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I’m pregnant, now what?!

Is your family growing this year? Expecting parents, and those who plan to be in the future, are fortunate that the Mount Ayr Medical Clinic provides family planning services including prenatal care. Join Katie Willcox, D.O. and Nurse Practitioner Erin Leonard for a short virtual question and answer session on March 2 to learn more about what comes after you find out you’re having a baby. This session will be recorded.


Family planning & pregnancy

Whether you want to discuss birth control options or are planning for a baby, Mount Ayr Medical Clinic is here for your family.


Monitor your progress locally

During the first 34 weeks of pregnancy, you can monitor baby’s progress with Katie Willcox, D.O. or Erin Leonard, ARNP at the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic.


Deliver with Tami Fahnlander, DO

Prenatal care is transitioned to Dr. Fahnlander with Women’s Health Services in Des Moines at 34 weeks to prepare for delivery.

Tabitha Wilson, MD is a native of Bedford, IA.

Complete Family Care

This partnership is ideal for pregnant women living in Mt. Ayr and surrounding communities. It limits the number of trips to Des Moines while providing comprehensive care throughout a pregnancy. Once a baby is born, both mother and child can return to the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic to continue receiving family care or you can choose for your baby to be seen by pediatrician Tabitha Wilson, MD.

Submit a Question, OR Register for the virtual Q & A session on March 2, 2021

Join the Great American Smokeout

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The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout® is an annual event on the third Thursday in November – November 19, 2020, that encourages and offers support to people who smoke. Help someone you know make a plan to quit smoking or to quit for good. By quitting – even for one day – people who smoke will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

To learn more about the Great American Smokeout, and to explore tools, resources that help to quit smoking, please call the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic at 641-464-4470 or visit:

Drive Thru COVID-19 Testing

Beginning Monday, October 26, 2020 Ringgold County Hospital is offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing on the NORTH side of the building outside the ER Entrance Monday – Friday 8:00-9:00 am (except holidays).

Use the north drive and proceed straight towards the ER canopy. Please stay in your vehicle and follow the signs to drive through for testing.

Testing is available for anyone who has:

  1. had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 AND/OR
  2. has developed any new symptoms of COVID-19 in the last five days including:
    • Sore throat
    • Loss of taste and smell
    • Muscle aches
    • Vomiting
    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Diarrhea
    • Trouble breathing
    • Cough
    • Fever of 100° F or higher or shaking/chills

You can download and complete consent and patient information forms prior to arrival:

Drive Thru COVID-19 Test Consent and Patient Information Form

If you would like to see a provider or are experiencing severe shortness of breath, go to the Emergency Entrance and call 641-464-4405. 

Frequently Asked Questions

I found out I was exposed to someone positive for Covid-19. What should I do?

Ringgold County Hospital encourages everyone that is contacted by Public Health to be evaluated or drive thru for testing Monday-Friday 8:00 – 9:00 am.  Use the north drive and proceed straight towards the Ringgold County Hospital ER canopy. Please stay in your vehicle and follow the signs to drive through for testing. You will receive a nasal swab test that will be sent to the State Hygienic Lab to be processed. Go home and self quarantine until you receive your results (typically results are received within 2-5 days).

I am experiencing possible symptoms of Covid-19. What should I do?

Ringgold County Hospital encourages everyone that is experiencing symptoms to contact their primary care provider to be evaluated or drive thru for testing Monday-Friday 8:00 – 9:00 am.  The provider may evaluate and treat upon their discretion or suggest you be tested. Go home and self quarantine until you receive your test results (typically results are received within 2-5 days).

What kind of test will I receive?

You will receive a nasal swab test that will be sent to the State Hygienic Lab to be processed. Ringgold County Hospital receives a very limited supply of Abbott ID Now Tests. Rapid testing is currently being limited to essential workers employed in Ringgold County healthcare facilities, EMS/law enforcement, and schools or daycare as availability allows. All situations are individual and should be assessed by your primary health care provider. Provider discretion may warrant testing outside of these parameters. 

I received a bill after being tested for COVID-19. I thought they were free?

Ringgold County Hospital does charge a minimal $55 nursing administration fee to cover associated costs, although the COVID-19 test itself is free. We are seeing a variety of cold and flu illnesses during this time, including COVID-19 cases. Providing the best plan of care may include evaluating our patients to better understand your symptoms. 

