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Dr. Bruce Ricker Elected President of IOMA

Bruce Ricker, D.O. and Ringgold County Hospital CEO Gordon Winkler

Bruce Ricker, D.O. and Ringgold County Hospital CEO Gordon Winkler

Elections were held during the 118th Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association’s (IOMA) Annual Conference and Scientific Seminar held in Des Moines, Iowa on April 28-May 1, 2016.  Dr. Bruce Ricker of Mt. Ayr was elected president of the Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association.

Bruce Ricker, D.O. is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed his rotating internship at Phoenix General Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.  He is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice with a certificate of added qualification in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine.

Dr. Ricker is currently in private practice in Mt. Ayr, Iowa and is the medical director of the Hospice of Central Iowa in Mt. Ayr as well as the Clearview Nursing Home and Mt. Ayr Health Care Center.  He received the Spirit of Hospice Award from the Iowa Hospice Association and in 2003 the IOMA Physician of the Year Award.

The Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association, founded in 1898 and headquartered in Des Moines, proudly represents osteopathic physicians in Iowa.  There are over 1,000 osteopathic physicians practicing in Iowa.  There are approximately 62,000 D.O.s in the United States practicing in all areas of medicine from neurology to sports medicine to dermatology to emergency medicine.  As complete physicians, D.O.s are able to prescribe medication and perform surgery.  In addition, D.O.s have added training in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), a hands-on treatment tool that they can use to diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses.  OMT can be used in conjunction with and sometimes in place of medication or surgery to restore mobility and function.

FREE Screenings Offered Saturday April 16

Michael Webb AuD
Michael Webb AuD

Michael Webb, AuD

Ringgold County Hospital has partnered with ASI Audiology Services out of Red Oak to make better hearing possible while staying close to home. Dr. Michael Webb, a doctor of audiology, is available at Ringgold County Hospital Specialty Clinics twice a month to help you fully understand what type of hearing loss you may have and how it can best be treated. To schedule or change an appointment, please call (641) 435-1288. Dr. Webb is also offering free hearing screenings at the Health Fair on April 16 from 9:00 am – noon.

The Health Fair will feature several FREE Screenings:

  • Hearing Testing/Screenings – Audiological Services, Inc./Dr. Michael Webb
  • Vision Screenings – Family Vision Center/Dr. Joel Weis
  • Developmental Screenings for Children 0-5 yrs – Parents as Teachers
  • Blood Typing – LifeServe Blood Center
  • Blood Pressure Checks – Mount Ayr Medical Clinic

Car Seat Safety Checks will also be conducted by Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (FREE car seat replacement for qualifying families while supplies last – funded by Child Welfare Decat Project)

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Proudly serving for 65 years

1951 Hospital Building
1951 Hospital Building

1951 Hospital Building

On April 17, 1951 Ringgold County Hospital opened its doors for the first time. The staff included 21 employees who cared for 881 admitted patients during its first year. An additional 425 outpatients also received treatment. The hospital earned $3,192 during its first 12 months of operations. Since 1951, the hospital has been providing the community with the best in modern health care. After more than 50 years in the original building, a new hospital was proudly opened in December, 2009. Designed and built with state-of-the-art technology, the facility allows the staff to combine the latest in science and medicine with the art of caring. For Ringgold County area residents, the result is powerful health care, close to home.

Although it was built for today, the current hospital was designed with tomorrow in mind. The 22-acre campus will allow for growth when more space is needed. Within the hospital, each department has room to accommodate both current and future technologies. “Just about all the services found in a big-city hospital can be accessed right here in Ringgold County,” said Gordon Winkler, hospital CEO. “We have general and orthopedic surgeons on staff, and we have visiting physician clinics like cardiology and oncology on a regular basis.” In-patient care is provided for both acute and skilled needs. Emergency care, medical imaging, rehabilitation, laboratory, and pharmacy services are provided. Oncology, vascular, audiology, and cardiology are among the specialty clinics that are available at RCH. In addition, the hospital is home to the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic, which offers quality care for all ages.

The hospital now employs 135 people. Many of the current physicians and staff were born and grew up in Ringgold County. Pharmacy Director Steve Roe was one of the first 10 babies born at the hospital
when it opened in 1951. In 65 years, healthcare has changed in many ways. But the genuine concern and superb care found at Ringgold County Hospital remains the same as always. “We care for every patient as if they’re a neighbor or family member,” said Winkler. “Because often, they are.”

