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Welcome Dr. Hannah P. Johnk, DPM


Welcome New Podiatry Specialist
Dr. Hannah P. Johnk, DPM


Myrtue Medical Center announcea the addition of Dr. Hannah Johnk, DPM as Podiatric Specialist.  Dr. Johnk joined Myrtue on August 1, 2016.

Dr. Hannah Johnk received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, IA.  She received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University. Dr. Johnk is currently completing her residency at Unity Point Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge, IA.  As a Podiatric medical practitioner, she is trained in diagnosing and treating conditions of the foot and ankle using non-surgical and surgical procedures for children and adults.

Dr. Johnk and her husband, Ryne, graduated from Walnut High School in 2005. They live in Walnut and have one daughter, Ivy, who is 7 months old. Dr. Johnk enjoys volleyball, travel, gardening, and assisting with her in-law’s farm south of Walnut.

“I grew up in Omaha before moving to Walnut, IA when I was 15. I have wanted to return to rural Iowa since leaving for college. I am thrilled to be able to practice medicine and raise my family in such a wonderful community. There is overwhelming pride that residents of Shelby County feel toward their hospital, schools, and towns. I am passionate about providing excellent care to an area that stole my heart 15 years ago,” stated Dr. Johnk.

 “We are excited to have Dr. Johnk join our team and to live and practice in our service area on a full time basis,” commented Barry Jacobsen, CEO.


Myrtue Medical Center Named “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know”

Myrtue Medical Center Named “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know”

Becker’s Hospital Review recently recognized Myrtue Medical Center as one of its “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know.”

The hospitals included on this list serve a variety of regions across the United States. Due to their predominantly rural locations, these organizations play a crucial role in the health and well-being of their respective communities. This is the second year Becker’s has published a list recognizing 50 outstanding critical access hospitals from more than 1,300 critical access hospitals in the nation. Myrtue Medical Center received the honor both years.

Becker’s selected the 50 outstanding critical access hospitals based on rankings and awards from respected organizations, including iVantage Health Analytics, Healthgrades, the National Rural Health Association, Truven Health Analytics, Women’s Choice Award,  and the Leapfrog Group.   Myrtue Medical Center was recognized as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital in the U.S. by the National Rural Health Association and Top 100 Critical Access Hospital by iVantage Health Analytics. Myrtue also received the Patient Safety Grand Prize award from the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative.

“It is exciting for me personally to see our health care system recognized this way. It validates all the hard work I see being done by our medical staff, administration, nursing and other departments in trying to improve the safety and quality of the care we deliver. I hope our county and the communities we serve can see the significance of what we are accomplishing as we continue to move forward in providing them the best health care possible,” stated Dr. Bret Heileson.

Hospice Department Named 2016 HOSPICE HONORS Recipient

LogoMyrtue Medical Center Hospice-Shelby County Community Health Department has been named a 2016 Hospice Honors recipient by Deyta Analytics. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.

“I’m proud of our team. Myrtue Hospice is the only hospice organization in the area to receive this honor. It shows our commitment to go above and beyond for clients and their families,” said Dr. Timothy Brelje, Hospice Medical Director.

Award recipients were identified by evaluating hospices’ performance on a set of 24 quality indicator measures. Individual hospice performance scores were aggregated from all surveys with a final survey status of “complete” for the evaluation period and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a national performance score calculated from all partnering hospices contained in Deyta Analytics’ Hospice CAHPS database.

“Hospice Honors is a landmark compilation of hospices that provide the best patient and caregiver experiences,” said Bobby Robertson, President and CEO of HEALTHCAREfirst. “I am extremely proud of Myrtue Medical Center’s Hospice Department for achieving this highest of honors and I congratulate them on their success.”

Deyta Analytics is a division of HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, outsourced billing and coding services, and advanced analytics.

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Myrtue Medica Center Named Among Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in America For Second Year In A Row


Myrtue Medical Center has been named one of the 20 highest-ranked Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the country by National Rural Health Association, as scored by iVantage Health Analytics.

“Being recognized as one of the Top 20 Hospitals in the nation is a great reflection on the quality care our staff provides. Receiving this award for the 2nd year in a row shows we are committed to maintaining the care we provide to our patients, families and friends,” Patrick Pucelik, ARNP.

