At Greater Regional, our team specializes in diagnosing and treating allergies and their symptoms. Allergies are reactions of the immune system to substances that, in most people, cause no symptoms. Allergies occur due to an immune response that reacts toward natural substances in the environment the same way it would react to something harmful. The reason that the immune system reacts to a harmless substance is unknown. If you suspect you are allergic to something, it is important to get tested. Greater Regional offers environmental allergy testing and testing for penicillin allergies.
Certified athletic trainers work with area student athletes in the following athletic domains: injury/illness prevention and wellness protection, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation, and organizational and professional health and well-being. Greater Regional Health’s Athletic Training program is a service we provide to benefit coaches and student athletes. In addition to our full-time orthopedic department, we currently offer comprehensive rehabilitation and sport medicine services which are provided to personalize coverage of school based athletic programs. Click here to learn more about our athletic trainers.
Audiology is the study of hearing, balance, and related disorders. An audiologist determines whether someone has normal sensitivity to sounds. They can help with numerous ear conditions ranging from hearing loss to earwax buildup and tinnitus. Earwax buildup, for example, can make hearing difficult and cause discomfort. With expert audiology services at Greater Regional Health, you don't have to wonder where to get a hearing test or access audiology assistance. We focus on the comprehensive health care of our patients, and we are happy to offer these specialty services in Creston, Iowa. Contact us to learn more about hearing tests and hearing aids or schedule an appointment with our audiology and hearing aids center.
Greater Regional has the GE Lunar Prodigy Bone Densitometry machine. It is the most commonly used test for measuring bone mineral density. It is one of the most accurate ways to diagnosis Osteopenia or Osteoporosis. Your results from this test can be a great help as you and your physician as you monitor your treatment plan.
Business Health deals with the prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries that occur at work. Business Health and Wellness clinics are not open to the general public - they only serve employers and their employees. With onsite visits, staff can provide focused injury care that utilizes their knowledge of the working environment. Staff who work in a Business Health and Wellness clinic specialize in work-related medical care, including preventative medicine and wellness. Nurses obtain training and certification in specialty areas, such as federal drug and alcohol test collections, OSHA compliant audio-metric testing, pulmonary function testing and more.
Cardiac Rehabilitation services at Greater Regional Health are designed to help patients who are recovering from heart attacks, coronary artery bypasses, and angioplasty recover faster and return to full and productive lives. This is achieved by using a multidisciplinary approach and includes exercise, education, counseling, and learning ways to live a healthier lifestyle. Graduates of the program may continue to exercise in the Phase III maintenance program. Click here to learn more about our cardiopulmonary rehab nurses.
Children's Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy (CPAE) is a condition where an infection triggers an autoimmune reaction that targets the brain, leading to changes in neurologic function, mood and behavior. PAE includes disorders such as PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome), PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infection) and Sydenham chorea.
CT scans can detect bone and joint problems, like complex bone fractures and tumors. If you have a condition like cancer, heart disease, emphysema, or liver masses, CT scans can spot it or help doctors see any changes. They show internal injuries and bleeding, such as those caused by a car accident. During a CT scan, you lie in a tunnel-like machine while the inside of the machine rotates and takes a series of X-rays from different angles. These pictures are then sent to a computer, where they're combined to create images of slices, or cross-sections, of the body.
Dermatology is a branch of medicine that deals with the skin and diseases of the skin. Dermatologists care for people of all ages, from newborns to seniors. It is a specialty with both medical and surgical aspects.
Provided by certified diabetic educators, diabetic education includes individual sessions and classes, continuous glucose monitoring, insulin pump management and insulin starts/carbohydrate counting.
Otorhinolaryngology deals with the surgical and medical management of conditions of the head and neck. Otolaryngologists are physicians that specialize in the treatment and management of diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat, and related bodily structures. People also refer to otolaryngologists as ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctors. They provide both medical and surgical care. Ear, nose and throat issues can impact the quality of anyone's life, at any age.
Greater Regional Health's ambulance service is available 24 hours a day for both emergency and routine transport. Greater Regional Health's Emergency Department is certified as a Level IV Community Trauma Care Facility and has a physician available 24 hours a day for your immediate health care needs. Our Emergency Department has cardiac monitoring and trauma equipment, as well as direct access to helicopter transport.
Primary care and family medicine physicians deliver a range of acute, chronic and preventive medical care services while providing a patient-centered medical home. Your primary care physician will be the doctor you visit for most medical needs, including routine screenings, physicals, preventive care, medication refills, non-emergency illnesses, such as a cold, and the person you can go to about any health questions. Our family medicine and pediatric clinic provides personal, long term care for you and your family. Pediatric doctors and primary care physicians provide most of the care across the United States while providing comprehensive healthcare for people of all ages - from newborns to seniors. At the family medicine and pediatric clinic, our goal is to build long-term relationships between family physicians and patients to support their lifelong health.
