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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.

Greater Regional Named Top 100 Critical Access Hospital


 May 2014   Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston, Iowa, was recently named one of the iVantage HEALTHSTRONG Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States. “Greater Regional is proud of the leadership and efforts of our Board of Trustees, physicians and health care team who have contributed to our medical center achieving this designation,” said Monte Neitzel, CEO. “Our mission is to deliver the highest quality health care and service”. 

Greater Regional Medical Center scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on the iVantage Hospital Strength INDEX™. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of US acute care hospitals, and the only one to include the country’s 1,300 CAHs.

The results recognize that the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals provide a safety net to communities across rural America – measuring them across 66 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency. The list of the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at www.iVantageHealth.com.
“Rural healthcare deserves the same performance analysis as all provider performance. It plays a vital role for communities across America, serving nearly 80 million people. The services provided in rural America are similar to those needed in any major metropolitan area, yet the volumes and economic resources provide little economies of scale, making for little benefit from scale. These top 100 Critical Access Hospitals exhibit a focused concern for their community benefits and needs, regardless of scale, reimbursement and people’s ability to pay,” said John Morrow, executive vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.

iVantage is a leading advisory and business analytic services company applying Accelerated Healthcare Transformation™ and the VantagePoints™ platform to drive sustained, evidence-based results. The company’s unique combination of technology, content, and expert advisory services accelerates decision making for the new healthcare.