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Great River Heart and Vascular Center Earns Certification

December 21, 2009 – Great River Heart and Vascular Center has earned accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). Accreditation, which is voluntary, sign…

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Hospital to Offer Seasonal Flu Vaccines for Adults and Children

December 21, 2009 – Great River Medical Center will offer seasonal flu vaccinations to adults and children ages 4 and older in the Mercy Plaza lobby at these times:8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 218 a.m. to Noon Tuesda…

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Great River Medical Center Offers 12-week Weight-loss Competition

December 14, 2009 – Great River Medical Center is accepting applications for its Operation Transformation Contest - a 12-week weight-loss competition starting in January 2010. Contestants will learn about and practice pr…

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Hematology and Oncology Clinic Joins Great River Medical Center

December 14, 2009 – Beginning Monday, Jan. 4, medical oncologist and hematologist Maroun El-Khoury, M.D., will begin providing care through Great River Hematology and Oncology, a new clinic associated with Great River Me…

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Great River Center for Rehab and Clinics Offers Free Balance Screenings

December 1, 2009 – Great River Center for Rehab and Clinics staff will provide free balance screenings from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, in the Blackhawk Room at the Center for Rehab and Clinics, 1401 W. Agency Rd., …

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Great River Medical Center Offers Diabetes Classes

November 24, 2009 – The Great River Diabetes Education Program offers a four-week diabetes class for people who are newly diagnosed and those who have been living with diabetes for years. The next two class series are sc…

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Keepsake Ornaments Accents 2009 Love Tree Program

November 24, 2009 – 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 Medical Center Offers Prenatal Classes in December

November 24, 2009 – 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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Great River Friends Sponsors Book Fair Dec. 14

November 24, 2009 – 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 will be available at reduced prices from 9 a.m. to 4 …

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Volunteer Honored for Service to Hospice

November 23, 2009 – Jim Blair, Burlington, recently was named a 2009 Honored Hospice Volunteer by the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa, a voluntary organization that works to enhance end-of-life care. Blai…

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Great River Home Health Care Ranked Among Nation's Best

November 23, 2009 – Great River Home Health Care recently was named to the 2009 HomeCare EliteTM, a compilation of the top 25 percent of home health agencies in the United States. Agencies are ranked annually by an …

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Great River Hospice Plans Memorial Service

November 12, 2009 – Great River Hospice invites family and friends of former hospice patients to a memorial service scheduled for 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22, in the West Burlington High School auditorium, 408 W. Van Weiss, …

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Great River Mental Health Welcomes New Physician

November 12, 2009 – Psychiatrist Melanie Akalal, M.D., will begin seeing patients Monday, Nov. 16, at Great River Mental Health. Dr. Akalal joins psychiatrists Frank Jones, M.D., and Francis Sanchez, M.D, in providing ad…

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Great River Hospice Offers Holiday Grief Program

November 12, 2009 – 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 Medical Center Recognizes Service Heroes

November 3, 2009 – Three Great River Medical Center employees recently were named EXCEL Service Heroes. They are:Stormy Hopp, RN, Emergency Department, Donnellson, IowaSilvia Purvis, Nutrition Services, West BurlingtonS…

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Great River Medical Center Cancels Flu Clinics

October 26, 2009 – Great River Medical Center has cancelled its scheduled flu clinics because it has not received the number of vaccines ordered. If vaccines are received, new clinic dates will be scheduled.

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Great River Medical Center Changes Visiting Guidelines for Flu Season

October 15, 2009 – Great River Medical Center has changed its visiting policy to address the increase in seasonal and H1N1 influenza in the area. General visiting guidelinesChildren and young adults are at high risk for…

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Widows/Widowers Invited to Special Workshop Oct. 22

October 8, 2009 – 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 survival skills fo…

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Great River Medical Center to Offer Season Flu Vaccinations

October 5, 2009 – Great River Medical Center will offer adult seasonal flu vaccinations from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the hospital's main lobby on these Thursdays and Fridays:Oct. 22 and 23Oct. 29 and 30Nov. 5 and …

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Great River Health Systems Supports High-school Athletics

October 5, 2009 – 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 Medicine Specialists Welcomes New Physician

September 29, 2009 – Internist Luzcel Tuazon, M.D., FACP, will begin seeing patients Monday, Oct. 5, at Great River Medicine Specialists. Dr. Tuazon joins internists Rommel Adajar, M.D., and John Rashid, M.D., in providin…

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Hospital Offers Screening for Peripheral Arterial Disease

