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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:

Myrtue Medical Center Receives Outstanding Patient Experience Award

HG-Awards-Master-RGB-2014Myrtue Medical Center Receives Outstanding Patient Experience Award

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

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