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HEARTWIRED Dr. Denise Sorrentino’s cardiac ablation skills draw patients, young and old, to Mary Greeley Medical Center.

How to Wash Your Hands

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About this publication Health Connect is published three times a year for residents of central Iowa by Mary Greeley Medical Center. For more information about Health Connect, please contact the Mary Greeley Medical Center Community Relations Department at 515-239-2038. Visit us on the internet Learn more about Mary Greeley Medical Center’s programs and services at www.mgmc.org. Contact us Individuals are encouraged to contact Mary

Contents WINTER 2018

Q&A Everything you need to know about handwashing … and then some. Plus: Find out how to get a free “wash your hands” window cling.


A Story City man comes to Mary Greeley for wound treatment and ends up relearning how to manage a serious disease.

A Sporting Chance A Marshall County student’s athletic aspirations are saved by a new orthopedic surgery procedure at Mary Greeley. Plus: Mary Greeley’s Acute Rehab grows.

How to Beat ‘Deniabetes’


MGMC Foundation Annual Report Learn how gifts to Mary Greeley impact lives.

Rhythms of the Heart Dr. Denise Sorrentino brings cardiac ablation to Mary Greeley. Here’s how she helped two central Iowans. Plus: Mary Greeley expands cardiac care with new cardiac CTA technology.

Greeley Medical Center if they have any concerns about patient care and safety in the hospital that have not been addressed. If the concern continues, individuals may contact The Joint Commission at One Renaissance Boulevard, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181. You may also call 800-994-6610 or e-mail complaint@jointcommission.org. Opportunity for support Your contributions can help us care for those who come to us at every stage of life. Charitable giving to support Marty Greeley Medical Center has played a significant role in shaping your medical center. To learn

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By Brian Dieter, Mary Greeley President and CEO

We are Ready

Jo-el Sprecher, BSN, RN, OCN, Oncology clinical supervisor, with the Peterson family during production of Mary Greeley’s new commercial.


n October 2015, Steven and Lindsay Peterson welcomed their first child: a healthy, beautiful boy named Augustus. A week after the birth, Steven was diagnosed with leukemia. Steven was treated at Mary Greeley where he, Lindsay and their infant son spent many days and nights in our Oncology unit’s family suites. Steven got the treatment he needed, while having the precious opportunity to bond with Augustus. Leukemia is a serious disease and one can imagine how much Steven benefited from the nearness of his wife and child during this challenging time. You may have seen Steven recently. He is one of several patients featured in our new advertising campaign, which is built around the theme “We Are Ready.” We told the Peterson family’s story in the Winter 2015 issue of Health Connect. We’re telling it again in this campaign’s television commercial and digital ads. Steven is in remission and doing great. Augustus is two and he recently become a big brother. Steven and Lindsey welcomed their second child last fall. Steven was ready to become a father. He wasn’t ready for cancer. Thanks to the expertise of the William R. Bliss Cancer Center, our dedicated staff and the family suites on the 5th floor of our west patient

tower, we were ready for him. We’re ready for you, too. It’s a theme that truly connects with Mary Greeley. Here are a few reasons why:  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has given Mary Greeley a 5-star rating for the overall quality of our inpatient care. We are one or only four hospitals in Iowa to receive this rating. We anticipate a similar high rating for our outpatient care.  We are always working to improve our care, and have focused on reducing falls, surgical site infections and other issues that fall into the category of “preventable harm.” Since 2010, we’ve reduced incidents of preventable harm by half.  We’ve been named a Most Wired Hospital for four consecutive years.

That tells you we are ready to provide the advanced technology and information security our patients expect and deserve.  Research indicates that a higher percentage of nurses with bachelor degrees (BSN) improves patient outcomes. We actively encourage and support nurses pursing their BSN degrees. Currently, half of our nursing staff have earned their BSN. Our patients say a lot more, as you will see in this new advertising campaign. They will tell you how Mary Greeley was ready for them, and how we’ll be ready for you too.

Thank you to our sponsors McFarland Clinic

The Mary Greeley Foundation would like to thank these sponsors who provide annual support for the William R. Bliss Cancer Center, Mary Greeley Hospice, Mary Greeley Mileage Club and Grand Rounds. Presenting Sponsor McFarland Clinic Sustaining Sponsor Ames Tribune NOW 105.1 & 1430 KASI Lifesaver Sponsors Ames National Corporation and affiliates Boone Bank & Trust Co., First National Bank, Reliance State Bank, State Bank & Trust Co.

Pacemaker Sponsors Ag Leader Technology Kinzler Construction Services NAI Electrical Contractors Caretaker Sponsors Alpha Copies & Print Centers/ Fastsigns of Ames Gateway Hotel and Conference Center Great Western Bank Jester Insurance Services Sponsors Alfred’s Carpet and Decorating, Inc. Ames Ford Lincoln Bankers Trust Bill and Sue Ellen Burke Celebrations Party & Rental

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Dentistry at Somerset, Dr. Niegsch & Dr. Garman EXIT Realty Lora & Company Deb and Bill Fennelly Gateway Insurance Services Hanger Clinic Integrity Construction Services JE Dunn Construction Knapp Tedesco Insurance Agency Kreg Tool Company Nyemaster Goode, PC Robert and Karen Shirk Sign Pro US Bank George and Mary Wandling Wells Fargo

Mary Greeley Mileage Club Renewable Energy Group – Sustaining Sponsor 3M – Lifesaver Sponsor Danfoss – Pacemaker Sponsor Fareway Food Stores – Caretaker Sponsor Hy-vee – Caretaker Sponsor Grand Rounds First American Bank – Lifesaver Sponsor Green Hills Health Care Center – Pacemaker Sponsor



How to wash your hands… and WHY YOU REALLY, REALLY NEED TO Handwashing tends to get emphasized during cold and flu season, but it’s really a year-round priority. LeAnn Hillier, MPH, BSN, RN, infection preventionist at Mary Greeley Medical Center, explains the best way to wash your hands, why it’s vital to everyone’s health, and what you should expect of staff at Mary Greeley. Why is proper handwashing so

washing. Singing the “Happy Birthday”

pers, after blowing your nose, coughing


song twice while washing your hands

or sneezing, after petting animals, and

Many different germs (bacteria and

is a good method. Also, and this is

anytime your hands are visibly soiled.

viruses) can survive on surfaces for

very important, always remember, you

long periods of time. Touching a spot

shouldn’t lather up while simultane-

we train hospital staff to use the World

that has been contaminated by germs,

ously rinsing under the water. This is

Health Organization’s (WHO) 5 Mo-

whether at home, work, or public plac-


ments for Hand Hygiene. These include:

es, puts you at risk of infection if you

If using hand sanitizer, you want to

before touching a patient, before com-

later touch your mouth, nose, or eyes.

be sure you have enough gel/foam to

pleting a clean/antiseptic procedure,

Cleaning your hands eliminates the

cover all surfaces of your hands, and

after a procedure or body fluid expo-

germs before they can make you sick,

rub your hands together until they are

sure risk, after touching a patient, and

and avoids spreading germs to those

completely dry. This should also take

after touching patient surroundings.

around you.

about 20 seconds if you are using the What are handwashing opportunities

right amount.

most people miss?

Is there a proper way to wash your


In addition to these opportunities,


How often and when should you

Because of the “ewww-yuck” factor, we

Yes, technique is very important.

wash your hands?

typically do a very good job at cleaning

Whether using soap and water or

There is no magic number of times per

our hands when they are visibly soiled.

hand sanitizer, you want to be sure

hour. How often and when depends

Most people miss cleaning their hands

all surfaces of the hands are covered.

upon your activities. Because there are

when they already look or feel clean.

