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50 years of GRMC


to Having a Baby @ GRMC

Like most new parents, Cody and Elizabeth Tigges wanted to give their baby the best possible start. The couple, both physicians, found that great start at GRMC.

right focus and priorities when a patient is here,” Elizabeth Tigges says. “The kindness, compassion, and intelligence that goes into making everything ‘right’ was present and is clearly the standard of care.”

“Everything was easy,” Cody Tigges adds. “Our needs were Elizabeth Tigges, DO, is an obstetrics and gynecology met in a way that wasn’t overbearing. We knew and were specialist at Surgical Associates in Grinnell. She has worked comfortable with the fact that people were here to help us if in the women’s health field for five years. She provides we needed it. And, if we didn’t need anything, we could be obstetrical and gynecological care to patients, performing out in the comfortable sitting area or in the room spending pelvic surgeries and specializing in women’s sexual health. time together.” Despite her extensive work background in women’s health, Not only did the Tigges family receive top-of-the-line care experiencing childbirth for the first time at GRMC—on the other side as a patient—has been her favorite experience while at GRMC, but also felt the transition from hospital to home was seamless with the help of a take-home bundle. to date. The package included a few educational DVDs, an infant “I work here, so it was different being a patient,” Elizabeth toothbrush, a storybook and sleep sack from the GRMC Tigges says. “The experience of being a patient here was Auxiliary, the choice of a free baby book, a parenting magaremarkable. You don’t ever know what it’s like on the other zine, and discharge instructions. side until you experience it yourself. You’re bringing new life into the world as a physician, but to be on the other end of that and receiving the care that my team usually gives was wonderful.” People often think that childbirth and childrearing is second nature for healthcare providers. Tigges and her husband, Cody Tigges, DO, a pediatric intensivist at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, insist otherwise. “It’s funny. Most of my patients, and even some friends say, ‘Oh, you know this. I’m not telling you anything you don’t know,’ and it’s actually quite the opposite,” Elizabeth Tigges says. “I obviously feel comfortable with obstetrics, but once any baby is born, I really am clueless.” Cody Tigges echos her sentiments. “A medical degree doesn’t necessarily train you to be a parent,” he says. The support they received from GRMC made all the difference in the world and gave them the support and confidence they needed. The couple says the experience they had at GRMC’s Kintzinger Women’s Health Center exceeded their expectations. The couple was thrilled with the smooth delivery, the calming environment, and the exquisite care given to their new baby girl, Eleanor Claire.

Top-of-the-Line Care

Becoming a Parent

“We utilized other people in this community,” Cody Tigges says. “We called back up here. We talked to Dr. Paisley, who is a pediatrician. We called our primary care physician and family practitioners asking questions, and we had them answered.” “The community is impressive to me,” Elizabeth Tigges says. “There are all kinds of cool resources here. There’s the Babies Room, a massage that Postels Community Health Park offers, and even the Drake Community Library has programs. There are so many opportunities to be out and around other parents.” It’s all in the details, too. And the Tigges family thought GRMC nailed it. “One little personal touch that I liked was that the nursing staff made Eleanor a little bracelet with her name on it,” Cody Tigges says. The thoughtful gesture was not unique to their experience. “All of the kids get one,” he adds.

Creating Precious Moments

Elizabeth Tigges was given the opportunity to do skin-to“The positive energy of the unit and of all the people that skin contact immediately after delivering Eleanor. GRMC took care of us and Eleanor…You can tell that they have the has used skin-to-skin contact as a post-birth bonding continued 02

Having a Baby continued method since 2013 in the labor, delivery, recovery, and post-partum (LDRP) rooms, and implemented the same practice for babies born via Cesarean-section in the surgical suite in 2014. This practice aids in stabilizing the baby after birth and encouraging the parent-baby bond. “As a provider, I recommend skin-to-skin contact, but I didn’t realize how special it was until we did it on the parent side,” Elizabeth Tigges says. “It was absolutely wonderful. What a moment! You can never understand until it happens to you, but I love that we provide this to every single patient!” The opportunities for precious moments weren’t limited to that. The couple also enjoyed a celebratory dinner from a special menu when they were still at the hospital. They treated their dinner like a date, drinking grape juice from wine glasses and enjoying a quiet meal together. What the Tigges family wants everyone to know is that there is a community of resources available after delivery at GRMC. Moreover, those resources are full of caring and compassionate individuals who won’t make you feel inept for not knowing things. Rather, the staff at GRMC will help you feel comfortable asking questions to help you be the best parent you can be for your new baby. “If we’re lucky enough to have a second child, we will have it here,” Cody Tigges says. “This is a quality, safe place where the staff truly cares about your well-being.” “I’m really proud to work here,” Elizabeth Tigges adds. “Nothing is perfect, but everything here is just so good. The room was always clean, the food was always good, and the nurses were phenomenal at keeping patient care the top priority.”