September 15, 2009 – Great River Medical Center will offer a free peripheral arterial disease screening from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Grayhound Room, lower level, Eastman Plaza, 1223 S. Gear Ave., West B…

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Great River Medical Center Opens Physician-Supervised Weight-Loss Clinic

September 14, 2009 –  Great River Medical Center recently opened the Healthy Living Clinic - a comprehensive, physician-supervised service designed to help people reach weight goals by incorporating education, meal plans …

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Hospital to Host Party for Inpatient Rehabilitation Patients

September 11, 2009 – Great River Medical Center's inpatient rehabilitation staff will host a party for current and former inpatient rehabilitation patients on Thursday, Sept. 24.Social time begins at 4:30 p.m. in the …

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Great River Center for Rehab and Clinics Offers Free Diabetic Foot Screenings

September 10, 2009 – Great River Center for Rehab and Clinics staff will provide free diabetic foot screenings from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the Center for Rehab and Clinics, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington.Th…

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Great River Friends Sponsors Book Fair Sept. 24, 25

September 10, 2009 – 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 will be available at reduced prices from 9 a.m. to 4 …

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Great River Medical Center Requires Photo ID at Registration

August 27, 2009 – Great River Medical Center now requires patients to show photo identification when registering. The requirement is in preparation for compliance with the Federal Trade Commission's "Red Flags…

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Great River Health Systems Offers Sports Medicine Clinic for Student Athletes

August 25, 2009 – Great River Health Systems is providing the Saturday Sports Medicine Clinic to area student athletes. The clinic is available from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Aug. 29 to Oct. 31, at Great River Orth…

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Great River Hospice Plans Volunteer Training

August 17, 2009 – 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 program …

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Great River Friends Sponsors Handbag Sale Aug. 27, 28

August 13, 2009 – In keeping with its mission to support Great River Medical Center, Great River Friends is sponsoring a two-day handbag sale. Boutique to You offers styles comparable to popular designers. Prices range…

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Great River Nephrology to Open Aug. 17

July 31, 2009 – On Monday, Aug. 17, Great River Health Systems will open a clinic dedicated to the treatment of kidney diseases and specific cardiovascular conditions. Great River Nephrology will provide a comprehens…

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Great River Health Systems Offers Free Coaches Clinic

July 20, 2009 – Great River Health Systems will present a free clinic for coaches at all levels from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, in the Nike Room at Great River Medical Center, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlingto…

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Open House Set for Great River Physical Therapy in Wapello

July 14, 2009 – An open house for Great River Physical Therapy in Wapello, Iowa, is scheduled from Noon to 1 p.m. Monday, July 27. Great River Physical Therapy is at 835 Washington St., Wapello. Refreshments will be …

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Great River Center for Rehab and Clinics Offers Free Diabetic Foot Screening

July 6, 2009 –  Great River Center for Rehab and Clinics staff will provide free diabetic foot screenings from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 17, at the Center for Rehab and Clinics, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlingt…

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Mystery Ride to Raise Money for Hospice

July 2, 2009 – District 18 ABATE of Iowa will sponsor its Fifth Annual Mystery Ride Saturday, July 18, to raise money for Great River Hospice, West Burlington, and Lee County Hospice, Fort Madison, Iowa. A shotgun s…

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Great River Medical Center to Host Long-term Care Forum

June 17, 2009 – Long-term care insurance will be the topic of a public forum scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 9, in the Walnut Conference Room at Great River Medical Center, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlingto…

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Spine Surgeon Performs Procedure to Replace Damaged Discs in Neck, Back

June 11, 2009 – Great River Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in Iowa to offer artificial disc replacement surgery in the cervical spine (neck) and lumbar spine (low back). The surgery is performed by Doug…

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Great River Medical Center Wins Environmental Awards

June 11, 2009 – In 2008, Great River Medical Center recycled enough waste to top the weight of a fully loaded 400-passenger Boeing 747 jet. The Nutrition Services Department alone collected tin cans equivalent to the…

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Team BEAST to Hold First Youth Triathlon June 28

June 3, 2009 – Team BEAST (Burlington Endurance Athlete Sports Team) has scheduled its first youth triathlon to begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 28, in Dankwardt Park, 2700 S. Main St., Burlington, Iowa. Youth ages 7 to…

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Lake Geode Challenge Triathlon Set for July 11

June 2, 2009 – The Lake Geode Challenge triathlon is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at Geode State Park in Danville, Iowa. The Olympic-distance event provides triathletes of all abilities with a …

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Great River Hospice to Host Drive-in Movie June 13