General surgery requires knowledge of anatomy, emergency care, intensive care, physiology, wound healing and more. From your first visit to recovery, your general surgeon is by your side to ensure you are on the road to health. General surgeons are specially trained and knowledgeable in diagnosis, preoperative, operative and post-operative care of patients. The Greater Regional Health General Surgery Center provides general, acute care and trauma surgical services. From outpatient and minimally invasive procedures to inpatient services, our local general surgeons strive to determine the best surgical plan for each patient. From gallbladder surgery to trauma surgery, our general surgeons provide excellent care to patients in the Creston area.
The Greater Regional Hospice Home offers a home away from home to those who can longer receive care in their own homes. The home features six one-bedroom suites (a bedroom, family sitting room and private bath), a large family room for all families to enjoy, children’s playroom, meditation room, large kitchenette and a therapy room equipped with a whirlpool tub. The Greater Regional Healthcare Foundation opened the Greater Regional Hospice Home in 2008 with the intent of providing a place as comfortable as possible for those who may have a terminal illness. The home is operated by EveryStep Hospice, Iowa’s oldest and largest not-for profit, community-based hospice provider. For more information about the Greater Regional Hospice Home or EveryStep Hospice Services please call.
Infusion services refers to the administration of medications through a needle or a catheter. Although drugs are typically administered intravenously, infusion services include the administration of medication by way of intramuscular injections or epidural routes. The infusion services department provides outpatient IV infusion services such as chemotherapy, IV drugs to prevent bone loss, IV drugs for rheumatoid arthritis, Chrohn's Disease, and multiple sclerosis patients, injections of Procrit, Neulasta, and Neupogen, Aranesp, and other outpatient services. Whether needing a blood transfusion for a low blood count due to persistent anemia or chemotherapy or because of blood loss, the Infusion staff administers many blood products on a regular basis.
Internal medicine is the medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of internal diseases. Internal medicine doctors specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and illnesses that are common in adults. Also known as internists, internal medicine doctors treat the whole person, not just internal organs. Because of their extensive knowledge in diseases that affect adults, they are often called to consult other physicians to help diagnose their patients. Internists are specially trained to handle whatever problem a patient brings in, from common illnesses to puzzling, complex symptoms.
Laboratory information enables physicians and other healthcare professionals to make appropriate evidence-based diagnostic or therapeutic decisions for their patients. Clinical laboratory services are the most cost effective, least invasive source of the objective information used in clinical decision-making.
Lactation consultants are professional breastfeeding specialists trained to teach mothers how to feed their baby. They help women experiencing breastfeeding problems, such as latching difficulties, painful nursing, and low milk production. A lactation consultant also helps babies who aren't gaining enough weight. Lactation consultants help women who want to return to work or school meet their breastfeeding goals. They're familiar with breastfeeding equipment, like breast pumps, and give breastfeeding moms tips on how to safely store expressed breast milk.
Magnetic resonance imaging is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to form pictures of the anatomy and the physiological processes of the body. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients, and radio waves to generate images of the organs in the body.
Nuclear medicine is a specialized area of radiology that uses very small amounts of radioactive materials, or radiopharmaceuticals, to examine organ function and structure. Nuclear medicine imaging is a combination of many different disciplines. These include chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer technology, and medicine. This branch of radiology is often used to help diagnose and treat abnormalities very early in the progression of a disease, such as thyroid cancer.
Registered licensed dietitian provide nutritional consultations as ordered by physicians or upon request for patients throughout Greater Regional Health. Making the right food choices helps in the management of many medical problems including heart disease, diabetes, mellitus, Celiac disease, hypertension, obesity, wound care and many more.
Obstetricians specialize in pregnancy and childbirth, while gynecologists diagnose and treat any ailment concerning a woman's reproductive organs. An OB/GYN is a physician who both treats diseases of the female reproductive organs and delivers babies. Because of their extensive training and knowledge in both sides of women's healthcare, many physicians combine their specialties to become OB/GYNs. OB/GYNs and gynecologists are specially trained in preventative healthcare to help women stay healthy through their lives. At Greater Regional Health, our obstetricians and gynecologists are by your side through pregnancy and beyond. For general women's healthcare, disease prevention or any health concerns, our OB/GYNs are here for you every step of the way.
