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National Public Health Week 2015

Public Health and its partners form a community that promotes and encourages a healthy, safe, and supportive environment. Shelby County Public Health Department works with all facets of the county to prepare ourselves, families, and our community for serious outbreaks of infectious disease, emergency preparation, and climate related emergencies. The Public Health Department traditional partners include schools, medical facilities, child care facilities, long-term care facilities, city government, and businesses.
“As a component of a healthy community, Shelby County has individuals and community values that promote the health and wellness of our community. It is a grass roots effort with many spokes in the wheel,” said Calla Poldberg, ARNP, Director of Shelby County Public Health.

Public Health Wheel

General Surgery

Dr. David Bendorf – General Surgeon


Dr. Bendorf is a skilled surgeon at Myrtue Medical Center performing numerous surgical procedures. He is extensively trained in the most up-to-date laparoscopic (non- invasive) techniques; surgical management of breast disease, colon cancer, stomach problems, gall stones, thyroid disease, anal/rectal disease, hernias, skin lesions; endoscopy and surgical emergencies.

Through constant continuing education seminars and training, Dr. Bendorf has learned the latest treatments and surgical options for his patients. His unhurried, personable manner helps his patients feel comfortable and able to ask questions.


Dr. Bendorf completed medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE. He then went to Gundersen Lutheran Hospital at LaCrosse, WI for an internship in General Surgery and completed his surgery residency at the University of Kansas at Wichita.

Collaborating with other Specialists

Weekly conferences bring together surgeons, radiology and oncology specialists and therapists, nurses, nutritionists and other staff in one room at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital to discuss treatment options for newly-diagnosed cancer cases and update other cancer cases. Taking part in the conferences remotely from Harlan gives Dr. Bendorf the opportunity to collaborate directly with the cancer team. “It keeps us connected and provides a team approach for care,” he said.

“We’ve been taking part in these teleconferences for about five years,” said Dr. Bendorf. “We are linked for audio and video, and we are viewing the same CT or ultrasound images on our screens as they have on theirs at the Jennie Edmundson Cancer Center.”

Dr. Bendorf said the teleconferences reassure patients in Harlan that they are receiving his professional opinion and the “second opinion” of the cancer center team. “My patients can stay in their hometowns and know they are still getting all the expertise available in a larger cancer center,” he said. “We can make decisions and refine treatments based on ideas we exchange in the conferences. Having this resource available really does benefit our patients.”

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week – March 23 – 27, 2015

1206565666387450766Anonymous_simple_weather_symbols_9.svg.hiIt’s National Severe Weather Preparedness Week! The National Weather Service asks that you “Be a Force of Nature” by knowing the hazardous weather risks in your area and taking action by ensuring that you and your family are prepared.

Despite advance warning, people are killed/injured by all types of extreme weather. Be prepared before disaster strikes!

Tornado Safety - This is the time to review and update your severe weather plans.

• Know the warning signs of an approaching tornado

• Have a safe place to go during a tornado warning

• Verify that your flashlight and battery work

• Practice your plan at home and work

• After the storm, be careful of damaged structures and power lines

• Respond to requests for volunteers

For more information, go to at or the American Red Cross at

Myrtue Welcomes Orthopedic Surgeon

Myrtue Welcomes Orthopedic Surgeon

Fisher_Dr._Edward_from_website_Nov_14_jpg_621x350_q85Dr. Edward Fisher, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Edward Fisher, Orthopedic Surgeon, joins general surgeon Dr. David Bendorf and our exceptional surgery staff. Dr. Fisher is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with over 25 years of experience. He is originally from San Diego, CA.


Meet and Greet Video of Dr Fisher—click here

His Education
Dr. Fisher completed medical school at the University of California School of Medicine – San Diego. He then went to the University of California – Irvine for his internship and orthopedic surgery residency training.

His Specialty
Dr. Fisher is extensively trained in joint replacement of shoulders, knees and hips, carpal tunnel, arthroscopies (knee and shoulder), rotator cuff, reconstructive surgery, arthritis/osteoarthritis treatment, fractures and dislocation, and sports injuries.

Asset to Greater Shelby County
After practicing in California for seven years and Alabama for 15 years, Dr. Fisher moved to Clarksdale, MS where he has practiced since 2009. Dr. Fisher joined Myrtue Medical Center and Cass County Health System on March 2, 2015, and he will provide full orthopedic services, clinics, and surgeries at least two days a week in Harlan and two days a week in Atlantic. This joint venture is one of the many partnerships between two leading southwest Iowa hospitals.

Dr. Fisher and his fiancée, Maggie Doran, have relocated to Harlan. He has two grown children in California. Dr. Fisher enjoys traveling, snow skiing, diving and going to the beach in his spare time.

March 15-21, 2015 is National Poison Prevention Week!

 March 15-21, 2015 is National Poison Prevention Week!

poison-safety-with-childrenPoisoning is the leading cause of death from injuries in the U.S. Use this week as a time to inspect your entire home for medicines or household products, such as detergents, cleaning products, pesticides, and fertilizers that may not be stored properly.

