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Great River Medical Center Offers Diabetes Classes

December 26, 2007 – The Great River Diabetes Education Program is offering group diabetes classes in January. A four-week afternoon series is scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 7; a morning series is set to begin Thursday, …

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Great River Medical Center Offers Prenatal Education Classes in January

December 26, 2007 – Great River Medical Center offers free prenatal education classes for expectant mothers, fathers or birth coaches, and children. Classes are led by registered nurses who specialize in obstetrics and e…

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Nine-week Grief Program to Begin at Great River Medical Center

December 26, 2007 – Great River Medical Center will offer a nine-week grief support group. Grieving: The Journal to Healing is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, in the Grayhound Room at the Center for Rehab…

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Heritage Park Pharmacist Serves on State Committee

December 21, 2007 – Tom Greene, R.Ph., Heritage Park Pharmacy, recently began serving on the Iowa Pharmacist Associationís Legislative Affairs Committee. Current issues include Medicare Part D, electronic prescriptions, …

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Great River Medical Center Names Two EXCEL Service Heroes

December 21, 2007 – Carolyn Billings and Shannon Logan are Great River Medical Centerís latest EXCEL Service Heroes. Both are certified nursing assistants. Billings has worked in the Acute Care Center for one year. Sh…

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Great River Friends Sponsors Book Fair

December 18, 2007 – In keeping with its mission to support Great River Medical Center, Great River Friends is sponsoring a book fair for last-minute holiday shoppers. Hundreds of books and gift items will be available at…

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Keepsake Ornaments Accent 2007 Love Tree Program

December 17, 2007 – The Love Tree Program, sponsored by Great River Friends, provides an opportunity to recognize friends and family members during the holidays while helping fund scholarships for students who are pursui…

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Great River Hospice Director Named President-elect

December 12, 2007 – Chris Oleson recently was named president-elect of the Iowa Hospice Organization, a voluntary organization that works to enhance end-of-life care. Oleson is director of Great River Home Health Care an…

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Great River Home Health Care Ranked Among Nationís Best

December 3, 2007 – Great River Home Health Care is among the 2007 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the most successful Medicare-certified home health care providers in the United States. This annual review identifies th…

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Great River Hospice Nurses Certified

December 3, 2007 – Three registered nurses at Great River Hospice recently passed an examination to become certified hospice and palliative care nurses. The nurses are Ann Russell, Burlington; Joyce Stover, Mediapolis; …

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High School Students Invited to Explore Medical Careers

November 16, 2007 – High school students who are interested in health-care careers are invited to the annual kickoff meeting of Great River Medical Centerís Medical Explorers Post. It is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mon…

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Medicare ĎPart Dí Checkup Scheduled Dec. 4

November 16, 2007 – The Iowa Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and Great River Medical Center are offering a Medicare Part D Checkup from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the medical center, 1221 S. G…

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Great River Hospice to Hold Holiday Grief Workshop

November 14, 2007 – Great River Hospice is sponsoring a workshop to help people cope with loss during the holidays. At this time of year, events that once were anticipated with joy may become painful reminders that loved…

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Great River Hospice Plans Memorial Service

November 7, 2007 – Great River Hospice invites families and friends of former hospice patients to a memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Oak Street Baptist Church, 1303 Oak St., Burlington. Refreshments and…

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Great River Hospice Holds Holiday Fund-raisers

November 7, 2007 – Great River Hospice is having fund-raisers which can help simplify your holiday season while supporting ongoing operations of Great River Hospice House. Great River Hospice is taking orders for 1…

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Seminar Looks at New Laser Solutions for Male Urinary Problems

November 5, 2007 – A new outpatient laser treatment, now available at Great River Medical Center, offers a safe solution to men suffering from an enlarged prostate. The public may learn about this new service and treatm…

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Great River Medical Center Offers Flu Vaccinations

October 24, 2007 – Great River Medical Center is offering flu vaccinations to the public from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 to Friday, Nov. 9, and Monday, Nov. 12 to Friday, Nov. 16. The vaccinations will be provided …

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Great River Health Systems Supports High-school Athletics

October 24, 2007 – Four community clinics gave local school districts a double benefit this past summer: They offered student athletic physicals at a reduced price, then donated half the proceeds to the athletic departm…

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Two Physicians Join Great River Medical Center

October 24, 2007 – Two physicians recently joined Great River Medical Centerís medical staff, and will provide care through two clinics. Jonathan Arnold, M.D., began his duties earlier this month as medical director …

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Anderson Named President of State Health-care Society

October 15, 2007 – Gina Anderson was elected president of the Iowa Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations at the societyís fall meeting Oct. 2. Anderson, of Good Hope, Ill., has worked in Great River Medi…

