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Great River Hospice Receives Special Gift

December 31, 2008 – Every Great River Hospice patient will receive a special gift in 2009 thanks to a local family. Max and Nicole Kamrath, West Burlington, and their extended family have provided 400 teddy bears, which …

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Henry County Health Center to Contract With Great River Health Systems for CEO Recruitment and Employment

December 30, 2008 – Henry County Health Center announced today that it will contract with Great River Health Systems of West Burlington, Iowa, for the recruitment and employment of Henry County Health Center’s next…

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Henry Earns Assistive Technology Certification

December 9, 2008 – Heritage Medical Equipment and Supplies employee Dave Henry has become an assistive technology professional, a certification offered by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society …

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Great River Friends Sponsors Book Fair

December 3, 2008 – In keeping with its mission to support Great River Health Systems, Great River Friends is sponsoring a book fair. Hundreds of books and gift items for last-minute holiday shoppers will be available at…

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Great River Center for Rehabilitation Offers Free Diabetic Foot Screenings

December 3, 2008 – Great River Center for Rehabilitation staff will provide free diabetic foot screenings from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Center for Rehabilitation, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. The …

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Great River Hospice Director Named President

November 26, 2008 – Chris Oleson recently was named president of the Iowa Hospice Organization, a voluntary organization that works to enhance end-of-life care. She is director of Great River Home Health Care and Hospice…

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Volunteer Honored for Service to Hospice

November 26, 2008 – Barb Miller, Burlington, recently was named a 2008 Honored Hospice Volunteer by the Iowa Hospice Organization, a voluntary organization that works to enhance end-of-life care. Miller has been a Great …

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Great River Hospice Holds Holiday Grief Workshop

November 26, 2008 – 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 Mental Health Offers Free Program About Coping With Holiday Blues

November 25, 2008 – The holidays are typically a time of joy. But for some, holiday stress can lead to low mood, sadness and depression. To address this problem, Great River Mental Health is offering a free program a…

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Gift Box Offers One-stop Holiday Shopping

November 24, 2008 – Great River Friends is hosting a one-stop holiday shopping event from Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in the lobby of Mercy Plaza, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington, next to Great River Medical Center…

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Keepsake Ornaments Accent 2008 Love Tree Program

November 19, 2008 – 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 Center for Rehabilitation Offers Free Diabetic Foot Screenings

November 3, 2008 – Great River Center for Rehabilitation staff will provide free diabetic foot screenings from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Center for Rehabilitation, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. The …

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Great River Medical Center Offers Sophisticated Services for Treating Cancer

October 31, 2008 – A diagnosis of cancer is never good news. Yet, there is good news about cancer detection, treatment – and survival. At Great River Medical Center, two physicians specialize in oncology, the study and …

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PulseBeat TV Special Looks at Cancer Care at Great River Medical Center

October 31, 2008 – The next edition of the Emmy-nominated television show PulseBeat will focus on the cancer-care services available at Great River Medical Center. PulseBeat can be seen at the following times and dat…

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Great River Hospice Plans Memorial Service

October 30, 2008 – Great River Hospice invites family and friends of former hospice patients to a memorial service scheduled for 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov.9, at Harmony Bible Church, 21589 Highway 79, Danville, Iowa. Refre…

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Miller Named Administrator of the Year

October 24, 2008 – Great River Klein Center Administrator Dick Miller has received the Excellence in Long Term Care Administrator of the Year Award from the Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA). Under Miller’s direct…

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Great River Medical Center Offers Flu Vaccinations

October 24, 2008 – Great River Medical Center is offering adult flu vaccinations at three locations: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 27 to 31 Hospital’s main lobby, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington 8 …

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Great River Friends to Hold Jewelry Fair Nov. 6, 7

October 24, 2008 – In keeping with its mission to support Great River Medical Center, Great River Friends is sponsoring a two-day jewelry fair. Thousands of items from Masquerade Jewelry will be available for $5. The sa…

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Fun Run/Walk Planned to Benefit Great River Hospice

October 22, 2008 – A Hospice Fun Run/Walk is scheduled at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, beginning on Great River Medical Center’s campus, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. It is sponsored by five community members who shar…

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Great River Home Health Care Ranked Among Country’s Top 100 Home-health Providers

October 22, 2008 – Great River Home Health Care is among the 2008 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 Medical Center Offers Free Pulmonary Function Screenings

October 17, 2008 – Staff members from Great River Medical Center’s Respiratory Care Services will provide free pulmonary function screenings to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the lobby of the M…

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Great River Health Systems Supports High-school Athletics

October 14, 2008 – Two 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 departme…

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Great River Medical Center Offers Free Program About Spine Problems