Occupational therapy is the use of assessment and intervention to develop, recover, or maintain the meaningful activities, or occupations, of individuals, groups, or communities. It is an allied health profession performed by occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. Click here to learn more about our occupational therapists.
Oncology is a branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. The oncologists at our Cancer & Infusion Center are from Mercy One Cancer Center of Des Moines. Our team of experts is here to assist you and your family in any way possible to ensure that your experiences with us are positive and personal.
Orthopedics is the medical specialty that focuses on injuries and disease of your body's musculoskeletal system. This system includes your bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves which allow you to move, work and be active. Our orthopedic and sports medicine program specializes in adult joint replacement, knee and shoulder arthroscopy, fracture care and a full range of sports medicine.
A pain management specialist is a doctor who evaluates your pain and treats a wide range of pain problems. A pain management doctor treats sudden pain problems such as headaches and many types of long-lasting, chronic, pain such as low back pain. Patients are seen in a pain clinic and can go home the same day.
Pediatric care specialists are equipped to treat a wide variety of services from routine physicals and medication refills to chronic diseases. Children require many checkups as they grow and are more exposed to various diseases. From newborns to adolescents, our pediatric clinic at Greater Regional Health can perform a wide range of health services for children in the Creston, Iowa community. Our goal is to provide excellent, local healthcare services and build long-term relationships with families within our region. The pediatric care specialists are dedicated to giving families personal, extensive healthcare for all ages.
Pelvic Floor Therapy
Millions of women suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction. Pregnancy, childbirth, chronic constipation, chronic coughing, surgery, trauma and aging can cause pelvic floor muscle tension, incoordination and weakness. Physical therapy for women may help!
Before having a PET/CT scan, the patient receives a dose of a radio-pharmaceutical tracer containing substances that mimic those normally used in the body including water, sugar, proteins, and oxygen. These tracers accumulate in diseased cells. During the scan, the tracers are detected by the system creating an image of the patient and highlighting any abnormal physiology. This image helps our physicians determine if disease is present, the location and extent of disease, and track how rapidly it is spreading.
"Physical therapy can improve your ability to move and function, while also benefiting your general fitness and health. Physical therapists help people with orthopedic conditions such as low back pain or osteoporosis; joint and soft tissue injuries such as fractures and dislocations; neurological conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, or Parkinson's disease; connective tissue injuries such as burns or wounds; cardiopulmonary and circulatory conditions such as congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and workplace injuries including repetitive stress disorders and sports injuries (APTA, 2008)". Click here to learn more about our physical therapists.
A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), a physician and surgeon who treats the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Podiatrists often treat ingrown toenails, calluses, fallen arches, heel spurs and problems related to abuse or injury. They may employ surgical methods and may also treat such underlying health issues as diabetes, provided they are related to the foot or ankle problem. Greater Regional Health is excited to announce an additional service line and provider joining the Specialty Clinic on the first floor of the Medical Arts Plaza. Dr. Eric Larsen will be complimenting Greater Regional's already vast array of service lines with Podiatry services.
Pregnancy & Birth
Finding out you are pregnant can be an exciting but nerve wracking time. Our providers are here to help you every step of the way. From seeing your OB in the clinic, to giving birth, our team will be there to help. We offer prenatal classes and individual teaching to help you and your baby get the best start possible. If a C-section is needed, our Surgery Center is down the hall from the Birthing Center.
Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems. People seek psychiatric help for many reasons. The problems can be sudden, such as a panic attack, frightening hallucinations, thoughts of suicide, or hearing "voices." Or they may be more long-term, such as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiousness that never seem to lift or problems functioning, causing everyday life to feel distorted or out of control. Individuals age 5 and older, who are struggling with depression, anxiety, psychosis or addiction may benefit from an appointment.
Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This work is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing and responding to infectious diseases. Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country or region of the world. Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or recurring through implementing educational programs, recommending policies, administering services and conducting research—in contrast to clinical professionals like doctors and nurses, who focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. Greater Regional Outreach - Public Health provides a variety of programs and services and is Union County's Public Health Department.
Pulmonology or pneumology is a medical specialty that deals with diseases involving the respiratory tract. It is also known as respirology, respiratory medicine, or chest medicine in some countries and areas. Pulmonology is considered a branch of internal medicine, and is related to intensive care medicine.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy particles or waves, such as x-rays, gamma rays, electron beams, or protons, to destroy or damage cancer cells.Your cells normally grow and divide to form new cells. But cancer cells grow and divide faster than most normal cells. Radiation works by making small breaks in the DNA inside cells. These breaks keep cancer cells from growing and dividing and cause them to die. Nearby normal cells can also be affected by radiation, but most recover and go back to working the way they should. In most instances, treatments are usually spread out over several weeks to allow your healthy cells to recover in between radiation therapy sessions. Expect each treatment session to last approximately 10 to 30 minutes.
