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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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First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Davis County

April 29, 2020 –

Davis County Public Health and ADLM Counties Emergency Management has learned that a local community member has tested positive for the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 While this is the first case in Davis County, it may not be the last. We encourage all residents to continue to make prevention a priority.  These actions include:

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow/upper arm.
  • Staying home when ill.
  • Avoid nonessential travel and social distance.

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. Approximately 80% of Iowans infected with COVID-19 will experience only a mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill Iowans do not need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19. Sick Iowans must stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house.

Stay home and isolate from others in the house until:

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
  • AND other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
  • AND at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

We recognize that this is a very uncertain time for everyone. We encourage residents to follow recommendations from Iowa Department of Public Health, Governor Reynolds and local healthcare agencies. Davis County (ADLM) Emergency Management, Davis County Department of Public Health and local healthcare partners will continue to update the public as more information becomes available.

Iowans with general questions about COVID-19. 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. For local information follow us on Facebook at Davis County Hospital & Clinics and ADLM Counties Emergency Management.

DCHC Accepting Hand Sewn Masks

Davis County Hospital & Clinics (DCHC) is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, and visitors. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are fully prepared to care for patients, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in partnership with our local and state health departments.

DCHC is now accepting donations of hand sewn face masks.

DCHC is graciously accepting donations of hand sewn face masks. In order to make the masks as effective as possible, please consider following this guidance on making homemade masks for healthcare workers; no specific fabric color or pattern is necessary.

Drop-Off Instructions

Please drop off masks at the DCHC Outpatient/Clinic (B3) Entrance during normal business hours (M-F, 8-5). You may press the ‘Assistance’ button located on the island and someone will be out shortly to retrieve the masks from you. Otherwise, you may drop the box of donated masks off with our staff member located just inside the door.

If you are able to donate factory-made personal protective equipment (N95 masks, gowns or face shields), please contact Davis County Public Health at 641-664-3629 to coordinate delivering your donation.

Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness of our staff during this time.

If you have general questions on COVID-19, please dial 2-1-1. If you begin to experience symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, call your primary care provider before coming in.

IDPH posts statewide numbers of persons being monitored, persons being tested and test results on the IDPH webpage at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus. Visit this web page often for up-to-date information and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.

DCHC COVID-19 Precautions | Temporary Hours Change

April 6, 2020 – To continue to protect the health and well-being of our patients, their families and the communities we serve, further precautions have been put in place. Effective Tuesday April 7th, 2020, DCHC will be implementing a temporary change in hours for the following departments:

Medical Associates Clinic
Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

Laboratory
Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm

We encourage patients to call with any questions, and to ask about our new Virtual Visits option for your medical care needs.

If you have general questions on COVID-19, please dial 2-1-1. If you begin to experience symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, call your primary care provider before coming in.

IDPH posts statewide numbers of persons being monitored, persons being tested and test results on the IDPH webpage at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus. Visit this web page often for up-to-date information and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.

Virtual Visits

DCHC Launches Virtual Care

April 1, 2020 – Davis County Hospital & Clinics (DCHC) announced today the implementation of Virtual Care (telehealth), to expand access to care for our patients in response to the coronavirus COVID-19. This rare opportunity gives our patients the chance to receive the medical care they need without having to come to our facility in this time of uncertainty.

DCHC is using a simple, secure video solution powered by Doxy.me. Simply click a link provided to you in an email and you’ll be checked in and ready to see your provider.

“Virtual Care will provide our patients, particularly those at high-risk of complications from the virus that causes the disease COVID-19, the care they need by letting them see our providers from the comfort and security of their own home,” said DCHC Chief Executive Officer, Veronica Fuhs. “We want to accommodate our community and region in every way we can to help keep our patients healthy while helping to contain the community spread of the virus.”

The virtual video visits – conducted via smartphone, or a computer equipped with a web camera – are suited to patients who may have flu-like symptoms and want to speak with a provider; or those experiencing other routine ailments but do not want to travel to the office for fear of a potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

Virtual Care appointments at DCHC will be available for family medicine, pediatrics, and internal medicine, as well as a broad range of specialized care including general surgery and allergy/pulmonary visits.