October 14, 2008 – Great River Medical Center is offering a free program about spine problems. Spine surgeon Doug Foster, M.D., and certified physician assistant Puneet Gupta, P.A.-C., from Great River Spine Clinic in W…

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Great River Center for Rehabilitation Offers Free Diabetic Foot Screenings

October 8, 2008 – Great River Center for Rehabilitation staff will provide free diabetic foot screenings from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 21, at the Center for Rehabilitation, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. The s…

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Great River Medical Center Offers Free Program About Cardiovascular Health

October 8, 2008 – Great River Medical Center is offering a free program about coronary artery and peripheral vascular disease. Interventional cardiologist Abdullah Alwahdani, M.D., will discuss the prevention, diagnosi…

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Great River Medical Center Offers Free Program About Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease

October 6, 2008 – If you have diabetes, plan to attend a free program offered by Great River Medical Center about diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Joseph Morris III, D.O., a nephrologist with Great River Medicine S…

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Great River Hospice House Marks First Anniversary

September 25, 2008 – Great River Hospice House will mark its first anniversary with a garden reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3. The address is 1306 S. Washington Rd., West Burlington. The public is invited f…

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Great River Medical Center Helps Patients, Families and Friends Stay Connected with CarePages

September 11, 2008 – Great River Medical Center is helping patients, families and friends stay connected with CarePages, an online service for sharing the challenges, hopes and triumphs of anyone facing a life-changing he…

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Hospital to Host Party for Inpatient Rehabilitation Patients

September 5, 2008 – Great River Medical Center’s inpatient rehabilitation staff will host a party for current and former inpatient rehabilitation patients on Thursday, Sept. 25. Social time begins at 4:30 p.m. in the …

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Hospital Opens Great River Cardiology; Interventional Cardiologist Named Clinic’s Medical Director

August 28, 2008 – Great River Health Systems has opened Great River Cardiology, a new physician clinic for the treatment of heart-related conditions. Interventional cardiologist Abdullah Alwahdani, M.D., is medical dir…

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Hospital Adds Third Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber

August 28, 2008 – In August, a third hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber was added to Great River Medical Center’s Wound and Hyperbaric Clinic, an outpatient wound-healing clinic at Great River Center for Rehabilitation.…

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Hospital TV Program Nominated for Regional EMMY Award

August 25, 2008 – PulseBeat, a half-hour newsmagazine produced quarterly by Great River Medical Center’s Public Relations Department, has been nominated for a regional EMMY Award by the Mid-American Chapter of the Nati…

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

August 25, 2008 – Beginning Saturday, Aug. 30, Great River Center for Rehabilitation will offer a free Sports Bump and Bruise Clinic to athletes who incur injuries during school athletic events. The clinic is available…

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Physician Joins Great River Medicine Specialists

August 8, 2008 – Nephrologist Joseph Morris III, D.O., will begin seeing patients in August at Great River Medicine Specialists, a multispecialty physician practice on Great River Medical Center’s campus. Dr. Morris j…

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Great River Klein Center’s Dedication to Continuous Quality Improvement Earns National Recognition

August 8, 2008 – Great River Klein Center is one of 312 long-term-care facilities nationwide that have earned the American Health Care Association and the National Center For Assisted Living’s (AHCA/NCAL) Quality Awar…

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Great River Medical Center to Host Medicare Seminar

July 23, 2008 – Learn about Medicare benefits at a free two-hour seminar offered by the Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and Great River Medical Center. Welcome to Medicare will include info…

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Great River Medical Center Names Four EXCEL Service Heroes

July 23, 2008 – Four employees have been named EXCEL Service Heroes at Great River Medical Center. They are: • Katie Darnell, Human Resources, Burlington • Ruth Ganakes, Klein Center, Biggsville, Ill. • Laura Kivl…

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Great River Friends to Hold Jewelry Fair Aug. 21, 22

July 23, 2008 – In keeping with its mission to support Great River Medical Center, Great River Friends is sponsoring a two-day jewelry fair. Thousands of items from Masquerade Jewelry will be available for $5. The sa…

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GRMC Employee Receives Iowa Hospital Association Scholarship

July 17, 2008 – Andrea Williams of Danville, Iowa, has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF), which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association. She is a…

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Great River Medical Center Offers Free Coaches Clinic

July 14, 2008 – Great River Medical Center health, fitness and rehabilitation professionals will present a free clinic this month for all middle-school, high-school and college coaches. Participants will receive one …

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Hospital’s Television Show Wins Advertising Award

June 26, 2008 – PulseBeat, a half-hour newsmagazine produced quarterly by Great River Medical Center’s Public Relations Department, has been recognized in the 25th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards. A national …