Respiratory therapy is both an inpatient and outpatient service. Referrals are needed from your primary provider for the outpatient services. Some services include lung function testing, invasive/noninvasive ventilator, oxygen therapy and inhalation therapy.
Same-day sick services are for patients who are already set up with a primary care doctor in the Primary Care Clinic and would like to see a provider there. A top priority is choice for our patients.
Lack of adequate sleep is associated with a variety of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes and also is often a factor in motor vehicle collisions which result in injury and disability. According to the CDC, more than 25% of the U.S. population report they occasionally do not get enough sleep and nearly 10% experience chronic insomnia. Adequate sleep is important to one's good health. Greater Regional Health has offered highly specialized sleep lab services since 2001. Our team is specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.
Language is our most human characteristic. It is essential to learning, working, and enjoying family life and friendships. There are many ways to express language. Speaking, using sign language, writing, and using computerized communication devices are some of the most common ones. The professionals who are educated to assess speech and language development and to treat language and speech disorders are speech-language pathologists (sometimes informally referred to as speech therapists). Speech-language pathologists can also help people with swallowing disorders. (www.asha.org). Click here to learn more about our speech therapists.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
This is a simple and safe procedure performed in the office by our team of breast imaging specialists. Advanced computer imaging technology is used to map the precise location of the area of interest in the breast that was seen on your mammogram. This technology aids the physician in removing a small section of the suspicious tissue with pinpoint accuracy. The sample is sent to a pathologist, a physician specializing in the analysis of tissue samples under a microscope for diagnosis. The entire biopsy should take approximately one hour.
Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body's internal organs, including but not limited to the:
heart and blood vessels, including the abdominal aorta and its major branches
uterus, ovaries, and unborn child (fetus) in pregnant patients
The urgent care walk-in clinic provides care for acute illnesses and injuries when your regular primary care provider is not available and when immediate, but non-life-threatening illness or injuries occur.
If you're wondering whether you should go to urgent care or to the emergency room, it's important to understand that urgent care does not replace the emergency room for those medical situations that are serious and life threatening. Urgent care is open Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Holiday hours are also 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. If you have questions, please call us.
A urologist is a medical specialist who undergoes training in diseases of the male and female urinary systems, as well as the male reproductive system. Due to the variety of clinical problems encountered, urologists must have a wide range of knowledge regarding internal medicine, gynecology, pediatrics and other specialties. Urologists are also trained as surgeons and offer patients surgical options for many urologic health conditions. A urologist might treat bladder problems, urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder and kidney cancer, kidney blockage, and kidney stones.
Virtual care is a broad term that encompasses all the ways healthcare providers remotely interact with their patients. In addition to treating patients via telehealth, providers may use live video, audio, and instant messaging to communicate with their patients remotely. Click here for the laptop/desktop tip sheet and here for the mobile tip sheet.
Greater Regional Health is committed to providing high quality, convenient, and close to home health care services and provides a wide range of visiting specialists on campus to meet the varied needs of our community, such as Allergy, Asthma, Immunology, Cardiology, EMG Testing, Nephrology, Palliative Care and Vascular services.
Some non-healing wounds may take months or years to heal. Sometimes wounds never heal completely. Our professionals play an important role in wound care by expediting healing, restoring normal function, and educating the patient and families on wound prevention. You should see a wound care professional, if you have a wound that is not healing in two weeks or if you have a wound that is not completely healed in six weeks. Our wound care team also provides care and support for people who have a colostomy, an ileostomy or a urostomy.
X-rays can help doctors diagnose things like:
Abdominal pain, in some instances
X-rays are images that use a small doses of ionized radiation to take pictures of the inside of your body called radiographs.
3D mammography is an FDA-approved advanced technology that takes multiple images, or X-rays, of breast tissue to recreate a 3-dimensional picture of the breast. You may also hear it called breast tomosynthesis. It's different from traditional mammography In that traditional mammography obtains just a single image. Like traditional mammography, 3D mammography uses X-rays to produce images of breast tissue in order to detect lumps, tumors or other abnormalities. ... 3D captures multiple slices of the breast, all at different angles. The images are brought together to create crystal clear 3D reconstruction of the breast. When do doctors recommend a 3D mammogram? The American Society of Breast Surgeons suggest that females over 40 years of age get yearly mammograms to check for signs of breast cancer. They also recommend that all females who need mammograms consider 3D mammograms.