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Gordon Winkler celebrates 30 years at RCH

Gordon Winkler CEO

Gordon Winkler is the longest running CEO in the State of Iowa! He began his journey at RCH on June 1, 1987. Ringgold County Hospital staff celebrated with Administrator/CEO Gordon Winkler on July 25 to recognize his 30 years of dedicated service. Family members Melissa Ballantyne (Daughter shown on left), wife Linda, and Heidi Bader (Daughter shown on right) were able to join the festivities.

Food for Thought: Sports Injury Prevention

Join Ruth Smith, PT, and Shyanne Allen, PT, DPT, for a discussion on Sports Injury Prevention.

Tuesday, August 15 at Noon in the Ringgold County Hospital Cafeteria

Shehada Homedan, M.D.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Homedan will also be on hand to answer questions.

The event is free, but reservations are requested. Please call 641-464-4401 by August 11 to RSVP.

Here for Your Emergencies

Call 911 when you need emergency medical assistance

The Mount Ayr Medical Clinic is open five days a week for non-emergency medical care. Ringgold County Hospital’s Emergency Room is open 24/7 for emergency medical conditions such as:

  • Immediate onset of symptoms, including severe pain
  • Suspected heart attack or stroke
  • Reasonable belief that immediate medical attention is necessary to avoid damage to organs or your health
  • Sudden or extreme difficulty breathing
  • Sudden or extended loss of consciousness
  • Bleeding that will not stop
  • Major burns

Other serious conditions could be considered emergencies if they require immediate treatment to prevent serious complications. Examples include
deep cuts, broken bones, chest pain, seizures, and suspected poisoning. Sudden onset of severe headache or abdominal pain, as well as shortness of breath, may also be considered emergencies.

Message to Parents About Concussion

To maximize your child’s recovery from concussion, double up on the Rs: REDUCE and REST! Insist that your child rest, especially for the first few days following the concussion and through the three-week recovery period. Some symptoms of concussion can be so severe on the first day to two that your child may need to stay home from school.

When you child returns to school, request that he/she be allowed to “sit out” of sports, recess and physical education classes immediately after the concussion. Work with your Primary Care Practitioner to determine when your child is ready to return to physical activity, recess and/or PE classes.

Don’t let your child convince you he/she will rest “later” (after the prom, after finals, etc.). Rest must happen immediately! The school team will help your child reduce their academic load. However, it is your job to help to reduce sensory load at home. Advise your child/teen to:

  • Avoid loud group functions (games, dances)
  • Limit video games, text messaging, social media, and computer screen time
  • Limit reading and homework A concussion will almost universally slow reaction time; therefore, driving should not be allowed pending medical clearance.

Plenty of sleep and quiet, restful activities after the concussion maximizes your child’s chances for a great recovery! The Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa provides Neuro-Resource Facilitation, a free and confidential service offered to individuals with brain injury and their families. This program offers support in coping with the issues of living with brain injury and transition back to school and the community.
Source: Iowa Concussion Consortium

Additional supplemental information about concussion and other brain injuries can be found at

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Back on Your Feet Again!

Jayla Johnson, RN

Jayla Johnson has been helping patients in the Ringgold County community get back on their feet for several years. A kind person with a gentle touch, she helps seniors with their toenails and foot care every Monday. But don’t mistake her for a nail technician with a bottle of hot pink polish! She’s a Registered Nurse, who performs the kind of care that helps keep her patients independent and mobile.

Jayla sees many of her patients on a very regular basis. “I get to know them personally and it’s so rewarding. And they love it because it feels so good.” She sees an equal number of men and women for sessions that last about 30 minutes. She trims their toenails, grinds down thick nails, and files the rough edges of callouses on their feet. While she’s working, she inspects their feet and checks for sores or issues that the patient may not know about. Many of her patients are diabetic, which can cause neuropathy (the gradual onset of numbness, prickling or tingling in your feet.) “If I see anything that’s concerning, I have access to a doctor just across the hall,” says Jayla.

Many of her patients no longer have the flexibility to care for their own feet and nails. And others have poor vision which makes self-care difficult. “My patients are older, and they just need the help.” Jayla emphasized the importance of healthy feet…

“If your feet hurt, you’re less likely to get up and move which is so important for seniors. When you can walk comfortably, you’re more mobile, which improves your overall health.”

Foot and nail care services are available to patients through a doctor’s referral. Medicare payment is subject to a patient’s medical diagnoses. If you or someone you know can benefit, contact your physician to see if you qualify for a referral.

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