Someone else I know got their results back the same day, but my results still haven’t come back. When will I get my results?

Ringgold County Hospital understands how important receiving your results are to determine how long you stay home. If you received a typical nasal swab test, it will be sent to the State Hygienic Lab for results. Their results typically take 2-5 days, but wait time may increase due to a greater demand for testing. If you received an Abbott ID Rapid Test you will receive your results within 24 hours. Due to limited supplies, rapid tests are currently being reserved for Ringgold County essential workers including healthcare, EMS/law enforcement, school and daycare staff as availability allows.

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Celebrating 10 Years in Our New Facility

Ten years ago, in December 2009, the “new” Ringgold County Hospital opened its doors. With state-of-the-art technology, patient and family-friendly rooms, and a design that maximized efficiency as well as comfort, it was a proud moment for everyone involved. Gordon Winkler, Ringgold County Hospital CEO, was intimately involved with the project. “Getting this building built is my proudest accomplishment,” he said.

“We did a really good job in functional space planning. We worked hard to determine which departments should go next to each other. When you go through the building you can see it. We still have people come and tour the building who latch on to those ideas.”

That said, not everything is in the same place that it was 10 years ago. “We never guessed how many things we’d end up moving around over the years,” added Winkler. “But if you want to continue to provide the level of services that our community expects, you have to adapt.” An example is the extensive dialysis unit that was built into the original facility. Even though the service was well utilized, when the federal government changed its reimbursement strategy, it proved to be unsustainable financially for RCH. Winkler explained that the Board of the hospital had to make the difficult decision to shut it down. That decision resulted in space that was repurposed to house Senior Life Solutions, a popular mental health program for senior citizens. It also allowed the Visiting Physicians Clinic to be relocated into a larger space. Not all the changes in the past decade were made because of the facility itself. Some personnel changes have resulted in better patient care. The Emergency Room used to be staffed by outsourced physicians. “Unfortunately, we didn’t always get the right people,” said Winkler. “We had problems trying to fill the schedule. We made the shift to hire and schedule our own dedicated physicians. They all have great personalities and fit into our community. Patient satisfaction scores have gone up tremendously.” Winkler continues to look for innovative ways to meet the healthcare needs of his community. “One of the biggest challenges to rural healthcare is the declining population. Economically, we simply can’t have every kind of specialist on staff.” That’s where a shared model comes in. For example, Dr. Tabitha Wilson, a pediatrician, is shared between RCH and CHI Health Corning in Corning, IA. “By sharing Dr. Wilson with another hospital and clinics, we can keep her appointment schedule full and provide our families with a pediatric specialist. It’s a win for everyone.”

Gordon Winkler, RCH CEO, enjoys the camaraderie at the hospital. From left, Lesa Stackhouse, Gordon Winkler, Blake Shields, and Cheyenne Iles

Physicians aren’t the only professionals that are difficult to find. Winkler explained that lab techs, imaging techs, and paramedics are in short supply. “We have a good relationship with Southwestern Community College. That really helps with recruiting nursing students but recruiting for all positions is a real challenge for the future.” Hands-on healthcare professionals are the face of the hospital. However, the advancement of information technology and healthcare software applications has made a huge impact on behind-the-scenes hospital operations. “We have two informaticists to handle all the information. They help with the application side of the software and keep our physicians and nurses up to speed.” The technology used around the hospital has also changed dramatically over the past 10 years. The increase in electronic medical records requires dedicated VPN lines and more electrical service. Improvements in imaging technology resulted in a 3D mammography machine. “We never know what’s next on the horizon,” said Winkler. “Our challenge is balancing the need to provide our patients with the latest technology while we continue to maintain our facility. It’s 10 years old now, we’re doing things like replacing the carpet!” Although the hospital may be at the heart of the community, it’s not an island. Winkler participates in Ringgold County’s economic development activities. “We encourage all of our employees to be involved in community activities and events. Whenever our economic development group has an industry looking at our county, healthcare and education are the top two requirements.” In 32 years at the helm of Ringgold County Hospital, Gordon Winkler has guided the organization through all kinds of challenges and change. But through it all, there’s one thing that makes it all worthwhile. “I’m reminded every day how committed our employees are to their community. They really value the opportunity to take care of their families, their friends, and their neighbors. I am so proud to be part of this team.”

The entire staff at Ringgold County Hospital is dedicated to caring for their families, friends, and neighbors

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