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Great River Medical Center to Offer Health-career Workshop Nov. 1

October 15, 2007 – Great River Medical Center will offer a health-career workshop from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, for high-school students and displaced workers to help them decide if a health-care career is the r…

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Richardson Elected Iowa Hospital Association Treasurer

October 15, 2007 – Great River Medical Center President and CEO Mark Richardson was appointed treasurer of the Iowa Hospital Association Board. The election was held Wednesday, Oct. 3, during the House of Delegates meet…

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GRMCís Sharar Among 12 Iowa Hospital Heroes

October 15, 2007 – A certified nursing assistant at Great River Home Health Care and Hospice was among 12 people honored as the Iowa Hospital Associationís first ďIowa Hospital Heroes.Ē Janice Sharar, of Oakville, Iowa…

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Great River Medical Center Offers Free Pulmonary Function Screenings

October 12, 2007 – Staff members from Great River Medical Centerís Respiratory Care Services will provide free pulmonary function screenings to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the lobby of the M…

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Great River Medical Center to Offer Health-career Workshop Oct. 3

September 25, 2007 – Great River Medical Center will offer a health-career workshop from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, for high-school students and displaced workers to help them decide if a health-care career is the r…

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Gasser Named EXCEL Service Hero at Great River Medical Center

September 25, 2007 – Mike Gasser is Great River Medical Centerís newest EXCEL Service Hero. A registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit, he has worked at the hospital since 1998. He lives in LaHarpe, Ill. Great Riv…

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Winnike Receives National Asthma Certification

September 25, 2007 – Harold Winnike, a registered respiratory therapist at Great River Medical Center, recently became a certified asthma educator, a designation granted by the National Asthma Educator Certification Board…

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Great River Hospice Offers Seminar on End-of-Life Choices

September 17, 2007 – Great River Hospice will offer ďEnd-of-Life Choices,Ē a free public seminar, at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the new Great River Hospice House. The address is 1306 Washington Rd., West Burlington. …

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Great River Hospice House to Open for Tours Sept. 22

September 17, 2007 – The new Great River Hospice House will open its doors for public tours from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled at 1:15 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Great…

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Great Riverís Triathlon Training Center Offers Cycling Clinic

September 7, 2007 – Staff from Great River Medical Centerís USA Triathlon (USAT) Certified Training Center will provide a one-day cycling clinic for both competitive cyclists and those interested in improving basic bike-…

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Great River Friends to Hold Jewelry Fair

September 6, 2007 – In keeping with its mission to support Great River Medical Center, Great River Friends is having a two-day jewelry fair. Thousands of items from Masquerade Jewelry will be available for $5. The sale i…

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Great River Center for Rehabilitation offers Bump and Bruise Clinic for Athletes

September 4, 2007 – Great River Center for Rehabilitation offer free Sports Bump and Bruise Clinics to athletes who incur injuries during school athletic events. The clinic is available from 9 to 11 a.m. every Saturday t…

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Great River Medical Center Names Two EXCEL Service Heroes

August 28, 2007 – Two registered nurses from Burlington have been named EXCEL Service Heroes at Great River Medical Center: Stephanie Barngrover, R.N., works in the Cardiovascular Care Unit. She has worked at the ho…

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Area Triathlon/Endurance Sports Club Plans Open House

August 23, 2007 – Team BEAST (Burlington Endurance Athlete Sports Team), an area triathlon/endurance sports training club, will host an open house for those interested in learning more about the club. It is scheduled f…

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Great River Hospice Plans Volunteer Training in September

August 17, 2007 – Great River Hospice is offering a four-part volunteer training program for those interested in helping at the new hospice house, scheduled to open Wednesday, Oct. 3. Volunteers will help patients and …

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Surgeons Inc. Joins Great River Health Systems and Adds a Physician

August 17, 2007 – Beginning Monday, Aug. 20, Surgeons Inc. will join Great River Health Systems and be renamed Great River Surgeons. In addition, Ingrid Lizarraga, M.D., has joined the practice and will begin seeing pa…

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Great River Health Systems Brings Life Fitness Expo to Westland Mall

August 16, 2007 – Learn how the innovative life-fitness programs offered by Great River Health Systems can improve your life at home, work and play at the Life Fitness Expo, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at West…

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Wound and Hyperbaric Clinic Earns Accreditation

August 15, 2007 – Great River Wound and Hyperbaric Clinic has achieved three-year accreditation by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. The clinic is the second in Iowa to receive this voluntary accreditation. …

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Great River Urology Now Accepting Patient Appointments

August 6, 2007 – Great River Urology, a new clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of urologic conditions, is now accepting patient appointments. The clinic is staffed by urologists Daniel Lee, M.D., and Brian Lindama…

