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Great River Physician Receives Wound Specialist Certification

November 18, 2005 – Mark Buettner, D.O., has been certified as a wound specialist by the American Academy of Wound Management. He is one of only three physicians in Iowa to hold a wound-specialist certification. Dr. Buet…

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Great River Medical Center Names Three EXCEL Service Heroes

November 3, 2005 – Three people have been named EXCEL Service Heroes at Great River Medical Center. They are: • Kelly Buhs, Social Work, Burlington • Rich Burlingame, Nutrition Services, Burlington • Randy Gearhart, …

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Great River Medical Center Begins Adolescent Addictions Program

November 3, 2005 – Adolescent alcohol and drug treatment now is available at Great River Addiction Services, a service of Great River Medical Center. Weekly individual sessions with a certified alcohol- and substance-ab…

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Great River Klein Center Earns State Award

November 3, 2005 – The Great River Klein Center is one of two long-term-care facilities in the state to be recognized for meeting criteria for the new Quality First 5-Star Award. The objective of Quality First is to …

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Great River Health Systems Vies for National Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award

October 25, 2005 – Great River Health Systems has been nominated for the American Psychological Association’s National Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize organizations that…

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Great River Klein Center Employee Receives State Honor

October 17, 2005 – Michelle “Skeeter” Arnold, Nutrition Services supervisor at Great River Klein Center in Burlington, has received the Excellence in Long-term Care Award for Dietary Services from the Iowa Health Care A…

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Great River Home Health Care and Hospice Opens Mt. Pleasant Office

October 7, 2005 – Great River Home Health Care and Hospice recently opened an office in Mt. Pleasant to better serve the needs of patients in Henry County. The new office began providing services Thursday, Sept. 15. …

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Great River Health Systems Recognized as One of America’s Healthiest Employers

September 21, 2005 – Great River Health Systems has been recognized again for excellence in worksite health promotion by receiving The Wellness Council of Iowa’s Silver Well Workplace Award. Established in 1991, the award…

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Two Great River Health Systems Clinics Merge

September 21, 2005 – Next month, two existing Great River Health Systems clinics—Great River Internal Medicine and Great River Medicine Specialists—will merge into one office location. The new clinic will retain the name …

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Luna Named EXCEL Service Hero

September 16, 2005 – Armando Luna, R.N., Acute Care Center, recently was named an EXCEL Service Hero at Great River Medical Center. Employees are recognized for actions that extend beyond work requirements. Luna was h…

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Great River Medical Center Recognized for Supporting Employee Army Reserve Officer

August 23, 2005 – The National Committee for Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve has recognized Great River Medical Center and three members of the hospital’s management team for supporting physical therapist Cra…

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Great River Center for Rehabilitation Aquatic Program Best in Nation

August 16, 2005 – Great River Center for Rehabilitation’s aquatic program has been named Top Rehabilitation Center Aquatic Program in the country United States by the United States Water Fitness Association. Last year,…

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David Carlson, M.D., Named Iowa Family Physician of the Year

August 16, 2005 – David Carlson, M.D., is the 2005 Iowa Family Physician of the Year. He received the award Aug. 12 at the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting in Des Moines. The award is presented to one o…

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Physician Joins Burlington Area Family Practice Center

August 10, 2005 – Family-practice physician Aubrey Remmers, M.D., recently joined Burlington Area Family Practice Center in West Burlington. New patient appointments with Dr. Remmers are now being accepted. Dr. Remm…

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Great River Health Systems Clinics Shorten Drive for Medical Services

August 3, 2005 – There’s something special about life in a small town that keeps people there. But it’s getting harder for those who stay to find needed services close to home. At a time when local grocery stores, gas…

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Towlerton Earns Substance-abuse Professional Certification

July 14, 2005 – Jim Towlerton, a substance-abuse counselor with Great River Addiction Services, recently received his certification as a substance-abuse professional (SAP). He is one of only 10 professionals in the s…

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Heritage Medical Equipment and Supplies Offers Lifeline® Personal Response and Support Service

July 13, 2005 – Heritage Medical Equipment and Supplies is now offering Lifeline—an easy-to-use personal response service that helps ensure that older adults living at home get quick help whenever it is needed. “L…

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Great River Medical Center Names Three EXCEL Service Heroes

July 12, 2005 – Three people have been named EXCEL Service Heroes at Great River Medical Center. They are: • Nancy Batt, Volunteer Services, Burlington • Daryl Brown, Material Management, Burlington • Lisa Jacob…

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Spine Surgeon Joins Great River Health Systems

July 8, 2005 – Spine surgeon Douglas Foster, M.D., recently joined Great River Health Systems. His office, Great River Spine Clinic, is located in suite 154 in the Mercy Plaza, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. Pa…

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Heritage Pharmacies to Provide $250 Scholarship and Trophy to BHS/ND Baseball Game Winner

June 7, 2005 – Heritage Pharmacies will award the Heritage Trophy to the winner of the Burlington High School/Notre Dame High School baseball game and a $250 general scholarship to a student athlete from the winning…

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Great River Medical Center Auxiliary Donates Money, Announces Scholarship Recipients

May 31, 2005 – Great River Medical Center’s Auxiliary disbursed $55,220 in May. Eight area students who are pursuing college degrees in health-related fields received a combined total of $10,000 in scholarships. The…

