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The FDA continues receiving reports about the use of the hand sanitizer made by Eskbiochem. FDA is encouraging healthcare professionals, consumers, and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand sanitizers to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program: Complete and submit the report online; orDownload and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178.

LifeServe Blood Center is asking community members to book an appointment to give blood at an upcoming area blood drive.It’s important that eligible community members continue to give blood regularly to ensure the health of the community. If a hospital patient requires a transfusion, that blood must come from a healthy volunteer donor.

July NEWS (Nutrition Education with Seniors) Newsletter

By Benton County Extension · June 30th, 2020
This edition features:· Sunny Vitamin D· “Raisin” Shine, It’s Sumer Time!· Grocery Shopping and Refrigerator Tips· Recipe for Take Along Trail MixSunny Vitamin D Did you know your skin helps make vitamin D for your body? Sun exposure enables your skin to produce vitamin D. Researchers suggest that just 5 to 30 minutes a day, a couple days each week is enough to make enough vitamin D.

Test Iowa sites relocated in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids

By State Of Iowa · June 12th, 2020
Test Iowa sites in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids will be moved to new locations in those communities later today when testing concludes at 6 p.m. The Des Moines site, currently located at the Iowa Events Center north parking lot, was the first to open in the state on April 25. It will move to Polk County River Place at 2309 Euclid Avenue in Des Moines.

Dr. Brian Meeker was elected vice-president of the Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association.Brian Meeker, D.O. of Vinton, Iowa attended and graduated from Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in 1984. He completed his residency at St. Luke’s Medical Center and internship at Davenport Medical Center.

Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab share guidelines for reopening

By Virginia Gay Hospital · June 8th, 2020
Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab received guidance from Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) on the phased-in reopening of nursing homes. Phase I of the reopening plan does not change any of our current practices until we have 14 days without any positive or suspected cases in staff or residents. We have two staff members off at this time, and we will reevaluate once we have 14 days without having to remove staff from work due to screening positive with symptoms.

The Vinton Red Cross Community Blood Drive will be held Friday, June 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Vinton Skate Center. Due to COVID requirements, you must have an appointment and bring a mask if you have one. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-733-2767, calling Kristie at (319)472-4292, or go online at redcrossblood.

Preserve Your Garden’s Bounty

By Benton County Extension · June 3rd, 2020
Preserving your garden’s summer bounty is a great way to enjoy home-grown produce year round– as long as you don’t serve foodborne illness, like botulism, with your home preserved foods. “Home food preservation is not difficult, but it does require following specific directions exactly,” said Kelsey Salow, Iowa State University, Nutrition and Wellness Specialist.

Virginia Gay Hospital Home Health Agency received best in class

By Virginia Gay Hospital · May 27th, 2020
Congratulations to the Virginia Gay Hospital Home Health Agency staff for receiving customer experience awards from Pinnacle Quality Insight in the following areas: Specific Care Issues; Care From The Agency's Home Health Providers, and Recommend This Agency To Family Or Friends. Over the last twelve months, Pinnacle Quality Insight, a nationally recognized customer satisfaction firm, interviewed patients of Virginia Gay Hospital Home Health Agency regarding their satisfaction levels.

Pass the Love

By Above The Influence Coalition · May 21st, 2020
The Benton-Iowa Community Partnership for Protecting Children and Above the Influence Wellness Coalition are asking you to be part of the Pass the Love Campaign to celebrate the importance of social connections.Individuals of all ages are encouraged to create a card (or two!) for kids receiving inpatient or outpatient services for mental health or behavioral health.

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