That includes fingertips, between the

so many times when it is appropriate

A good rule of thumb is to clean your

fingers, back of hands and fingers,

to clean your hands, most people do

hands when you first get home from a

palm of hands, and thumbs. Studies

not do it often enough. Key moments

public outing or work, as well as always

show the most frequently missed areas

include before and during food prepa-

before you eat. In addition, a good

are the back of hands, thumbs, and

ration, before eating, before and after

practice is to carry hand sanitizer with

finger tips. Typically it takes about 20

caring for someone who is sick, after

you for those times when it isn’t conve-

seconds to complete a thorough hand-

using the bathroom or changing dia-

nient to find a bathroom.

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FREE WINDOW CLING This Mary Greeley window cling is a great handwashing reminder. Perfect for mirrors in your school or business’s restrooms. Want a free one? We have three different designs for you to choose from. Please visit www.mgmc.org/ handwashing.


Need a lesson on the best way to wash your hands? We have a brief video that will take you through each important step: www.mgmc.org/ handwashing

Be sure to save the poster explaining each step for proper handwashing, which you can find in the center of this issue of Health Connect.

clean their hands. Before any hospital

Are products like Purell effective?

staff about handwashing? How do

staff touches them, a patient or fam-

More effective than soap and water?

we monitor handwashing and what

ily member should also witness staff

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers, like

is our compliance rate?

completing hand hygiene. Staff should

Purell, are very effective in the right

Clean hands are the most important

use the hand sanitizer dispenser when

situation. You must always use sanitizer

method of preventing infections so

they enter and when they leave. We call

with at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitiz-

we take hand hygiene very seriously

it “foaming in” and “foaming out.” If

ers are excellent at reducing bacterial

at Mary Greeley. Staff receive annual

you’re not sure, please don’t hesitate to

counts on hands and are effective

education on why, how, and when to

say: ‘I’m sorry, but I didn’t see you clean

against multidrug-resistant organisms,

complete hand hygiene. Because we

your hands. Would you mind doing it

such as MRSA. In addition, because of

are a Joint Commission accredited


the added emollients, hand sanitizers

How is Mary Greeley educating

hospital, we are required to monitor

can cause less irritation than frequent

and report hand hygiene compliance

What role do families and other

rates. We monitor all 5 WHO Moments

visitors have when it comes to

There are times, however, when

for Hand Hygiene through trained,

handwashing at the hospital?

soap and water is better. Soap and wa-

discrete observers. We are currently

In addition to cleaning their hands

ter is preferred if your hands are visibly

at 85 percent compliance. While our

when entering and leaving the room,

soiled or greasy, prior to working with

goal is 100 percent compliance, we are

friends and family can act as advocates

food or preparing meals, and after us-

still well above the national average of

for their loved one. Feel free to assist

ing the bathroom. In addition, because

approximately 50 percent compliance.

your loved one with cleaning their

hand sanitizer is not effective against

use of soap and water.

hands before a meal, request a small

Clostridium difficile, (C. diff ) which is a

What should patients watch for

bottle of hand sanitizer or a package

diarrheal infection common in hospitals,

with hospital staff in terms of hand-

of hand wipes for use at the bedside.

we recommend washing with soap and


Please ask questions, and if you notice

water when caring for patients with

Hand hygiene is an important aspect of

hospital staff forgetting to clean their

C. diff or diarrhea.

patient safety. Patients should expect

hands, don’t hesitate to remind us.

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Right: Peyton Pope’s love for sports was nearly derailed by a knee injury. A new orthopedic procedure performed by Dr. Tom Greenwald got him back on the basketball court. Opposite page: Dr. Tom Greenwald, McFarland Clinic orthopedic surgeon, performs a knee operation at Mary Greeley Medical Center.


New knee-regeneration surgery puts young Marshall County athlete back in the game. B Y S U S A N F L A N S B U R G

POP! The sound resonated in 14-year-old Peyton Pope’s ears. Pain shot from his knee as he tried to land his high jump event. He realized he was in trouble. Peyton had played sports since he was in first grade. He loved sports so much that his parents always knew where to find him. He was either on the field or the court practicing football, basketball and baseball constantly. He ran track, too, until the day he tried to go a little higher during an 8th grade high jump competition. In the blink of an eye, the up-andcoming State Center athlete was facing a career-ending injury. Worse than Anticipated

“It felt like I had a bubble under my knee cap,” Peyton remembered. “I thought maybe I just needed to work through it, so I tried jogging. But it hurt too much.” The cause of the pain wasn’t visible on an x-ray, but an MRI showed a cartilage tear. A torn meniscus was suspected – it’s a common injury among athletes – so Peyton’s pediatrician referred him to McFarland Clinic orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tom Greenwald. Known for his work with

student-athletes throughout central Iowa, including Iowa State studentathletes, Greenwald examined the young man and recommended an arthroscopy to diagnose and treat the expected problem. What he found during surgery was not what anyone had expected. Peyton’s parents, Dana and Tedd Pope, were stunned. “Dr. Greenwald came into the Mary Greeley waiting room after the surgery and said the injury was worse than we thought,” Dana said. “He said more surgery would be needed. There would be no football this season. Maybe no basketball. How was I going to look my 14-year-old in the eyes and tell him that he couldn’t do what he loved to do?”

sports, it’s no wonder the surgery rate is rising. And it’s often warranted. Unrepaired damage can set the scene for degenerative arthritis down the road. The National Institutes of Health note that more than 80 percent of American football players who have experienced a knee injury have evidence of osteoarthritis within 10 to 30 years of their careers. Greenwald shared his concern for Peyton’s future with his parents. “Dr. Greenwald took the time to really educate us,” Tedd said. “He said there are quicker ways to repair the damage, but also wanted to serve his adult knee down the road. He was very encouraging. He emailed us lots of information about the new procedure. We agreed to have it done two weeks later.”

On the Rise

One in 10 kids under 14 years of age gets hurt playing sports every year, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. A recent study published in the JAMA Pediatrics journal indicates that knee surgery on teens is on the rise, climbing 44 percent between 2002 and 2014 for teen boys and 59 percent for teen girls. With more kids playing more

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A New Approach

Peyton had suffered an articular cartilage injury, meaning the cartilage on – not between – his knee bone had been damaged. Such a large piece of cartilage had been knocked off the top of his femur that he now had what might be described as a pothole in its place. Greenwald would repair the hole 5

using an orthobiological treatment called BioCartilage. He is one of the few surgeons in central Iowa trained to perform the new procedure. The BioCartilage procedure pastes a mixture of donated cartilage cells and the patient’s own blood directly onto the hole. There, the material doesn’t simply harden and sit alongside the existing cartilage, like asphalt on a concrete road. Rather, it creates a tissue scaffold that the patient’s own bone marrow cells can attach to and produce new cartilage within. The BioCartilage surgery took place May 25, and Peyton went home in a straight brace to let his knee heal itself. A Long Summer


Choosing BioCartilage meant choosing the longer route, one requiring intense rehab and dedication. It required a total team effort. “I always look the parents in the eye and say, ‘We’re a team,’” Greenwald said of the decision-making process. “You,

your child, the therapists, me: We’re a team. We have to work together.” Peyton wore his straight brace all summer to give the new cartilage time to grow and strengthen. For five minutes a day, the brace came off to help shape the cartilage with very slight knee bends as he lay on his bed. Otherwise, all activities had to be accomplished with his brace on. “We looked for ways to fill the time,” Dana said. “We went to a lot of movies. We went fishing. We went on a couple of vacations, to the Ozarks and to Yellowstone.” Off the Couch

After three months, the brace came off and Peyton began physical therapy. It would be another five months before he could join his friends on any team. “Everyone was at practice,” he remembered. “I was in the weight room by myself every day.” The 2016 football season ended with Peyton cheering on his West

Articular cartilage

Meniscus cartilage

We have two kinds of cartilage in our joints. Meniscus cartilage is the cushioning between joint bones. Articular cartilage is the cushioning that adheres to the bone itself. You’ve seen articular cartilage on a chicken bone. It’s the smooth, white tissue on the end.


