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Babies born at Great River Medical Center receive purple caps in November

November 14, 2013 – Every baby born at Great River Medical Center in November is leaving the hospital wearing a handmade purple cap. The caps are reminders to parents that all infants cry – sometimes inconsolably &…

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Health system craft fair coming Nov. 22

November 7, 2013 – Great River Health Systems’ Employee and Volunteer Craft Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in Mercy Plaza Lobby and the Blackhawk Room. The address is 1225 S. Gear Ave., W…

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Great River Health Systems employees, program receive state awards

October 14, 2013 – Three Great River Health Systems employees and a program at Great River Klein Center were recognized this month at annual meetings for statewide associations. The Klein Center took top honors in thre…

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Skin care, makeup workshop offered for women with cancer

October 14, 2013 – A free workshop for women being treated for cancer is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Great River Medical Center, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. Look Good … Feel Better is a …

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Health Care Summit Focuses on the New Provider-Payer Partnership

October 7, 2013 – Great River Health Systems and Two Rivers Insurance Services are teaming to present a health care summit about the new provider-payer partnership. The half-day summit is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. …

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Great River Friends to hold jewelry fair Oct. 16, 17, 18

September 25, 2013 – In keeping with its mission to support Great River Health Systems, Great River Friends is sponsoring a three-day jewelry fair. Thousands of items from Masquerade® jewelry, including scarves, watch…

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Great River Hospice to Host Grief-sharing Program

September 25, 2013 – A support program for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 4 at Great River Hospice House, 1306 S. Washington Road, West Burlington. “Fi…

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Two Great River Hospice volunteers honored

September 25, 2013 –   Donna Williams Arleen Starman Great River Hospice volunteers Arleen Starman, Burlington, and Donna Williams, Wapello, recently were named 2013 Honored Hospice Vol…

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Great River Health Systems Supports High-school Athletics

September 25, 2013 – 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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Widows/Widowers Invited to Special Workshop Oct. 8

September 25, 2013 – Great River Hospice is sponsoring a workshop to help widows and widowers cope with the unique feelings and experiences associated with the death of a spouse. Participants will learn skills to help the…

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Great River Hospice Fun Run/Walk Set for Nov. 9

September 24, 2013 – The sixth annual Great River Hospice Fun Run/Walk is scheduled at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, beginning on Great River Medical Center’s campus, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. The event is spon…

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Great River Health Systems ranks fourth among Top 100 best places to work

September 24, 2013 – Great River Health Systems has been recognized as one of the best places to work in Iowa, according to a recent Des Moines Register survey. Great River Health Systems ranked fourth in the large compan…

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Great River Health Systems to offer health-career workshop Oct. 3

September 20, 2013 – Great River Health Systems will offer a health-career workshop from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, for high school students and displaced workers to help them decide whether health care is a possibl…

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Health system and support group host premiere party for The Michael J. Fox Show

September 16, 2013 – Great River Health Systems and the Southeast Iowa Area Parkinson’s Support Group will host a premiere party for The Michael J. Fox Show Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Great River Wellness Plaza, 140…

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Retirement reception set for orthopedic surgeon Jerry Jochims

September 13, 2013 – The public is invited to a retirement reception for Jerry Jochims, M.D., from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in the atrium at Great River Wellness Plaza, 1401 W. Agency Road, West Burlington, Iowa. …

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Great River Hospice Plans Volunteer Training

September 12, 2013 – Great River Hospice is looking for additional volunteers to help meet the needs of people at end-of-life and their families in Des Moines, Henry, Lee and Louisa counties. A four-part training is sche…

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Great River Health Systems medical staff recruiter earns Fellow designation

September 10, 2013 – K.C. Fleming, medical staff recruiter, Great River Health Systems, earned the Fellow designation from the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR). The designation comes after a year of classw…

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Hospital to Host Party for Inpatient Rehabilitation Patients

September 3, 2013 – Great River Medical Center’s inpatient rehabilitation staff will host a party for current and former inpatient rehabilitation patients Thursday, Sept. 19. Social time begins at 4:30 p.m. in the…

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Great River Hospice to Host Grief-sharing Program

August 27, 2013 – A support program for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday, September 6 at Great River Hospice House, 1306 S. Washington Road, West Burlington. “…

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Great River Health Systems Offers Program About Prostate Cancer

August 20, 2013 – A free program about the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in the Blackhawk Room at Great River Wellness Center, 1401 W. Agency Road, West Burl…

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Public invited to see Great River Health Systems’ new gym and orthopedic surgery offices

