Dr. Robert Remis

DCHC Welcomes Dr. Robert Remis, Urologist to the Specialty Clinic Team

Davis County Hospital & Clinics (DCHC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Robert Remis, Urologist, to the DCHC Specialty Clinic provider group. Dr. Remis specializes in kidney stones, symptoms of enlarged prostates, an overactive bladder, bladder cancer, and vasectomies.

Dr. Remis will be available to see patients the second and fourth Thursday of every month at Davis County Hospital & Clinics. He is a Urology Consultant with Premier Specialty Network, with over thirty years of experience in general urology, and has performed numerous urological surgeries. Dr. Remis is a member of the American Urological Association, board certified and re-certified by the American Board of Urology, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Remis is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. His residency was at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center affiliated hospitals in Oklahoma City.

“We are excited to add Dr. Remis to the Specialty Clinic provider team here at Davis County Hospital & Clinics,” said DCHC Chief Executive Officer, Veronica Fuhs. “Expanding our Specialty Clinic providers is a large part of our future strategies in meeting our customers’ needs. Dr. Remis will help us not only accomplish that goal but will also be a critical part of us keeping quality care close to home in Davis County.”

Dr. Remis will begin seeing patients at DCHC on Thursday, March 25th. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Remis in Bloomfield, call 641-664-7091.

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Davis County Public Health Launches Online Scheduling for COVID-19 Vaccine

Davis County Public Health is excited to share the launch of a new, easy-to-use online scheduling tool that allows eligible community members to schedule an appointment for their first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine.

Now Available for Sign-Up: 120 appointments for next Wednesday, March 17th. First come, first serve. Davis County Public Health will add new appointment times/clinics weekly. If you don’t see any available appointment times on March 17th, all spots are currently full.

Schedule your 1st dose COVID-19 Vaccine appointment here: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/DavisCountyPublicHealth@dchc.org/bookings/

**This scheduling tool is to be utilized for individuals interested in receiving their FIRST DOSE of the COVID-19 Vaccine with Davis County Public Health in Bloomfield, IA. Please only schedule an appointment if you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet and are eligible to receive a vaccine.

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COVID-19 Vaccine and Breast Imaging Recommendations

Swollen lymph nodes visualized on mammography and ultrasound appear days post-vaccination and could be mistaken for malignancies.

Bloomfield, IA – Davis County Hospital & Clinics (DCHC) is informing patients who receive either the Pzifer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, that they can experience swollen lymph nodes that could be mistaken for breast malignancies in breast images for a certain amount of time after receiving the vaccine.

Vaccines of all types, including the COVID-19 vaccines, can result in temporary swelling of the lymph nodes, which may be a sign that the body is making antibodies in response as intended. Swollen lymph nodes can be seen on a mammogram after any vaccination but are more common after a vaccine that evokes a strong immune response, such as the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) has set the following recommendations for scheduling screening mammograms in relation to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Consider scheduling your screening mammogram prior to first dose of COVID-19 vaccination, or
  • Consider scheduling your screening mammogram 4-6 weeks following 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccination.

“This should not be a deterrent for individuals interested in receiving their COVID-19 vaccine,” said Davis County Hospital & Clinics Medical Imaging Manager, Susan Haskell. “We just want to ensure our patients have all the information and possibly consider waiting to schedule their mammogram or breast imaging based upon the recommendations set by the SBI.”

Screening mammograms can still be performed at any time at the patient’s request.

“We will not turn away patients if they have a breast imaging appointment and have recently had their COVID-19 vaccine,” said Haskell. “We want individuals to have all of the information and can make the decision on what’s best for them. We are always here to care for our patients when they need us. If an individual chooses to proceed with imaging after recently receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, radiologists are taking note of the vaccination when reviewing the images.”

If you have any questions, please consult your provider, or call Davis County Hospital & Clinics Medical Imaging Department at 641-664-2145 to speak with Susan Haskell, Medical Imaging Manager.

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DCHC Health Services Scholarship

2021 Health Services Education Scholarship Application Now Available

Davis County Hospital & Clinics (DCHC) is excited to share the 2021 Health Services Education scholarship opportunity for individuals pursuing a career in a healthcare related field is now open for applications.

Davis County Hospital & Clinics will be awarding at least two $500 scholarships to two or more applicants in 2021.  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 principle criterion 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, 2021 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.

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DCHC Relaxes Visitor Restrictions

In recognition that patient support from a family member or friend contributes to patient experience, safety and healing, we desire to balance these important elements with the need to protect patients and colleagues from unnecessary exposure to COVID-19.

Key Considerations:

  • All visitors to the facility must continue to follow screening procedures; anyone with symptoms of a respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat) should not be permitted to enter any facility at any time.
  • The visitor may not be present during any intermittent or continuous aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) during the visitation
  • Visitors only allowed in the patient room or other area in which the patient they are visiting is located; no use of waiting rooms or the cafeteria

Visitors should be reminded, while visiting:

  • Perform Frequent Hand Hygiene; wash their hands with soap and water
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when washing their hands is not an option
  • Use a tissue to cover any coughs and sneezes; perform hand hygiene immediately afterward
  • Wear a mask upon entry into the facility and throughout the visit. Visitors who fail to agree to wear a mask will be asked to leave.
  • The hospital will determine visiting hours; A facility may suspend visitation at any time as warranted (medical necessity; PPE availability, etc.) The clinical team should make every effort to communicate with both patient and family if unexpected changes occur.