Marshall High School football team from the sideline. Basketball began without him. Every time he asked, Greenwald and his physical therapists said he wasn’t strong enough to go back yet. Finally, Peyton got the green light to practice with his team. He started playing again in January 2017, and in his first game scored 35 points. By the end of the season he had been moved to the varsity team and earned a letter. The 2017/2018 season has been great, too. “Everyone has the fear, ‘Can I get back to my sport’?” Greenwald said. “Peyton worked very hard. He’s the reason he’s where he is today.” Dana, Tedd and Peyton credit Greenwald with the vision and expertise needed to bring the advanced treatment to central Iowa. “It’s a very specialized procedure,” Greenwald said. “Not that many people are candidates for it. But when they are, it can be great.”



o meet the increasing need for rehabilitation care, Mary Greeley has made more beds available in its Acute Rehabilitation unit. The unit now offers 17 private rooms, up from 12. Acute Rehab provides rehabilitation care for adult patients who have experienced stroke, neurological conditions, orthopedic surgery, or trauma. Many of the unit’s patients initially receive treatment at Mary Greeley. However, the unit is increasingly receiving referrals for patients who have had treatment in Des Moines, Iowa City and other locations outside of Ames. “No matter where a patient has received initial treatment, if they need rehabilitation they want to

be able to do it close to home at a place that they know will provide quality care,” said Jodi Schwickerath, BSN, RN, director of Acute Rehab at Mary Greeley. “By making more beds available, Mary Greeley can better serve the needs of central Iowans.” The rooms in Acute Rehab recently were renovated. The unit has added staff specially trained in rehabilitation to provide care for the increased patient volume. Mary Greeley’s Acute Rehab services are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The accreditation demonstrates that Mary Greeley’s service has met rigorous criteria for high quality rehabilitation care.

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HEART Cardiologist’s specialized technique brings relief to patients – young and old. B Y S T E V E S U L L I VA N

hough decades apart in age, Zane Williams and Merle VanGorpen share the same serious heart condition. They both have Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome, and both have successfully received treatment for it at Mary Greeley Medical Center. WPW is the result of an abnormal electrical pathway between the upper and lower levels of the heart. This pathway can, in a sense, reroute electrical signals in the heart and send them in directions they should not go. It’s a form of arrhythmia and can cause a very rapid racing www.mgmc.org | Winter 2018 | HEALTH CONNECT

heart rhythm called “supraventricular tachycardia.” This pathway can also be associated with lethally rapid transmission of atrial fibrillation, which can result in ventricular fibrillation—otherwise known as cardiac arrest. It is typically diagnosed through an electrocardiogram (EKG), which charts the heart’s electrical activity and indicates problems. People are born with WPW and symptoms can arise at any age, or sometimes never. While some symptoms can be treated with medicine, a procedure called cardiac ablation is often used to correct WPW. 7

ness in his chest. He ended up at Mary Greeley for seven days while his heart was monitored. Ultimately, he had an ablation. The Athlete

Above: Dr. Denise Sorrentino, cardiologist with the Iowa Heart Center, explains the ablation procedure to her patient, Merle VanGorpen of Webster City. Below: Sorrentino in Mary Greeley’s Cardiac Cath Lab performing an ablation.

Ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that is aimed at killing the tissue causing the arrhythmia. In the case of WPW, killing the bad tissue can block that abnormal pathway and help ensure that electrical signals are going in the right directions. Dr. Denise Sorrentino, an electrophysiologist and cardiologist with the Iowa Heart Center in Ames, performed ablations on Williams and VanGorpen. She is part of a team of cardiologists from Iowa Heart Center and McFarland Clinic that provide cardiac care at Mary Greeley for patients from throughout central Iowa. Sorrentino has treated patients and been on call at Mary Greeley for the past 21 years. “Ames has always been my home base,” she said. “A lot of my patients were traveling, as was I, and Mary Greeley was willing to purchase new advanced mapping equipment for ablations. I’m happy to be bringing it back home.” So, obviously, are Williams and VanGorpen. The Retiree

VanGorpen is a retired insurance claims adjuster from Webster City who enjoys camping trips with his wife. A few years ago he woke up in the middle of the night and “could tell my 8

heart was skipping a beat.” He sought medical attention and was diagnosed with WPW. He didn’t have any problems until last September. During a camping trip near Colo, he passed out while walking to the campground bathroom. He didn’t get too worried about that incident. A week later, though, he had to take the camper to a dealership for repair. “I was leaving the dealership, driving my car out of the lot and the next thing I knew I ran into a fence across the road,” he said. “I had no sensation or anything. I just lost consciousness.” He sought medical attention again, and the thinking was that he might have had an adverse reaction to some sinus medicine. A few days later, he was home watching television when he started sweating and feeling a tight-

Williams is a junior at Webster City High School, where he’s on the football and wrestling teams. At the start of the 2017 football season, Williams would come home from practice with his heart racing. “It was beating really fast and it worried me but I waited a few weeks before saying anything. I didn’t want to overreact,” he said. On Sept. 22, in a victory over Ballard High School, Williams, a tailback, rushed for 179 yards and scored four touchdowns. Football was going great, but he knew something wasn’t right. Urged by his older sister, Williams finally talked to his parents about what he was experiencing. They got him to a doctor for tests. On Sept. 27, Williams was diagnosed with WPW, putting his high school football career on an extended time-out. “I was down in the dumps after getting the news. I was in my prime, playing football,” he said. “I had good people around me, my family and teammates. A good support system. They told me I would only miss three games and would be back at it.” WPW can be scary regardless of someone’s age, but it can be particularly tough for young people to face. “A lot of my patients are younger, and they often find themselves in the waiting room, sitting beside people much older than them, and thinking that something must be terribly wrong,” Sorrentino said. The stress of a diagnosis like this can “take a big toll on patients and parents. I spent a lot of time with young patients and their families,’ she

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said. “I work to assure patients of all ages that arrhythmia is something we see in otherwise healthy people and ablation is 98 percent curative.” Williams had his ablation on Oct. 11. Tissue Burn

Williams and VanGorpen both had radio frequency (RF) ablations performed by Sorrentino. An ablation patient is usually under conscious sedation, which induces a medium to deep sleep. General anesthesia usually isn’t necessary. To perform the ablation, Sorrentino inserts thin, flexible wires, or catheters, through arteries in the groin and threads them to chambers in the heart. Typically there will be 2-3 catheters on either side of the patient’s body. Each has a purpose. The patient will have patches placed on the chest to read EKG signals sent from one of the catheters. These signals will be used to create a 3D map, which will guide Sorrentino to the place where the ablation needs to be done. Other catheters are strategically placed to measure electrical conduc-

tion in the heart. Signals can be sent through the wires that will intentionally jump start an arrhythmia. This aids in the mapping of the tissue where the arrhythmia is originating. “A lot of data and experience goes into this procedure,” said Sorrentino. Based on the location of the arrhythmia, Sorrentino will perform either a RF ablation, which uses heat to kill the bad tissue, or cryoablation, which kills the tissue through freezing. The arrhythmia may be close to the heart’s normal electrical system, an area known as the AV node. This area is a sort of electrical relay station between the upper and lower chambers of the heart. If this is the case, Sorrentino will likely kill the bad tissue with an -85° Celsius (-121° Fahrenheit) cryoablation blast. This method is less likely to impact tissue surrounding the AV node. If the problem is farther from the electrical system, then RF is used. Following the 3D mapping, Sorrentino maneuvers an irrigated tip that delivers a stream of saline while the catheter is burning bad tissue. The saline helps control the burn and support cooling,

After being treated for his heart condition by Dr. Sorrentino, Zane Williams returned to the gridiron and helped take the Webster City High School’s Lynx football team to the playoffs.

