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Health And Fitness

Benton County Public Health Role in Novel Coronavirus Response

Benton County Public Health continues to work with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local partners to monitor and respond to novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019, and has since been detected in other parts of the world, including the U.

Health & Wellness Exhibitors Needed!

Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation is seeking health and safety-related businesses and organizations to share their expertise on healthy lifestyle topics with our community. The Sixth Annual Benton County Community Health and Wellness Fair will be held from 8 am to noon on Saturday, April 4, at the Vinton-Shellsburg High School.Plans for the 2020 event include a variety of activities designed to showcase all the health-related resources available to residents in Benton County.
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It’s Not Too Late to Protect You and Your Family From the Flu

 Surveillance by the Iowa Department of Public Health and Benton County Public Health, and testing by the State Hygienic Laboratory indicate flu activity continues to be widespread in Iowa. The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. “As long as flu viruses are circulating, it’s not too late to get the vaccine,” said Benton County Public Health Director Katie Cox, BSN, RN.

Virginia Gay Hospital welcomes Vinton native Wes Lyons to hospital staff

It’s a homecoming for Vinton native, Wes Lyons, PA-C, who is joining the staff at Virginia Gay Hospital as an Emergency Room/Hospitalist.Lyons is a graduate of Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Drake University, Des Moines, a master's in public health from George Washington University, Washington, D.

PRZ Activity Calendar

Peer Support Center calendar for February, activities held at the Rural Access Center Conference Room, The center is located at 811 D. Ave.Player's choice of games, adult coloring and conversation topic happening every day.5th Art Therapy, coloring, discussion and craft day12th Movie 19th Dealing with Anxiety, Learn simple coping mechanisms26t
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February 2020 WOW newsletter

Attached you will find your edition of the February 2020 WOW newsletter. Click to viewThis edition features:5 Reasons to Love AvocadosRecipe for Veggie Bean WrapHandling Avocados SafelySafe Walking on Snow and Ice

H.O.P.E. Suicide Prevention Training Workshop

BENTON-IOWA COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP FOR PROTECTING CHILDREN BRINGS H.O.P.E. SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING WORKSHOP TO VINTON. VINTON, IOWA— Hints, Ask Openly About Suicide, Validate Pain, Explore Reasons to Live—these are the four pillars of H.O.P.E. Suicide Prevention Training, set to take place in the Tilford Elementary School Auditorium, 308 E.


Click to view flyerThe child may not remember, but the body remembers.Benton-Iowa Community Partnership for Protecting Children is pleased to announce Patti (Wachtendorf) Lund, recently retired Iowa State Penitentiary warden, will be giving a talk on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Blairstown Community Center, 305 Locust Street NW. The program will begin with a showing of the 60-minute documentary RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.
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Atkins Family Medical Clinic announces staff changes

Stephanie Vogeler Virginia Gay Hospital and the Atkins Family Medical Clinic are announcing changes to staff that will take effect in February 2020. Stephanie Vogeler, PA-C, has submitted her resignation. Her last day with the organization will be Friday, February 28, 2020. She has been providing quality healthcare to patients in Atkins since 2012. “Although she will be missed, Virginia Gay Hospital administration and staff wish her well,” says Tammy Hicok, RN/BSN.


Blood donors who roll up their sleeve to make a lifesaving gift with LifeServe Blood Center can give someone one more year!One blood donation can save up to three local hospital patients. It’s not just trauma victims who need blood; premature babies, cancer patients, transplant recipients, and new mothers can all use blood as part of lifesaving treatment.
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