What you need to know about the new Health Insurance Marektplace video http://blog.iowahospital.org/2013/10/03/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-health-insurance-marketplace-video/ by the Iowa Hospital Association.
The Des Moines Register named JCHC one of Iowa's Top 100 Places to work based on employees' respose to a survey. With 192 full-time employees, JCHC placed 17th out of 40 mid-size employers in the State of Iowa. The Des Moines Register asked organizations with at least 35 employees if they wanted to participate. Employees respond to a set of statements such as - "I feel genuinely appreciated at this company," "My pay is fair for the work I do," and "My manager cares about my concerns" - using a seven point scales.
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First Baptist Church in Fairfield and Jefferson County Health Center have teamed up to create, illustrate and publish their own local books to give to children at the health center.
The idea was presented to John Rathbun and Lisa Greenig of First Baptist Church by their dear friend that has been diagnosed with cancer and has been working with children all her life.
The dream of providing these inspirational books to kids was made a reality when local publisher Rodney Charles from First World Publishing volunteered his services.
“We as adults so often times, we struggle with these challenges in life. I don't care if it's medical or what it is. We all struggle so there's a child in all of us and so what we understand is we struggle with these medical challenges as she is. We can also understand how challenging, how difficult it is for children -- scary and so these books and through what she’s experienced. She’s enabled to understand that if adults are scared, imagine how scared kids are,” said John Rathbun. www.fffbc.org
Written by Tess Hedrick, KTVO Reporter
Jefferson County Health Center officials are inviting walkers, hikers, joggers and bicyclists to try out the new nine-tenths mile-long trail on the facility’s campus.
The 4,628-foot-long, 5- to 6-foot-wide gravel trail basically follows the perimeter of the health center’s 34-acre site. It connects to the Fairfield Loop Trail on the south side of the health center property, follows it west to the fence line, then turns north and goes along the east side of the “Hammes house” and turns east.
That section of trail, as suggested by Ron Blair, who was instrumental in the development of the Jefferson County Trails System, was placed in the 9-foot easement along Libertyville Road.
The trail continues past the Doug Johnson Dialysis Center in the northeast corner of the campus and hooks back into the Loop Trail on the east side of the health center campus.
“Chuck Espy initiated the entire conversation and got us to thinking about a trail,” said health center administrator and CEO Deb Cardin. “He sent me an email with reasons why he felt it would be a benefit.”
Espy explained while his wife was a patient last summer at the health center, instead of walking along the trail near their home, he walked on the nearby Loop Trail section between the hospital and the Maasdam Barns.
The Loop Trail was on the east and south ends of the health center, “ but there was no way to get totally around the hospital,” said Espy.
Espy said he knew vice president of clinical services “Joneane Parker and all the gals who run the place” were dedicated to promoting health and wellness, so he started “peppering them with emails.”
“A trail sure made a lot of sense to me,” he continued.
Espy thought the trail could offer those who walk in the health center’s halls an option to walk outdoors when the weather is cooperative, plus those on the Loop Trail could veer around the hospital for a change of scenery.
“The idea took hold,” he continued, “and I stayed in touch with them and got Ron Blair involved to give advice on finding a contractor and trail width, depth and placement.”
“Basically, we decided to do it to keep with our mission to promote health and wellness in the community,” said Cardin.
The trail, she pointed out, is flat and easily walkable, with easy access for health center staff, visitors and community members.
“People are using it, especially our staff,” she continued. “I can look outside and see people all the time, even in the heat we’ve had.”
Larry Mitchell, the health center facility engineer, asks trail users to park in the southeast corner of the parking lot.
“It looks really nice,” said trustee Greg Hanshaw, and the other trustees agreed the contractor, Bob Brown Excavating, had done a nice job on the graveled trail.
Cardin said the trail doesn’t have a name yet, but “we need to come up with one.”
Espy suggested the Jefferson County Health Center Wellness Trail.
Espy also would like to see the trail landscaped with trees, bushes and benches and — “to make it meaningful,” marked in one-tenth mile sections.
The marked sections would make it easier for walkers to gauge their distances and know if they’re meeting any instructions given to them by their health care providers, said Espy.