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Great River Health Systems to Disburse Community Endowment Funds

May 18, 2005 – This month, 25 area organizations will be presented with disbursement checks from Great River Health Systems’ Community Endowment Foundation. The amount provided by Great River Health Systems to these…

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GRMC Offers Infant Massage

May 10, 2005 – Great River Center for Rehabilitation has begun offering infant massage. Besides reinforcing bonding, massage also may improve the health and well being of young children. During each session, whi…

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GRMC’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Program Achieves International Accreditation

April 14, 2005 – Great River Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation program has received a three-year accreditation from the Committee on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) A three-year accreditat…

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Heritage Medical Equipment and Supplies First in Area to Provide Portable Liquid Oxygen Systems

April 14, 2005 – Heritage Medical Equipment and Supplies is now providing a convenient portable liquid oxygen system for patients requiring supplemental oxygen. The medical equipment and supplies provider is the first…

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Des Jardins Earns Health-care Finance Certification

April 12, 2005 – Christy Des Jardins, director of Great River Medical Center’s Accounting Department, has become a certified health-care financial professional with specialty in accounting and finance, a certification…

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Heritage Park Pharmacy Fills 1 Millionth Prescription

April 12, 2005 – Heritage Park Pharmacy filled its 1 millionth prescription Monday, April 4. The pharmacy is located in the Eastman Plaza on Great River Health Systems’ campus in West Burlington. One of his two prescr…

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Hoelzen Is Great River Medical Center’s EXCEL Employee of the Month

April 12, 2005 – Sandy Hoelzen is Great River Medical Center’s EXCEL Employee of the Month. Director of the Health Information Management Department, Hoelzen has worked at the hospital for nearly 38 years. She lives i…

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Great River Health Systems Names Employees of the Year

April 12, 2005 – Teresa Bence is Great River Health Systems’ EXCEL Employee of the Year for service during 2004. She has worked at Great River Medical Center since 1964. Bence, of West Burlington, is a registered n…

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Great River Medical Center to Offer the Area’s First Robotic-Assisted Surgery for Prostate Cancer

April 1, 2005 – Great River Medical Center will be the first facility in the area and the third in the state of Iowa to offer advanced robotic surgical technology to patients with prostate cancer. The system incorpor…

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Great River Health Systems Receives Iowa Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award

March 31, 2005 – Great River Health Systems is the recipient of the Iowa Psychological Association’s (IPA) 2005 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award. The award will be presented Saturday, April 9, at the IPA Spring…

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Internal Medicine, P.C., Joins Great River Health Systems and Adds a Physician

March 24, 2005 – Beginning Monday, March 28, Internal Medicine, P.C., a physician practice that specializes in all aspects of adult medicine, will become part of Great River Health Systems and be renamed Great River I…

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GRMC Ambulance Traffic Temporarily Diverted During Construction

March 15, 2005 – Construction of Great River Medical Center’s new gastrointestinal center will begin the week of March 21. As part of the construction project, cranes will be located near the Emergency Department ambu…

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Ford Earns Human Resource Certification

March 15, 2005 – Christy Ford, Human Resources, Great River Medical Center, has earned certification as Professional in Human Resources. To become certified, Ford passed a comprehensive examination by the Human Resour…

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Dr. Jones Receives Professional Certification

February 25, 2005 – Frank Jones, M.D., Great River Mental Health Care Associates, recently was certified by the American Board of Psychology and Neurology, one of 24 medical specialty boards of the American Board of Medi…

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Great River Health Systems Accepting Community Endowment Applications

February 15, 2005 – Great River Health Systems is now accepting applications for funding from its Community Endowment Foundation. The foundation helps foster the development of health-care services that may otherwise not…

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Study Shows Great River Health Systems Provides More Than $7.7 Million in Uncompensated Care and Ser

February 14, 2005 – Great River Health Systems provides $7,753,084 in community benefits to the area, according to an assessment of those programs and services completed late last year. That amount, based on 2003 figures…

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Great River Medical Center Adds Soft Touch to Mammograms

February 14, 2005 – Great River Medical Center is using a new product that eases the discomfort many women feel when they have mammograms. The foam cushion provides a softer and warmer mammogram. “The discomfort from …

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Great River Medical Center Auxiliary Accepting Scholarship Applications

February 9, 2005 – The Great River Medical Center Auxiliary is accepting scholarship applications for the 2005-2006 school year. Scholarships are available to students pursuing college degrees in health-related fields. …

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Mathahs Becomes President of Laboratory Association

February 9, 2005 – Nancy Mathahs, director of Great River Medical Center's Laboratory, has been named president of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association's Iowa chapter. Mathahs joined the medical center team in…

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Great River Hospice Marks Third Anniversary

February 9, 2005 – At just three years old, Great River Hospice recently ranked in the 95th percentile among hospices nationwide that participate in satisfaction surveys conducted by Press Ganey Associates, the nation’s…

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Russell Named EXCEL Service Hero

January 13, 2005 – Ann Russell, R.N., received Great River Medical Center’s EXCEL Service Hero award Jan. 11. A nurse in the Home Health Care and Hospice Department, she coordinated an airplane ride for a hospice patien…

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