Get to Know Your Own Skin

It is only a few millimeters thick, but your skin is the body’s largest organ.

Tammie Hall

A new skincare service recently opened in the Postels Community Health Park to help restore your skin. Skincare Concepts offers a spectrum of skincare services such as facials, chemical peels, and back treatments. Tammie Hall, licensed esthetician, opened this service to bring the benefits of facials and skin treatments to local residents. Estheticians are licensed professionals trained to maintain and improve skin and skincare regimes. Hall attended a 600-hour training program at the PCI Academy in Ames. She is certified in esthetics and with the HydraFacial system. She uses Bioelements professional skincare products. Skincare Concepts can help you combat damage from not wearing sunscreen. Treatments are available for young adults who may experience acne issues and facial and back skin conditions. Overall, the service offers to improve your skin’s health, vitality, and appearance. During an initial visit, Hall will complete an assessment and then recommend a customized facial. She is also able to capture skin photos for comparison before and after treatments. Facials include cleansing, exfoliation, aromatherapeutic massage, and treatments to address individual concerns. Skincare Concepts is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Skincare Concepts at 641-236-2953.

Headline Sponsors Support Crucial

Healthcare Services at GRMC GRMC is thrilled to announce Grinnell College and Oakland Acres Golf Club as Headline Sponsors. The involvement of these organizations as Headline Sponsors supports the following:

• Eagle Sponsor for the GRMC Golf Outing • Designer Sponsor for the Blue Jean Ball

• The Incredibles Sponsor for the Superhero Run • Bike helmets for all area third graders

• GRMC Auxiliary Golf Ball Drop Eagle Sponsor • GRMC Auxiliary Tag Day Sponsor

• GRMC Auxiliary Business membership support “This year we are honoring our rich history of unity and partnership to provide the best healthcare services possible. Fifty years ago, the two

hospitals in Grinnell combined to form Grinnell General Hospital,” says

Denise Lamphier, GRMC director of communications and development. “As we celebrate our past, generous support from our sponsors continues

to inspire our future and is critical to the success of our mission to provide excellent healthcare services.”

Grinnell College Grinnell College has a strong tradition of social responsibility, developing a diverse

community, and action. Today the college attracts students and faculty from around

the world to this vibrant town in the center of Iowa.

All along, Grinnell College has been a

dedicated and generous supporter of the medical center. Grinnell College

bestows not only significant philanthropic support, but also the support of faculty and staff members who give of their time and talents to volunteer

on the GRMC foundation board, board of directors, and Auxiliary board. Businesses interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities at GRMC may call Heidi Ramaeker Pearson, communications and development specialist, at 641-236-2961 or


team mark

Teamwork and a patient-centered care team have given Mark Upah a new lease on life.

A serious accident five years ago left Upah in a wheelchair with limited mobility and independence. Team Mark changed that. In August 2016, Upah moved into his own apartment in Grinnell. He began living independently for the first time since his accident. “I really like it here,” Upah says. “And I feel lucky to be able to move into this nice place.”

The Journey

In 2011, Upah had a spinal cord injury that paralyzed his legs and left his arms with limited mobility. Following the accident and a long recovery period, he lived in the lower level of his parent’s home in Belle Plaine. Because he uses a wheelchair, he could only move around within the lower level of the home. “His moving into independent living is only possible because of the committed team at GRMC,” says Bob Upah, Mark’s father. “He had tried home therapy before and it really wasn’t helpful. This new focus on life began in the spring of 2016. Mark asked his neuropsychology specialist in Cedar Rapids, Dr. Stan Mathews, if there was therapy for him so if he fell out of bed, he could get back in bed or get help.” That simple question led to a referral to GRMC’s physical therapy and occupational therapy services.


