red light that assists in the evaluation of oxygen levels in the blood while sleeping.

“If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke,” said Tammy Smoot, Cardio-Pulmonary Manager at DCH. “This is an economical, convenient way for patients to complete their sleep study in the comfort of their own home. By increasing access for diagnosing sleep-related illnesses, conditions can be diagnosed sooner, allowing patients to receive treatment which could ultimately improve their quality of life.”

Ask your doctor today about having your in-home sleep study completed with Davis County Hospital.