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allowing Sorrentino to go deeper into tissue, ensuring she is permanently fixing the source of the arrhythmia. “Cryoablation is painless. The patient won’t feel anything. We tell a patient going through radio frequency ablation that they might feel a burning sensation during the procedure,” she said. Aftermath

VanGorpen is doing fine now and looking forward to nice weather for more camping trips. He’s watching his diet, cutting down on salts and fats, and getting in some exercise whenever he can. After years of excellent health, he jokes that he finally has some aches and pains to share with pals who always seem to have an ailment to talk about. “You come to the realization that you’re no longer 29 years old and can do whatever you want,” he said. Nine days after his ablation, Williams suited up with his team and returned to the gridiron. “I was nervous at first, but once I got that first snap in, I did what I do,” he said. Williams ran for 145 yards and scored two touchdowns, helping Webster City defeat Boone High School and earn a spot in the district playoffs. That and his successful ablation were not all he had to celebrate. During his break from football, Williams was elected Webster City High’s homecoming king. After football, he moved onto wrestling, achieving his 100th career victory this season.


WATCH AN ABLATION To learn more about ablation, and see Dr. Denise Sorrentino perform the procedure, visit www.mgmc.org/heart.


Mary Greeley’s new cardiac CT service offers many benefits for patients.

Mary Greeley Medical Center has expanded its cardiac care services with the addition of advanced cardiac CTA technology. A cardiac CTA is a non-invasive procedure that provides highly detailed images of the heart and the coronary arteries. The images can indicate whether the arteries have calcium buildup or blockage, and help providers determine a course of treatment. Here’s what you need to know about this new service. Special thanks to Scott Cue, Mary Greeley’s director of Radiology Services, McFarland Clinic cardiologist Dr. Jason Rasmussen, and McFarland Clinic radiologist Dr. Doug Lake, for their expert info on cardiac CTA. WHAT IS A CARDIAC CTA? CTA stands for computed tomography angiography. A CT scan is a medical test that produces multiple images of the inside of the body. It is often used for scans of the brain. The images provide much greater detail than a traditional x-ray, particularly of soft tissues and blood vessels. Angiography is a medical imaging technique used to visualize the inside of the blood vessels. Cardiac, of course, refers to the heart so a cardiac CTA is a medical test that generates a detailed image of that particular organ. WHY DOES MY DOCTOR WANT ME TO HAVE A CARDIAC CTA? Your doctor may want you to have a cardiac CTA for any number of reasons. You most likely have been experiencing symptoms that could be indicative of heart disease. You could have had a cardiac stress test that raised questions, or you may have some of the major risk factors beyond family history and that combined with your symptoms have raised a red flag. Those risk factors include high cholesterol, diabetes, high


Amanda Akers, RT, (R), (CT), (MR), conducts a cardiac CTA on a patient at Mary Greeley.

blood pressure, smoking, and being overweight and/or physically inactive. HOW IS A CARDIAC CTA PERFORMED? A CT technologist will help you lay flat on your back on the exam table. Electrodes will be attached to your chest so that the electrical activity of your heart can be monitored during the procedure. The CT scanner rotates once every 0.28 seconds, collecting a multitude of photos encircling the patient in a very short amount of time. This speed is beneficial to the comfort of the patient. A slow and regular heart rate allows the best image quality, so you will likely receive a medication to slow your heart rate and make it more regular. HOW LONG DOES A CARDIAC CTA TAKE? From the time a patient walks into the CT room to the time they walk about, it usually takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. Patients usually arrive 90 minutes before the exam for a full nursing assessment and to ensure the patient’s heart rate and rhythm are ideal. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ANGIOGRAM AND A CARDIAC CTA? An angiogram, which also captures pictures of the heart, is an invasive

procedure. In that procedure, a tube called a catheter is placed into a blood vessel in either the groin or the arm and is guided to the heart. With a cardiac CTA, a catheter does not have to be placed. A patient will have an IV during the procedure to administer a contrast dye. That allows for better, more enhanced pictures of the heart to be taken and helps to differentiate the blood vessels from the rest of the heart muscle. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO HAVING A CARDIAC CTA DONE OVER AN ANGIOGRAM? Since the cardiac CT is a non-invasive procedure, no sedative is required. That means that once the procedure is over a patient is able to walk out and resume normal activities immediately. It takes very little time and is painless. Also, scans from a cardiac CTA are read by either a radiologist or a cardiologist. That means a patient gets a highly trained physician to interpret findings and work with the patient care team to determine the best course of action. Your cardiologist will determine whether an angiogram or a cardiac CTA is the best option for you.


Damon Johnson gets some diabetes management advice from Sarah Haveman, RD, LD, CDE, diabetes educator.

Mary Greeley helps a Story City man face the realities of his disease.



everal months after his right leg was amputated, Damon Johnson started a lawn care business. He got one of those zero-turn riding mowers, and had a friend film a commercial for him. It showed Johnson on the mower, shot from his left. He looked at the camera and said, “If your yard is rough and bumpy, don’t get grumpy ….” And then he turned the mower to display his amputated leg and delivered the memorable punch line … “call Stumpy.” It got him some business and more than a few laughs. Johnson’s sense of humor and good-heartedness have served him well during a stretch of significant health setbacks, complicated, he admits, by a case of “deniabetes.” He didn’t invent that term. It’s a condition in which people with diabetes fail to accept the seriousness of their disease and

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its management. It’s a dangerous condition and one that people who treat diabetes see all too often. Johnson learned that the hard way. Fortunately, he’s beaten “deniabetes”thanks to a coordinated team of wound care and diabetes experts at Mary Greeley Medical Center. “It wasn’t easy but so many people stood by me. My friend Kayla Grimes got me to my appointments and put up with my bad moods,” he said. “The staff at the Wound Clinic and the diabetes center kept me focused on my recovery. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

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“The staff at the Wound Clinic and the diabetes center kept me focused on my recovery. I couldn’t have done it without them.” – DAMON JOHNSON every 15 minutes.” He eventually found himself in the emergency department at Mary Greeley. He was hospitalized for a few weeks and his blood sugar was “off the charts.” He was eventually diagnosed with diabetes. “I was shocked,” he said. “There’s no history of diabetes in my family.” He went on disability for a stretch of time to get his disease under control. He checked his blood sugar, changed 14

his diet, started counting carbs. He got back to work and over time his commitment to controlling his disease faded. A few years later, Johnson’s feet were hurting from diabetes-related nerve pain. He started wearing more comfortable shoes and tried to be better about checking his blood sugar levels. In November 2016, he experienced pain shooting down his right leg and a lack of a pulse in his right foot. He

was taken to a Des Moines hospital by ambulance and diagnosed with blood clots in his groin. While it is unclear whether diabetes played a role in this medical emergency, the disease can cause circulation issues, and lead to other conditions or complicate existing ones. Attempts to treat the clots failed and in December 2016, Johnson’s right leg was amputated below the knee. It was a depressing decision to

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 Damon Johnson (center) is surrounded by his Wound Clinic and Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center care team: (left to right) Donette Tilley, BSN, RN, CWCA; Meredith Moore, MSN, RN, CWOCN; Sarah Haveman, LD, RD, CDE; Jamie Warg, MSN, RN, CWCN; Linda Wuebker, BSN, RN; Dr. Mark Vandenberg, McFarland Clinic surgeon; and Deb Beelner, BSN, RN, CWS.

make, said Johnson, “but I was in so much pain I decided I had to deal with it. I’m still amazed at myself for how well I handled it. I had good days and bad days, but never used that as an excuse. I had to be motivated to feel better.”

