A woman in Clay County has tested positive for COVID-19, the Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed on Tuesday. The woman is Clay County’s first positive case. She is 18 to 40 years old, according to a press release from Spencer Hospital. The woman is recovering at home in isolation. In the press release, Dr. Amanda Young, Spencer Hospital Medical Staff President, stated “it was a matter of time” before COVID-19 reached northwest Iowa.
The birth of a new baby may have family members jumping for joy, and for two local families, they may have even leaped in happiness as they each welcomed baby boys born at Spencer Hospital on Leap Day 2020, Saturday, Feb. 29th. “We’re very excited to have such a rare birthday to celebrate,” said Kevin Brown of Spencer. He and his wife Tara, along with son Oscar, 4, welcomed little Philip Nathanael Brown at 7:19 AM on Saturday. Just after noon Saturday, Tony Reding and Shelbie Christensen welcomed Maddox Marvin Reding into the world.
Do you regularly experience knee pain and find your discomfort is limiting your activities? Chances are you’ve tried therapy and other non-invasive treatments, yet you’re putting off surgery because the timing never seems right. Spencer Hospital’s Short Stay Knee Replacement Program may be the right fit and right timing for you. “As the term ‘short stay’ indicates, the patient’s time in the hospital is quick,” explained hospital surgery center director Matt Cooper. “Traditionally, a person who has knee replacement surgery will spend two to three days in the hospital.
Losing a loved one is indescribable to someone who has not felt the loss of death. Hospice of Spencer Hospital’s professional team understands the tragedy of losing a loved one and they identify with the difficult decisions and emotions that the person left behind faces. To help people cope with the death of a loved one, Hospice of Spencer Hospital is offering a 5-week Understanding Grief Support Group. The group will meet each Tuesday evening beginning July 30 through Sept. 3 beginning at 5:30 p.m. each evening and held in Spencer Hospital’s Women’s Resource Center.
A recent study by the Iowa Hospital Association indicates that Spencer Hospital generated nearly $46 million in economic impact for the local economy last year. “We’re all aware of the importance of access to local healthcare services,” commented Bill Bumgarner, Spencer Hospital president. “However, an added benefit that a hospital offers its community is the significant and positive compounding effect of its employment and purchasing practices on the region’s economy.”
The hospital association’s study compiles information on how Iowa hospitals impact the state’s economy, using data from the American Hospital Association. The study projects how each hospital stimulates its local economy through jobs maintained, income paid to employees, retail sales by the hospital and sales tax generated. Spencer Hospital is credited for being a major contributor to the local economy, with an impact of approximately $46 million annually.
Abben Cancer Center of Spencer Hospital is hosting a Survivors’ Day Celebration on Monday, June 3 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Abben Cancer Center. This event provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer or currently undergoing cancer care to connect with each other, celebrate milestones and recognize those who have supported them along the way. “We encourage all survivors, our current patients and supporters to stop by this come-and-go event. Guests will have an opportunity to enjoy refreshments, visit with dear friends from the Abben Cancer Center care team, and sign our Survivors banner,” encouraged Melissa Cunningham, Abben Cancer Center director. “National Cancer Survivors Day is a celebration for anyone who has survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for loved ones and an outreach to the community,” explained Kristy Connor, social worker serving Abben Cancer Center’s patients and families.
The Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation recently received a gift of $2,500 in support of cancer care provided to patients treated at the Abben Cancer Center of Spencer Hospital. The gift represents proceeds raised during the annual Golf for a Cure tournament held May 3r at Emerald Hills Golf Club in Okoboji. “We are appreciative of the community support and generosity that goes into this event,” said Donna Janssen, a two-time cancer survivor who co-chairs the annual event with Judy Wendell. “We are lucky to have care so close to home and we continue to organize this event in support of our friends, family and neighbors who need the services of the Abben Cancer Center.”
Since 2011, the Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation has received more than $28,000 from the Golf for a Cure event in support of local cancer care. Funds raised are used to purchase new technologies, support educational programming and to provide funds for various patient needs, such as head covers, travel assistance and much more.
Spencer Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the only mammography center in the region to have achieved ACR accreditation. The American College of Radiology reports that the ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. “It’s a vigorous review process and appreciate the effort our diagnostic imaging professionals put forth in achieving accreditation for mammography and the many other modalities offered through our imaging services,” commented Spencer Hospital president Bill Bumgarner.
In the year 2000, measles was considered eliminated in the United States. Yet in the first four months of 2019, nearly 700 cases of measles have been confirmed in the U.S., two of which were recently confirmed in Iowa. The two Iowa cases are linked to travel outside of the country. The first Iowan was diagnosed with measles after returning from a visit to Israel. The second person with a confirmed case of measles in Iowa was exposed to the first case upon their return to the same household.
Spencer Hospital nurses Melissa Brent, Colleen Hart and Jolie Threlkeld have been selected as three of Iowa’s 100 Great Nurses for 2019 and will be honored at a May 5 celebration in Des Moines. The 100 Great Iowa Nurses program identifies 100 outstanding nurses every year whose courage, competence, and commitment to patients and the nursing profession stand out above all others. These nurses go above and beyond to contribute significantly to the profession of nursing. All three of this year’s honor recipients didn’t plan on nursing careers. Instead, it was almost as if through life’s pathways, the nursing career chose them.