June 2, 2009 – Great River Hospice is bringing back a summer tradition. A Night at the Drive-in is scheduled Saturday, June 13, in the Great River Medical Center's employee parking lot. A full-size drive-in movi…

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Great River Center for Rehab and Clinics Offers Free Balance Screenings

May 28, 2009 – Great River Center for Rehab and Clinics staff will provide free balance screenings from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at the Center for Rehab and Clinics, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington.E…

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Great River Friends Donates Money, Announces Scholarship Recipients

May 28, 2009 – Great River Friends recently disbursed $26,600. Ten area students who are pursuing careers in health care received $1,000 scholarships. The remainder was given to Great River Health Systems for projec…

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Great River Health Systems Disburses Community Endowment Funds

May 27, 2009 – Thirty-five area organizations received disbursement checks from Great River Health Systems’ Community Endowment Foundation during a reception at the hospital Wednesday, May 27. The amount provi…

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Great River Medical Center Recognizes Staff Members for Excellence in Practice

May 19, 2009 – Fifteen Great River Health Systems employees and three physicians were recognized in six categories Thursday, May 14, for exemplary practice that exceeded expectations in helping patients, patients…

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Wapello Clinic Offers Service for Routine Blood Tests

May 12, 2009 – 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 Noo…

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Great River Physical Therapy Opens in Wapello

May 8, 2009 – Great River Medical Center is bringing complete physical therapy services to Wapello, Iowa. Great River Physical Therapy will open Monday, May 11. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and …

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Great River Hospice Seeks Musicians

May 8, 2009 – Great River Hospice will hold an orientation for musicians interested in volunteering for its music care program. Music can help patients at end of life alleviate pain, enhance memory, improve co…

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Heritage Medical Equipment and Supplies Receives Accreditation

May 8, 2009 – Heritage Medical Equipment and Supplies has received the Exemplary ProviderTM Certificate of Accreditation from The Compliance Team, the durable medical equipment industry's first measured continu…

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Great River Center for Rehab and Clinics Offers Free Diabetes Foot Screening

May 4, 2009 –   Great River Center for Rehab and Clinics staff will provide free diabetic foot screenings from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 15, at the Center for Rehab and Clinics, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlingt…

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Surgeon Joins Great River Orthopedic Specialists

April 30, 2009 – Orthopedic surgeon Christopher Dupuis, M.D., has joined Great River Orthopedic Specialists, and he will begin seeing patients Monday, May 4, at the clinic's offices on Great River Medical Center&#…

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Great River Hospice Director Represents Patients, Families on Capitol Hill

April 30, 2009 – Chris Oleson, RN, director, Great River Hospice, recently joined about 450 hospice advocates from across the country in urging Congress to protect access to compassionate, high-quality end-of-life car…

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Great River Friends to Hold Jewelry Fair May 7, 8

April 21, 2009 – 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, including watches, wallets and …

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Great River Hospice Offers Free Program to Remember Mothers

April 17, 2009 – 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 2, in the lobby of Mercy Plaza, 1225 S. Gea…

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Memorial Balloon Release Set for April 11

April 3, 2009 – A balloon release honoring loved ones who have died is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in the Memorial Garden at Great River Hospice House, 1306 S. Washington Rd., West Burlington. It is spons…

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Hoover Named Great River Health Systems Employee of the Year

April 3, 2009 – Jill Hoover is Great River Health Systems' EXCEL Employee of the Year for service during 2008. She is a registered nurse and case manager at Great River Home Health Care and Hospice. She has worke…

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Leaming Named Klein Center Employee of the Year

April 3, 2009 – Chuck Leaming is Great River Klein Center's EXCEL Employee of the Year for service during 2008. Leaming, of Burlington, has worked at the Klein Center since February 2006. He drives the center'…

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Great River Center for Rehab and Clinics Offers Diabetic Foot Screening

March 31, 2009 – Great River Center for Rehab and Clinics staff will provide free diabetic foot screenings from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the center, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. The screening is f…

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Great River Medical Center Offers Summer Volunteer Program for Teens

March 31, 2009 – 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 2009 program is scheduled from Monday, June 15, t…

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Great River Hospice Plans Volunteer Training

March 31, 2009 – Great River Hospice is offering a four-part volunteer training program in April. Hospice volunteers may work with patients and their families in their homes or Great River Hospice House. Volunteers al…

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Great River Klein Center Receives Five-star Rating

March 18, 2009 – Great River Klein Center has received the highest rating in a new service from the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS). The Five-Star Quality Rating System was created to help consumers, …

