Update on Recent Reports of Ill Raccoons
There have been multiple reports of ill raccoons around the Harlan area this spring. Some raccoons were tested; the lab confirmed that they were infected with distemper virus. While humans cannot get distemper, dogs can get it.
Raccoons can also have other diseases that do cause human illness, such as rabies, raccoon roundworms, leptospirosis and toxoplasmosis. One of the raccoons tested from Shelby County were also were infected with toxoplasmosis.
Protect your family and pets by taking the following steps:
- Enjoy wildlife from a distance. Do not handle or feed raccoons or other wild animals.
- Do not keep wild animals, like raccoons, as pets, which is often illegal as well as dangerous.
- Do not touch or handle dead animals.
- Discourage raccoons from living near your home by tightly closing your garbage cans, covering sandboxes, sealing attics, and not leaving pet food outside.
- Take your pets to their veterinarian for regular vaccinations (such as distemper and rabies) and deworming.
- If you see a heavy accumulations of raccoon feces, keep children and pets away from the area. For more information on cleaning these areas visit: www.idph.state.ia.us/IDPHChannelsService/file.ashx?file=9B1BBC87-1257-476A-AE6E-17B48E471298 .
If you encounter a sick raccoon in the city limits of Harlan, contact the City of Harlan at 755-5137 or the Harlan police department at 755-5151.
MMC named one of the Top 100 Critical Assess Hospital in America
iVantage Health Analytics released its latest rankings of the top performing Critical Access Hospitals as determined by the company’s Hospital Strength Index. The Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals are the nation’s best rural safety-net institutions. The Hospital Strength Index is a comprehensive scorecard that evaluates: market conditions, clinical and operational performance, and financial and qualitative outcomes.
The Top 100 were chosen based on objective measurements of relative performance among peers across 56 different performance metrics. The Hospital Strength Index is a valuable tool which offers hospital executives, trustees, and boards a measurable performance indicators and metrics.
The 56 measures identify hospitals which are best prepared for continued success. Market Strength, Value Based Strength, and Financial Strength are utilized as measurements for benchmarking and goal setting. Market strength includes competitive strength, intensity, and size. Value Based strength includes quality, outcomes, patient perspective, and cost/charge indicators. Financial strength measures income statement and balance sheet ratios that best predict long-term sustainability.
“Rural hospitals play a critical role in providing needed care to communities across America, yet the challenges are completely different while being complex as urban hospitals. The need for enhanced performance and framework for success are equally important as hospitals prepare for the impact of health reform,” said John Morrow, EVP of iVantage Health Analytics.