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We appreciate our nurses!

We are celebrating the hard work, compassion, and dedication of nurses everywhere. Here at Ringgold County Hospital, our thanks go out to all the nurses in our hospital and clinic who care for our community every day! Each month, we’re profiling 2-3 outstanding nurses for their contributions.

November 2020 Featured Nurses – read their stories here

Sarah Carter, RN

Alysha England, RN

 

October 2020 Featured Nurses – read their stories here

Shawn Dorsett, RN

Donna Hunter, LPN

 

 

September 2020 Featured Nurses – read their stories here

Lori Mercer, LPN

 

Tim Boswell, RN

 

August 2020 Featured Nurses – read their stories here

Eric Montiel, LPN

Lolita Worley, RN

 

July 2020 Featured Nurses – Read their stories here

Ben Brightwell, RN

Joyce Lee, RN

 

June 2020 Featured Nurses – Read their stories here

Marcia Showalter, RN 13 Years in the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic

Marcie Page, RN 12 Years in the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic

 

May 2020 Featured Nurses – Read their stories here

Leza Johnson, RN
33 Years at RCH

Kathy Scott, RN began working at RCH 32 years ago

Bonnie Baker, LPN 23 Years at RCH in 2020

 

 

 

New Pain Management Clinic Opens

Brian Jacobs, MS, CRNA, NSPM-C, Board Certified in Pain Management and Fellowship trained, joins Melissa Friedrich, current anesthesia provider at Ringgold County Hospital

Ringgold County Hospital has announced the opening of a new Pain Management Clinic. Designed to help patients manage chronic pain, the clinic will provide services to assist those with low back pain, chronic neck pain, SI joint pain, fibromyalgia, shingles, and headaches, among other issues.

Brian Jacobs, MS, CRNA, NSPM-C, Board Certified in Pain Management and Fellowship trained, joins Melissa Friedrich, current anesthesia provider at Ringgold County Hospital, to provide services such as: Epidural therapeutic injections, sacroiliac injections and radiofrequency ablation, sympathetic blockade, image-guided joint injections, Botox, trigger point injections, and other therapy options. The Clinic is a result of a partnership with Midwest Integrated Pain Care in Des Moines. The clinic opened on November 11, 2020 and appointments are now available. Patients can visit with their primary care provider or call the clinic directly to make an appointment 641-464-4433.

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.

Meet the New Senior Life Solutions Director

Morgan Drake, RN, is joining the staff at Ringgold County Hospital to mange the Senior Life Solutions program. She is taking over for Deb Robertson who retired on August 21. Morgan has spent her entire career working with seniors. She worked in nursing homes in Bedford and Mt. Ayr before starting Senior Life Solutions at Decatur County Hospital. Morgan received her nursing degree from Iowa Western Community College in Clarinda, IA. A native of Bedford, she currently lives there with her family.

Ringgold County Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program, an intensive group counseling program for individuals over age 55, provides assistance to people who are dealing with emotional or behavioral issues often related to aging. Family members, physicians or other health professionals can refer individuals to the program. For more information about Senior Life Solutions, or to make a referral, contact our caring and dedicated team at (641) 464-4468.

Ophthalmologist now treating cataracts at RCH

Matthew Raecker, MD

Des Moines Eye Surgeons has partnered with Ringgold County Hospital to offer cornea and comprehensive ophthalmology with a focus on treating cataracts. Matthew Raecker, MD will be available at Ringgold County Hospital the first Wednesday of every month.

A native of Cedar Falls, IA, Dr. Raecker, his wife, and three young children currently live in Des Moines. He travels monthly to Ringgold County Hospital to care for patients here. “It’s nice to get away from Des Moines and see a different part of the state,” he said. “But mostly, I enjoy helping patients get their care close to home. It’s great that they can stay local for their care if possible.”

Medicine is definitely the career he was meant to have. His father was a doctor and his father-in-law is also an ophthalmologist. Dr. Raecker studied biology and earned his BA at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and went on to earn his medical degree at the University of Iowa in 2010. “I became interested in ophthalmology specifically after doing research with my father-in-law,” he said. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR in 2014. After returning to Iowa, he attended the University of Iowa where he completed his fellowship in Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery in 2015. Dr. Raecker is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He likes to have continuity of care with his patients in clinic and enjoys the challenges that come with having a surgical practice as well. When he’s not caring for patients or commuting between clinics, Dr. Raecker looks for opportunities to spend time with his family, golf, bike, and be outdoors.

A referral from your eye doctor is encouraged. To schedule an appointment, call the RCH Visiting Physician Clinic at 641-464-4409.