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Measles Vaccine Recommendations


Think Vaping is Better than Smoking? Think again!

Vaping (also commonly known as juuling) is generally thought of as “safer” alternative to smoking, but it is actually as harmful and addictive as smoking. E-cigarette smokers can be addicted just as easily to vaping as tobacco cigarettes and it can be as bad as smoking an entire pack of cigarettes. It can raise your heart rate and blood pressure, cause lung disease and subject you to chronic bronchitis. Join us for What you Can’t See & What They Don’t Want You to See on May 1 to learn more.


Calling FAST Athletes

Floyd Valley Therapies will be offering the 17th annual FAST (Functional Agility Speed Training) Program this summer. This program will develop better athletic movement allowing for increased capacity to perform in your sport. Our program is tailored for the individual athlete, not a one-size fits all canned program. Your athlete will be tested for movement quality and an individualized program for conditioning will be developed using corrective exercise and movement prep. In short, this will develop a better trained athlete with less risk factors for injury.


Well Child Exam vs Athletic Physical

Tracking your child’s health is an important process as they age.  Most parents think that an athletic physical replaces an annual health exam, but the sport’s physical is a limited check focused on sport’s readiness.  A well child exam, covered by most insurances, is a more comprehensive look at not only your child’s physical exam, but also developmental, emotional and social aspects of your child’s health.  Regular healthcare visits create strong, trustworthy communication between you and your provider, creating a better healthcare experience.


Programs to be Offered by Floyd Valley Healthcare

The following programs are being offered by Floyd Valley Healthcare. Pre-register for all programs by calling 712-546-3401 or 800-642-6074, ext. 3401.


May 10 at 12:00 PM

Program: “Ten Commandments of Container Gardening”

Presented by: Rosanne Plante, Master Gardener & Ms. Worldwide 2018

Location: Willow Creek Country Club

Cost: $15.00/person


Latest Advancements

Through various fundraising efforts, the Floyd Valley Auxiliary was able to donate $45,000 towards the purchase of a BioFire FilmArray System for the hospital lab. The BioFire FilmArray System has set the standard for molecular diagnostic testing. With integrated sample preparation, amplification, detection and analysis, this will allow accurate results that can be delivered in about an hour. For Floyd Valley, this means quicker answers which can lead to shorter length of stay, fewer microbiology tests being sent out to an outside lab, improved antibiotic stewardship, and better infection control. Patients will get appropriate medications quicker, if needed, all leading to better patient satisfaction.


Floyd Valley Pediatric Therapy

When many people think therapy, they probably picture athletes recovering from an injury, or even older athletes receiving treatment for injuries back from their glory days. Physical therapy is prescribed for patients recovering from procedures like hip and knee replacements or for that shoulder that acts up when it’s going to rain. Speech therapy can also benefit patients after a stroke.


However, you don’t have to be “of a certain age” to visit the physical, speech and occupational therapists at Floyd Valley Healthcare. In fact, patients are just as likely to roll into therapy in a stroller as a wheelchair.


“Floyd Valley Pediatric Therapy is a multidisciplinary department, bringing together physical, speech and occupational therapy teams,” says Jerry DeWit, Floyd Valley Therapies Manager. “The program is led by a pediatrician, supplemented with social services, and works closely with the patient’s referring physician to provide a wide array of treatments and services.”


DeWit says that children can benefit greatly from therapy, especially if they encounter developmental challenges or delays. Children may face a unique set of issues that can be addressed with pediatric therapy, allowing them to more fully participate in every aspect of their young lives.


Pediatric therapists work with young patients to help facilitate and encourage normal developmental milestones. Whether that’s walking, talking or even eating, therapists take a compassionate and specialized approach with their young patients. Since children often learn through play, therapy is developed with that in mind.


Ask your healthcare provider if your child could benefit from pediatric therapy services at Floyd Valley Healthcare. To learn more about pediatric therapy or our other services, visit floydvalley.org.


Floyd Valley Pediatric Therapy’s compassionate, multi-disciplinary approach is beneficial to children with diagnoses including:


  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Failure to thrive
  • Hearing impairment
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Oral aversion
  • Plagiocephaly (flat head)
  • Spina bifida
  • Speech issues
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Torticollis


Floyd Valley Healthcare Recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health as a 2019 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Floyd Valley Healthcare announced it has been named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Regarded as one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence, the annual Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) award is based upon the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX® from iVantage Health Analytics.