Jolene McKeag, Physical Therapist, GRMC, says that the original physician’s order simply read: “Therapy to be able to get up off the floor.”

McKeag worked with Upah on strengthening his muscles and retraining his body how to work. They worked to reverse years of muscle atrophy from lack of moving.

“We talked about how he would live if something happened to his parents,” McKeag says. “He would have been looking at assisted living when he was less than 50-yearsold. After he learned how to get up off the floor, I asked him, ‘What’s keeping you from being more independent?’” She helped him find services to overcome those challenges. To build skills of daily activity, Upah worked with Sharon Burke, OCT/L, an occupational therapist at GRMC. “Mark had the motivation. Plus, his parents were able to step back and let him be independent. They supported him but let him take control,” she says. “Sharon taught him how to dress and change his own bedding from the wheelchair. She was constantly giving tips about living. Like when cooking, he should get a long oven mitt that covers more of the arm. It helps protect his arm since he works from the wheelchair height,” says Betty Upah, Mark’s mother. “Mark really took to the staff. They worked with him so well,” Bob Upah says. “He is doing things that a year ago I would have thought were impossible for him.” After Burke and McKeag began working with him, he progressed to the point that they believed he could consider independent living. McKeag started connecting him with the right resources to help him move out on his own.

In July 2016, Sheree Andrews, LBSW, M.Ed, GRMC social worker, met with Upah and his parents to assess if moving to Grinnell was a good option. “Things fell together. The GRMC team all got their heads together to see what was possible. We are just so thankful for all they have done for Mark. We really appreciate everyone and all their help,” Bob Upah says.

Mark’s New Home

Upah had limited options for living independently until he learned the skills needed to be on his own. Working with the GRMC team, he acquired the skills that would allow him to move into an independent living situation. The Iowa Department of Human Services offers help for people to remain in their own homes. Consumer Directed Attendant Care services help people do things that they would for themselves if they were able. Upah qualifies for the physical disability waiver and receives help with showering, general hygiene, and household duties.

Upah’s team also includes Grinnell Regional Home Health nurses who come to his home each week to check his health. He can get wounds from the supports in the wheelchair and his shoes, so their care is important.

Upah smiles when he explains, “The best part of moving to Grinnell into my own apartment is that I can do my own cooking and go places in the community. In my parent’s home in Belle Plaine, I couldn’t get to the kitchen, which was upstairs. When it snowed, I could not get out and I felt claustrophobic. Here, I can get out of my apartment and go to the fitness room. I have the ability to go out into the courtyard when the weather is nice. I love it.” “We can’t say enough about the excellent staff at GRMC. I feel like they will be our friends for the rest of our lives,” Bob Upah says.


The whole family realizes the significance of this transformation. “It’s like a weight has been lifted from our shoulders,” Upah’s parents admitted. The family had concerns about who would take care of their son if something happened to them. His parents both now in their 70s. “This is life altering for us. It gives us peace of mind knowing Mark has a team of people, like his vocational rehabilitation counselor and the home health staff,” Betty Upah says. “Mark has progressed so much and now can look to future projects.”

He also has a vocational rehabilitation counselor, Kathy Davis, and Gina McKeag-Hall, an AmeriGroup insurance coordinator, who help support him with resources for living independently. It truly took a team to move Upah into independent living and he appreciates the efforts of his team. “For me, life is better here than in a group home, a nursing home, or an assisted living center. I’m a relatively young man who has a spinal injury. I like having my own space,” he says. Living independently has a few requirements. Upah has a special wheelchair with supports that lift so he can nearly stand. He has a life alert system so if he would fall he could get help. The landlord and local manager of his apartment building made accommodations to the building, which allow Upah to electronically open doors and freely move his wheelchair into his apartment. “The apartment is locked and has security, which gives us peace of mind,” Betty Upah says. “The manager has been great to accommodate Mark’s needs. We feel blessed.”

