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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and HCCMS Family Planning wants you to know that there are ways to stop cervical cancer.  HPV (human papillomavirus) is the major cause of cervical and some other cancers. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, which is sexually transmitted. Most people that have HPV don’t know that they are infected. Each year about 4,000 women die of cervical cancer, which is preventable.

Cervical cancer can be prevented by early detection with regular screenings called Pap tests, and follow-up care if needed. HCCMS Family Planning encourages women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21.

Gardasil is a vaccine that prevents cervical and some other cancers. It is given in three doses to both males and females starting as early as age 11. Women can get Gardasil vaccine until they are 27 years old and men can get it if they are under 22.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, you may be able to get a Pap test and Gardasil vaccine at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company.  Uninsured women 40-

64 may be able to qualify for free Paps and exams through enrollment in the “Care for Yourself” program.

Call Rachel Birks RN at 755-4312 for more information on cervical cancer, the Gardasil vaccine or the Care for Yourself program.

For more information, contact Calla Poldberg ARNP @ 755-4423

Make “Resolve to be Ready” part of your 2015 New Year’s Resolutions.


The “Resolve to be Ready” campaign was developed by the federal Department of Homeland Security, which is partnering with FEMA’s Citizen Corps Program to encourage individuals, families, businesses, and other organizations to get a kit, make a plan, and be informed.  There are many things that you can do before disaster strikes.  Here are some resources:





Register to volunteer with i-SERV at

Build a Disaster Kit:

Here’s a fun video:

Download Preparedness Apps:

Widespread Influenza Levels in Iowa

After weeks of low to moderate influenza levels in Iowa, the Iowa Department of Public Health reports statewide surveillance indicates flu activity is increasing. The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. The most current surveillance shows cases of influenza have been confirmed by the State Hygienic Lab in every region of the state and the geographic reach of influenza is now categorized as ‘widespread,’ the highest level. In the last reporting week, the Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network indicated 130 influenza-related hospitalizations, mostly among those aged 64 or greater. Several flu outbreaks have been reported in long-term care facilities, especially in central and western Iowa. The most common flu virus circulating is the influenza A (H3N2) strain, although four different strains have been identified. In years when A (H3N2) viruses dominate, the flu season tends to be more severe with more hospitalizations and deaths. Based upon CDC’s national estimates, an average of 300,000 Iowans get the flu every year and together, flu and its complication of pneumonia cause an average of 1,000 deaths yearly in Iowa. Officials say the flu vaccine is the best defense against getting influenza; however, because some of the A (H3N2) viruses may only be partially covered in the vaccine, it’s even more important to take personal actions to help prevent the spread of illness. Remember the 3-Cs: Cover your coughs and sneezes; Clean your hands frequently; and Contain germs by staying home when ill. Anti-viral medications are an important second line of defense to treat the flu in persons at highest risk of developing more severe illness. Anti-viral medications can make flu illness shorter and reduce the risk of ending up in the hospital or dying from influenza. Antivirals work best if started within 48 hours or sooner of when flu symptoms begin. The flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. The flu comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. Illness typically lasts two to seven days. Influenza may cause severe illness or even death in people such as the very young or very old, or those who have underlying health conditions. (The “stomach bug” which causes diarrhea and vomiting is not caused by the influenza virus but usually by norovirus; thus, the flu vaccine will not protect you against this illness.) Influenza is not a ‘reportable disease’ in Iowa, which means doctors are not required to notify IDPH each time a patient tests positive for influenza; however, IDPH conducts year-round influenza surveillance through the Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network. This surveillance indicates what types of influenza viruses are circulating and how widespread influenza illness is.


Marketing 001Diagnostic Imaging, formerly known as Radiology, has an advanced ultrasound unit which includes state of the art technology with the ability to perform arterial renal, liver, and extremities. The machine provides improved image quality and in most cases a quicker exam. We are proud to offer this exam option in our facility while providing high quality customer service to our community.





The Diagnostic Imaging department is staffed 7:00am-7:00pm Monday-Friday to perform a wide range of studies that include:

Ultrasounds | Computed Tomography Scans (CT) | Diagnostic X-ray | Digital Mammography | Biopsies | Bone Densitometry

Radiologic technologists, ultrasonographers, and a receptionist are available during this time. An on-call x-ray technologist is available from 7pm to 7am Monday-Friday and weekend hours for emergency testing and inpatient care.

Mobile services that come to Myrtue Medical Center for the convenience of our patients include:

•      Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI-3 days a week)
•      Nuclear medicine
•      Stereotactic breast biopsy
•      PET/CT

Committed to you ….Committed to our Community…..Committed to Healthcare

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