Wound Treatment In February 2017, he was referred to the Mary Greeley Wound Clinic for treatment of a dehiscence, which is an opening in an incision. These can occur for a variety of reasons, but, again, diabetes may have contributed. The disease can impact blood flow, which can lead to infections and poor wound healing. He was treated with a debridement procedure, which removes dead tissue and other material around the wound, speeding up healing and lessening infection risk. Wound Clinic staff did a medication review and looked at Johnson’s lab work. His hemoglobin A1c was elevated. A hemoglobin A1c test indicates your average level of blood sugar over a period of time. Johnson’s was over 10 percent. A level that high is serious and would impact the quality of healing. Wound Clinic staff learned Johnson had an insulin pump but had stopped using it. He also wasn’t using any oral medications. Typically, a patient like Johnson would be referred to the Mary Greeley Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center. Often though, these patients don’t bother to follow through on the referral. That darned “deniabetes” again. So the Wound Clinic and the Diabetes and Nutrition Center staff hatched a new approach. The diabetes educator from the center would come to the patient in the Wound Clinic instead. “Damon was one of the first patients who was part of this collaboration,” said Jamie Warg, MSN, RN, CWCN. “We don’t do this with every patient, but definitely with patients who are high risk. They are a captive audience.”

Back to the Pump The Wound Clinic reached out to diabetes educator Sarah Haveman, RD, LD, CDE. She was familiar with Johnson, having seen him at the Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center after he was first diagnosed. “Diabetes kind of stinks and some people don’t continue their sessions for one reason or another,” said Haveman. “Damon definitely had ‘deniabetes,’ which is not uncommon. He didn’t want to truly admit that he had diabetes and so I didn’t see him again until he’s in the Wound Clinic.” Her task was to help Johnson lower his A1c closer to 7 percent through glucose management and nutrition advice, and by getting him back on an insulin pump. An insulin pump provides a constant drip of insulin. It also will provide a larger dose of insulin when the user enters an elevated blood glucose requiring some “correction” insulin or enter the amount of carbohydrate they are about to eat to cover the rise to the blood glucose level that occurs after eating these foods. “He had ordered a pump years ago, but it was sitting in a closet. He’d never started it, so I said ‘Ok, let’s get started,’” says Haveman. “A diabetes diagnosis is for the rest of your life. If you want to have good management, you need to be mindful of your food choices. You’ve got to count carbs, check your glucose. Diabetes is a lot of work but devices can make it easier – a little easier, because you’ve still got to do it.” Johnson admits that he was scared of the pump. “I didn’t want to work with it. I was worried about managing it and pumping too much insulin,” he says. “Sarah walked me through it and once I committed to it again I was good.” “He’s young and motivated and we knew he would use his prosthetic and

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get back to his life,” says Warg. “We see so many amputees who never get that prosthetic. It was his choice ultimately, but he started going to diabetes education and using that new pump. We put it all in front of him and he saw the value in taking care of himself.” The insulin pump has made managing his disease less of a chore. He’s also cut back on soda and is limiting his carb intake. He has a prosthetic leg now. It was awkward at first. Mary Greeley’s Rehab & Wellness has helped him adjust to it. Johnson has moved beyond “deniabetes.” He’s also moved past just driving that lawn mower. He’s behind the wheel of his car again, after learning to drive with his left foot. “It felt goofy at first, and a little scary but I got used to it,” he says. “I drove slow in town at first and then got brave enough to drive into Ames for doctor’s appointments.”

PREVENT TYPE 2 DIABETES Mary Greeley program helps people at risk for diabetes. Do your parents or siblings have type 2 diabetes? Did you have gestational diabetes while you were pregnant? Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure? If so, you might be at risk for type 2 diabetes and be a candidate for Mary Greeley’s Prevent T2 program. Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles. To find a type 2 diabetes risk assessment test, visit www.mgmc.org/medical-services/diabetes/t2-takedown. To learn more about the Prevent T2 Program, contact Liz Burkland RD, LD, at 515.956.2966 or burkland@mgmc. com. 15

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Your Good Deeds M A R Y G R E E L E Y F O U N D AT I O N A N N U A L R E P O R T

Pay it forward is a simple concept: Do a favor for someone and ask them to do a favor for someone else, and so on. The result is a continually growing tree of good deeds. A simple concept, yes, and one that produces results that go beyond what we can imagine. At the Mary Greeley Foundation, we are fortunate to experience people paying it forward every day. Our physicians, nurses, employees and volunteers strive to go beyond expectations. Our generous donors are a vital part of this as well. They give in tribute to loved ones, to honor the exceptional care they received at the medical center, and to support the programs and services of the hospital or create a lasting legacy through a planned gift. Each and every gift has an impact. The following stories highlight the essence of giving – paying it forward, if you will – and how gifts to the medical center make a difference today and into the future. We are proud of the role we play in supporting Mary Greeley Medical Center and thank you for your continued support of the Mary Greeley Foundation. We look forward to continuing to work with you to “pay forward” the wonderful legacy that so many have helped to establish.

– Melissa McGarry – E X E C U T I V E D I R E C T O R


– JaNelle Anderson – BOARD CHAIR

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A Healthy Future By joining the Greeley Society, the Shierholzes aim to ensure quality care is available for generations to come.


ohn and Suzy Shierholz had their eyes and hearts focused on the future when they made a planned gift to the Mary Greeley Foundation and, in doing so, joined the Greeley Society. “We have always felt very fortunate to be members of the medical community in Ames and to have access to such a high quality of care,” Suzy said. “We are giving to the Foundation to ensure that same kind of care is available for years to come.” Natives of Fort Dodge, John and Suzy moved to Ames in 1976. John began practice in radiology at McFarland Clinic and the couple quickly gained an appreciation for all Ames had to offer. They raised their three daughters in Ames, and John practiced at McFarland until his retirement in 2012. John said it feels good to give back. “We’ve loved Ames and Ames has been very good to us,” he said. “It was important for us to leave a legacy that had an impact on the community. We feel this gift does that.” Designating a portion of their IRA to support the greatest needs of Mary Greeley, in a sense, “closes the loop” by paying back how good the medical community has been to John and Suzy, while ensuring a high level of care will be available for one of their daughters who lives locally, her husband and their children. “We have an incentive to see the quality of care remain at a high level,” Suzy said. “Not only for our family but for everyone who lives here. The kind of care that is offered at Mary Greeley Medical Center contributes in a big way to the quality of life in Ames.”