Before his accident, Upah loved to drive tractors in the WMT radio Tractor Rides Across Iowa. This past year, a friend built a ramp and box so that Mark could ride along on his tractor for the ride. Mark looks forward to new possibilities. “I miss driving. That’s my next big goal. It will take a while, but with everyone’s help I hope I can drive again,” he says. Pg. 5 - Mark Upah’s GRMC Care Team surrounds him. Front row: Jolene McKeag, PT, (left) and, Liz Clancy, COTA (right). Back row from right or left: Melanie Woods, PT, Jana Laverman, RN, Sharon Burke, OTR/L, and Sheree Andrews, LISAW. Pg. 6 - Mark Upah with his parents Bob and Betty Upah. Pg. 6, right - Mark Upah uses the fitness center equipment located in his apartment complex.


50 Golden Moments at GRMC in the Past 50 Years 19 70 19 67

The merger of Community Hospital and St. Francis Hospital became official in December. The resulting union produced Grinnell General Hospital (GGH).

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Building development: Completion of two, two-story patient care wings, which provided 84 beds and a coronary care unit.

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GGH received Joint Commission Accreditation Hospital accreditation from the Joint Commission Accredited Healthcare Organizations.

19 73 Dr. Warren H. Bower was the first surgeon at GGH, which was a notable turning point for care options.

19 81 GGH approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

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19 79 Dr. Victor Wilson joined in 1973.

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Ear, nose, and throa and oncology clinic added to services.

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Development of satellite clinics.

Social services department added. GGH purchased nuclear medicine scanning machine.

Building development: Expansion of surgery, radiology, laboratory, and emergency departments, along with the addition of a physical therapy department.

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Please note: This two-part series will span the length of two editions of the healthletter. Accomplishments from the first 25 years are shared below. Choosing just 50 recognizable moments was no easy task, particularly with a medical center that has always been chockfull of outstanding and talented staff. While accomplishments of individuals are highly valued and applauded, there are far too many to include, so the following list focuses on institutional accomplishments.


In the grand scheme of history, 50 years may not seem all that significant, but in the ever-evolving world of healthcare, 50 years is an anniversary worthy of attention. Like most hospitals, GRMC has had its fair share of celebrations and setbacks. This year, on the occasion of the golden anniversary of the merger of two hospitals in Grinnell, it seemed

fitting to share 50 shining moments at the medical center over the past 50 years.

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Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program established at GGH with funds received from a $24,000 grant.

Visiting specialties of dermatology, cardiology, and sports medicine added to GGH services. Building development: The cafeteria and patient accounting department were remodeled. First golf outing fundraiser was held in the summer.

19 92 GGH Board of Directors and Medical Staff directed the administration to make the hospital completely smoke-free to comply with a JCAHO regulation that hospitals had to be smokefree for patients, public, and employees. Building development: Radiology expansion costs $375,000. Vascular fluoroscopic lab installed.

GGH Legacy Club is established as a society of friends remembering GGH in their wills. Insurance counseling for senior citizens through a new Protection and Advocacy through Community Training (PACT) program was initiated by GGH in a cooperative venture with the Iowa Insurance Division

GGH celebrates its 25th anniversary!

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GGH joins the Iowa Hospital Assurance and Enhancement Institute based at the University of Iowa. The institute is a voluntary consortium that collaborates on ways to improve the quality of healthcare services provided to Iowans. Building development: Radiology acquired $750,000 in new diagnostic equipment, including a new mammography machine, a computerized tomographic (CT) scanner, and ultrasound equipment. GGH Auxiliary celebrates its 25th anniversary!

L-R: Russ Sams, Floyd Heishman, Wayne Hendrickson, Al Pinder, and Dick Pearce


Dr. Pearl Somers

in the Digital World

Healthcare in Poweshiek County got its roots in the early 1900s with its first hospitals. Dr. Pearl Somers, one of Grinnell’s first physicians, understood personalized healthcare. He worked to deliver health services where the patient wanted to receive it. Fast forward 100 years. Providers at GRMC strive to deliver health services conveniently.


Telemedicine at GRMC

GRMC has been using remote telemonitoring services since 2009 when it began electronic intensive care (eICU) monitoring in the evenings. This service provided rapid assessment of ICU patients by an intensivist at a large hospital at times when GRMC did not have a hospitalist present.

Telemedicine is a tool that is gaining momentum in modern healthcare. It allows area residents to improve access to health services in the manner they want to receive it. Telemedicine also allows healthcare systems to control costs and improve efficiency.

