Flu Season, Women's Health & Breast Cancer Awareness Encompassed Into One Facility

Flu Vaccine

Last edition of the newsletter informed you that the Greater Regional Flu Clinics will be open as of October 1st. We are a full week into the flu clinics helping patients get their flu shots. Here are some things to keep in mind when getting ready to get your flu shot.

Greater Regional Health, in conjunction with Union County Public Health, tries to make this process as easy as possible. Union County Public Health takes appointment only for flu vaccines, with a quick call to (641) 745-0124 you can set up your appointment.

If you already a patient of the Greater Regional Primary Care Clinic no appointments are necessary. Stop by Monday through Friday during clinic hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to receive your flu shot.

Are you a patient of one of Greater Regional’s rural clinics? Easy. Go to your regular clinic and get your flu shot with no appointment necessary.

Wear your mask. Get your shot. Help protect yourself and the people around you from the flu this season and help us reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information regarding differences in the flu and the coronavirus, watch Dr. Amy Hynek McFarland, Director of Infection Prevention, share CDC recommendations pertaining to the two viruses in our latest video.

Meet. Dr. Cunningham

If you have been waiting for an alert on your phone to come across with a new newsletter from Greater Regional Health sharing more information about our newest OB/GYN provider, well this edition is for you.

Dr. Charles Cunningham is very excited to be here at Greater Regional Health caring for women’s health services to Southwest Iowa. Dr. Cunningham’s personal philosophy of caring for his patients is, “I wholeheartedly believe that communication is the key to good healthcare. If I don’t listen to your concerns, how can I even begin to address them? If I don’t make sure you understand our plan, how can I expect you to do your part? I believe in taking the time to do things right the first time.”

Dr. Cunningham goes further to explain his passion for medicine, “I am a first-generation college student who never wanted to stop learning. My mom went back to vocational school and became an LPN after my dad was injured on the job. She spent her career caring for some of our most vulnerable patients in the nursing home population. My dad was also a minister. Both of my parents put the needs of others above their own. Seeing that example of service, combined with my desire to learn and grow, led to me to medicine as a career.”

With Dr. Cunningham’s passion for medicine and his patients we thrilled at Greater Regional to have him a part of our OB/GYN service line with Dr. Donna Bennett.

“I want the community to know that they can get exceptional care at Greater Regional. I was very impressed with the robust primary care backbone, along with the large array of specialists that see patients in our organization. Most rural hospitals would love to have the breadth and depth of providers that we have here. I have worked in large and small facilities, and bigger is not always better. If patients will give Greater Regional a shot, I think they will be impressed.”

Cancer Center

During the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness is circulating across the country. Awareness that encompasses the process of prevention, detection, and treatment. The importance of you and your loved one’s health and being able to receive high quality care is a choice you need to make. What if I told you Greater Regional Health can work with you and your loved ones through prevention, detection and treatment all in one nationally recognized facility? It’s a fact.

For the third year in a row, Greater Regional Health has been nationally recognized as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital. High quality is not just a motto in Creston. We live it through our providers, nurses, staff, service lines, and access to care.

You and your loved one’s health starts with prevention. Do you have primary care provider? Have you made your annual appointment for yourself? For your loved one? We have 12 primary care providers to choose from to fit your health needs.

The next step is detection. Our radiology service line encompasses the detection you need from 3D mammography to PET scans. Monday through Friday, referral to our radiology service line is quick and easy. Our full time radiologist, Dr. Holliday, is key in getting your detection results read and back to you and your provider in a realistic time frame.

When detection results lead to a treatment plan, our Greater Regional Cancer Center right here in Creston is here for you. Our cancer center has the same oncologists that you would see up in Des Moines at MercyOne Cancer Center, right here in our facility. The same machines and treatments you would receive in Des Moines, are right here. The same staff that led you through your prevention and detection stages, are right here through your treatment.

Greater Regional Health is excited for the opportunity to serve you and your loved ones through all stages of your life’s journey.