August 19, 2013 – An open house for the new gym and Orthopaedic Specialists offices at Great River Wellness Plaza is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, on Great River Health Systems’ campus, 1401 W. Age…

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Infectious Disease Physician Joins Great River Medicine Specialists

August 16, 2013 – Souha Haydoura, M.D., a physician who specializes in the treatment of infectious diseases, has joined the medical staff at Great River Medicine Specialists. An infectious-disease specialist is an int…

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Great River Health Systems Offers Free Balance Screenings

August 15, 2013 – Great River Health Systems physical therapists will provide free balance screenings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Great River Wellness Plaza, 1401 W. Agency Road, West Burlington. …

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Great River Friends Annual Giving Campaign underway

August 15, 2013 – Great River Friends’ Circle of Friends Annual Giving Campaign is underway. The money raised will support programs and projects at Great River Health Systems and provide scholarships for students…

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Great River Health Systems to dedicate donor memorial garden Aug. 25

August 13, 2013 – Great River Health Systems will dedicate a garden representing the gift of organ and tissue donation at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. The Jeffery L. Weigert Donor Memorial Garden is on the north side of the…

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Order T-shirts to Color Community Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

August 12, 2013 – Heritage Medical Equipment and Supplies encourages everyone to Color Our Community Pink Friday, Oct. 4, in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds will benefit the American Can…

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Great River Orthopaedic Specialists Adding Services, Moving to New Location

August 8, 2013 – Great River Orthopaedic Specialists has added rheumatologist Dany Saad, M.D., and spine surgeon Doug Foster, M.D., to its medical staff. In addition, the practice will be one of the first services to …

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Skin care, makeup workshop offered for women with cancer

July 17, 2013 – A free workshop for women being treated for cancer is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at Great River Medical Center, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. Look Good … Feel Better is a …

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Free Coaches Clinic

July 17, 2013 – Staff from Great River Health Systems will provide a free clinic for all sports and coaching levels from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, in the Maple Room at Great River Medical Center, 1221 S. Gear Ave.,…

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Nurse practitioner joins The Keokuk Clinic

July 15, 2013 – Nurse practitioner Tia Cloke has joined The Keokuk Clinic. She is accepting new patient appointments for acute and chronic conditions, and women’s health care.   Cloke received a Bachelor…

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Walk-in sports physicals offered at Great River QuickCare

July 15, 2013 – Walk-in sports and camp physicals are available for $30 at Great River QuickCare, 624 S. Roosevelt, Suite 101, Burlington. Hours are 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and n…

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Kidney specialist joins Great River Nephrology

July 2, 2013 – Nephrologist Muhammad Khattak, M.D., has joined Great River Nephrology. He is accepting new patient appointments. Dr. Khattak received his medical degree from Khyber Medical College, Pakistan. He com…

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Great River Hospice to Host Grief-sharing Program

June 26, 2013 – A support program for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 5 at Great River Hospice House, 1306 S. Washington Road, West Burlington. “First…

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Great River Health Systems offers camps for student athletes

June 24, 2013 – Great River Health Systems is offering two sports camps for student athletes. Soccer Camp is scheduled July 8 through 18 at Notre Dame Schools’ soccer field, 700 S. Roosevelt, Burlington. It wi…

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Great River Health Systems offers diabetes-education classes

June 19, 2013 – You can lead a full, active and successful life while living with diabetes. Get the information and support you need during the early weeks and months after diagnosis to help you learn how to cope wit…

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Great River Health Systems’ Diabetes Support Group to meet July 2

June 19, 2013 – Great River Health Systems’ Diabetes Support Group is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, in the Maple Room on the Garden Level of Great River Medical Center, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Bu…

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Great River Health Systems provides free prenatal series

June 19, 2013 – Childbirth Preparation is a free, four-week series of prenatal education classes that help take the mystery out of the birth process, alleviate fear and help expectant parents prepare for the memorabl…

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Great River Health Systems offers sibling-preparation class in July

June 19, 2013 – Great River Health Systems is offering a sibling-preparation class from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13. The class helps children develop realistic expectations about their new baby brother or baby…

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Great River Health Systems disburses Community Endowment Funds

June 3, 2013 – Great River Health Systems’ Community Endowment Foundation recently disbursed $119,720 to 24 area organizations. Recipients are selected based on community need and relevance to the foundation&r…

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Great River Health Systems Recognizes Service Hero

June 3, 2013 – Pam Rudy, RN, Emergency Department, was named an EXCEL Service Hero at Great River Health Systems. The health system recognizes employees who demonstrate actions that extend beyond routine, expected …

