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Greater Regional Outreach Public Health Moves Down the Hall
Diabetes Education also moves in the Medical Arts Plaza

In October, nearly 2,000 patients visited Greater Regional Outreach-Public Health where they received a flu shot, child immunization, allergy shot or another outpatient service.

The public health office is currently located in suite 150 on the lower level of the Medical Arts Plaza at Greater Regional having moved there last year to increase convenience for the public. The goal of the public health staff is to improve the quality of life for persons of all ages through services and education provided in their homes and in the community.

However, Greater Regional announced the Department’s office will soon move to suite 105 –  just down the hall where the flu clinics and Heart and Outreach Clinics have been held the past two years.

"We'll be just inside the south entrance," said Robin Sevier, public health nurse in Union County. "This move gives our patients easier accessibility, and we'll also have a larger waiting room there, which will be better for everyone."  In addition, the space available for staff is improved.  Current space used by the Department is planned to be absorbed by Specialty Physicians due to growth in that Department.

The number of walk-in patients for child and adult immunizations, allergy shots and other services has continued to grow during the past year.  In addition, the Department assists Greater Regional Medical Clinics with a few outpatient services to add convenience for patients.  These services include allergy and testosterone shots.  In 2015, plans are to offer all immunizations at the location.

The Department plans to move Thursday and Friday this week, December 11 and 12.

Sevier added flu vaccinations are still available and recommended as the influenza virus can be life-threatening. Flu shots can be given to those sixth months of age and older. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to give 100 percent protection. For more information, call GRMC outreach and public health at 641-782-3682.

In addition to Outreach-Public Health’s move, the Diabetic Education program has recently co-located with the Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department on the second floor of the Medical Arts Plaza.  Appointments for Diabetic Education can be made by calling 641-782-3845.

Reeves Elected Fellow by American College of Physicians

Greater Regional Medical Center celebrates the accomplishment of Steve Reeves, MD, an internal medicine physician with Greater Regional Medical Clinics on being elected a Fellow in the American College of Physicians.  The Convocation ceremony will take place in April.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is the largest society of internists in the world.  Internists are unique in their focus on adult medicine and are specialists who provide nonsurgical medical care. 

Fellows in ACP are a special group of doctors who are dedicated to continuing education in medical practice, teaching, or research.  Fellowship is an honorary designation given to recognize ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine. Ultimately, it says the doctor cares about delivering good health care. “I want to be the best doctor I can be,” stated Reeves. “It took four years to achieve all the requirements.  Completing the additional education and requirements will make me better at what I do”. 

 “Dr. Reeves takes great pride in delivering best patient care and service,” stated Monte Neitzel, CEO.  “It’s great to see his talents are recognized by his peers.”

To be elected a Fellow, doctors must show that they are always growing and learning.  They may show this through such activities as teaching, being appointed to a hospital, performing public service, earning continuing medical education credits, publishing scientific articles and receiving advanced training.  They must also be recommended by other ACP Fellows who must attest to their character, ethics and excellence in professional medical activities.

Lenox Medical Clinic Welcomes New Provider
Darcy Rubenking, PA-C

Greater Regional Medical Center and Lenox Medical Clinic are pleased to announce Darcy Rubenking, PA-C will provide comprehensive family medical care for area residents at Lenox Medical Clinic beginning January 27, 2014. 

Rubenking, a Lenox native, attended the Iowa Methodist School of Nursing and Drake University where she obtained her Registered Nursing diploma.  After working as a nurse in Iowa and Nebraska, she attended the University of Nebraska Physician Assistant Program and obtained certification as a physician’s assistant in 1997. 

Rubenking has fifteen years of experience serving patients in the Corning and Bedford areas at Alegent Health. In addition, Rubenking has experience providing emergency department coverage. 

Rubenking welcomes all patients at Lenox Medical Clinic – 641-333-4545.