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Deb Larson Selected as one of “The 100 Great Iowa Nurses”

Deb Larson Selected as one of “The 100 Great Iowa Nurses”

Myrtue Medical Center’s Oncology Nurse, Deb Larson RN, of Harlan, was selected as one of “The 100 Great Iowa Nurses”. Nurses selected for this honor represent many sectors of health care, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and school and office nurses. These nurses are selected based on their concern for humanity, their contribution to the community and to the nursing profession, their leadership, and mentoring.
According to the nomination form, Deb’s expertise and relationship with the patients, co-workers and management staff, were acclaimed and praised with the following statements: Deb’s most significant contribution to the nursing profession has been her care of oncology patients for the past 23 years. She is meticulous in her care and treats every patient as if they were a family member. Deb puts her patients first and provides exceptional customer service. Our community is blessed and lucky to have Deb providing oncology nursing care right here in our community.
Deb and 99 other nurses will be honored during “The 100 Great Iowa Nurses” program May 7th at the Iowa Events Center – Grand Ballroom in Des Moines. The 13th annual celebration is a prelude to National Nurses Week.
This year, the 100 honorees represent 39 Iowa counties, and were selected from a pool of more than 400 individuals who were nominated by colleagues, patients, doctors, friends, and family members. The field of nominees was narrowed to 100 by a panel of reviewers, including nursing professionals and previous honorees.




A laboratory-confirmed case of measles with exposures in Omaha, Nebraska has been reported. While there are no confirmed or suspected cases in Iowa at this time, measles is a highly contagious disease. Now is the time to make sure you/your child’s immunizations are up-to-date. Please call Shelby County Public Health at 712.755.4422 or your health care provider to determine if you/your child is up-to-date with the measles vaccine.



TOP-100-CAH-LOGO-2016-250px_2017TOP 100 CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS in the U.S. – For the sixth year in a row, Myrtue Medical Center has been named one of the 100 highest-ranked Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.  There are only 8 out of the 1,300 Critical Access Hospitals in the country who have received the award for 6+ years. Myrtue is a part of this elite group and has received this award each year since 2012.

“This award demonstrates the tremendous commitment and expertise of our practitioners and staff. Being recognized as one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals six years in a row shows our dedication to quality care and patient satisfaction,” said Barry Jacobsen, CEO of Myrtue Medical Center.

The determining factors for the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals were based upon IVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX measures overall hospital performance on eight pillars of hospital strength: Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspectives, Inpatient Market Share Ranking, Outpatient Market Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, and Financial Stability.

“It is truly an honor to have our health care system be recognized among the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals.  This award is very gratifying and is a strong reflection of our dedicated, hard-working staff. They are a vital part of this recognition and I am grateful to work with them as they provide the best quality of patient care,” said Dr. Sarah Devine.



Myrtue Medical Center has recently installed a new CT scanning system. Updating this equipment improves patient safety by reducing radiation exposure to the patient and provides features for more detailed tracking of total radiation dose. The new equipment produces high quality images used for diagnosis. The speed of the CT system reduces exam times, improving patient satisfaction. The machine’s large opening offers a more spacious feeling for our patients and the updated equipment will accommodate future CT imaging needs.

In addition to the CT system installation, the Mobile MRI equipment will be upgraded this month. The new system provides increased resolution which means the best detailed images. Patients will also experience a shorter exam time, which increases patient comfort. Service days for the Mobile MRI will now be Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday each week.

“Updating the equipment in our Imaging department will allow us to enhance the image quality and shorten exam times for our patients. We will also be able to limit the amount of radiation to the minimum necessary. This is another example of our commitment to provide advanced technology designed to perform fast, low-dose radiation exams that are safer and more comfortable for our patients in the communities we serve,” said Keri Sonderman, Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Myrtue Medical Center.


pay-attention-to-life-not-work02Situational Awareness is an important skill set to use to maintain your safety.  It not only allows you to avoid stereotypical dangerous situations (such as muggers), but also every day circumstances, such as an icy sidewalk or distracted driver.  It is the ability to take in information about the people around you, your surroundings, your responses to the people around you, and interpret and act on that information.


1. Put your phone away when you are walking.  This allows you to notice and respond to your environment.  Does the sidewalk have slick areas? Does the oncoming driver acknowledge you as you enter a crosswalk?  Remember that multitasking limits your ability to focus on one given task.

2. Do not wear headphones.  Headphones distract you from the sounds of your environment.  You may not notice the honking of a horn, or call of a nearby person.

3. Scan your environment.  Pay attention to obstacles you may encounter, emergency exits you may need; notice suspicious objects, such as an unattended backpack.  Notice things that are out of the ordinary in a familiar environment.

4. Use your peripheral vision to monitor a wider space than the object of your focus.

5. Maintain your personal space.  If someone is close enough to make you feel unsafe, move away from them; five to six feet gives you time to react if needed.

6. Trust your instinct if someone “sets off your alarms.”  This person may be giving of subtle cues that you are not consciously noticing. Pay attention to body language to help you assess your situation.

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