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UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine – Manson Announces Nurse Practitioner,  Lisa Leppert’s Retirement

UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine – Manson Announces Nurse Practitioner, Lisa Leppert’s Retirement

After 17 years practicing medicine in Manson, Lisa Leppert, ARNP, retired from UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine – Manson on June 30, 2017.
“Lisa has provided great care to our patients and we wish her the very best in her retirement,” states Ann Wise, UnityPoint Clinic Administrator. 
With Lisa’s retirement also comes a warm welcome to nurse practitioner Paulette Gleason. Paulette officially[...]

Amanda Tendal Named Employee of the Quarter

Amanda Tendal Named Employee of the Quarter

Our second quarter winner of the “Employee of the Quarter” award for 2017 went to Amanda Tendal. Amanda is an administrative assistant here at the hospital. Employees who voted for her feel she comes to work with a positive attitude and a smile on her face. She is always willing to help out with different projects, departments and patients if necessary. Amanda has brought a lot of great ideas to PCH and has done[...]
Pocahontas Healthcare Foundation Scholarship Winners Announced!

Pocahontas Healthcare Foundation Scholarship Winners Announced!

The Pocahontas Healthcare Foundation recently awarded ten area high school seniors scholarships for $500 each.  Applications were distributed to the Pocahontas County area high schools in January with a deadline of April 15th for any senior who was pursuing a career in the health care field. Of the ten scholarships there were seven recipients from PAC, two from Newell-Fonda and one from Laurens-Marathon. The PAC[...]
Mooney Appointed to Iowa Board of Nursing

Mooney Appointed to Iowa Board of Nursing

Recently, PCH's very own, Patrick Mooney was one of three Iowans appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad to the Iowa Board of Nursing. Patrick is the Pocahontas County EMS Coordinator. The board regulates the state’s 60,000 nurses, oversees formal hearings and complaints, and approves nursing programs throughout the state. Patrick will be on the board for two years. He will be the board’s non-nursing representative -[...]
It Can Happen in a Heart Beat……

It Can Happen in a Heart Beat……

One of the best ways to prevent heart disease is JUST MOVE. Simply put, just move for 30 minutes each day. Staying active is one of the most important things a person can do to curb obesity, improve your mood, to lower your chances of heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate activity five times per week for a total of 150 minutes a week. This can be separated into 10-15 minute[...]

Get Your Rear in Gear!

Get Your Rear in Gear!

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and Pocahontas Community Hospital has a simple message for folks in the Princess County: Get Your Rear In Gear Pocahontas!
     The simple phrase is the slogan behind a national campaign to encourage people of all ages to make sure their loved ones 50 years of age or older (or themselves, if they’ve hit the half-century mark) schedule a colorectal[...]
Barb Halligan Named Employee of the Quarter

Barb Halligan Named Employee of the Quarter

Our first quarter winner of the “Employee of the Quarter” award for 2017 went to Barb Halligan! Barb is an LPN who works in Home Health/Hospice. Employees who voted for her feel she is kind, compassionate, pleasant and friendly. She has devoted her life to helping others and has been a very dedicated employee for many years. Barb goes above and beyond, is a good role model for other employees and is a great[...]
Do you have trouble with everyday tasks like walking to the bathroom or cooking dinner because you can’t catch your breath?

Do you have trouble with everyday tasks like walking to the bathroom or cooking dinner because you can’t catch your breath?

When most people think of chronic respiratory diseases, they often think of someone with a face full of tubes carting a canister of oxygen with them everywhere they go. While many chronic respiratory diseases may result in such a situation, emphysema in particular; especially at their end state, the staff of pulmonary rehabilitation department at Pocahontas Community Hospital said such conditions have a far more pervasive[...]
Do you have aches and pains?

Do you have aches and pains?

Do you have aches and pains?! Call Pocahontas Community Hospital’s Rehabilitative Services Department to schedule an appointment and begin your treatment! We offer direct access physical and occupational therapy, which allows you to begin your treatment without obtaining a therapy prescription. While it does not eliminate the need for a follow up visit with a physician, it does offer a streamlined approach to[...]
New Equipment in Rehabilitative Service Department!

New Equipment in Rehabilitative Service Department!

Check out the new equipment in the Rehabilitative Services Department! A new Shuttle Leg Press machine has been purchased with the assistance of a grant from the Pocahontas County Foundation. The Shuttle MVP machine can be used for both upper and lower extremity strengthening, stretching, stabilization, and agility, on many different types of patients and skill levels. Give us a call today! 

PCH Rehabilitative[...]

Lab Wellness Testing

Lab Wellness Testing

POCAHONTAS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL - Laboratory Wellness Testing Specials

LIPID/GLUCOSE (10-12 hour fast required) - $25

TSH (screening for thyroid disorders) - $25

You can elect to have any or all of this testing done at the same time

We will not be offering PSA screens for prostate testing any longer. We apologize for the inconvenience.

These testing specials are available Thursdays or Fridays during February ~ 7 a.m.-12[...]

Stopping the rise of HAIs

Stopping the rise of HAIs

When you think of modern medicine, shiny stethoscopes, prescription pills, and fancy machines probably come to mind. However, as I recently learned, there’s more to modern medicine than meets the eye. Sometimes serving a proper meal or making sure every surface in a room is spotless can have just as big of an impact on sending a patient home happy and healthy as a state-of-the-art high-resolution, digital MRI.

And[...]

Eagles #3369 donated $1,000 to the PCH Ambulance Department

Eagles #3369 donated $1,000 to the PCH Ambulance Department

Recently, the Fort Dodge, IA, Eagles #3369 donated $1,000 to the PCH Ambulance Department, to be used for equipment in the training classroom. Thank you to the Eagles for their generous donation to the ambulance department! Pictured left to right: Roland Mckay, Fort Dodge Eagles member, Rochelle Mckay, Fort Dodge Eagles member and past state auxiliary president, Larry Hanshaw, State Officer, Hannah Hubbell, Patrick Mooney,[...]
Angel Tree Decorating and Lighting Ceremony

Angel Tree Decorating and Lighting Ceremony

Over 50 people joined the Home Health & Hospice team for the Angel Tree Decorating and Lighting Ceremony to honor their loved ones.  The Hospice Gals did a wonderful job with this beautiful evening. They would like to thank everyone who helped make it possible, everyone who purchased angels and all who came out and joined them that night. There are still angels available if you would like to purchase one! The[...]
Oh, good grief! The holidays are here

Oh, good grief! The holidays are here

Soon Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays will take the place of the standard comment about the weather as the greeting du jour around Greater Pocahontas County. However, for some people, the holidays aren’t necessarily so happy - and not because there simply aren’t enough shopping days left until the big man comes down the chimney.

“For some people, the holidays are a tough time of the year,” began[...]