The determining factors for the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals were based upon overall hospital performance which considers quality care, patient satisfaction, market strength, and financial stability. The medical center was one of seven critical access hospitals to repeat this recognition two years in a row. Myrtue is ranked in the Top 20 nationally and selected to the elite group from a list of more than 1,300 critical access hospitals in the United States.

“It is truly gratifying to be recognized nationally for our outstanding performance in quality patient care, outcomes, and financial stability. I commend our leadership team for providing guidance and support in order to achieve this high level of performance,” said Dr. Erlbacher, Chief of Staff.

“Myrtue Medical Center is proud of the efforts of its Board of Trustees, medical staff and team members who have contributed to our hospital achieving these recognitions,” said Barry Jacobsen, CEO of Myrtue Medical Center. “We are honored to be rated in the top 2% of Critical Access Hospitals in the nation and receiving this award two years in a row. Being named a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital means our community can count on us to deliver the quality services they need now and in the future.”


Educational Scholarships Available

Applications being accepted for health care educational grants

Applications for healthcare educational grants from the Endowment for Education are now being accepted.  The grants are made available through the Lucille Petersen Endowment Fund, which was established in 1988.  The funds will be distributed to selected applicants seeking short or long-range educational assistance to pursue healthcare occupations.  An April 15th deadline has been set for applications to be submitted.  Applications must be for course work not yet taken.  These funds will be for the summer semester.

Application forms and more information are available by contacting Ruth  Pitkin, Myrtue Medical Center, 1213 Garfield Ave., Harlan, IA, 51537, phone 712-755-4316 or email  The grants can be for new, entry-level, or advanced training.

The funds will be distributed as grants—loans that will be forgiven if the recipient is employed within a 20-mile radius of Harlan in his or her specialized healthcare occupation.  If a recipient cannot fulfill the service terms under which the loan will be forgiven, the money is subject to a five percent interest rate and repayment of principal.

Click here for Educational scholarship application.

Myrtue Medical Center Receives Grand Prize in Healthcare Safety

Myrtue Medical Center Receives Grand Prize in Healthcare Safety

Outstanding work in Myrtue Medical Center garnered the Patient Safety Grand Prize award. The 2016 Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) Patient Safety Awards were recently announced and will be featured at the statewide Patient Safety Conference.

This award is presented to healthcare providers and/or healthcare organizations who have
demonstrated outstanding leadership and achievement in patient safety. The Patient Safety Award aims to raise the standard of healthcare in Iowa by promoting a culture of continuous improvement in quality, safety, and value.

This award honors patient safety champions that support the following initiatives: improve patient safety; reduce the risk of harm; and keep patients at the center of care.

The passionate team developed a multi-angle approach to safety. Interventions ranged from simple changes, such as updating labeling on medications to TaLLman lettering, to more involved changes, like a new high-alert medications monitoring system integrated into electronic documentation.  Myrtue Medical Center amended the medication administration policy by requiring documentation of practitioners’ notification date and time in the medical record; a tubing misconnection prevention labeling system; and reevaluation of “rights,” which were posted on the floors. Through these outstanding interventions and implementation by healthcare providers, the number of medication errors reaching patients were reduced by 84% in eight months from November 14, 2014, to July 15, 2015.

“We’re very proud of the work being done in Iowa,” said Dr. Tom Evans, President and CEO of IHC.  “Patient safety is about eliminating unintended consequences of medical care. This award allows us to highlight some of the best efforts in our state as we work toward our vision of delivering the most effective and efficient healthcare in the nation.”

Five categorical award recipients were also announced:

• CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs (Person and Family Engagement Award)
• Community Memorial hospital, Sumner (Hospital Acquired Conditions Award)
• Great River Medical Center, West Burlington (Healthcare-associated Infections
• Mercy Medical Center Sioux City (Improving Culture of Safety/Safety Across the
• Regional Medical Center, Manchester (Care Transitions)

The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) is a provider-led and patient-focused nonprofit
organization dedicated to promoting a culture of continuous improvement in healthcare. IHC’s mission is exceptional healthcare in Iowa. IHC plays a unique role in putting healthcare providers (doctors, nurses and hospital executives) in a leadership position to drive clinical improvements and accelerate change. By encouraging communication, collaboration and transparency, IHC ultimately raises the quality, patient
safety and value of healthcare in Iowa.

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