Since then, GRMC has added telepharmacy services to assist pharmacy technicians and staff when a pharmacist is not on campus. The remote pharmacist monitors medications given to patients through a stocked dispensing system. Staff can direct questions about medications to the telepharmacist at any time.

Telemedicine, also known as telehealth, connects patients to healthcare services though videoconferencing, remote monitoring, electronic consults, digital records, and wireless communications. Telemedicine can serve as a catalyst to patient-focused care options that meet both the clinical and convenience needs of patients and providers.

Another example of telemedicine at GRMC is the stroke diagnostic robot in the emergency room. When a patient in the GRMC emergency room demonstrates symptoms of a stroke, the robot connects with a neurologist at the University of Iowa Health Care. With the help of the robot, the specialist reads CT scans, reviews patient data, and

completes a staff-assisted exam to determine if a stroke has occurred. This allows for faster diagnosis and treatment that has proven to improve patient outcomes. The most common form of telemedicine at GRMC is the storage and forwarding of data. This includes the picture archival and communicating system of radiology images. A diagnostic radiology scan can be completed in Grinnell and then interpreted by an Iowa Radiology radiologist in Des Moines, day or night. These digital scans can also be sent to physicians anywhere, which leads to improved patient care and outcomes. When diagnostic imaging is shared with specialists, patients and guarantors do not need to pay for duplicate diagnostic imaging.

Next Steps

In 2017, GRMC will expand specialty care consultation services via telemedicine systems. The goal is to expand access to specialists in Grinnell. GRMC used this service from 2015 to 2016 as an option to improve access to mental health services with James Dennert, MD, who consulted with patients in the mental health clinic. The emergency department also has a telepsychology unit for initial mental health screens. The next telemedicine phase at GRMC will be to offer consultation services for sleep medicine and rheumatology. Kyle Wilcox, GRMC vice-president, explains how this service will work for patients. “Patients will begin with a face-to-face traditional patient and physician appointment. When clinically appropriate, the doctor and patient will discuss if they are comfortable with a telehealth assessment,” Wilcox says. “Moving forward, follow-up appointments can be provided via telemedicine, which will allow our providers to offer additional clinic days remotely. This flexibility will allow us to expand access to specialty care without the patient having to drive to Des Moines or Iowa City.”

Technology for the Patient

The benefits for patients can be huge. “Think of telemedicine as the express lane versus the standard check out in a store. Patients who need a simple follow-up appointment could shift to a telemedicine appointment. They would be seen in a clinic in Grinnell as usual but the provider would be in another city. This frees up appointment times for patients who need to be seen face-to-face with a provider in the clinic – such as first time appointments, urgent needs, and diagnostic and treatment appointments,” Wilcox says. In the case of the visiting rheumatologist, Eman Boulis, MD, this will increase the amount of time available for patients. Boulis plans to see patients in Grinnell in the Ahrens Medical Arts Building and at the Deer Creek Health Center in Toledo. In addition, she will have telemedicine clinic days for follow-up appointments. Telemedicine will serve as the catalyst for Boulis to expand service offerings to patients at several sites. Melisa Coaker, MD, sleep medicine specialist, also plans to use telemedicine as a way to increase availability to patients. For first-time appointments and assessments, Coaker needs to see patients face-to-face in the clinic. After their sleep study has been completed, they could, if appropriate, be seen via telemedicine camera to discuss the sleep study results and next steps. “GRMC is dipping its toes into telemedicine in the clinic setting,” Wilcox says. “The next phase in the not so distant future will be mobile applications. Many insurance plans and clinics, especially in urban areas, offer patients the option to contact a provider via their smart phone. We are not there yet, but it is coming.” Surgical Associates is exploring this option and offers an online and mobile app for telemedicine visits with Stefanie Noun, PA-C. The Surgical Associates website offers information on billing, downloading the app, and when patients might consider this option.