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Des Jardins Earns Highest Score on National Examination

June 5, 2008 – Great River Health Systems Corporate Controller Christy Des Jardins earned the highest score in the nation among people who took the physician practice management certification examination between May…

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Great River Medical Center Names Vice President of Quality

June 5, 2008 – Kelly Court has been named Vice President of Quality at Great River Medical Center. She had been the Quality Director at Luther-Midelfort in Eau Claire, Wis. An integrated health system, it is the lar…

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Great River Medical Center’s EEG Services Accredited

June 5, 2008 – Great River Medical Center’s EEG services have been accredited by the EEG Laboratory Accreditation Board of the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potentials Technolo…

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Great River Health Systems Disburses Community Endowment Funds

May 29, 2008 – Thirty area organizations received disbursement checks from Great River Health Systems’ Community Endowment Foundation during a reception at the hospital Wednesday, May 28. The amount provided by Grea…

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Free Seminar Looks at Treatments for Female Urinary Leakage

May 29, 2008 – Urinary leakage affects about 30 percent of the female population in the United States. Learn about the latest treatments at a free health seminar scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, June 9, in the Blackhawk…

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Great River Medical Center Wins National Environmental Award

May 23, 2008 – Great River Medical Center received a Partner for Change Award Wednesday, May 20, from Practice Greenhealth. The award recognizes health-care facilities for reducing waste and pollution, and eliminati…

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Great River Hospice to Host Drive-in Movie June 7

May 23, 2008 – Great River Hospice is bringing back a summer tradition. "A Night at the Drive-in" is scheduled Saturday, June 7, in Great River Medical Center’s employee parking lot. A full-size drive-in movie scree…

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Great River Health Systems Names Excellence Award Winners

May 20, 2008 – Great River Health Systems presented Excellence in Practice Awards Thursday, May 15, to five employees who have demonstrated exemplary practice or performed specific deeds that exceed expectations to …

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Great River Friends Donates Money, Announces Scholarship Recipients

May 20, 2008 – Great River Friends disbursed $27,695 in May. Ten area students who are pursuing careers in health care received $1,000 scholarships. The remainder was given to Great River Medical Center for projects…

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Great River Medical Center Recognizes Service Heroes

May 20, 2008 – Four people who work in the Great River Medical Center’s Acute Care Center were named EXCEL Service Heroes. They are: • Don Harris, certified nursing assistant • Theresa Hillman, certified nursing…

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Three Great River Medical Center Nurses on List of Iowa’s Best

May 20, 2008 – Three Great River Medical Center nurses are among 100 Great Iowa Nurses chosen by the Iowa Nurses Association, Iowa Nurses Foundation, Iowa Hospital Association and University of Iowa College of Nursi…

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Wapello Clinic Offers Service for Routine Blood Tests

May 8, 2008 – Great River Medical Center now offers a phlebotomy service at Wapello Clinic, 406 Mechanic, Wapello, Iowa. A phlebotomist from the hospital's Laboratory will be at the clinic from 8:30 a.m. to Noon ev…

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Great River Medical Center Accredited for Continuing Medical Education

May 5, 2008 – Great River Medical Center has been surveyed by the Iowa Medical Society and awarded full (four-year) accreditation as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians. Continuing medical…

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Lifestyle Program Begins May 15 at Great River Center for Rehabilitation

May 5, 2008 – Create a healthier lifestyle through WellCHOICES, a new 12-week program offered by Great River Medical Center. The first session is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Center for Rehabilit…

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Great River Medical Center Hosts Cardiovascular Education and Screening Event

April 16, 2008 – Health professionals from Great River Medical Center will provide information about the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease during the Cardiovascular …

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

April 8, 2008 – The staff and services of Great River Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Center will be the focus of the next edition of PulseBeat, a half-hour newsmagazine produced quarterly by Great River Medical …

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Great River Hospice House Seeks Musicians for Weekly Entertainment

April 4, 2008 – Great River Hospice will hold an orientation for musicians who are interested in performing for patients and families at Great River Hospice House. The training is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursd…

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Free Baseball and Softball Throwing Symposium Scheduled

April 1, 2008 – Great River Medical Center health, fitness and rehabilitation professionals will present a free symposium on throwing techniques for baseball and softball players of all ages, and their coaches and pa…

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GRMC’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Program Achieves International Accreditation

March 28, 2008 – Great River Medical Center’s entire Inpatient Rehabilitation program has received a three-year accreditation from the Committee on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Specific accredita…

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Murphy, Wykert Named EXCEL Service Heroes