Help us celebrate our 65th Anniversary on Saturday April 16, 2016 from 9am – noon.
Click here to learn more about our Anniversary Celebration and Health Fair.

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Knowledge is power!

Katie RouthRinggold County Hospital and the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic are here for you when you’re sick, injured, and in need of quality health care. We’re also here for you when you’re not sick! We are your source for healthy living information and your partner in good health.

Katie Routh is happy to be back to her hometown of Mt. Ayr. A registered dietician, she works with Ringgold County Hospital patients both in and out of the hospital. While they’re in the hospital, she assesses their nutritional states and ensures that the food they’re eating is appropriate and assisting in their recovery. She takes a holistic view of her patients and recognizes that nutrition is an important part of the healing process. Her services are also available to outpatients and she works regularly with diabetics and those wanting to lose weight. “I enjoy helping people overcome their struggles,” she said. “It’s great being able to teach and show people that it’s possible.”

Health-CoachLeslie Dredge-Murphy is also helping Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic patients meet their healthy living goals. Her services are free to clinic patients and together they work to define individual success. Whether it’s weight loss, disease management, increased exercise capabilities, even quitting smoking, she is a coach and partner to help each patient meet their goals. “It’s all driven by our patients,” she said. “We can work on anything that’s holding them back from living a healthy life. We’re really promoting preventive care. It’s important to encourage healthier lifestyles.”

Walking is the easiest form of exercise to stay fit. It’s convenient because it can be done almost anywhere and anytime, whether you’re walking to class or down the street. In comparison to other exercise methods, walking puts less strain on the lower back and creates less stress on your joints such as your hips, knees, and ankles. Because it doesn’t require expensive equipment, walking is available to everyone. You can use your walking time as a social event and catch up with friends and family members. Along with physical benefits, walking can improve your mood, relieve stress, and alleviate depression.

Physical benefits of walking:

  • Aids in weight loss; burns body fat
  • Strengthens bones; reduces risks of bone fracture and lessens severity of osteoporosis
  • Strengthens heart and improves efficiency
  • Improves overall fitness
  • Lowers blood pressure; reduces cholesterol levels
  • Improves efficiency of lungs
  • Raises metabolism even while you rest
  • Helps control appetite
  • Increases energy

So don’t wait, get marching!

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Health Fair April 16

Join us at Ringgold County Hospital for a Health Fair on Saturday, April 16 from 9:00-noon to celebrate our 65th Anniversary. Meander along Route 65 – the Highway to Health, enjoy free presentations, healthy snacks, a bounce house and train rides for the kids, and a meal from 11:00 a.m. – noon with proceeds going to the Employee Fund Committee.
Stations will include:

  • Hearing Testing/Screenings – Audiological Services, Inc./Dr. Michael Webb
  • Vision Screenings – Family Vision Center/Dr. Joel Weis
  • Developmental Screenings 0-5 yrs – Parents as Teachers
  • Car Seat Safety Checks – Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (FREE car seat replacement for qualifying families while supplies last – funded by Child Welfare Decat Project)
  • Rethink Your Drink – MATURA WIC/MCH
  • Blood Typing – LifeServe Blood Center
  • Hazardous Plants & Animals – County Conservation Board
  • Reading Nutrition Labels – Hy-Vee Mt. Ayr
  • K9 Demonstration – Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office
  • Healthy Snacks – Iowa State University Extension Outreach
  • Driving Kindness – HCI Care Services
  • Seniors on the Move – Ringgold Co. Senior Activity Center
  • Wellness Events in Ringgold County – Ringgold Co. Wellness Coalition
  • Explore the Trolley – Southern Iowa Trolley

Ringgold County Hospital will also be offering mini education sessions:

  • Blood Pressure Checks – Mount Ayr Medical Clinic
  • Hand Washing Station – Infection Control & Prevention
  • Seat Belt Safety – Emergency Care Department
  • Senior Insurance – SHIIP Coordinator
  • Vein & Artery Diseases – Surgery Department

Check back for additional information as it becomes available. Organizations interested in being involved in the health fair can return the following form prior to April 1: 2016 Health Fair Form

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