Telehealth has moved into the mainstream. In 2013, 52 percent of hospitals used telehealth, and another 10 percent were beginning the process of implementing telehealth services. Consumer interest, acceptance, and confidence in telehealth are growing. Recent studies on the use of telehealth services have shown that: • 74 percent of U.S. consumers would use telehealth services. • 76 percent of patients prioritize access to care over the need for human interactions with their healthcare providers. • 70 percent of patients are comfortable communicating with their healthcare providers via text, e-mail, or video, instead of seeing them in person. • 30 percent of patients already use computers or mobile devices to check for medical or diagnostic information. Source: American Hospital Association


Pediatrics Specialty Now Offered at Deer Creek

Jennifer Paisley, MD, pediatric and internal medicine specialist with Grinnell Regional Internal Medicine, began seeing pediatric patients at the Deer Creek Health Center in Toledo in January. Paisley’s practice includes the full range of pediatric services with a focus on chronic disease management in children. Areas of interest include Paisley developmental and behavioral health, including ADHD, anxiety, and depression, and weight management. A Grinnell native, Paisley joined the GRMC team in 2016. After finishing medical school at the University of Iowa, she completed a dual-residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She is board certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics, and plans to become board certified in obesity medicine. The pediatric care clinic at Deer Creek in Toledo occurs on the morning of the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. To schedule an appointment, call GRMC Internal Medicine at 641-236-2382 or Deer Creek Family Care at 641-484-2602.

“Welcome to Medicare” Seminar Offered in Grinnell

If you or family member will soon be eligible for Medicare, understanding the program will help you get the health benefits you deserve. A “Welcome to Medicare” seminar will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the Drake Community Library. The seminar will cover Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare supplemental insurance. This seminar is offered through SHIIP, the Senior Health Insurance Information Program, a service of the State of Iowa. GRMC is the sponsor for SHIIP in Poweshiek County. For more information or to register for the seminar, call 641-236-2588. 11

Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Brings ED Renovation Closer to Fruition

The Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation has pledged $50,000 to help renovate GRMC’s emergency department. “The foundation shares my vision and belief on how important it is to have a local emergency department available in our area,” says Larry Jansen, CPCU, Grinnell Mutual’s president and CEO. “Everyone benefits from having those healthcare services offered right here at home.” The pledge brings GRMC’s fundraising efforts for a new ER almost to completion. Only about $10,000 is needed toward the total of $2 million needed to begin the project. Renovations are tentatively set to begin later in 2017. “We are ecstatic to have this support from Grinnell Mutual,” says Todd Linden, GRMC president and CEO. “Both the foundation and the company have been significant donors to the medical center for many years. It’s because of the continued support of local business donors that we are able to offer exceptional healthcare services.” Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, and GMRC employees have all been very generous supporters of the Moving at the Speed of Life campaign. The three combined have given a total of $628,654 in donations to aid the campaign’s projects. With more than 10,000 patient visits per year, the GRMC emergency department is the front line for the community in times of crisis – disasters, traumas, and everyday accidents. The project will modernize and renovate existing space that will provide up-to-date, private treatment rooms, new triage and registration areas, and expanded support space for physicians, nurses, and other providers. For more information about the GRMC emergency department renovation project or to make a donation to help finish this effort, contact Denise Lamphier, GRMC director of communications and development, at 641-236-2589 or Gifts can also be made online by going to




01. No Shave No Heels November squad leader Ron Nott (left), and project lead Matt Petersen (center), joined Jeff Menary (right) for a plunge into the pond behind Grinnell Mutual as part of the challenge that raised more than $4,100 for the Community Care Clinic. 02. Jeff Menary, Grinnell Mutual executive vice-president of line operations, takes the long, cold walk to the Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance pond to uphold his part of the challenge to support GRMC’s Community Care Clinic. 03. Grinnell Mutual employees put away their razors and heels to support a great cause — The Community Care Clinic at GRMC. Together they raised $4,146 for the clinic that provides free healthcare to individuals with no insurance or underinsured individuals.

Grinnell Mutual Grows Beards, Gets Wet for Care Clinic

A group of Grinnell Mutual employees put away their razors and heels to support a great cause — the Community Care Clinic at GRMC. Jeff Menary, executive vice-president of line operations, challenged staff to raise $3,000 to support the clinic. The Community Care Clinic provides medical care to area residents who are uninsured or underinsured. If colleagues met the challenge, Menary said he would “get wet.” (Not coincidentally, Grinnell Mutual has a pond on its campus.) Grinnell Mutual employees surpassed Menary’s challenge. They gave $4,146 and watched Menary deliver on his promise to get wet on a snowy, 32-degree Monday in December. “The support matters,” says Patty Hinrichs, GRMC director of public health, who runs the Community Care Clinic. “Without contributions like this, this important service would not be possible. Last year, the clinic supported about 150 unique patients,” Hinrichs says. “We are thrilled that Grinnell Mutual employees developed such a creative and fun way to help us provide high quality healthcare for those who are unable to afford insurance.”