                         As A Reminder:


-  Re-close medicines/household items if you’re interrupted during use. Many incidents happen when adults are distracted (i.e. by the telephone or doorbell) while using these products. –  Buy products in child-resistant packaging whenever possible. But remember, child- resistant is not childproof, and is designed to keep children away from the product for a short time before a parent notices. –  Daylight Savings Time is a good time to test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Put a smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas. If you keep bedroom doors shut, place a smoke alarm in each bedroom.

Severe Weather Awareness

Big Blue TornadoSevere Weather Awareness

It may be difficult to think about tornadoes when there is snow on the ground, but the fact is that tornado season is fast approaching.  March 23-27 is Iowa Severe Weather Awareness week.  This is a perfect time to look over your plans, whether for your home or business, and make sure not only that you are familiar with them, but that they are current.  Remember that how you respond during a tornado could save lives.

  • Do you know the difference between a tornado watch and warning?
  • Do you know the warning signs of an approaching tornado?
  • Where will you go during a tornado warning? Your answer should vary based on your location.
  • Does your family have a designated meeting place, should a tornado strike your home?  How about your workplace?
  • Does your flashlight work? Do you have a battery-operated radio with which to follow weather related announcements?
  • Do you have fresh drinking water available in case your plumbing stops working?
  • What will you do with your pets?

You can prepare in advance of storm season by having a plan and the supplies you need to follow that plan.  Review and practice your plan at home and in your workplace.  You can also remove damaged tree limbs, secure trash cans, and remove objects that may become projectiles in severe wind.

During a tornado warning, go to a secure location, ideally an underground shelter.  Do not seek shelter in a mobile home.  Watch out for flying debris, this is the cause of the majority of injuries during a tornado.

After a tornado, treat any injuries received.  Continue to monitor the radio for emergency announcements.  Be careful of downed power lines, broken gas lines, broken glass, and exposed nails.  Be careful when entering damaged structures. Use the phone only for emergencies. Respond to requests for volunteers.

You can find more information at:,
American Red Cross:

A Good Night’s Sleep is Critical to a Healthy Heart










A Good Night’s Sleep is Critical to a Healthy Heart

Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in the healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. According to one study, even the common cold is three times more likely to strike an individual who sleeps less than the average seven hours a night.

Myrtue’s new Sleep Center features two new sleep suites that promise a hotel-like experience. Each is tastefully decorated and equipped with comfortable Sleep Number queen beds and private baths.

The Sleep Center uses state-of-art equipment to monitor sleep patterns in real time. Cardiologist, Thomas R. Brandt, MD, FACC, Methodist Physicians Clinic, Omaha, who comes to Myrtue Medical Center Outpatient Clinics said, “The adverse health consequence of undiagnosed sleep apnea is underestimated. Hypertension, coronary artery disease, diabetes, heart failure and depression have been linked to sleep apnea.”

Take a few moments for a short questionnaire and talk to your doctor about
your results.

Currently, how likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations?

0 = no chance of dozing 2 = moderate chance of dozing
1 = slight chance of dozing 3 = high chance of dozing

❑ Sitting and reading      ❑ Sitting and talking to someone
❑ Watching TV      ❑ Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol
❑ Sitting inactive in a public place (e.g., a theater or a meeting)
❑ As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break
❑ Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit
❑ In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic


If your test score is greater than 10, you should talk with your doctor about how to improve your sleep, obtain adequate sleep and whether you may have an underlying sleep disorder.

Power Outages

power+outage2While the meteorologist can make predictions, we don’t know for sure what Mother Nature may bring.  With that in mind, it is important to understand that a power outage can occur any time or anywhere.  Here are some tips that you can use to prepare for a power outage, as well as what to do during one.




  • Fill plastic containers with water and put them in the refrigerator and freezer to take up empty space.  The chilled water will help the refrigerator or freezer stay cold longer.
  • Medications requiring refrigeration can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours, you can verify how long with your practitioner or pharmacist.
  • Remember gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps, so it is a good idea to keep your car’s tank at least half full.
  • Know how to use the release for your electric garage door opener, and if the door is heavy, you may want help lifting it.
  • Keep a spare key to your home with you if your primary way to get into your house is through the garage.
  • Use flashlights for emergency lighting.  Do not risk a fire by using candles.
  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed to keep food as fresh as possible.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances and electronics to prevent damage from power surges when the power does come back on.
  • If you have a generator, be sure it was installed by a qualified electrician and do not run it in the home or garage, or near windows or doors.
  • Keep up-to-date by listening to a battery operated radio.
  • Leave one light on so that you know when the power has returned.
  • Have a telephone that does not require electricity to operate.
  • Do not call 9-1-1 for information; this is only for life-threatening emergencies.
  • If it is cold out, keep warm by putting on layers of warm clothing; consider going somewhere where the heat is working.   If it is warm out, wear light clothing and consider going somewhere where the AC is working to cool off.
  • Do not travel unless it is necessary; remember traffic signals may not be working.

Here are some links to websites with helpful information:

The American Red Cross

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