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PulseBeat Highlights Great River Center for Rehabilitationís ĎLife Fitnessí Programs

August 2, 2007 – The "life fitness" programs offered at Great River Center for Rehabilitation will be the focus of the next edition of PulseBeat, a half-hour newsmagazine produced quarterly by Great River Medical Cent…

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Great River Medical Center Wins National Medical Marketing Awards

August 1, 2007 – Great River Medical Center recently received two Aster Awards recognizing communications efforts by the hospitalís Public Relations Department. The Aster Awards are sponsored by Marketing Healthcar…

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Great River Hospice Hosts Drive-in Movie

July 6, 2007 – Great River Hospice is bringing back a summer tradition by hosting a drive-in movie as a fund-raiser for its hospice house, which is being built on Great River Medical Centerís campus in West Burlingt…

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Hay Named EXCEL Service Hero at Great River Medical Center

July 5, 2007 – Paul Hay, P.A.-C., is Great River Medical Centerís newest EXCEL Service Hero. Hay has been a certified physician assistant in the Emergency Department since 1999. He lives in Burlington.

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Great River Health Systems Names Excellence Award Winners

July 5, 2007 – Great River Health Systems recently presented Excellence in Practice Awards to five employees who have demonstrated exemplary practice or performed specific deeds that exceed expectations to help pati…

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Hospital Campus Parking Lot Replacement and Expansion to Begin July 16

July 5, 2007 – A four-stage project to replace and expand the parking lots on the northeast side of Great River Medical Centerís West Burlington campus is scheduled to begin Monday, July 16. The lots also will be re…

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Great River Medical Center Wins Awards for Communications Projects

June 22, 2007 – Great River Medical Center recently received several awards recognizing communications efforts by the hospitalís Public Relations Department. The following projects were honored: ē Web-site home page…

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New Stroke Support Group to Meet June 25

June 15, 2007 – An introductory meeting of new stroke support group is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 25, at Snake Alley Rehabilitation, Great River Medical Center, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. A lig…

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Great River Health Systems Disburses Community Endowment Funds

May 25, 2007 – Thirty-four area organizations received disbursement checks from Great River Health Systemsí Community Endowment Foundation during a reception at the hospital Thursday, May 24. The amount provided by …

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Great River Hospice Offers Personalized Bricks

May 25, 2007 – Great River Hospice is holding a fund-raiser to support its hospice house, which is under construction on Great River Medical Center's campus. Proceeds from the sale of personalized brick pavers will …

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Great River Medical Center Wins National Award for Eliminating Toxic Mercury

May 18, 2007 – Great River Medical Center has received the Making Medicine Mercury-free Award from Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E). The prestigious national award commends Great River Medical Center for ou…

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Childrenís Activities Planned during EMS Open House Sunday, May 20

May 14, 2007 – Children and their parents are encouraged to learn about safety and local emergency medical services (EMS) from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20. The Des Moines County EMS Fair will be in the Great River…

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Great River Health Systems Offers Loan Scholarship Program

May 9, 2007 – Great River Health Systems offers a Non-employee Loan Scholarship Program to students who have been accepted into accredited health-care education programs that support the mission and goals of the ho…

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Great River Medical Center Wins Awards for Communications Projects

May 4, 2007 – Four communications projects produced by Great River Medical Centerís Public Relations Department have been recognized in the 24th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards sponsored by Healthcare Marketin…

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Infant Massage Classes to Begin at Great River Center for Rehabilitation

April 17, 2007 – Great River Center for Rehabilitation will offer infant massage classes from 9 to 10 a.m. the first Saturday of every month beginning May 5. The center is located at 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlingto…

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Great River Medical Center Offers Wound-healing and Diabetes Program and Screenings

April 17, 2007 – Great River Medical Center is offering a program about wound healing and diabetes from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Blackhawk Room at the Great River Center for Rehabilitation, 1401 W. A…

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Great River Medical Center Offers Teen Volunteer Program

April 5, 2007 – Students who are at least 14 years old by June 1 are invited to join Great River Medical Centerís Junior ďVolunteenĒ program. The summer 2007 experience is scheduled from Monday, June 11, through Frid…

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Great River Heart and Vascular Center Provides State-of-the-Art Services

April 4, 2007 – Weíre all familiar with the expression ďserious as a heart attack.Ē Heart attacks are, indeed, a serious matter in southeastern Iowa. Nearly 20 times each month, on average, someone suffering a heart …

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New TV Special Looks at Heart and Vascular Care at Great River Medical Center

April 4, 2007 – A new television documentary called PulseBeat will be broadcast this month to help educate area residents about heart and vascular health. The half-hour show will feature the staff and services of Gre…

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Great River Medical Centerís Diabetes Support Group to Meet April 3