Dr. John and Suzy Shierholz in front of the Greeley Society display at Mary Greeley.

“We’ve loved Ames and Ames has been very good to us. It was important for us to leave a legacy that had an impact on the community. We feel this gift will do that.” – John Shierholz, Retired Physician, McFarland Clinic

ABOUT THE GREELEY SOCIETY The Mary Greeley Foundation recognizes contributors who have named the medical center as a beneficiary of a planned gift. These donors have remembered Mary Greeley Medical Center with a lifetime income gift or as a beneficiary of a will, trust, retirement plan, or life insurance policy. For more information about how you can make a lasting impact at Mary Greeley and become a member of the Greeley Society, visit mgmc.planningyourlegacy.org or call 515-239-2147.

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The Fjelland family looks over the healthy offerings in Mary Greeley's cafeteria. From the left: Mike, Braxton, Morgan and Mandy Fjelland.

On the Run Popular Mileage Club puts kids on a healthy, active path.


hen the Mary Greeley Mileage Club launched in 2006, the program’s vision was to provide area elementary students with an incentive to move more. Funded by a two-year Harkin Wellness Grant, the program was a huge hit from the start. Today, it is funded by the Mary Greeley Foundation under the direction of Mary Greeley’s Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center. Among the supporters are generous corporate donors Renewable Energy Group, 3M, Danfoss, Fareway and HyVee.



Now entering its second decade, Mileage Club is as popular as ever—for students, teachers and parents. Mileage Club encourages school children to get outside and run or walk laps during a designated period in the day. During 2017 alone, students in the 17 participating schools logged nearly 53,000 miles during the 8-week duration of Mileage Club. Among those tracking laps are Morgan Fjelland, 9, and Braxton Fjelland, 6, who attend Sawyer Elementary in Ames. The boys’ mom, Mandy Fjelland, says Mileage Club is one of the highlights

of the year for the two. “They are very active boys and getting the rewards is very fun for them,” says Mandy. “We’ve raised them to make healthy choices and Mileage Club reinforces what we teach at home.” Since the beginning, Mileage Club participants have earned a reward for every 5 miles they log. Recently, Mileage Club expanded to include a nutrition component. Participants are rewarded for eating 56 fruits and/or vegetables during the 8 weeks. “The nutrition piece is phenomenal,”

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The Fields family in the gym at Meeker Elementary. Back row: Meg Davis and Jeremy Fields. Front row: Alice, Clara and Oliver Fields.

“I’ve seen my kids set goals related to Mileage Club and work hard to reach them. It has increased their confidence and pushed them to do more than they thought they could.” – Meg Davis

Mandy adds. “In the lunch room there is a huge poster that helps kids make healthy choices. Again, seeing it at school just builds on what we are doing at home.” Meg Davis is both a parent and Mileage Club volunteer. She echoes Mandy’s assessment of the program. “My kids love it so much,” said Meg, who volunteers at Meeker Elementary in Ames where son Oliver Fields, 10, and daughter Alice Fields, 7, participate. “I’ve seen my kids set goals related to Mileage Club and work hard to reach them. It has increased their confidence

and pushed them to do more than they thought they could.” As a volunteer, Meg says she gets something from Mileage Club as well. “It is one of the most fun ways I volunteer,” she said. “The kids are all working to meet their goals. I love it.” One of the reward levels includes entry into the Mary Greeley Hope Run, held each June. Both Mandy and Meg say that date is circled on the calendar for their respective families. “We all look forward to it,” Mandy said. “Last year, even the kids’ grandmother

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joined us. There is a great energy being part of Hope Run. It is a wonderful family atmosphere.” “The last several years, the whole family has participated,” Meg said. “The kids have had so much fun with it that we have branched off and started participating in different runs around the area during the year.”


Mary Greeley Foundation Mission To support the mission of Mary Greeley Medical Center through philanthropy and engagement.

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Dr. Larry Otteman, McFarland Clinic oncologist, with Lynn Miller (left) and Ellen Rasmussen (right). Otteman treated Ellen for breast cancer.

Grateful Patient, Grateful Physician He helped her survive breast cancer. She opened his eyes to ‘chemo brain.’


ecalling her breast cancer diagnosis in October 2011, Ellen Rasmussen succinctly summarizes the chaos: “It’s like your world goes into a tailspin and comes to a complete stop at the same time,” she said. “It was a total shock.” It was the since retired Dr. Peter Wolfe, McFarland Clinic Family Medicine, who


delivered the diagnosis to Ellen and her longtime partner, Lynn Miller. Wolfe’s compassion during the difficult conversation served as a preview to what Ellen and Lynn would receive on their cancer journey. The Right Place to Be Ellen says she and Lynn considered getting a second opinion, but the markers of her


cancer were so clear, they felt it would be an unnecessary step and ultimately delay treatment. After discussions with her sister, who is a nurse, Ellen opted to have all of her treatment performed at Mary Greeley Medical Center and McFarland Clinic through the William R. Bliss Cancer Center. “My sister vetted everyone I was going to see and came along with me to my initial

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appointments,” Ellen said. “She quickly came to the conclusion that I couldn’t get better care anywhere else and that this is the place I should be.” Ellen’s cancer care was managed by Dr. Larry Otteman, McFarland Clinic oncologist. A calm presence in the time of chaos, Dr. Otteman walked the journey with Ellen and Lynn through surgery performed by Dr. Mark Taylor, McFarland Clinic surgeon, and radiation oncology treatment steered by the late Dr. Joe Rhoades, a McFarland Clinic radiation oncologist. Ellen’s chemotherapy was dministered by since retired infusion nurse Jan Martin, RN Supportive Care At Ellen’s side throughout was Lynn. “It started Day 1 with Dr. Wolfe,” Lynn said. “We were in it together. I went to just about every appointment and I can tell you that in meeting every one of her nurses, physicians and caregivers that everyone was incredible.” “Beyond treating Ellen as a patient, they were interested in us as people,” he added. It was also incredibly helpful to have care available locally. Being “literally one mile” from the Bliss Cancer Center allowed Ellen to remain involved in her children’s lives and continue to work throughout treatment. “In the midst of a really difficult situation, it meant a lot that I didn’t have to travel for care,” Ellen said. “We can’t imagine how we would have done it if we would have had to travel to Des Moines or beyond that.” Valuable Insight But it wasn’t just Ellen and Lynn who

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benefitted from choosing the William R. Bliss Cancer Center. While caring for Ellen, Otteman says he gained some valuable insight on a condition referred to as “chemo brain.” The condition impacts the vast majority of patients receiving chemotherapy with symptoms ranging from short term memory loss to issues focusing on even the simplest of tasks. Otteman shared information on the condition with Ellen, expecting it would help her to navigate the frustration she would certainly experience in work and in life during her chemotherapy. Ellen took the information in and set about chronicling how “chemo brain” affected her. “Ellen is a professional who functions at a very high intellectual level,” Otteman said. “As such, she was able to tune in to how she was being affected by the chemotherapy and to provide me detailed information.” The information, Otteman said, was “more specific than I had ever gotten from another patient.” Ellen was able to describe periods where she struggled with multitasking, concentration during longer meetings at work, and more. “This has helped me to more clearly explain how this condition will affect other women who are now being treated for similar conditions,” Otteman said. “It was really more valuable insight than I have even been able to find in medical journals.” Recognizing Excellence While Otteman will be able to pay forward this valuable insight to help patients, Lynn recently made a contribution to the Mary Greeley Foundation Grateful Patient and