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Free Grief Workshop Scheduled on March 28

March 17, 2009 – Tear Soup: 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 underst…

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Hospital and SCC Offer Free Pitching and Throwing Skills Clinic

March 10, 2009 –   Coaches and health professionals from Great River Medical Center and Southeastern Community College are teaming to provide a Baseball and Softball Pitching and Throwing Clinic for Little-League…

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Great River Health Systems' Television Show Wins Telly Award

March 10, 2009 – An episode of PulseBeat, a half-hour television newsmagazine produced by Great River Health Systems, recently received a 2009 Bronze Telly Award. The winning episode, which aired in September 2008, fo…

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Great River Friends Sponsors Book Fair March 27

March 9, 2009 –   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 will be available at reduced prices from 9 a.m…

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Event Scheduled to Introduce Youth to Sport of Triathlon

March 3, 2009 –  A hands-on educational clinic designed to introduce area youth the to the multi-sport of triathlon is scheduled from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Burlington Area Community YMCA-YWCA, …

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High Performance Program Offers Pedaling Assessments to Cyclists

March 2, 2009 – Pedaling efficiency assessments for cyclists will be provided by Great River Medical Center's High Performance Program from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at the Center for Rehab and Cli…

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Orthopedic Surgery Group Joins Great River Health Systems

February 27, 2009 –  Beginning Monday, March 2, Jameson Orthopedic Clinic will join Great River Health Systems and be renamed Great River Orthopedic Specialists.The clinic's medical staff includes:Theron Jameson…

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Godfrey Joins Great River Hospice

February 19, 2009 – Becky Godfrey has been named volunteer coordinator at Great River Hospice. She had worked for Girls Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois for 15 years, coordinating volunteers and youth at Camp …

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Great River Business Health Joins AgriSafe Network

February 12, 2009 – Great River Business Health has been selected as a member of the AgriSafe™ Network. The network offers preventive health and safety services specifically designed to address the types of exposur…

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Great River Friends to Hold Jewelry Fair Feb. 26, 27

February 12, 2009 – 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, including watches, wallets and …

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Great River Friends Holds Membership Drive

February 12, 2009 – Great River Friends’ annual membership drive is under way. Members are dedicated to supporting Great River Health Systems and the patients it serves through their gifts of time, talent and treas…

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Great River Medical Center Receives Top Honors for Energy Use

February 12, 2009 – Grumman/Butkus Associates, nationally recognized health-care energy consultants, again ranked Great River Medical Center the nation’s most energy-efficient hospital. Great River Medical Center p…

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Great River Friends Accepting Scholarship Applications

February 9, 2009 – Great River Friends is accepting applications for $1,000 scholarships for the 2009-2010 school year. Scholarships are for high-school seniors and adults who are or have been in the workforce and want …

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Great River Business Health Joins WORKSAFE IOWA’s Occupational Medicine Associates Network

January 30, 2009 – Great River Business Health has been selected as a member of WORKSAFE IOWA’s Occupational Medicine Associates Network. The network is a consortium of 10 hospital-based occupational health clinic…

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Great River Health Systems Accepting Community Endowment Applications

January 30, 2009 – 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 Medical Center Offers Class for Coping With Grief

January 26, 2009 – Great River Medical Center is pleased to present “Grieving: the Journey to Healing,” a nine-class program to help survivors recognize and accept the reality of death, share their feelings, learn copin…

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Peitz Earns Two Medical Staff Services Certifications

January 26, 2009 – Becky Peitz, medical staff coordinator at Great River Medical Center, has earned two certifications from the National Association of Medical Staff Services. Awarded were the Certified Provider Credent…

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High Performance Program Offers Pedaling Assessments to Cyclists

January 26, 2009 – Pedaling efficiency assessments for cyclists will be provided by Great River Medical Center’s High Performance Program from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, and Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Center for…

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Great River Medical Center to Host Meeting for Potential Volunteers

January 13, 2009 – A meeting for people who are interested in becoming volunteers at Great River Medical Center is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the Oak Room on the lower level of the hospital, 1221 …

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Great River Medical Center to Offer Health-career Workshop Feb. 12

January 7, 2009 – Great River Medical Center will offer a health-career workshop from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, for high-school students and displaced workers to help them decide if a health-care career is the …

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Great River Cancer Care Center Names New Medical Director

January 6, 2009 – Radiation oncologist William McGinnis, M.D., has been named the full-time medical director for Great River Cancer Care Center. Dr. McGinnis had been filling this role on a part-time, interim basis sin…

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