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Flooding

TFlood-2his area has seen several flood warnings in the past several weeks.

 Floods can develop slowly, over days or weeks, or within minutes without even a visible sign of rain.  Keep yourself safe by being aware of flood watches and warnings, and be prepared to evacuate by moving to higher ground when directed to leave.

Be aware that flood water may become contaminated with animal or human waste, or with farm chemicals or fuel.  Avoid exposing yourself to flood water, and do not drink it, or any water that may have been contaminated by flood water.  Remember your well may have been contaminated by flood water, and should be tested before you drink from it. Floods are one of the most common hazards in the US, and each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard.  This is because people often underestimate the power and force of water.  Six inches of moving water can cause a person to fall, and two feet of water can cause even a pick-up or SUV to float.  When approaching an area that has been flooded, it is difficult to estimate the depth of the water, and the ground under the water may be unstable.  The safest approach is to turn around and take another route.

For more information on how you can prepare for flooding, visit the following websites:

http://www.ready.gov/floods
http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/
http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/index.asp

Myrtue Medical Center Receives Outstanding Patient Experience Award

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On the heels of recognition as a HealthStrong Hospital, Myrtue Medical Center has been named by Healthgrades as a 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Patient Experience Award. We were identified as providing outstanding performance in the delivery of positive experiences for patients during their hospital stay, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.  Myrtue Medical Center is one of eleven hospitals in the State of Iowa to be recognized with this award.  The Outstanding Patient Experience Award recognizes hospitals for patient satisfaction based on a survey of questions about doctor and nurse communication, hospital cleanliness, noise levels, medication and post discharge care instructions.

We are honored to receive the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award this year as it is a testament to the tremendous efforts our physicians, staff, and volunteers make every day to provide outstanding medical care and a hospital experience that exceeds our patients’ expectations.  Thank you to all our team members for the outstanding care you provide to our patients.                                                                       ~~Barry Jacobsen

Myrtue Medical Center Named 2014 HEALTHSTRONG™ Hospital

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Myrtue Medical Center Named 2014 HEALTHSTRONG™ Hospital

The 2014 HEALTHSTRONG Hospitals, including Myrtue Medical Center highlights top performing hospitals rated as part of iVantage’s Hospital Strength INDEX™.  The Hospital Strength INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating system of hospitals and the results recognize the top performing hospitals – measuring them across 66 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability and efficiency. More information can be found at http://www.ivantagehealth.com/2014-healthstrong-hospitals/.

“iVantage seeks to help hospitals meet the demands of the new healthcare by providing a new level of transparency into the internal and external metrics which drive more informed decision making,” said John R. Morrow, executive vice president of iVantage Health Analytics. “The Hospital Strength INDEX analysis reveal that geographic variation, population health and superior performance are interrelated, and that they can result in lower cost, better outcomes and healthier communities nationwide.”

About iVantage Health Analytics

iVantage is a leading advisory and business analytic services company applying Accelerated Healthcare Transformation™ and the VantagePoints™ platform to drive sustained, evidence-based results. The company’s unique combination of technology, content, and expert advisory services accelerates decision making for the new healthcare.

Myrtue Medical Center Designated as BLUE ZONES Worksite

BLUE ZONES PROJECT Harlan Announces

Designated BLUE ZONES Worksites

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Myrtue Medical Center is the first worksite in Harlan to earn the designation as a Blue Zones Worksite.  “By completing the designation process, Myrtue Medical Center has demonstrated their commitment to create a healthier work environment by supporting the well-being of their employees,” said Harlan Program Manager Margie Schenck.

Myrtue Medical Center completed the designation criteria in the areas of leadership, purpose, habitat/physical environment, engagement, creation of policies and benefits, and well-being solutions.

Some of Myrtue Medical Center’s accomplishments towards achieving designations as a Blue Zones Worksite include:

            Implementation of an Employee Wellness Incentive Benefit Program

            Successfully registering more than 25 percent of employees to pledge and take

            action on www.bluezonesproject.com

Adopting policies that promote health and well-being

“It was a real team effort to attain the Blue Zones Worksite designation,” said Karen Buman, Myrtue Medical Center’s Blue Zone Worksite Chair.  “The Blue Zones Worksite designation was a great way to document all the good things we have done to help make Myrtue Medical Center a healthier place for our employees”.

“With the cost of healthcare continually rising, we believe that personal accountability for one’s own health is critical. We believe our role as an employer is to provide the infrastructure to help our staff to be more accountable for their health.  Becoming a Blue Zones Worksite is an excellent way to meet this responsibility,” says Barry Jacobsen, Myrtue Medical Center CEO.

Brought to Iowa through an innovative sponsorship by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, in collaboration with Healthways and Blue Zones, Blue Zones Project is a community-by-community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy, and social networks.

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