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$596,659 $540,000 $86,448 $85,805 $18,164 $10,500 $16,654

Family program in honor of Ellen to pay forward the warm, compassionate, and skilled care they received. Mary Greeley President and CEO Brian Dieter recognized the gift, along with Otteman and retired infusion nurse Jan, at an informal ceremony in November. “At Mary Greeley we constantly strive to meet the needs of our patients and to make their experiences better,” Dieter said in presenting a special Beyond Expectations recognition pin to Otteman and Jan. “This is so important for patients with cancer, due to the level of stress and anxiety they, and those close to them, are dealing with. Lynn and Ellen are so grateful you were both there for them.” Ellen and Lynn can’t imagine having been anywhere else. “They were respectful, patient with us, and recognized we were navigating a very difficult situation,” Ellen said. In addition to the medical care, Ellen gained valuable support from the Cancer Resource Center and the Breast Cancer Support Group during her journey. “I have given to the Foundation for years and this experience confirmed that it was the right thing to do,” she said. “The fact that we traveled this journey together and the outcome was as good as it was means everything to us,” Lynn added. “Making a gift like this serves as a small token of appreciation to recognize what Dr. Otteman, Jan and all the others we were so fortunate to work with, did for us. We will continue to give to the Mary Greeley Foundation as long as we are here to give.”


Prime Time Alive & More PRIME TIME ALIVE

Created specifically for those age 50 and better, Prime Time Alive is a membership program (just $15 a year) that helps people live and age well. Learn about member benefits and how to join at www.mgmc.org/pta

Prime Time Alive programs are designed to help you achieve a vital balance of the physical, financial, emotional and spiritual components in your life. Don’t miss all the fun and learning! You can become a member and register for events online at www.mgmc.org/pta or by calling 515-239-2423 or 800-303-9574. Preregistration is required for all Prime Time Alive programs.  Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Starting at Mary Greeley Thursday, March 1, 2 p.m. Mary Greeley Atrium Room A Presented by Thyra Cox, MSN, CDE, Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center Supervisor, and Liz Burkland, RD, LD, Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center. Come and learn how you can take advantage of a lifestyle change program to prevent diabetes that has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control. Starting April 1, 2018, Mary Greeley will offer this program to Medicare recipients. Liz and Thyra will discuss requirements for participation and how the program will be structured. They also will give you the tools you need to move forward to enroll.  Functional Exercise Thursday, March 29, 2 p.m. Mary Greeley Atrium Room A Presented by Brent Baerenwald, MSPT, Mary Greeley Rehab & Wellness. Functional exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home or at work, or while pursuing leisure time activities. Come to this program to learn every day activities to help improve your day to day function.


 Welcome to Medicare Monday, April 16, 6 p.m. Mary Greeley Atrium A Presented by Clete Mercier and Joyce Mercier, volunteer Senior Health Insurance Information Program counselors.

 How to Leave A Legacy Without Being a Rockefeller Wednesday, May 2, 2 p.m. Mary Greeley Atrium A Presented by Blake McKibbin JD, ChFC®, CLU®, Charitable Giving Resource Center.

Are you eligible for Medicare in the near future? Have you been on Medicare and want to better understand what it offers? Do you have a family member you help with Medicare issues? This program will cover Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance.

The Charitable Giving Resource Center will share how you can create a legacy. Featured speaker, Blake McKibbin will dispel the myth that leaving a legacy is only for the wealthy. Learn how you can make a gift, receive a tax deduction and yearly income for life. This interactive session will include hypothetical giving scenarios to illustrate how you can take care of yourself, your loved ones and support the causes you are passionate about.

 AARP Smart Driving Wednesday, April 25, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mary Greeley Atrium B Presented by Stuart Huntington, AARP Smart Driving instructor. This half-day presentation covers driver’s safety. Learn about the normal changes of aging and the effects it may have on driving. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for all others (make checks payable to AARP) and may entitle participants to an insurance premium discount.  Ankle Arthritis Treatment Thursday, April 26, 2 p.m. Mary Greeley Atrium A Presented by Drew Davidson, DPM, McFarland Clinic Podiatry. Arthritis of the ankle can make it difficult to walk and perform activities you enjoy. Learn more about treatment options available to slow the progress and relieve symptoms.

 Prime Time Alive at the Story County Senior Expo Tuesday, May 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Quality Inn & Suites, 2601 E. 13th St., Ames Prime Time Alive will once again have a booth at the Story County Senior Expo. Stop by and receive information on how to join Prime Time Alive or to catch up on upcoming programs and trips. You will also be able to visit with local agencies who serve older adults in Story County and hear speakers on topics relevant to older adults. Health screenings, giveaways, and door prizes throughout the day. Watch your newspaper for further details.  Common Thyroid Disorders Wednesday, May 23, 2 p.m. Mary Greeley Atrium A Presented by Hugo Rivadeneyra, MD, McFarland Clinic Neurology. Thyroid disorders are conditions that affect the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. The thyroid has important roles to regulate numerous metabolic processes throughout the body. Join Dr. Hugo Rivadeneyra for a discussion on the thyroid.

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Jorja Kemp Alcohol inks Main entrance, west extended hallway

Mallwalkers  Mallwalkers: Colon Cancer: What You Need to Know Tuesday, March 6, 8 a.m. North Grand Mall Presented by Jo-el Sprecher, BSN, RN, OCN, Mary Greeley Medical Center Oncology Services clinical supervisor. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. An estimated 135,430 people were diagnosed in 2017, and an estimated 50,260 people will die from the disease. It is equally common in men and women. With recommended screening, this cancer can be prevented or detected early, when it can be more easily and successfully treated. Join Jo-el Sprecher, clinical supervisor of Oncology Services at Mary Greeley Medical Center, for information on who is at risk and what you can do to reduce your risk for colorectal cancer.  Mallwalkers: Preparing for Your Doctor’s Appointment Tuesday, April 3, 8 a.m. North Grand Mall Presented by Ellen Owings, RN, Population Health Manager, McFarland Clinic. Taking time in advance to prepare for your doctor’s appointment can help you make the most of your appointment. Come to this program to find out tips on how to make it easier for you and your doctor to cover everything you need to talk about.

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Mary Weisgram Pottery West lobby display case

FEBRUARY Kimberly Baxter Packwood fiber Main entrance, west hallway

MARCH Jan Vanderlinden Watercolors and prints Main entrance, west hallway

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 Mallwalkers: Beating the Bedtime Blues Tuesday, May 1, 8 a.m. North Grand Mall Presented by Judy Pick, RPSGT, RRT, Neurodiagnostics Supervisor, Mary Greeley Medical Center. Everyone deserves a good nights sleep but not all of us get one. Come to this program to receive tips on how to sleep better, and how to get to sleep and stay asleep. Information on advanced sleep phase syndrome will also be covered.

Auxiliary Gift Shop

Proceeds from the Gift Shop support Auxiliary scholarships, programs and services of Mary Greeley Medical Center. For more information call the Gift Shop at 515-239-2190.  Spring 20% Off Sale Thursday, March 8, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Come join us at The Auxiliary Gift Shop for our annual spring sale! Shop our unique assortment of home décor, floral picks and stems, women’s clothing and accessories, candles and diffusers, and other items.


