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Celebrating 70 Years of Service

Caring Is Our Calling!

In 1949, a small group of committed citizens had the vision and the wherewithal to build a hospital in Ringgold County, and raised $26,453 in just two weeks. Exceeding the original goal of $21,000, the fundraising proved to the hospitals’ Board of Trustees that the people were sincere and enthusiastic in their determination to provide hospital facilities in the county.  

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead 

In April 1951, their dream became a reality when Ringgold County Hospital was completed and opened its doors for the first time with 21 employees. The timing was excellent, as seven babies, one girl and six boys, were born in the first week of operation. The first adult patient arrived via the Emergency Room and received a “five-dollar bouquet” presented by the Mount Ayr Post Office. The cash was courtesy of Rhodes Funeral Home which had promised the award to the first hospital patient.

Much has changed over 70 years. The hospital facility itself was expanded and renovated multiple times to accommodate new technology and new services. Under the leadership of CEO Gordon Winkler, the current hospital was completed in 2009. The state-of-the-art facility was designed to accommodate departments ranging from physical therapy to medical imaging, visiting physician’s clinics, a lab and pharmacy. The Mount Ayr Medical Clinic is now located within the hospital, allowing clinic patients easy access to all hospital services.

The committed team of medical professionals keeps up to date with today’s technologies, from 3-D imaging to electronic medical records. But the hands-on commitment to quality care for all patients is the same as it was in 1951. Ringgold County Hospital may not have changed the entire world, but it certainly has had a positive impact on the residents of southwest Iowa for the past 70 years.

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:

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing

Beginning May 24, 2021 you can make an appointment to be evaluated or tested for COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses at the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic (located within Ringgold County Hospital). Call 641-464-4470 to make an appointment.

COVID-19 testing is available for anyone who has:

  1. Had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 AND/OR
  2. 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

Pre-Operative COVID-19 Testing

Patients who are preparing for an upcoming medical procedure can receive COVID-19 testing at the Ringgold County Hospital laboratory. Contact the Lab for more information at 641-464-4411. Providers can fax pre-op testing orders to 641-464-4412.

If you are experiencing severe shortness of breath, call 911 or go to the Emergency Entrance and call 641-464-4405 for immediate assistance.

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. Contact Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic to schedule testing by calling 641-464-4470. Stay home and self quarantine until you are tested and 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. The provider may evaluate and treat upon their discretion or suggest you be tested. Testing is available by appointment at the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic by calling 641-464-4470. Stay home and self quarantine until you are tested and receive your results (typically results are received within 2-5 days).

What kind of test will I receive?

You will have a choice of tests based on current availability of testing supplies. All situations are individual, and you may want to consult with your primary health care provider with any questions.

Why did I receive a bill after being tested for COVID-19?

Testing supplies were initially provided by federal and state funding at no cost. Facilities are now purchasing their own testing supplies and COVID-19 testing is becoming a routine part of health care, similar to influenza or bacterial infections. It is possible that symptoms may also be related to cold and flu illnesses, including COVID-19 exposure. Providing the best plan of care may include evaluating our patients to better understand your symptoms. Ringgold County Hospital does charge a $80-100 fee to cover associated testing costs, insurance will be billed or you can pay the fee out of pocket.

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 receive a State Hygienic Lab nasal swab test, it will be sent to an outside laboratory to process results. Their results typically take 2-3 days, but wait time may increase due to a greater demand for testing. If you receive a Rapid Test, you will receive your results by the end of the business day. 

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