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Prepare Your Smart Phone

smartphonePrepare your smart phone:

During an emergency, your smart phone may be the first place you seek help.  There are many apps that you can download for use to prepare for and respond to emergency situations.  Here is an overview of three of them:


NOAA Now App:  This app provides the latest information on severe weather, including weather alerts and satellite views.

Red Cross First Aid App:  This app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies right at your finger-tips.  It includes videos, interactive quizzes, and step-by-step advice.

FEMA App :  This app provides tools for preparing for disasters, as well as tips for staying safe during and recovering from disasters.  It helps you create your emergency kit and plan emergency meeting locations, as well as find open shelter locations.

 Additional Apps can be found at:

National Infant Immunization Week

niiw-logo-color-englishApril 18 – 25, 2015

  • Since 1994, local and state health departments, national immunization partners, healthcare professionals, community leaders from across the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together through National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) to highlight the positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants and children, and to call attention to immunization achievements
  • Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.
  • Immunization is a shared responsibility. Families, healthcare professionals, and public health officials must work together to help protect the entire community. Immunizations for all ages are available at the medical clinics and for children 0-18 years of age at the Department of Community Health.
  • Health care professionals remain parents’ most trusted source of information about vaccines for their children playing a critical role in supporting parents in understanding and choosing vaccinations.
  • Most parents choose the safe, proven protection of vaccines. Giving babies the recommended immunizations by age two is the best way to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor to ensure that their infant is up-to-date on immunizations.
  • Because of the success of vaccines in preventing disease, parents and the public may not have heard of some of today’s vaccines or the serious diseases they prevent. These diseases can be especially serious for infants and young children. That is why it is important to follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect infants and children by providing immunity early in life, before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.

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.

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