Veronica Fuhs

Veronica Fuhs Recognized Nationally as Rural Hospital CEO to Know

Clive, Iowa; February 25, 2022 – MercyOne is proud to share three CEOs of MercyOne member hospitals are being recognized as 67 rural hospital CEOs to know by Becker’s Hospital Review. MercyOne CEOs earning recognition include:

  • Dar Elbert of Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona has been with the hospital since 1987. As Chief Nursing Officer and CEO her leadership is focused on making patients and their families the top priority. Her engagement with providers and colleagues maximizes care coordination and personalized care for each patient.
  • Veronica Fuhs of Monroe County Hospital & Clinics in Albia and Davis County Hospital & Clinics in Bloomfield has led the team at Monroe County Hospital & Clinics as CEO since March 2015 and Davis County Hospital & Clinics since 2018. She is focused on providing unparalleled service, unwavering commitment to safety and a relentless pursuit of value.
  • Brooke Kensinger of MercyOne Elkader Medical Center has led the 25-bed critical access hospital for more than five years. Ms. Kensinger’s steadfast dedication and unwavering commitment to healthcare during her time leading MercyOne Elkader Medical Center earned her the Iowa Hospital Association’s 2021 Young Executive Achievement Award.

“We are extremely proud of these three leaders,” said MercyOne Mike Trachta, MercyOne Vice President of Network Affiliates. “Each CEO knows the needs of their communities deeply and is devoted to delivering that care. Their service has helped these hospitals thrive during a challenging time in health care.”

Rural hospitals are the lifeblood of communities in Iowa. Providers and colleagues work tirelessly to deliver safe, quality care to meet rural resident’s health care needs. Rural hospitals also are a key player in the economic health of their regions – providing jobs, community services and economic stability. We hope you will join us in recognizing the contributions of these leaders and dedication to the health of Iowans.


DCHC Health Services Scholarship

Health Services Education Scholarship Application Available

Bloomfield, IA – Davis County Hospital & Clinics (DCHC) is excited to share the 2022 Health Services Education scholarship opportunity for individuals pursuing a career in a healthcare related field is now open for applications.

DCHC will be awarding at least two $500 scholarships to two or more applicants in 2022.  The applicants are preferred to reside in Davis County but those living outside of Davis County will be considered as well. This scholarship is designed to assist individuals pursuing a career in a healthcare related field, which could include Nursing, Radiology, Laboratory, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Pharmacy, Medicine, Health Information Management etc.

A broad-based criterion is used in the selection process. The main criteria is a demonstrated commitment to post-secondary education in a healthcare related field. An applicants’ academic record, communication skills, community involvement, and instructor recommendations are also considered.

The scholarship fund is made possible with funding provided by the Davis County Hospital Foundation and Davis County Hospital & Clinics Board of Trustees.

Anyone who feels they meet the criteria for eligibility are encouraged to apply. A copy of the application may be obtained from the Davis County Hospital & Clinics Human Resources Department or online at DCHC Health Services Education Scholarship – Davis County Hospital & Clinics.  Applications must be received or postmarked no later than March 31st, 2022 for the application and supporting materials to be considered by the committee. From all scholarships received, the scholarship committee will select the number of scholarships given. Eligible individuals are encouraged to apply each year.

Questions about the scholarship opportunity should be directed to the Davis County Hospital & Clinics Human Resource department at 641-664-2145.

If an individual is selected, they will be notified by DCHC Human Resources and arrangements can be made for the scholarship to be awarded. A list of scholarship recipients can be found on the DCHC website after June 1st.


Community Wellness Screenings Event Cancelled

Davis County Hospital & Clinics (DCHC) annual Community Wellness Screenings event has unfortunately been canceled, due to the current laboratory supply shortage.

“Ultimately, we didn’t want to make this decision, but with the critical shortage of laboratory supplies affecting healthcare facilities, it was the decision we had to make,” commented Devyn Pitlick, Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator at DCHC.

While DCHC is unable to host the Community Wellness Screenings this year, we encourage individuals to ensure they have their annual exams scheduled. No matter your age or stage of life, annual physical exams are essential to your ongoing health. Visiting your primary care provider (PCP) for regular preventive care is one of the best ways to identify and treat health issues before they worsen. Depending on your exam, risk factors, age, lifestyle, and family history, your PCP may order a variety of blood tests and other screenings during your annual physical exam.

If you are concerned about your wellness exam coverage, we encourage you to contact your insurance company directly. If you are under-insured, or uninsured, the DCHC Financial Services office (641-664-7144) is a great resource and can work through financial assistance possibilities. Financial Assistance Policy Information can also be found online here.