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Coach’s Corner – Seasonal Allergies

Spring and summer mean flower buds and blooming trees – but if you’re one of the Ringgold County area residents who have seasonal allergies, it also means sneezing, congestion, a runny nose and other bothersome symptoms. Let’s face it: seasonal allergies can make you miserable! Before you settle for plastic flowers or artificial turf, try these simple strategies:

  • Stay indoors on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after a good rain which helps clear pollen from the air.
  • Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening chores that stir up allergens.
  • Remove clothes you’ve worn outside and shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.
  • Don’t hang laundry outside. Pollen can stick to sheets and towels.
  • Wear a pollen mask if you do outside chores.

When there is a lot of pollen in the air:

  • Start taking allergy medications before your symptoms start.
  • Close doors and windows at night or any other time when pollen counts are high.
  • Avoid outdoor activity in the early morning when pollen counts are highest.
  • And remember, it won’t last forever!

Dr. Ed Wehling Elected as IOMA Trustee

Wehling_EdElections 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. Ed Wehling of Mt. Ayr was elected for a two-year term as a trustee to the IOMA Board of Trustees.

Dr. Wehling is a graduate of Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona.  He completed his general and trauma surgery residency at Henry Ford Bi County Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.  He also completed his fellowship in Vascular Surgery at the University of North Texas in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas.  He is board certified in general surgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery.

Dr. Wehling practices at Ringgold County Hospital and Decatur County Hospital in southern Iowa.

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.

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)

Click here to learn more about the upcoming Health Fair.

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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