March 28, 2008 – Great River Medical Center has two new EXCEL Service Heroes: Dexter Murphy, Burlington, works in the Plant Operations Department. He has worked at the hospital since July 2002. Diane Wykert, R.…

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Great River Klein Center Names Employee of the Year

March 28, 2008 – Joyce Heinzel is Great River Klein Center’s EXCEL Employee of the Year for service during 2007. Watson, of Burlington, has worked at the Klein Center since August 2004. She is a certified nursing assi…

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Free Great River Medical Center Program Looks at Shortness of Breath

March 18, 2008 – Great River Medical Center is offering a free program about shortness of breath. Pulmonologist Ronald Reodica, M.D., will discuss the diagnosis and treatment of different conditions that cause shortne…

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Milani Named Medical Director for Great River Business Health

March 17, 2008 – Jim Milani, D.O., has joined Great River Business Health as the clinic’s Medical Director. Great River Business Health works with area employers to provide prompt, comprehensive and cost-effective med…

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Great River Hospice to Host Live Teleconference on Child and Adolescent Grief

March 17, 2008 – Great River Hospice will host Living with Grief: Children and Adolescents, a live teleconference via satellite, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the private dining room, Building 400, a…

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Great River Medical Center to Offer Health-career Workshop April 3

March 17, 2008 – Great River Medical Center will offer a health-career workshop from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 3, for high-school students and displaced workers to help them decide if a health-care career is the …

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Great River Medical Center Offers Teen Volunteer Program

March 12, 2008 – Students who are at least 14 years old by June 1 are invited to join Great River Medical Center’s Junior “Volunteen” program. The summer 2008 program is scheduled from Monday, June 9, through Friday, …

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Great River Hospice Plans Volunteer Training

March 12, 2008 – Great River Hospice is offering a four-part training program in two locations. Hospice volunteers may work with patients and their families or help the program in many other ways, such as providing fo…

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Free Bereavement Workshop Scheduled April 5

March 12, 2008 – “A Recipe for Healing” is the title of a free bereavement workshop offered by Great River Home Health Care and Hospice. Based on the book Tear Soup, the workshop will provide a better understanding of…

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Great River Medical Center Names New Leaders

February 29, 2008 – Great River Health Systems recently promoted two people to new positions: Brian Anderson is director of the Heritage Family and Heritage Park pharmacies on Great River Medical Center’s campus. He b…

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Great River Hospice to Host Grief-sharing Programs

February 27, 2008 – A monthly support program for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Great River Hospice House, 1306 S. Washington Rd., West Burling…

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Seminar Looks at Green Light Laser Treatment for Male Urinary Problems

February 26, 2008 – Green light laser treatment offers a safe solution to men suffering from an enlarged prostate. The public may learn about this new service and treatment choices for other urological problems at a free…

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Great River Health Systems Names Employee of the Year

February 26, 2008 – Terry Watson is Great River Health Systems’ EXCEL Employee of the Year for service during 2007. Watson, of Wever, Iowa, has worked at Great River Medical Center since December 2004. He is a security o…

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Borchard Elected to Public Relations Society Board

February 26, 2008 – Craig Borchard was elected to the board of directors for the Quad Cities Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Borchard, of Burlington, has been director of marketing and public relation…

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Great River Medical Center to Offer Building Strong Families

February 22, 2008 – Great River Medical Center is offering a new educational program for parents and adolescents who want to strengthen family ties. Building Strong Families focuses on improving communication and conflic…

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New Lifestyle Program Begins Feb. 19 at Great River Center for Rehabilitation

February 11, 2008 – Create a healthier lifestyle through WellCHOICES, a new 12-week program offered by Great River Medical Center. The first session is scheduled from noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Center fo…

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Great River Medical Center Offers Diabetes Classes

February 4, 2008 – The Great River Diabetes Education Program is offering group diabetes classes in February. A four-week afternoon series is scheduled to begin Monday, Feb. 11; a morning series is set to begin Thursday…

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Great River Medical Center to Offer Health-career Workshop March 6

February 4, 2008 – Great River Medical Center will offer a health-career workshop from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 6, for high-school students and displaced workers to help them decide if a health-care career is the …

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Great River Friends to Hold Jewelry Fair

January 22, 2008 – 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 Friends Holds Membership Drive

January 22, 2008 – 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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Great River Friends Accepting Scholarship Applications

January 22, 2008 – Great River Friends is accepting applications for $1,000 scholarships for the 2008-2009 school year. Scholarships are for high-school seniors and transitional college students pursuing college degrees…

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Great River Medical Center Offers Free Program About Back Pain

January 17, 2008 – Great River Medical Center is offering a free program about back pain. Spine surgeon Doug Foster, M.D., will discuss the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of back pain, and answer attendees’ questio…

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