In the spirit of solidarity, No Shave No Heels November project lead Matt Petersen and squad leader Ron Nott joined Menary for a plunge into the drink. To help support the Community Care Clinic, consider making a donation at

Ed Hatcher Named Trustee of the Year GRMC Board Member Edward Hatcher has been recognized by the Iowa Hospital Association as the top hospital trustee in the state.

Hatcher received IHA’s Excellence in Governance Award” this fall. The award is given each year to an Iowa hospital trustee known as a strategic thinker and diplomat who works tirelessly on behalf of a hospital.


“Ed is a tremendous asset to our organization, our board, and to me,” says Todd C. Linden, GRMC president and CEO. “For more than 26 years, Ed has served either on the board of directors or on the GRMC Foundation Board. He is a teacher, a farmer, and a hospital leader who cares about the health of the community around him.”

GRMC’s Senior Education Program provides programs designed for adults– of any age–to extend their knowledge on healthcare issues, diseases, nutrition, community resources, current and cultural events, as well as art, biology, history, or religion.

Mondays, 10 to 11 a.m. • Drake Community Library 930 Park Street, Grinnell

February 13 – Mental Health Update with Julie Smith, Capstone Behavioral Health Center Director March 13 – “Lessons Learned from the Harp,” Kristin Maahs, harpist and instructor at Grinnell College, at the Grinnell United Methodist Church April 3 – Insights for Medical Decision Making, David Isch If you see a program that interests you, please feel welcome to join our audience. If you have a question, please call 641-236-2593 or visit

Cancer Support Group

Room 204, GRMC Every Tuesday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. This group provides an informational time of sharing and support for anyone with a cancer diagnosis. For more information, call 641-236-2568 or email

Caregivers Support Group

Calendar of Events Adult Foot Care Clinic

Light Center for Community Health 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 9 a.m. to noon Call Grinnell Regional Home Care at 641-236-2385 for an appointment.

Babies Room Parenting Classes

Light Center for Community Health 3rd Tuesday and 3rd Thursday of the month, 4 to 5 p.m. For information on this program, call 641-236-2385.

Breastfeeding Education

Tomasek Room, GRMC March 29, May 30, July 25, September 28, and November 28, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call the Kintzinger Women’s Health Center at 641-236-2324 or email

Breastfeeding Support Group

Light Center for Community Health 1st Tuesday of the month, 10:30 a.m. Infant weight checks are done at 11:30 and open to anyone, or may be scheduled. For information on this program, call 641-236-2385.

Blood Pressure Clinic

Light Center for Community Health Thursdays, 1 to 2 p.m. Free, no appointment needed. 13

For information, call 641-236-2385.

First Presbyterian Church, 1025 5th Ave., Grinnell 4th Tuesday of the month, 10 to 11 a.m. The Caregiver Support Group is for anyone caring for an adult loved one. The group provides caregivers with the opportunity to gain support, strength, and encouragement from each other. For more information, call 641-236-2418 or email

Diabetes Living Support Group

East Tomasek Room, GRMC March 13, May 8, July 10, September 11, and November 13, 7 to 8 p.m. This comprehensive diabetes support group meets quarterly, and includes a visit with the dietitian and diabetes educator. Speakers and topics vary. For more information, call 641-236-2488.

Grief Support Group

Drake Community Library, 930 Park St., Grinnell 2nd Wednesday of the month, 10 to 11 a.m. The Grief Support Group is for adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one or friend. The group supports participants through the emotions, reactions, and experiences that follow the death of someone close. For more information, call 641-236-2418 or email

GRMC Auxiliary

Books Are Fun Tomasek Room - Friday, Feb. 24 Volunteer Appreciation Event (tentative) Tuesday, April 11 Blood Drive Tuesday, April 18 $5 Jewelry Sale Tomasek Room - Friday, May 12

Grinnell Regional Community Care Clinic Light Center for Community Health 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 2 to 4 p.m. Clinic for those with no insurance

To schedule an appointment or for more information about eligibility, call the clinic at 641-236-2385.