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Great River Health Systems offers infant and child CPR class

June 1, 2013 – Learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other lifesaving techniques is one of the best gifts you can give your child. The goal of this class is to insure adequate instruction and practice so …

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Great River Hospice to Host Grief-sharing Program

June 1, 2013 – A support program for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 7 at Great River Hospice House, 1306 S. Washington Road, West Burlington. “First…

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Great River Health Systems offers diabetes-education classes

May 22, 2013 – You can lead a full, active and successful life while living with diabetes. Get the information and support you need during the early weeks and months after diagnosis to help you learn how to cope wit…

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Great River Sleep Disorders Center and EEG services accredited

May 22, 2013 – Three services at Great River Medical Center recently received accreditation or reaccreditation. Accreditation provides independent, objective verification of quality and enhances credibility.  …

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Great River Health Systems Names Excellence Award Winners

May 17, 2013 – Great River Health Systems presented Excellence in Practice Awards Thursday, May 9, to five employees and one physician who have demonstrated exemplary practice or performed specific deeds that exceed…

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Great River Friends sponsors book fair May 16, 17

May 6, 2013 – In keeping with its mission to support Great River Health Systems, Great River Friends is sponsoring a book fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 16 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 17, in the Merc…

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Great River Hospice to Host Grief-sharing Program

May 2, 2013 – A support program for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 3 at Great River Hospice House, 1306 S. Washington Road, West Burlington. “First …

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Great River Hospice Offers Free Program for Remembering Mothers

May 2, 2013 – Great River Hospice is offering a free program for women whose mothers have passed away. "Hats My Mother Wore" is scheduled from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at Great River Hospice House, 1306 S. …

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Skin care, makeup workshop offered for women with cancer

April 18, 2013 – A free workshop for women being treated for cancer is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, May 6, at Great River Medical Center, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. Look Good … Feel Better is a n…

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Great River Health Systems provides free prenatal series

April 17, 2013 – Childbirth Preparation is a free, four-week series of prenatal education classes that help take the mystery out of the birth process, alleviate fear and help expectant parents prepare for the memorabl…

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Great River Health Systems’ Diabetes Support Group to meet May 7

April 17, 2013 – Great River Health Systems’ Diabetes Support Group is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the Maple Room on the Garden Level of Great River Medical Center, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Bur…

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Great River Health Systems offers diabetes-education classes

April 17, 2013 – You can lead a full, active and successful life while living with diabetes. Get the information and support you need during the early weeks and months after diagnosis to help you learn how to cope wit…

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Great River Health Systems offers sibling-preparation class in May

April 17, 2013 – Great River Health Systems is offering a sibling-preparation class from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4. The class helps children develop realistic expectations about their new baby brother or baby s…

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Great River Health Systems’ Summit Focuses on Health-care Reform and the Workplace

April 5, 2013 – Next month, Great River Health Systems will present a health-care summit about health-care reform and the workplace. The half-day summit is scheduled Thursday, May 16, at the Pzazz! Convention and Eve…

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Hospice Creates Value for Medicare

April 5, 2013 – For years, the hospice and palliative care community has said that hospice enrollment creates cost savings for Medicare. A new report published in the March issue of the journal Health Affairs confirm…

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Great River Health Systems Accepting Community Endowment Applications

March 29, 2013 – Great River Health Systems is accepting applications for funding from its Community Endowment Foundation. The foundation helps foster health-care services that may otherwise not be available to the co…

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Great River Friends to hold jewelry fair April 4, 5

March 19, 2013 – In keeping with its mission to support Great River Health Systems, Great River Friends is sponsoring a two-day jewelry fair. Thousands of items from Masquerade® jewelry, including scarves, watches…

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Free Grief Workshop Scheduled March 23

March 18, 2013 – “Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing” is the title of a free bereavement workshop offered by Great River Home Health and Hospice. Based on the book Tear Soup, the workshop will provide a bette…

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Great River Health Systems’ Junior Volunteen program combines volunteering and education

March 8, 2013 – Great River Health Systems will host its summer Junior Volunteen Program for youth 14 to 18 years old from Monday, June 10 to Friday, Aug. 2. Applications are due Monday, April 1. Students who are int…

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Team BEAST to Host Beaster Bunny 5K March 23

March 5, 2013 – Team Beast will host the second annual Beaster Bunny 5K, Saturday, March 23, at the Burlington Regional RecPlex, 501 S. Broadway, Burlington, Iowa. Great River Health Systems is the event’s lead…

