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VGH Main Entrance will now screen visitors before entering

By Virginia Gay Hospital · October 10th, 2020
To all of our patients and staff, Starting Saturday, October 10th, 2020, for the safety of everyone, you will now need to ring a doorbell at the hospital's main entrance where you will be greeted and screened by our staff. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding that safety is our first priority.

Manage the Additional Stress following the Derecho

By Benton County Extension · October 8th, 2020
Iowans still are managing the uncertainly and anxiety produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Drought related conditions have added another layer of stress for agriculture producers in many areas of the state. And now, many individuals and communities are facing the aftermath of an unusually powerful derecho – a widespread, straight-line windstorm – that surged through Iowa.

Make Healthy Connections: 6th Health and Wellness Fair October 12-15

By Virginia Gay Hospital · October 6th, 2020
Since it started six years ago, the Benton County Health and Wellness Fair has grown in popularity, and this year was to be no exception. The event is usually scheduled earlier in the spring, but this year organizers chose to postpone as they determined the best way to proceed in light of concerns over COVID-19.

State Updates Long-Term Care Facility Visitation Guidance

By State Of Iowa · October 4th, 2020
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) are updating guidance for long-term care facilities to comply with new requirements from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This updated guidance aligns with federal regulations to balance resident and staff safety with quality of life.

Health News You Can Use

By Benton County Extension · September 29th, 2020
You will find the October NEWS (Nutrition Education with Seniors) newsletter below.This edition features:· Do You Heart Chocolate?· Canned Kidney Beans· Budgeting Tip Jar· Holiday Plans· Recipe for Slow Cooker Pork Chili Have a great day!Kelsey Salow and Vera Stokes, Nutrition & Wellness Specialists October 2020Do you heart chocolate? Soon grocery aisles will be overflowing with Halloween candy.

Virginia Gay Hospital’s Sam Jirak receives 2020 All Star Award

By Virginia Gay Hospital · September 25th, 2020
Congratulations to Virginia Gay Hospital's Sam Jirak, ARNP for receiving a 2020 All Star Award! The All Star Award is in conjunction with the ICR Iowa Sector Board Partnerships and Kirkwood Community College working to raise awareness of career opportunities and workforce development in the ICR seven-county region (Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington counties).

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that taking higher than recommended doses of the common over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medicine diphenhydramine (Benadryl) can lead to serious heart problems, seizures, coma, or even death. We are aware of news reports of teenagers ending up in emergency rooms or dying after participating in the “Benadryl Challenge” encouraged in videos posted on the social media application TikTok.

Words on Wellness October Newsletter

By Benton County Extension · September 23rd, 2020
Attached you will find your edition of the October 2020 Words on Wellness newsletter.Click to View.This edition features:· Home Food Preservation: Apples and Tomatoes· Recipe for Apple Cinnamon Bread· Take a Hike· Lunch and Learn! Stay well,For resources to use during the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit our Finding Answers Now page.

Sauer retires after 42 years of service

By Valerie Close, Editor · September 16th, 2020
Leeann Sauer, an LPN for Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab has retired after 42 years of service. She was the longest-serving nurse at VGNR. "She dedicated her life to making the resident's lives better. Leeann has always gone the extra mile by spending time with residents, making them something that would make them smile-often on her own time.

Keeping the Blood Supply Safe for Patients in Need

By Virginia Gay Hospital · September 15th, 2020
Each year, LifeServe Blood Center performs more than one million tests on blood products collected from volunteer blood donors. Each individual blood unit is put through fifteen tests to ensure its safety! These tests are performed in a state-of-the-art laboratory to make sure every blood product is safe to transfuse to a hospital patient.

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