Immunization Clinics

Light Center for Community Health Grinnell Regional Public Health (By Appointment Only) 1st Monday of every month • 1 to 4 p.m. 1st Tuesday of the month • 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. 2nd Tuesday of the month • 2 to 6:30 p.m. 3rd Tuesday of the month • 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. 4th Tuesday of the month • 2 to 5:30 p.m. Every Wednesday of the month • 1 to 4 p.m. 3rd Friday of the month • 9 to 11 p.m. For information, call 641-236-2385.

Meet and Eat Bereavement Support

WIC Clinics (or Well Child)

Brooklyn, Brooklyn United Methodist Church 3rd Monday of the month 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grinnell, Light Center for Community Health 3rd Tuesday of the month, 4th Tuesday of the month For more information, call Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA) at 641-752-7162 or 800-390-5293.

Welcome to Medicare

Drake Community Library Thursday, April 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by Senior Health Insurance Information Program

Tomasek Conference Center, GRMC 1st Sunday of the month, 5:30 p.m. Cost of meal: $6

This program is for those who will be turning 65 in the next year or those who want to refresh their understanding of Medicare sign up. RSVP to 641-236-2588

This is not your typical bereavement support group. Meet and Eat is a monthly dinner gathering for those who have lost a loved one. It is a time to remember that even though you may have lost a loved one, you can still be social and enjoy a meal out with others who share similar experiences.

Welcome to the World

For more information, call 641-236-2418 or email

Prenatal/Childbirth Classes

Tomasek Room, GRMC April 4, 11, 17; July 5, 11, 18; and October 3, 10, and 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (Must attend all three evening sessions during that month.) March 11, June 10, September 16, and December 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday All-Day Sessions For more information, call the Kintzinger Women’s Health Center at 641-236-2324 or email

Perinatal Loss Support Group

East Tomasek Room, GRMC April 27, July 27, and October 26, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Prospective obstetrics patient welcome. Meet physicians and obstetric care providers at GRMC who will help you experience the birth of your child. Deer Creek Health Center Wednesday, March 22, 5:30 to 7 p.m. tentative Tomasek Conference Center, GRMC Wednesday, April 5, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Includes tour of Kintzinger Women’s Health Center Watch for a postcard with more information in the mail.

Save the Dates

GRMC’s 28th Annual Golf Outing and GRMC Auxiliary Golf Ball Drop Oakland Acres Golf Club July 14 – tee time at 9:30 a.m.; Ball drop at 6 p.m. Enjoy 18-holes of golf with friends of GRMC. Call 641-236-2946 for golf registration.

GRMC’s Blue Jean Ball

For more information, call the Kintzinger Women’s Health Center at 641-236-2324 or email

Poweshiek County Fairgrounds Saturday, Aug. 26 – 8 p.m. to midnight Dancing with Chicago band – TVK, Silent and live auction items, GRMC Auxiliary Wine Pull

The Glass Gift Box

Ticket information to come.

Hobo Trunk Show The Glass Gift Box - Thursday, March 2, and Friday, March 3 40% off suggested retail price for spring/summer handbags Spring Open House The Glass Gift Box - Thursday, April 6, and Friday, April 7 40% off one item Summer Sale The Glass Gift Box - Thursday, June 8, and Friday, June 9 25% off storewide

GRMC’s Superhero Run Start at GRMC Healing Garden Sunday, Oct. 8 – 5K begins at 8 a.m.; family 1K run/walk at 8:45 a.m. Awards at 9 a.m. 5K race with your family and friends on a beautiful fall morning around Arbor Lake, Prep your run for the big IMT Des Moines Marathon, Family 1K fun run or walk. Registration details to come. 14

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Move Your Health

Join THE Gym. At the Paul W. Ahrens Fitness Center, we focus on you and your health. We encourage, motivate, and inspire our members to success. Try our group exercise classes: Spinning®, kickboxing, Couch to 5K, body blast, yoga, and more. Test-drive our functional fitness training, cardio equipment, and our copper-handled free weights. We offer personal training, pool exercise classes, and special group classes. Call 641-236-2999. Email Go to

GRMC Healthletter - February 2017