"Dedication of our entire team to making sure each and every patient is taken care of with not only the highest quality of care but also with compassion for them and their entire family remains a top priority at Floyd Valley Healthcare,” states Dustin Wright, CEO. He continues, “Nationally there are 1,348 Critical Access Hospitals, with 82 in the state of Iowa. We are proud to be listed among the 15 hospitals recognized from Iowa. But what we are most proud of is our ability to continue to serve our local communities as their trusted healthcare partner.”


Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility scored in the top 100 among all Critical Access Hospitals nationally. Now in its ninth year, the INDEX leverages 50 rural-relevant indicators across eight pillars of hospital strength (i.e. Inpatient Market Share, Outpatient Market Chare, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective and Financial Stability) to determine an overall score for each hospital. Each of the INDEX’s 50 indicators is culled from publicly-available data sources.


“In an era of increased complexity and uncertainty, Top 100 hospitals have established themselves as a bellwether for rural provider performance,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Top 100 status is a real indicator of how proactive these hospitals are when it comes to pushing for performance improvement in areas such as quality, outcomes, patient safety, market share and finance.”


Top 100 Critical Access Hospital Resources:

The list of this year’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, as well as the 2019 INDEX methodology, can be found at www.ivantageindex.com/top-performing-hospitals.


To learn more about The Chartis Center for Rural Health or to speak with someone regarding the INDEX and the 2019 Top 100, please email Billy Balfour at wbalfour@ivantagehealth.com.


Iowa Mission: Lifeline


This year an estimated 1.4 million people will suffer a heart attack. Approximately 400,000 of those victims will experience a STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction).


Mission: Lifeline is a program being implemented in collaboration with Iowa’s health systems, emergency medical service (EMS) providers, the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health and others.  It helps identify the gaps that lead to slower and less effective patient care, and with the providers in the state, closes those gaps through change in protocols and processes, and also in providing resources such as life-saving equipment.


Unfortunately, approximately 30% of STEMI patients do not receive any form of treatment to restore blood flow, whether through clot-busting drugs (commonly referred to as thrombolytics) or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). PCI is the preferred therapy which uses mechanical means such as stents, balloon angioplasty or surgery.


Time is muscle. The outcome of STEMI events depends greatly on the care patients receive and the timeframe in which they receive it. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology's guidelines recommend that balloon angioplasty be performed within 90 minutes - preferably less - of arrival at any hospital.


In partnership with the medical community, this collaboration has the power to transform patient care for future heart attack victims in Iowa. This innovative regional collaboration will work to ensure equipment compatibility, consistent training and uniform protocols for both transporting and treating heart attack patients across the region.


The chain of care begins with you. If you believe you or a loved one is suffering a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Do not drive to the hospital! It is vital that emergency care arrives quickly so that they can immediately begin providing the appropriate advanced care.


Why 3D Mammograms?

We have all heard horror stories about getting mammograms.  In fact, discomfort or pain are key reasons why many women avoid potentially life-saving mammography exams. In breast care, seeing the difference can make the difference in a woman’s life.  The fact still remains, early detection saves lives!


The new 3D mammography system that will begin service in mid-February achieves the highest depth resolution while alleviating many of the fears associated with mammograms by:

  • Personalizing exams while receiving optimal results
  • Improved design for easier positioning, featuring soft edges for support and high comfort
  • Quicker exams with less radiation exposure than a 2D system
  • Sharper images reduce repeat tests and unnecessary steps


What do the experts see with the new 3D system?


  • Advance screening and diagnostic results – with high diagnostic accuracy

Make the invisible visible

Standardize image quality

Get more than just another view

Rely on exact density assessment


  • Elevate patient experience – with smart automation

Personalize compression for optimal results

Enhance patient comfort

Reduce unnecessary steps


  • Innovate care delivery – designed for excellence today and tomorrow

Offer patients certainty by delivering excellent imaging for diagnostic accuracy


If you are over 40 and have not had a mammogram (earlier if there is a family history), the time to call for your mammogram is now!  Do it for you, your family and your friends.


Blood Flow Restricted (BFR) Rehabilitation Therapy for improving strength at Floyd Valley Healthcare


Floyd Valley Healthcare 2018 Top 20 Critical Access Hospital Winner


Floyd Valley Healthcare Receives the 2018 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics


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