March 29, 2007 – Great River Medical Centerís Diabetes Support Group is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the Walnut Room on the lower level of the hospital. Exercise basics is the topic. The suppor…

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Spinal-cord Injury Support Group Schedules First Meeting April 19

March 29, 2007 – The first meeting of a support group for people with spinal-cord injuries is scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in Snake Alley Rehabilitation at Great River Medical Center, 1221 S. Gear Ave., Wes…

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Great River Hospice Plans Volunteer Training in April

March 23, 2007 – Great River Hospice is offering a four-part volunteer training program at Great River Medical Center, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. Hospice volunteers may work with patients and their families o…

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Lake Geode Challenge Triathlon Set for July 14

March 15, 2007 – The Lake Geode Challenge triathlon is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at Geode State Park in Danville, Iowa. The Olympic-distance event will provide triathletes of all abilities wit…

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Great River Health Systems Names Employees of the Year

March 14, 2007 – Susan Fowler, R.N., B.S.N., is Great River Health Systemsí EXCEL Employee of the Year for service during 2006. Fowler, of Winfield, Iowa, has worked at Great River Medical Center since August 1985. Sh…

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Great River Medical Center Earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition

March 14, 2007 – Great River Medical Center has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory-…

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Great River Health Systems Accepting Community Endowment Applications

March 9, 2007 – 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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Great River Medical Center To Offer Bike-Fit Assessments and Bike Safety Expo

February 16, 2007 – Great River Medical Center will provide bike-fit assessments from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 10, in the lobby of the Mercy Plaza, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington (next to Great River Medical C…

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Rodgers Receives Certificate in Bereavement

February 9, 2007 – Great River Hospice Social Worker Joan Rodgers has earned a Certificate in Bereavement from Madonna University. The certificate is recommended for people with graduate degrees to supplement their clin…

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Great River Medical Center Installs New State-of-the-Art Digital Mammography System

February 9, 2007 – Great River Medical Center is among the first hospitals in Iowa to use a new digital mammography system that significantly enhances physiciansí abilities to detect and diagnose breast cancer in patien…

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Great River Center for Rehabilitation Offers Free Diabetic Foot Screenings

February 8, 2007 – Great River Center for Rehabilitation staff will provide free diabetic foot screenings from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at the Center for Rehabilitation, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. The s…

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Great River Audiology Offers Free Hearing Screenings

January 30, 2007 – Great River Audiology is offering free hearing screenings by doctors of audiology in the communities of Morning Sun, New London, Wapello and West Point, and at the Center for Rehabilitation in West Bu…

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Great River Friends to Hold Jewelry Fair

January 29, 2007 – In keeping with its mission to support Great River Medical Center, Great River Friends is having a two-day jewelry fair. Thousands of items from Masquerade Jewelry will be available for $5. The sale i…

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High School Students Invited to Explore Medical Careers

January 23, 2007 – Great River Medical Centerís Medical Explorers Post offers in-depth experiences for high school students who are interested in medical careers The next meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thur…

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Great River Medical Center Offers Screenings, Education during American Heart Month

January 23, 2007 – In observance of American Heart Month in February, Great River Medical Center is offering a health fair, educational programs and reduced-fee lipid profiles with glucose. The profile measures tota…

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Great River Friends Holds Membership Drive; Group Combines Auxiliary and Volunteers

January 23, 2007 – Great River Friends is a community of donors and volunteers who support Great River Medical Center with their gifts of time, talent and treasure. It combines auxiliary members and volunteers, who shar…

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GRADE A PLUS Presents Death by Chocolate

January 19, 2007 – GRADE A PLUS will host the third annual Death by Chocolate, a fund-raiser to help support the organizationís programs and services. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Comfo…

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Great River Home Health Care Ranked Among Nationís Best

January 16, 2007 – Great River Home Health Care is among the 2006 HomeCare Elite, the inaugural compilation of the most successful home-care providers in the United States. The review names the Medicare-certified age…

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Great River Medical Center Auxiliary Accepting Scholarship Applications

January 15, 2007 – Great River Medical Centerís Auxiliary is accepting scholarship applications for the 2007-2008 school year. Scholarships are for high-school seniors and transitional college students pursuing college …

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Crone Named EXCEL Service Hero at Great River Medical Center

January 10, 2007 – Tonya Crone, R.N., B.S.N., Day Hospital, recently was named an EXCEL Service Hero at Great River Medical Center. She has worked at the hospital since June 1992. Crone lives in Burlington.

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Great River Addiction Services Offers New OWI Combined Program for First Offenders

January 3, 2007 – Great River Addiction Services offers an educational program for people convicted of first-offense Operating While Intoxicated (OWI). The weekend class, conducted in a strict hotel setting, is another…

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