“We are committed to helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and this will be a great benefit to patients in that effort”, said Fuhs. “With the emergence of the virus causing the disease COVID-19, there is an urgency for us to expand the use of technology to help people who need routine care, and keep vulnerable patients and patients with mild symptoms in their homes while maintaining access to the care they need.”

Patients can access Virtual Visit appointments with their physician or caregiver using a smartphone, iPad, desktop or laptop equipped with a web camera. Patient Virtual Care appointments will be scheduled through their doctor’s office and any patient needing an appointment should call their doctor’s office

Once a Virtual Care visit is scheduled, the doctor’s office will provide patients with an email invitation for their appointment time, along with detailed instructions on how to utilize the Virtual Visit program.

“If Virtual Care appointments will provide peace of mind and extended safety for our patients, then we are more than willing to add this service” said Fuhs. “In this time of uncertainty, we want to do what we can to help keep our patients and staff members safe and healthy by limiting exposure.”

The following DCHC providers will have access to Virtual Care:

  • Davis County Medical Associates:
    • Christian Sanchez
    • Mary Graeff
    • Robert Floyd
    • Trina Settles
    • Beverly Oliver, ARNP
    • Dianne Knapp, ARNP
    • Haleigh Skaggs, ARNP
  • General Surgery, Dr. John Harrington
  • Allergy & Pulmonary, Dr. Ron Graeff

For patients who prefer to see their provider in person, Davis County Hospital & Clinics is open and continues to see patients for appointments. The organization is closely monitoring COVID-19 and is following guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and World Health Organization, and is working closely with local and state health departments in the care of patients.

For additional information on DCHC’s Virtual Care, Click Here.

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DCHC COVID-19 Precautions 3.16.20

Davis County Hospital & Clinics COVID-19 Precautions
Restricted Entrance Access, Cafeteria Closed, & Visitor Restrictions

3.16.20 – To continue to protect the health and well-being of our patients, their families, and of the communities we serve, Davis County Hospital & Clinics (DCHC) is now moving forward with further precautions. In accordance with this, we are following the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 recommendations and are acting with an abundance of caution to ensure we do not elevate the risk of exposure to the virus for our colleagues, physicians, patients or community members. As the situation continues to evolve, so will our response. We will communicate as we are able to update our community.

Effective March 17th 2020, DCHC is instituting the following restrictions:

  • To limit exposures within our facility, outside entrances will be locked except for the South Main Entrance (b3), and the Emergency Room entrance. Patients will need to use one of these entrances to access the building for appointments or emergency care.
  • The DCHC Cafeteria is now closed to all general public until further notice.
  • Visitor restrictions include:
    • Emergency Room & Acute Care Inpatient
      • (1) healthy visitor per patient per day
    • Surgery
      • (1) healthy visitor allowed per patient
    • Outpatient, Specialty, & Medical Associates Clinic
      • (1) healthy visitor allowed per patient

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:

  • Stay 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 Department of Public Health to screen patients for symptoms including fever and respiratory signs as well as the patient’s travel history and exposure to those who have traveled.

If you have general questions on COVID-19, please dial 2-1-1. If you begin to experience symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, call your primary care provider before coming in.

IDPH posts statewide numbers of persons being monitored, persons being tested and test results on the IDPH webpage at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Visit this web page often for up-to-date information and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.

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DCHC Implements Visitor Restrictions

3.13.20

To protect the health and well-being of our patients, their families, and of the communities we serve, Davis County Hospital & Clinics (DCHC) is now restricting visitors. In accordance with this, we are following the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 recommendations and are acting with an abundance of caution to ensure we do not elevate the risk of exposure to the virus for our colleagues, physicians, patients or community members. Effective immediately, DCHC is instituting the following visitor restrictions: For the immediate future, only visits from immediate family members, loved ones or clergy who meet the following criteria will be permitted.

Visitor restrictions:

  • One visitor per patient at a time
  • No visitors under 16 years of age
  • Do not visit if you are sick

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 Department of Public Health to screen patients for symptoms including fever and respiratory signs as well as the patient’s travel history and exposure to those who have traveled. If you have general questions on COVID-19, please dial 2-1-1. If you begin to experience symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, call your primary care provider before coming in.

IDPH posts statewide numbers of persons being monitored, persons being tested and test results on the IDPH webpage at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Visit this web page often for up-to-date information and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.

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