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The healthcare team on the campus of Greater Regional Medical Center is committed to providing you with quality healthcare to help you regain your optimal level of health.

Greater Regional Medical Center is a state of the art, modern health care facility, with an Intensive Care Unit, Greater Regional Birthing Center, 24 hour Emergency Services,  Physicians Clinics, Hospice Home and a fully equipped Surgery Department.


Greater Regional
Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Outcomes

   Greater Regional Medical Center today announced it has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Outcomes, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.
   “Greater Regional is committed to providing the highest quality health care and service,” said Monte Neitzel, CEO. “Our team of providers, employees and volunteers focus and contribute daily in ensuring our mission is met.”
   The rankings have been designated by the Hospital Strength INDEX™, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX™ captures performance metrics for more than 4,000 acute care hospitals, including over 1,300 rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from 66 individual metrics into three major categories and 9 pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.
   “These top quartile performers should take great pride in this recognition. It showcases their commitment to continuous performance analysis and improvement. On this occasion of National Rural Health Day, it’s an honor to celebrate their achievement as they continue to serve their communities despite the many market, regulatory and financial pressures they face.” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.

Greater Regional Welcomes Orthopaedic Surgeon

Greater Regional Medical Center announced Ronald W. Charles, MD, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, will join the Greater Regional medical staff on November 9, 2015.   Charles specializes in adult joint replacement, knee arthroscopy, open rotator cuff repairs, fracture care and a full range of sports medicine.
Dr. Charles attended Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine in South Africa where he obtained his medical degree.  He completed his residency in orthopaedics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York.
Most recently, Dr. Charles practiced as an orthopaedic surgeon serving the Newton, Iowa hospital since 1991.  Charles has joined the Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Clinic at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston. 

The Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic provides patients with a range of orthopaedic care including arthroscopy and joint replacement as well as sports medicine services.  Combined with the Greater Regional Surgery Center, the state-of-the-art Radiology and Rehabilitation Departments and the full array of complementary services available at Greater Regional, a vast majority of orthopaedic care is now conducted locally with no need for patients to travel to a metropolitan center.  To learn more or to schedule an appointment at the clinic, please call 641-782-3887.

An open house to welcome Dr. Charles to the community will be held Monday, November 9, 2015 in the Medical Arts Plaza Conference room.  The public is invited to attend.

Services Provided
Allergy, Asthma, Immunology Outreach-Public Health Services
Ambulance/Emergency Services Pharmacy
Autologous Blood Donation Physical Therapy
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Podiatry
Cardiology Radiology
Crest Ridge Estates / Senior Housing Rehabilitation Services
Diabetes Education Respiratory Care
Dietary Services (SHIIP)
Ear, Nose & Throat Sleep Studies
EMG Testing Specialty Physicians and Services
Greater Regional Birthing Center/Obstetrics Speech Therapy
Greater Regional Cancer Center Sports Medicine
Greater Regional Hospice Home Stress Echo's
Immunizations Surgical Services
Patient Care Floor
Laboratory Urology
Occupational Therapy Vascular Studies
Ophthalmology Vein Clinic
Orthopaedics Volunteer Services

Greater Regional Welcomes Surgeon
Amy Hynek McFarland, DO

Greater Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce Amy Hynek McFarland, DO will join the Greater Regional Medical Clinic – Surgical Specialists team on September 14th. 
Hynek McFarland, originally from Ellston, Iowa grew up on a farm



Greater Regional Offers 3D Mammography

Women who undergo routine mammograms now have the latest screening and diagnostic technology available to them at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston.

Greater Regional is one of the first women's centers in Iowa to offer tomosynthesis for breast cancer screening. ,...



Greater Regional Therapists Certified Wound Specialists

Mike Bargstadt, DPT, ATC, CWS and Eric Forquer, PT, CSW, physical therapists with Greater Regional Medical Center, were recently certified as wound care specialists through the American Board of Wound Management.  The Certified Wound Specialist board certification is ...