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FREE Car Seat Safety Check

Is Your Baby Safe?

Ringgold County Hospital Health Fair
Thursday, October 5 | 4:30 – 7:00 pm

Bring your child, their car seat, and your vehicle for a free car seat safety check with a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. They will check for proper installation and ensure that your child fits properly in their seat. Qualifying families will receive a free replacement car seat (while supplies last).

 

Erin Leonard, ARNP Joins Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic

Daniel, Erin and their daughter Parker
are making their home in Mt. Ayr

Ringgold County Hospital has been home to Erin Leonard since the day she was born. She was one of the last babies born at the hospital 26 years ago. Now she’s come full circle and is the newest Nurse Practitioner at the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic. Her decision to enter the medical field was progressive, according to Erin. “When I was in high school I was looking to fill my schedule with a class. I signed up for a nursing assistant class, and loved it.” She ended up working part time at a nursing home while she was still in high school. “I discovered that I loved helping people,” she continued. “Interacting with people, helping them, and watching them progress. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do.”

Erin became a Certified Nursing Assistant even before she graduated from Mt. Ayr High School. She went on to become a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse), and received an associate’s degree as a RN (Registered Nurse) from Southwestern Community College in Creston. “I worked as a RN all through school while I was getting my bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Clarkson College in Omaha,” she explained. In what may be an understatement, she added, “I like to be busy.”

Erin has been serving as an RN in acute care and the emergency room at RCH. In August, she began her new position as a Nurse Practitioner in the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic. “The difference between an RN and a Nurse Practitioner is the ability to assess, diagnose, and come up with a treatment plan for a variety of patients. I can prescribe medications and provide complete healthcare.” She’s pleased to be working in the Clinic because it allows her to see patients throughout their lifespans, from birth to advanced age. “I’m also really interested in women’s health,” Erin added. “The variety is one of the reasons I decided to pursue a career in a rural area.” That, plus her personal feelings about Ringgold County Hospital. “I’ve seen all the great things about this hospital. We have some of the greatest healthcare providers in the state. I want to provide care to the community where I’ve always lived.”

Erin and her husband Daniel, a native of nearby Clearfield, have a six-month old daughter, Parker. They look forward to raising their daughter in the same community they grew up in. Erin joins the experienced team of healthcare professionals at the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic which includes physicians, a physician’s assistant, a nurse practitioner, a large team of nurses, and a health coach. The clinic provides family practice services to all ages. Appointments can be made by calling 641-464-4470.

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Health Fair October 5

 Join RCH for a health fair and a free meal on Thursday, October 5 from 4:30-7:00 pm. Ringgold County Hospital will be offering mini education sessions:
  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Blood Pressure: Know Your Numbers
  • COPD
  • Foot Care
  • A “Minnion” Ways to Move
  • New Patient Portal
  • Scamming: How to Protect Yourself
  • Stop the Bleed: Bystander Trauma Education
Other Activities Include:

Car Seat Safety Checks CPPC/Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians

Dental Services Community Health Centers of Southern IA

Hearing Testing/Screenings Audiological Services, Inc. Dr. Michael Webb

Vision Screenings Family Vision Center Dr. Joel Weis

SHIIP Senior Insurance Jane Lawhead

Importance of Blood Donations LifeServe Blood Center

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle County Conservation Board

Difference Between Formula & Breastmilk WIC

Healthy Eating Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Hand Massage HCI Care Services

Quitline Iowa Page Co. Public Health-Tobacco Prevention

 

Is your baby safe?

Bring your child, their car seat, and your vehicle for a free car seat safety check with a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. They will check for proper installation and ensure that your child fits properly in their seat. Safety Checks will be conducted in your vehicle by the South Senior Life Solutions entrance. Qualifying families will receive a free replacement car seat (while supplies last).

 

Keeping Athletes Healthy and Prepared

Natasha Gourley, Athletic Trainer

As the Raiders prepare for another season of athletics, we’re reminded of the dedication that it takes to keep young athletes healthy and prepared for their games. Natasha Gourley is on the sidelines for every Mt. Ayr home football game as well as other sports during the year. As the school’s Athletic Trainer, she’s there to enjoy the competition, but her primary focus is injury prevention. “I come in before the games, taping or bracing, that kind of thing. And if they do get hurt on the field, I’m right there,” she said. “My passion is human anatomy. I’ve always loved learning about how the muscles and tendons of the body work. I’m trying to prevent injuries, but if they do get hurt, I want to help get them back so they can return to play.”

A native of Clearfield, and a graduate of Mt. Ayr, she has a degree in Health and Human Performance from Iowa State as well as a Master’s degree in Kinesiology. She’s a board certified, licensed athletic trainer and worked at Southwestern Community College as an Athletic Trainer for seven years. She is also a Paramedic. Along with her work at the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic, Natasha prepares and maintains medical kits for the middle schools and high schools in Mt. Ayr and Diagonal. “Mt. Ayr has 16 kits,” she explained. “One for boys and one for girls for each sport. They’re fully filled at the beginning of each season and also as needed throughout the season.” Clearly, the Mt. Ayr coaches are delighted to have Natasha on the team. “They tell me it’s great to have me there on the sidelines in case someone does get injured. That way their focus can continue on with the game.”

Shyanne Allen joins Rehab Services

Shyanne Allen is the new Physical Therapist in town! She joined the staff of medical professionals at Ringgold County Hospital in July after earning her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She was born in Iowa City, grew up in Leon, and completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Missouri Valley College.

According to Shyanne, she’s always wanted to have a career in the medical field. “My mother is a Nurse Practitioner, and several of my aunts are nurses. I grew up knowing that this is something I wanted to do.” It was a job in an assisted living facility during high school that put Shyanne on the road to physical therapy. “Part of the reason I chose PT is because I like being able to have one-on-one patient care. I like to see them through all the way to recovery. It’s great to see my patients get better,” she said.

Although Shyanne is a recent graduate and new to RCH, she already has a significant amount of hands-on experience working with all kinds of patients. Her last year at the Medical Center was entirely clinical. She worked for eight weeks in four different places, gaining experience in a hospital, an out-patient clinic, home health, and with acute neuro-rehabilitation. “I really like working in rural health,” said Shyanne. “I get to see everything. We’re not limited to just one kind of patient. I have a special interest in working with patients in geriatrics, vestibular, neurological, and with sports injuries. There’s a lot of variety in physical therapy!”

When she’s not at Ringgold County Hospital, Shyanne and her husband enjoy training horses and competing in rodeos. And like many members of the RCH staff, she’s committed to this community. Both Shyanne and her husband have roots that go back generations. “My grandparents were neighbors of my husband’s grandparents. Our families have been friends for a long time.”

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