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Great River Health Systems offers diabetes-education classes

February 26, 2013 – You can lead a full, active and successful life while living with diabetes. Get the information and support you need during the early weeks and months after diagnosis to help you learn how to cope wit…

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Great River Health Systems’ Diabetes Support Group to meet March 5

February 26, 2013 –   Great River Health Systems’ Diabetes Support Group is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Maple Room on the Garden Level of Great River Medical Center, 1221 S. Gear Ave.…

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Great River Health Systems provides free prenatal series

February 26, 2013 – Childbirth Preparation is a free, four-week series of prenatal education classes that help take the mystery out of the birth process, alleviate fear and help expectant parents prepare for the memorabl…

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Great River Health Systems offers sibling-preparation class in March

February 26, 2013 – Great River Health Systems is offering a sibling-preparation class from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2. The class helps children develop realistic expectations about their new baby brother or baby…

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Great River Health Systems’ Health-care Careers Workshop Canceled

February 20, 2013 – Because of impending weather conditions, Great River Health Systems’ Health-care Careers Workshop – scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 – has been canceled. The next work…

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Great River Health Systems Partners With National Physician Referral Service

February 13, 2013 – Great River Health Systems has joined 1-800-DOCTORS to help area residents find physicians to meet their needs. The free and confidential service is available to residents of Des Moines, Henry, Lee an…

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Great River Health Systems Offers Running Clinic Feb. 23

February 8, 2013 – Great River Health Systems is offering a clinic for athletes, age 12 and up, who want to improve their running forms and techniques. The clinic is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in t…

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Lake Geode Challenge Selected USAT Midwest Regional Special Qualifier Race

February 8, 2013 – Lake Geode Challenge, an Olympic-distance triathlon in southeast Iowa, has been selected as a regional special qualifier race by USA Triathlon’s Midwest Region. USA Triathlon is the governing bo…

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Great River Audiology Offers Sound Advice About New Technology

February 5, 2013 – Great River Audiology is offering area residents two opportunities to learn about the latest hearing technology from Phonak®, including hearing aids and a wireless microphone that transfers sound …

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Great River Hospice Plans Volunteer Training

February 4, 2013 – Great River Hospice is looking for additional volunteers to help meet the needs of people at end-of-life and their families in Des Moines, Henry, Lee and Louisa counties. A four-part training is sche…

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Great River Health Systems Offers Program About Congestive Heart Failure

January 28, 2013 – A free program about the prevention and treatment of congestive heart failure is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Blackhawk Room at Great River Center for Rehab and Clinics, 1401 W. A…

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Great River Hospice to Host Grief-sharing Program

January 25, 2013 – A support program for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday, February 1 at Great River Hospice House, 1306 S. Washington Road, West Burlington. “F…

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New Klein Center tours offered; move-in date set for March 20

January 23, 2013 – Great River Health Systems is scheduling group tours of the new Great River Klein Center for February and early March. Groups of 10 or more interested in touring the new facility should call the healt…

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Skin care, makeup workshop offered for women with cancer

January 22, 2013 – A free workshop for women being treated for cancer is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Great River Medical Center, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. Look Good … Feel Better is a …

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Great River Health Systems offers diabetes-education classes

January 21, 2013 – People can lead full, active and successful lives while living with diabetes. Get the information and support you need during the early weeks and months after your diagnosis, to help you learn how to …

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Great River Health Systems to offer health-career workshop Feb 21

January 21, 2013 – Great River Health Systems will offer a health-career workshop from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, for high-school students and displaced workers to help them decide whether health care is a possib…

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Great River QuickCare expands hours and adds a second provider

January 14, 2013 – Beginning Monday, Jan. 21, Great River QuickCare will expand its hours to include weekday mornings and weekends. In addition, nurse practitioner Kendra Struck began seeing patients at the clinic earli…

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Great River Medical Center offers advanced, accurate test for heart disease

January 14, 2013 –  Heart disease is a prevalent and deadly ailment in the United States. Early detection is important to successfully treating and even reversing the condition. To help identify potential heart dis…

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Great River Friends Accepting Scholarship Applications

January 4, 2013 – Great River Friends, a community of donors and volunteers that supports Great River Health Systems, is accepting applications for scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year. The goal of the scholarshi…

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Great River Hospice to Host Grief-sharing Program

January 2, 2013 – A support program for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday, January 4 at Great River Hospice House, 1306 S. Washington Road, West Burlington. “Fi…

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