Visitation to COVID-19 positive or PUI patients is prohibited unless permitted by state/local law or if the patient meets compassionate care exception criteria:

    • Children (minor) admitted to the hospital
    • Patients receiving end-of-life (EOL) care
    • Developmentally/Cognitively Impaired adults or those who require access to a support person or family member in order to appropriately access and understand the services to be provided to them while in our care
  • The visitor to PUI or those with COVID-19 must be in a single patient room or be the only patient in a multi-occupancy room.
  • The visitor to PUI, confirmed COVID-19, or other patient in isolation precautions, will be encouraged to use hand hygiene just after entering the room and upon exit and should don appropriate PPE

 

ADULT PATIENTS

Emergency Care Patients

  • One visitor is allowed with the patient.

Hospital Inpatients

  • Two visitors are allowed during the hospitalization with only one visitor allowed per day.

Outpatient Clinic and Testing Patients

  • One visitor is allowed with the patient.

Surgery and Procedure Patients

  • One visitor is allowed with the patient.

 

PEDIATRIC PATIENTS (age 18 and under)

Hospital Inpatients

  • Two visitors are allowed per patient per hospital stay.

Surgery and Procedure Patients

  • Two visitors are allowed per patient.

Outpatient Clinic and Testing Patients

  • Two visitors are allowed with the patient.

DCHC Increases Visitor Restrictions

Davis County Hospital & Clinics (DCHC), in partnership with the CDC and local public health organizations, want to provide the safest possible environment for our patients, families, community and colleagues. Based on the latest information and surge in COVID-19 cases, one important way to enhance health and safety is to reduce exposure to potential disease carriers. The fewer people whom our patients come in contact with, the less likely they will be to contract COVID-19 or other infectious diseases.

Effective November 17th, DCHC is increasing visitor restrictions. For the immediate future, no visitors will be allowed in our facility.

Some visitor exceptions will be made for extenuating circumstances, including:

  • Children under the age of 18
  • Outpatients requiring a caregiver due to physical or functional deficit
  • Inpatients receiving end-of-life care

For approved exceptions, only one visitor will be allowed. Visitors must:

  • Must pass screening guidelines at designated entrances.
  • Are required to wear a facemask while in the building, regardless of symptoms.
  • Must be 16 years of age or older. Exceptions may be permitted in case of a patient imminently dying.

As a reminder, we encourage the community to follow the best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help prevent the spread of all viruses:

  • Staying home if you are sick
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Disinfecting surfaces and objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

At DCHC, we are following guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Iowa Public Health Department to screen patients for symptoms including fever and respiratory signs.

For individuals who have symptoms of illness, particularly with fever and cough or shortness of breath, your provider can assess whether you need to be seen in the office or if you can recover at home. If you think you need healthcare, call first.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/ and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.

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Davis County Medical Associates Clinic Launches Personalized Care Program

Davis County Medical Associates is excited to share a new program available to our patients to help manage their chronic illnesses– a Personalized Care Program!

The Personalized Care Program was created to help people living with chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease. Keeping track of all the visits, tests and medications for these conditions can be hard.

“The Personalized Care Program provides support and care between doctor visits to eligible patients who have multiple chronic illnesses,” stated Carleena Brown, Director of Rural Health Clinic Operations. “Services include access to a care team who can answer your healthcare questions and help you get the information, appointments, treatments, and care you need to live a healthier life.”

When you sign up to participate in the Personalized Care Program, you will be taking an important step toward living a healthier life. Benefits of the program include:

  • A dedicated care team that will coordinate all of your health care, including at another doctor’s office, at the pharmacy, in your home, or from a community service organization
  • A personalized care plan that includes steps you can take to help you reach the goals you and your doctor have set
  • Updates and communication with your doctors so they have the most accurate and complete information about your health
  • Help managing your medications, securing appointments, and addressing preventive care needs
  • Help following through on doctor’s instructions, including locating and following up with specialists and lab facilities
  • Greater access to services and support that may help you avoid medical problems, expensive emergency department visits, and hospital stays

A chronic illness is a long-lasting health problem that can often be controlled with proper treatment and management. A few examples include asthma, diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, and heart disease.

“Once a patient chooses to enroll in the program, they will get a customized care plan sent to them via mail or email,” said Brown. “Then registered nurses make check-in calls once or twice monthly to provide support, answer questions and see how they’re doing. The goal is to be there for our patients and provide as much support as possible to achieve and maintain wellness.”

If you are interested in participating in the program, please speak with your Davis County Medical Associates provider or call 641-954-4560.

