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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.

The CDC mPINC Survey


The CDC mPINC Survey

The Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) is a national survey of breastfeeding support in facilities that provide labor and delivery care. Each facility receives a Quality score that ranges from 0-100. Myrtue received a score of 85 while nationwide the average score was 62.

The score is calculated from each facility’s support of breastfeeding by timely first chance to breastfeed after delivery, offering skin-to-skin immediately after delivery; trained staff provides a breastfeeding assessment along with other best practices that show to improve breastfeeding success.

Shelby County Health Foundation’s 2016 Cham-pain-less Virtual Ball

“Virtual Ball” to raise funds – Health Foundation unveils new fundraising effort

For many years, the Shelby County Health Foundation has been dedicated to helping support healthcare resources that benefit patients and their families, employees, volunteers, and the communities they serve in Shelby County.  

Virtual Ball
This year, instead of hosting a formal charity affair to raise money for Shelby County’s healthcare, they’ve chosen to eliminate the high costs for entertainment, facility rental, refreshments and decorations, and instead reinvented the charity ball concept to be “virtual.”

Virtual means you don’t have to attend a ball or gala, to support the many Foundation projects. Simply make a donation to the “2016 Cham-painless Virtual Ball” all from the comfort of your easy chair.

Foundation board member Terry Torneten said, “The Cham-pain-less Virtual Ball is a celebration of our local healthcare. Our focus is to make a difference in the health and well-being of our community.”

“We are choosing to allocate all the funds donated to healthcare instead of hosting a glitzy event with the expenses of dinner and entertainment,” he said.

“We want to have some fun and make a positive impact for
residents of Shelby County.”

Donors will instead choose items to buy from a shopping guide full of special themed decorations, entertainment and refreshments to help support
the virtual ball.  

Optimistic for success
“We hope the virtual ball is successful because donors don’t have to leave their easy chairs at home to have some fun and support the many programs funded by the Foundation,” said Shelby Co. Health Foundation President Todd Argotsinger.

“What you would normally spend to attend a fancy charity ball, such as paying for a babysitter, dress, or a suit and tie, can now be donated and go directly to funding the healthcare programs in our county.”

Shopping guides for the virtual ball are available at the following businesses: Farmers Trust Savings Bank, Midstates Bank, Shelby County State Bank, Hough & Zaccone Investment Management and the library.

Guides are also being mailed to annual Foundation donors as well as Myrtue Medical Center employees and vendors.

If you wish to receive a shopping guide contact Jani Sorfonden at 755-4598 or email:

Argotsinger added, “All donations are welcomed, even if some people may not wish
to play along with the Virtual Ball.”

Past contributions
In prior years, the following projects received funding by the Shelby County Health Foundation to support the healthcare in our community: equipment and vehicles for area ambulance services, scholarship funds for college students in the healthcare field, AEDs for area schools, fitness equipment for Elk Horn’s Little Mermaid recreational trail and equipment for fire and rescue squads special operation teams.

Also facility renovations of Myrtue Medical Center, Petersen Family Wellness Center construction.

Annual fundraiser
This is the Foundation’s annual fundraiser and checks should be made out to Shelby County Health Foundation and mailed to the Foundation at 1213 Garfield Ave, Harlan, IA 51537. All donations are tax-deductible.

The Shelby County Health Foundation is governed by a volunteer board which works with Myrtue Medical, other health care providers and area residents to determine how the Foundation can help most effectively provide grants, gifts, or bequests for the healthcare needs of Shelby County.



Road to Recovery Training


Volunteer Drivers Needed to Transport Cancer Patients to Treatment

Getting to and from medical treatments is one of the greatest concerns cancer patients face during treatment. To ensure patients get to those much-needed treatments, the American Cancer Society provides free rides through its Road To Recovery® program.

The Society is currently looking for volunteer drivers in Shelby County so that all patients have transportation when they need it. An estimated 16,600 Iowa residents will learn that they have cancer this year; however getting to their scheduled treatment may be a challenge.

“One cancer patient requiring radiation therapy could need anywhere from 20 to 30 trips to treatment in six weeks,” said Suzie Mages, Senior Communmity Manager for the American Cancer Society. “A patient receiving chemotherapy might report for treatment weekly for up to a year. In many cases, a patient is driven to hospitals or clinics by relatives or friends, but even these patients must occasionally seek alternative transportation. That’s where the Road To Recovery program comes in.”

“The program not only helps patients, but is also rewarding for the volunteer. Several of our state wide drivers have volunteered for a number of years,” added Mages.

For additional information about the Road To Recovery program or to volunteer,  call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit There will be a group training meeting on October 24, 2016 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Auble Room at Myrtue Medical Center. Those interested in becoming drivers will need to bring their drivers license and a copy of their vehicle insurance card.  Participants are encouraged to RSVP to or by calling 712.579.1878.  If participants have laptops, tablets, e-readers, or other mobile devices with internet access capabilities they are also encouraged to bring them for hands on real time experience.


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