APRIL Jan Vanderlinden Watercolors and prints Main entrance, west hallway Vince Lewis Woodwork West lobby display case

 HCI Fundraising $6 Sale Atrium Conference Rooms A&B Monday, March 26, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. HCI Fundraising is returning to Mary Greeley for their semi-annual $6 sale. You’ll find incredible savings on reading glasses, collegiate items, jewelry, seasonal fashion accessories, CDs, flashlights, gadgets for the home, and much more. COOKING FOR ONE Tuesday, March 6, 12 p.m. Bessie Myers Auditorium Presented by Teske Vance, bereavement coordinator, Mary Greeley Medical Center Hospice; Kelly Flater, dietitian, Mary Greeley Medical Center; and Kris Van Houten, executive chef, Mary Greeley Medical Center Dietary Services. This workshop is designed to address issues that accompany a newly bereaved spouse. Participants will receive education and support as they adjust to sitting next to an empty chair at the table. The cost to attend is $10 and includes lunch, as well as four meals to take home with you. Register today at www.mgmc. org/cookingforone or contact Teske Vance at 515.956.6038.


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Clinics & Classes Clinics  Childhood Immunization Clinics Mary Greeley Medical Center offers childhood immunization clinics for Story County residents on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Mary Greeley’s Home Health Care office located at 1114 Duff Ave. Upcoming dates include: Feb. 13, Feb. 27, March 13, March 27, April 10 and April 24. Parents of children receiving immunizations are asked to bring previous immunization records with them. Even if a child has never received an immunization, he or she may start a program at any time. Call 515-539-6730 for more information.  Adult Immunization Clinics Mary Greeley Medical Center offers adult immunization clinics for Story County residents every week at Mary Greeley’s Home Health Care office located at 1114 Duff Ave. The clinics are held Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Blood Pressures at Mall with Prime Time Alive Free blood pressure checks will be provided by Mary Greeley Medical Center from 7 to 9 a.m., on the first Tuesday of every month at North Grand Mall.

Senior Health Clinics

Mary Greeley Medical Center Senior Health Clinics offer foot care, blood pressure screening, blood sugar testing and health education for Story County older adults. Call 515-239-6730 for more information. Mary Greeley will offer clinics at the following locations, dates and times: Ames Green Hills Health Care Center Tuesday, Feb. 6, March 6, April 3 1 to 3:30 p.m. Heartland Senior Services Thursday, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 April 5, 12, 19, 26 9:30 a.m. to noon


Keystone Apartments Thursday, Feb. 22, March 22, April 26 1 to 3 p.m.

The Meadows Apartments Tuesday, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17 1 to 3 p.m.

Northridge Village Wednesday, Feb. 7, March 7, April 4 1 to 3 p.m.

Story City Story City Community Health Center Wednesday, Feb. 28, March 28, April 25 1 to 4 p.m.

Regency V Apartments Tuesday, Feb. 6, March 6, April 24 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Cedar Place Thursday, Feb. 8, March 8, April 12 1 to 4 p.m.

Stonehaven Apartments Tuesday, Feb. 27, March 27, April 24 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Support Groups

The Waterford at Ames (Assisted Living) 1200 Coconino Rd. Wednesday, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18 1 to 3 p.m. Windsor Oaks Apartments 1100 Adams St. Wednesday, Feb. 15, March 15, April 19 10 to 11:30 a.m. Collins City Hall Senior Meeting Room Tuesday, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17 9 to 10 a.m. Colo Community Center Tuesday, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Huxley Nord-Kalsem Community Center Thursday, Feb. 1, March 1, April 5 1 to 2:30 p.m. Nevada Senior Center Tuesday, Feb. 13, March 13, April 17 12:30 to 2 p.m.

 Bereavement Support Groups; Six-Week Group This group meets Tuesday mornings, Feb. 27, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Israel Family Hospice House. For more information or to register, contact Teske Vance, Bereavement Coordinator, 515-9566038 or 877-469-0079.  Courage in Motion This fitness program is for people who are undergoing cancer treatment or have gone through treatment in the past year. The patient’s caregiver is also eligible. There is no charge for this program, which is co-sponsored by the William R. Bliss Cancer Center Cancer Resource Center and Ames Racquet and Fitness Club (AFRC). The program begins with a 6-week course of exercise at Mary Greeley Medical Center. Participants can then choose to continue with a 12-weekprogram at AFRC. Contact the Cancer Resource Center, at 515-956-6440, for information.  Living with Cancer Support Group Contact the William R. Bliss Cancer Resource Center for details. Call 515-956-6440 for more information.  Stroke Support Group The Stroke Support Group is free and open to the public. The group meets the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Location varies. Call 515-9562774 for more information.

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Family Birthing Classes

Register online at www.mgmc.org, or call 515-239-2444 or 800-951-9222 for specific information and to register. Preregistration is required.  Big Brother, Big Sister Class Classes are offered for ages 2 to 4, mixed ages, and ages 4 and up. Ages 2 to 4: Feb. 12, March 1, April 4 Mixed ages: Feb. 15, march 12, April 19 Ages 4 and up: Feb. 19, March 22, April 26 5:30 to 7 p.m. Main Lobby  Childbirth Classes Birthways offers a one-day series (Saturday) and a two-day series (Tuesdays) childbirth class to help women in their seventh to eighth month of pregnancy and their support persons prepare for childbirth. Wear comfortable clothes. Bringing two pillows is suggested. A tour is included with the class. $30 donation per class.  One-Day Childbirth Class Saturday: Feb. 3, Feb. 10, March 10, March 17, April 7, April 14 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Atrium A across from cafeteria  Two-Day Childbirth Class Tuesday: Feb. 6 & 13, March 6 & 13, April 3 & 10 6:30 to 9 p.m., Atrium A across from the cafeteria  Birthways Tour Birthways offers tours of the hospital and unit for expectant women and their support persons. Feb. 28, March 28, April 25 7 to 8 p.m., Atrium A across from the cafeteria  Breastfeeding Classes Feb. 5, Feb. 15, March 5, March 15, April 2, April 12 Atrium A & B across from the cafeteria, $10 donation

 Baby Basics Class Feb. 17, March 17, April 21 North A&B (all dates) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., $5 donation

Fitness Classes

Call for specific dates and times. Call 515-956-2731 for Ames classes or 515-733-4029 for Story City classes. Preregistration is required. Ames Classes  Yoga Combine traditional yoga postures with modern fitness moves for an excellent mind/body experience – perfect for those seeking strength, flexibility, stress reduction and total relaxation. Bring your own yoga mat.  Power Hour Pump it up and join us for this total body strength training workout using free weights, bars, tubing and more. This workout is appropriate for all fitness levels.

 Boot Camp Our boot camps provide you with the latest tools and strategies to take your fitness to the next level. Join us for fun and games as you rev up your metabolism and greet the day energized, ready to burn calories all day long.  TRX This small group specialty class uses the TRX suspension system to create unique exercises challenging your core, strength, stamina and cardiovascular system. Class is limited to 10 participants. Please pre-register at the front desk for each class you attend.  Core Blitz Focus in on your core strength and stability in this 45 minute total core workout!  Tramp & Strength This fun workout will get your heart pumping by using the Urban Rebounder mini trampoline intermixed with strength intervals.

 SilverSneakers Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Weights, elastic tubing with handles and a ball are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated or standing support..  Zumba Ditch the workout and join the party! Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program. Enjoy an exhilarating hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate.  TBW (Total Body Workout) The TOTAL package – cardio, strength and interval training. Build metabolismboosting muscle and improve cardiovascular endurance in this fun, fast-paced, hour-long workout.

 Breastfeeding Support Group Feb. 8, March 8, April 8 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Atrium A across from the cafeteria

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