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Megan Whisler, PNP

Welcome Megan Whisler, PNP

Davis County Hospital & Clinics Welcomes Megan Whisler, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner to the Medical Associates Clinic Provider Team

Bloomfield, IA – Davis County Hospital & Clinics (DCHC) is pleased to announce the signing of Megan Whisler, PNP as an employed provider in the Davis County Medical Associates clinic located within Davis County Hospital & Clinics. Megan is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in pediatric primary care services for children ages birth to 18 years of age.

“We are thrilled to welcome Megan to our Davis County Medical Associates clinic provider team,” commented Veronica Fuhs, Chief Executive Officer at DCHC. “Megan understands our commitment to family-centered care that is customized to the needs of the individual child and family. She is an excellent addition to our growing team at DCHC and plays a large part in our goal to expand and improve access to primary care to meet the needs of our community.”

While working towards her BSN at Truman State University in 2008, Megan joined the Army National Guard through ROTC, serving until 2018. She then transitioned to the Missouri Air National Guard serving as a nurse instructor for the C-STARS course. Megan then went on to receive her MSN at Maryville University in 2020. Throughout this time, Megan worked at Scotland County Hospital as a Medical Surgical nurse, as well as a nurse in their Emergency Department. She then worked at Northeast Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department. In 2014, she started flying for Air Evac Life team in Kirksville, MO until this year when she completed her MSN degree.

“I am excited to become a member of the DCHC Medical Associates Clinic provider team,” expressed Megan Whisler, PNP. “It is an honor and privilege to care for the children and families of the community and to be welcomed as a part of the DCHC family.”

Megan will begin to see pediatric patients within the Davis County Medical Associates Clinic on September 9th. To schedule an appointment for your child with Megan Whisler, PNP, please call the Davis County Medical Associates clinic at 641-664-3832, or go online to the MyDCHC patient portal at www.DCHC.org..

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Warning Signs and Risk Factors of Suicide During National Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness month and Davis County Hospital & Clinics’ Senior Life Solutions program is working to raise awareness and educate the community on the risk factors and warning signs of suicide. Talk of suicide should never be dismissed. If you, or someone you know, are thinking of suicide call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Senior Life Solutions is an intensive outpatient group therapy and teletherapy program designed to meet the unique needs of senior adults living with symptoms of age-related depression or anxiety, dealing with difficult life transitions, a recent health diagnosis, or the loss of a loved one.

Rhonda Roberts, Program Director for DCHC Senior Life Solutions said, “It is important to reach people early. We know it can be difficult to ask for help, but by educating our community we hope we can show people that it is okay to reach out and ask for help for themselves or a loved one.”

According to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that someone will consider, attempt, or die by suicide and they are important to be aware of.

Several risk factors may include:

  •  A preexisting mental disorder
  • Alcohol or substance use disorder
  • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
  • Major physical illness
  • Job or financial loss
  • Loss of relationship(s)
  • Access to lethal means
  • Lack of social support and sense of isolation

Roberts stated “The stigma associated with asking for help and a lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment can also pose as risk factors to an individual. We work to lessen the stigma and increase access to behavioral healthcare.”

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline also states that knowing these warning signs may help determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide:

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Extreme mood swings

For more information, or if an older loved one is in need of help, call Davis County Hospital & Clinics’ Senior Life Solutions program at 641-664-3851.

ABOUT SENIOR LIFE SOLUTIONS
Founded in 2003, Senior Life Solutions is managed by Psychiatric Medical Care (PMC), a leading behavioral healthcare management company. Focused on addressing the needs of rural and underserved communities, PMC manages inpatient behavioral health units, intensive outpatient programs, and telehealth services in more than 25 states. The company’s services provide evaluation and treatment for patients suffering from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, memory problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other behavioral health problems. For more information, visit www.seniorlifesolutions.com

DCHC Increases Visitor Restrictions

May 6, 2020 – Davis County Hospital & Clinics (DCHC), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and local public health organizations, want to provide the safest possible environment for our patients, families, community and colleagues. Based on the latest information, one important way to enhance health and safety is to reduce exposure to potential disease carriers. The fewer people whom our patients come in contact with, the less likely they will be to contract COVID-19 or other infectious diseases.

Effective May 7th, DCHC is increasing visitor restrictions. For the immediate future, no visitors will be allowed in our facility.

Some visitor exceptions will be made for extenuating circumstances, including:

  • Children admitted to the hospital
  • Patients receiving end-of-life care

For approved exceptions, only one visitor per patient will be allowed. They must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Either immediate family members, powers of attorney, guardians or patient representatives
  • Healthy with no symptoms of illness, including respiratory or fever

As a reminder, we encourage the community to follow the best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help prevent the spread of all viruses:

  • Staying home if you are sick
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Disinfecting surfaces and objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

At DCHC, we are following guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Iowa Public Health Department to screen patients for symptoms including fever and respiratory signs..

For individuals who have symptoms of illness, particularly with fever and cough or shortness of breath, your provider can assess whether you need to be seen in the office or if you can recover at home. If you think you need healthcare, call first.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/ and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.

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